The New York Times' Dave Itzkoff has published an extensive look at the relative horror it is to audition for NBC's Saturday Night Live and its creator, notably weird, opinionated and enigmatic dude Lorne Michaels. If you like SNL, it's something to sink your teeth into; if you don't, it's another indication that being a woman on the show definitely used to suck a bit.
Rachel Dratch first auditioned for SNL in the late '90s, joining the cast in 1999. Of the experience, she told the Times:
I didn’t get it that year [of her first audition]. They hired Horatio [Sanz], Jimmy [Fallon] and Chris Parnell, and they said: "We're not taking any women this year. But maybe next year." I was at peace with it.