Molly Shannon, Colin Quinn, and others offer pointers for the medical drama cast on their first live show

By EW Staff
September 26, 1997 at 12:00 PM EDT


”I like the idea of taking a risk,” George Clooney says of the much-ballyhooed live season premiere of ER, airing Sept. 25. And because it is such a gamble, EW thought Clooney, Noah Wyle, Eriq La Salle, and the rest of the TV docs could use a few pointers from people in the know, like the cast of Saturday Night Live, which has been broadcast without a net for 22 seasons. Here, some advice on what to do should the ER set turn into a real emergency room:

“Two words: cue cards.”

Jim Breuer

“Get down on your knees and pray, Doctor!”

Molly Shannon

“Do something outrageous. Say, ‘This is the real enemy!’ and tear up a picture of the cast of Chicago Hope.”

Colin Quinn

“If anyone forgets their lines — even in surgery — just pick up a newspaper and start reading to cover it up.”

Tim Meadows

“Keep the Pepto-Bismol on hand and bone up on the aerobics before the show. And don’t worry about a thing — you’ll be in a fear blackout, so you won’t remember it afterwards anyway.”

Ana Gasteyer

“I thought ER was always live.”

Chris Kattan