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Saturday Night Live in New York City

Saturday Night Live (SNL), is a weekly comedy television program aired on NBC every Saturday night at 11:30pm.
The show began in 1975 and continues to alternate between high critical success and lean years. The show garners excellent ratings for its time slot on Saturday nights but, depending on the host, can vary wildly between a 3.5 and 8.0 in Nielsen metered-market households. The show actively courts its audience and provides free tickets to fans to come and see the show in-person in New York City. "A list" celebrities are drawn to the show by its tradition and irreverence and the past host list is a who's-who of Hollywood celebrities. With over 40 years on the air, Saturday Night Live continues to be another jewel in the NBC crown. 

The hour and a half long comedy show, which broadcasts live from Studio 8H in 30 Rockefeller Center on Saturday nights, has become such a staple of American TV that it is often referred to as just SNL. The show's skits are often water cooler conversation come Monday morning at the office and each episode features a celebrity guest host and a musical act. Occasionally the host and the act have been one and the same person, as was the case with Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, and Justin Timberlake who all performed on the show both in skits and as the musical guest. SNL is full of many ongoing traditions including the opening sketch which always ends with the famous phrase "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" and the closing scene where the players and guests make their goodbye's.
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Noteworthy Show Dates:

October 11,1975 - Show premiere; George Carlin hosts
November 8,1975 - First woman to host; Candice Bergen December 6, 2000 - TV Funhouse first episode
October 2005 - Show began airing in High-Definition
August 2014 - Long-time announcer Don Pardo dies
October 3, 2015 - Season 41 of SNL premieres with host Miley Cyrus
October 1, 2016 - Premiere of Season 42 with host Margot Robbie

Current Host on The SNL TV Show:

The host varies every week for this show.

Current Studio Location:

NBC Studios, Studio 8H
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York City NY, 10112
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Free Advance Tickets Saturday Night Live:

You can order free tickets Saturday Night Live in advance from NBC. Please check today's free TV show ticket list to see the availability. The show is taped at Studio 8H in the NBC studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.
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Free Standby Tickets To Saturday Night Live:

Standby tickets are available for the Saturday Night Live TV show on NBC. Standby ticket numbers are very limited because of the popularity of the show. Please check today's free TV show ticket list to see the ticket availability for this popular TV show.
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Should you see Saturday Night Live being taped?

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  Saturday Night Live is a great show to see live with amazing guest hosts and a talented cast of comedic actors. Getting tickets to this popular show is tricky, but is quite achievable if you are prepared to give some effort to it. The show producers actually prefer dedicated audience members who are motivated to see the show, although some of the hoops to getting tickets can be quite tricky. Given the SNL's popularity, it does not provide snacks or drinks in the studio or while in line. Inside the studio, getting to the bathroom can be tricky as you have to stay seated the whole time. Audience members often complain of being treated like cattle. There are two seating areas, one in the stands and the other is on the studio floor. There are only 150 seats in total available for this show, so ticket demand far outstrips availability.

The season opener and season finale shows are often the best experience and have an after-party where everyone is invited, including, staff, crew, producers and sometimes the audience. The party starts directly after the show finishes airing and is usually at a local restaurant or space located close to the NBC studio at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
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  • Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig
  • Betty White Ana Gasteyer and molly shannon
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SNL Cast Members:

(2016-2017 Season) Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon, Melissa Villaseñor, Alex Moffat, Bobby Moynihan, Cecily Strong, Mikey Day, Kenan Thompson, Jay Pharoah, Beck Bennett, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Leslie Jones, Colin Jost, Kyle Mooney, & Sasheer Zamata
Also starring The Saturday Night Live Band

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Show Announcer:
Darrell Hammond

30 Rockefeller Plaza TV Studio:

NBC Studio 8H
50 West 50th Street btwn 5th and 6th Ave
New York, NY 10112

Studio Entrance:
49nd Street or 50th street. Both entrances are between 5th and 6th Ave's at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

30 Rockefeller Plaza TV Studio:

The SNL TV studio is open for the following hours:
Saturday 11:30PM - Sunday 1AM

Rockefeller Plaza Dedicated Zip Code:
Rockefeller Plaza now has its own zip code, 10112
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SNL Movies That Started as Skits On The Show:

SNL's producer and creator Lorne Michaels produced several movies based on some of SNL's
most memorable characters. These were very successful movies and included:
  • Wayne's World
  • A Night at the Roxbury
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Coneheads

Show Taping and Transmission:

The show is broadcast in front of a live audience on Saturday nights at 8:00PM for dress rehearsal and 11:30PM for the live show.

Show Transmission Channel:

The show is transmitted live on NBC and the NBC Affiliates across the United States. The show is broadcast live in New York and Chicago.and is aired at different times across the US time zones. Comedy Central owns rights to rebroadcast the shows from the first thirty seasons(1975 - 2005).

Free Tickets to SNL:

You can get free tickets in advance for the live SNL show. Click HerE FOR TICKETS

Standby tickets are available for unfilled seats for the live show and and all the seats in the studio for the rehearsal show Click HerE FOR TICKETS

You must be at least 16 years of age to attend an SNL Show taping.
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The Lonely Island:

Composed of SNL former cast members Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, this group of friends put together musical "Digital Shorts" on SNL from 2005 - 2011.

They included big stars in their music videos such as Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Akon and Adam Levine. Their major hits, "Jizz in My Pants", "Like a Boss" and "YOLO" were hilarious sketches that went viral on YouTube almost instantly.

It appears that the music industry was missing a group that pokes fun at pop culture so The Lonely Island fit very well into this market.

The trio also released three comedy albums in the span of 5 years; Incredibad in 2009, Turtleneck & Chain in 2011 and The Wack Album in 2013.

Tape Delay:

When the show has controversial hosts or artists, a seven second tape delay is used to allow the director to "dump out" of transmitting the offending piece live on air.

Famous Shows Where The Dump Button Was Used
The seven-second tape delay dumps have only been intentionally used in three episodes with guest hosts Richard Pryor in 1975, Sam Kinison in 1986, and Andrew "Dice" Clay in 1990. Creator Lorne Michaels isn't fond of using the seven second delay dump,so it has only been used for guest hosts that cause a ruckus or controversial stars.

The famous Sinead O'Connor piece in 1992 caught NBC off-guard and they re-instated the requirement for the dump to be available

SNL Controversies:

December 1975: Richard Pryor and Chevy Chase play a racist word-association game that escalates from funny to offensive. Race relations repercussions are still felt years later.

January 1976:
During a famous SNL "Samurai Futaba" sketch, John Belushi accidentally cut Buck Henry on the face with his "stunt" Samurai sword.

October 1992:
Sinead O'Connor rips up a photo of Pope John Paul II during her live musical performance of "War"

March 1994: Martin Lawrence's monologue gets cut off due to too-crude-for-tv comments about Lorena Bobbitt and details about female hygiene. Lawrence was subsequently banned from SNL.

October 2004: Ashlee Simpson is caught lip syncing during her performance of "Autobiography"
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Seeing The Live Show or Seeing The Rehearsal Show:

: Long time audience members and fans of SNL (like Louis Klein who has been to over 600 tapings) will tell you that the rehearsal show is a great deal more enjoyable to watch than the live show.

In the rehearsal show they leave in more skits in the show, the actors and host are more relaxed and it is a generally a more enjoyable experience than the live show that can feel rushed, controlled and beholden to commercial breaks.

Tickets To The Live Show:

Tickets for the live show can only be garnered by going through SNL's official ticket process, which is tricky to navigate. Our guide can help you navigate these waters: Click Here For Tickets

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Tickets to the Rehearsal Show:
The rehearsal show begins at 8PM and is recorded to tape, just in case the live show has a problem airing . You can get tickets to the rehearsal only on-the-day on the standby line. Click Here For Tickets

Rehearsal Audience:

The audience for the rehearsal show are often bigger SNL fans. These fans have shown their devotion by standing on the the standby line for the show for many hours. The live show fans usually just turn up with their ticket at the allotted time. The rehearsal fans are a more engaged audience than the somewhat muted live show audience and therefore the producers, director, host and cast prefer the rehearsal audience. The rehearsal show is taped, just in case the live show is not able to be broadcast. This tape has only been used three times in the past eight hundred shows since 1975.
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The Most Frequent Hosts On Saturday Night Live:

Alec Baldwin (16) Steve Martin (15) John Goodman (13) Buck Henry (10) Tom Hanks (8)

The Five Timers Club is full of guest hosts on Saturday Night Live who have hosted 5 times (or more). These include big stars like Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray and Christopher Walken that have included comedians, actors and pop stars who have won over the SNL demographic.

The club was first introduced in Tom Hank's 5th appearance in December 1990. The Five Timers Club was most recently mentioned when Justin Timberlake made his 5th debut as host in March 2013 in his monologue. The sketch included iconic five-timers such as Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Paul Simon. Buck Henry was also the first to host SNL five times after it became a tradition for him to host the last episode of each season.

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Five Timers Club:

There are eleven members of the "five timers" host club, they are:
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Steve Martin
  • John Goodman
  • Buck Henry
  • Tom Hanks
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Chevy Chase
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Ben Affleck
  • Danny DeVito
  • Elliott Gould
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Executive Producer:

Lorne Michaels


Steve Higgins
Erik Kenward

Head Writers:
Colin Jost
Rob Klein
Bryan Tucker

Other Writers:
A constant rotating cast of writers and budding comedic stars adding their ideas to the mix.

Supervising Producer:
Ken Aymong
  Staff and Creative Team:

Musical Directors:

Lenny Pickett
Leon Pendarvis
Eli Brueggemann

Production Rights:

Production of SNL is owned and operated by Universal Television. Video rights are owned by Broadway Video.

Broadway Video:
Lorne Michaels is the CEO of Broadway Video and the company produces SNL in addition to The Tonight Showwith Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers, Portlandia, Man Seeking Woman, The Awesomes, Brothers In Atlanta and 30Rock. They also produced the now-shuttered TV shows The Maya Rudolph Show, The Kids In The Hall, Late Night With Conan O Brien, Up All Night and Mulaney
  Costume Designers:
Tom Broecker
Eric Justian

Show Genre:

Weekly comedy skit show with guest stars and guest hosts from Hollywood.

Show Duration:
1 hour and a half (11:30 PM - 1 AM)

Production Season:
The show tapes every year from September through May with a 3-month summer hiatus.

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Parking For This TV Studio
The closest parking garages to NBC Studios are located at:
25-43 W 48th Street
New York, NY 10020
10 W 48th Street
New York, NY 10020
The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow TV show patrons have the same idea. A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.