“Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night Live” is a phrase I’ve heard since I was a kid. My parents loved comedy and as a result I was exposed to a lot of comedians at a young age and that included being able to stay up and watch Saturday Night Live.
Little did I know that, as an adult, I’d actually be able to sit in the studio audience and watch the show live from Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center.
The best thing about Saturday Night Live aka SNL is that it is indeed live, so if you’re in the audience, you are privy to all the stage setups and anything that happens in between commercials.
A lot happens in between commercials. A lot of hysterical things happen in general that isn’t seen on live television.
Let’s just say that for everything you see at home that may have gone wrong it’s ten folds in the studio and on the flip side for everything you’ve seen that’s funny there are some hysterical things that happen off camera that you can only appreciate as an audience member.
There are two ways to get tickets to SNL. You either know someone who is in the show or performing OR you’re a fan that goes to the website to request a ticket.
I’ve been lucky enough to be be a guest of someone who worked on the show and I’ve also gotten tickets by requesting them. I’ll share my experience ‘getting in’ via ticket request since that is what most of you reading this have tried.
I received an email from NBC saying that I was on the list and should arrive at a certain time because entry was on a first-come, first-served basis.
I got there, waited in the line, got inside and watched an amazing show. Mike Myers was hosting that night, and I believe Aerosmith was the musical guest. I’ve been to a few SNL shows so, I could be wrong about the musical performance but, I know for sure it was Mike Myers.
He did his infamous “Sprokets” sketch that night and they had a live monkey. The monkey was pretty bad on live camera but, everything that happened in the studio that the home viewing audience couldn’t see because it was during the commercial breaks was hilarious and scary.
There was no controlling that monkey and while the viewer at home watched commercials, the audience watched the insanity unfold as a clock ticks down to when the show goes live again.
So, when you see one of the comedians holding in laughter when they first come back from the commercial break and before anything has happened just know that you missed an incredible amount of behind the scenes shenanigans.
I will say that whether you’re a New Yorker or an out of towner you should definitely try to get tickets to Saturday Night Live. It’s an amazing experience.
If you are lucky enough to get tickets, here’s my advice:
Ticket Request Suggestions
- Ticket Requests are ABSOLUTELY honored but, on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Request your tickets early and be flexible.
- If you’re going to be in NYC for more than 2 weeks then request the tickets listing the dates you will be in NYC but, say you’re flexible
- DO NOT be upset if you don’t get a response. They receive thousands of requests. It’s not you, it’s them.
- DO live it up since you’re in NYC anyway. Find other things to do before hand
- If you REALLY want to see the show live and didn’t ge a respose then, go to the STANDBY line early i the day and wait. I’ve never seen anyone rejected from that line unless they have A major superstar performing that night and even with that just get there early enough.
Have you been to an SNL show? What was your experience?