As one of Saturday Night Live‘s original cast members, Gilda Radner blazed a trail for a new wave of funny women on the long-running sketch show. Now, in EW’s exclusive clip from the upcoming documentary about her legacy, the late comedian’s intimate thoughts on gender equality and her illustrious career come to life as a handful of women — including SNL players Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Cecily Strong — read aloud from her personal diaries.
“First and foremost, above everything else, my main priority is that I’m a girl,” Poehler reads in the footage (above) taken from Love, Gilda, which is slated to world-premiere Wednesday in New York City as part of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival nearly 29 years after Radner’s death from ovarian cancer. “I’ve never wanted to be anything else. I’m fascinated with boys, but I never wanted to be one.” Breaking from Radner’s words, Poehler adds a sentiment: “I agree, Gilda!”
The film cuts to Strong, who recites another passage written by Radner.
“To be a girl and be funny means you have to sacrifice a lot of things because of your loud mouth,” she says. Bill Hader takes the next line: “Being neurotic was the only subject I didn’t have to research,” he reads with a laugh.
Next, Rudolph picks up where Hader left off.
“I can’t even begin to imagine how I got famous,” she says. “It seems like I just took the next job and it turned out that millions of people were watching me do it.”
Finally, Hader finishes: “Maybe you know me. Maybe you don’t. Or maybe you heard of me but never saw me, or maybe you used to know me but don’t know me anymore. But one time in my life, I was famous. And it seemed like everyone knew me.”
Directed by freshman filmmaker Lisa D’Apolito, Love, Gilda further traces the comedy legend’s entertainment industry journey through her own words, with Chevy Chase and Melissa McCarthy also contributing on-camera appearances to the nonfiction film. D’Apolito further weaves into her narrative audio from rediscovered tapes and video from Radner’s rare home movies.
Love, Gilda premieres Wednesday at the Tribeca Film Festival. Watch EW’s exclusive preview from the film above.