One More Mission: Acting Career, in which Johnny O’Conner meets with a studio head to discuss his acting career, is one of my all-time favorite SNL sketches. Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman were perfect together. It originally aired on October 10th, 1986 — I was thirteen! — and I have referenced it or quoted it thousands and thousands of times since then.

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