Bob Tischler

Biography: Bob Tischler has spent many years working closely with the men and women who made Saturday Night Live the cult classic of the 1970s.

When the National Lampoon Radio Hour began in 1973, Tischler was its producer. He worked closely with the likes of John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Christopher Guest, Michael O'Donoghue, Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray and Gilda Radner. The Lampoon released a number of record albums during the mid-70s. One of these was The Missing White House Tapes, which satirized a (hoped-for) impeachment of Richard Nixon. The first side of the album was made entirely of Nixon speeches twisted to suggest he was guilty. An example (with forward slashes indicating where one Nixon cut ends and the other begins): "I'm/frantic, hysterical, brittle,/shell shocked, unable to act./I'm a/tyrant,/a dictator,/and I/should be impeached." Tischler spent the waning part of the decade producing the Blues Brothers albums Briefcase Full of Blues, Made in America, and The
Bob Tischler has spent many years working closely with the men and women who made Saturday Night Live the cult classic of the 1970s.

When the National Lampoon Radio Hour began in 1973, Tischler was its producer. He worked closely with the likes of John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Christopher Guest, Michael O'Donoghue, Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray and Gilda Radner. The Lampoon released a number of record albums during the mid-70s. One of these was The Missing White House Tapes, which satirized a (hoped-for) impeachment of Richard Nixon. The first side of the album was made entirely of Nixon speeches twisted to suggest he was guilty. An example (with forward slashes indicating where one Nixon cut ends and the other begins):
"I'm/frantic, hysterical, brittle,/shell shocked, unable to act./I'm a/tyrant,/a dictator,/and I/should be impeached."

Tischler spent the waning part of the decade producing the Blues Brothers albums Briefcase Full of Blues, Made in America, and The Blues Brothers Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. He also produced, with Paul Shaffer, a soundtrack of the Broadway show Gilda Radner: Live from New York.

Early in 1981, when Dick Ebersol was called to rescue SNL after a dismal three months' flailing, he hired Michael O'Donoghue (an original SNL writer) as supervising producer. O'Donoghue lured Bob Tischler as his deputy. The three men lifted SNL back to some respectability, anchored by star performer Eddie Murphy.

But Michael O'Donoghue proved detrimental to the production mechanism Ebersol had set in motion. Tischler defended O'Donoghue briefly, but by Christmas he conceded to Dick Ebersol's desire. With O'Donoghue fired, Tischler's role as Ebersol's right-hand man strengthened.

Tischler wrote a good portion of the show in tandem with head writers Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield. Most of the pperformers resented the threesome's governing all material and tried to challenge the system on occasion. It led to six firings within the cast ranks.

Bob Tischler left SNL with Dick Ebersol and their entire cast in April of 1985.
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Bob Tischler's Scores

  • TV
Average career score: 51
Highest Metascore: 51 Boy Meets World: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 51 Boy Meets World: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
1 tv review
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Boy Meets World: Season 7 Sep 24, 1999 Writer / Executive Producer 8.6
tbd Boy Meets World: Season 6 Sep 25, 1998 Writer / Executive Producer 8.7
tbd Boy Meets World: Season 5 Oct 3, 1997 Writer 9.0
tbd Empty Nest: Season 7 Sep 24, 1994 Writer tbd
tbd Empty Nest: Season 6 Sep 25, 1993 Writer tbd
51 Boy Meets World: Season 1 Sep 24, 1993 Executive Producer 8.9