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‘Saturday Night Live’: Don Roy King on Passing the Directing Baton to Liz Patrick

Jazz Tangcay Artisans EditorDon Roy King, director of “Saturday Night Live” for more than 15 years, didn’t just work the show from behind the scenes, but he also guided an important landmark in the show’s history, passing the baton to Liz PatrickPatrick took over in 2021, but not before observing King in his element.No stranger to directing live television — she can count “Ellen” and “MTV Movie Awards” among her credits — this gig brought all her experience in music, sketches and handling last-minute changes together. Patrick worked closely with King, moving the show into a new era.Here, the directors share how they pulled off the transition.Liz Patrick: I’ve been a fan of the show since I was a kid. I used to try to stay up late and get my mom to let me watch it.

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