Since 1975, this line has been spoken, shouted, and sang every Saturday night at exactly 11:30pm across the country. Sure, I may not have the ability to stay up this late to watch the show each week, but the network and the show has a soft spot in my heart. I am a HUGE fan of NBC – always have been – and continue to watch the Today Show and pretty much anything else that airs on the network. There actually was a time where I dreamed about growing up and working on the Today Show, but I seemed to have missed that road. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up working for NBC in some capacity during my life but for now, I will live it up by walking through Rockefeller Center and just knowing that I live so close to the genius folks that work there.
Let’s get some basic facts straight – Saturday Night Live first aired on October 11, 1975 and has run to this day as a late-night live TV sketch show that pokes fun at current culture and politics. It has been the stage for comedians and brings in all sorts of guests and hosts – from athletes to actors and actresses, politicians, and other musicians.
Did you know that SNL has run over 780 episodes and after its 40th season concluded in May of 2015, it stands as one of the longest-running network TV programs in the US!* Not only that but it has won 36 Primetime Emmy Awards (156 nominations!!), 2 Peabody Awards, and 3 Writers Guild of America Awards.
Last week I took a trip down 5th Avenue to the relatively new SNL museum. I don’t think it’s a permanent feature, so I highly recommend checking it out in the near future! My other life goal (or goal while living in NYC) is to see Saturday Night Live. I may have to learn to stay up and watch every single episode so it has more of a sentimental factor
if when I actually see it live, but baby steps, right?
Plus, humor is quite possibly the best thing to happen to human kind and it even is beneficial for your health. Did you know you burn calories while laughing? Ha ha ha. Ok, moving on.
The museum takes you through the start of SNL and the week-long process that accumulates with the show live on Saturday night (hence the title…but I hope you already knew that). I knew that the show was built from scratch on a weekly basis but had NO clue how much effort went into it all.
There were mini videos with some of the hosts, writers, and even top moments or skits on SNL. Thank goodness the museum wasn’t too full for a Friday afternoon, because I was cracking up at each video. No shame at all.
They also had tons of the props and sets at the museum, some paired with the actual video clips that the props were featured in!
Towards the end of the tour, you got a glimpse at the behind the scenes look of Studio 8H, how people behind the scenes make sure the filming goes (relatively) smoothly, and one last word from Tina Fey.
^^ A look at the Weekend Update Desk (sans photo at the desk, as that would have cost $20). Yeah….no. I’m still obsessed with the one clip with Seth Myers about Kelloggs dropping Phelps because of his drug use and said photo.
And of course a museum visit isn’t complete without a trip to the gift shop!
^^ Ah the Californians. We aren’t all like the characters but we do love to chat about oru commutes. That being said, I know I’ll be happy to be back in California someday, but those commute – oof – not pleasant.
SNL The Exhibition
417 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016
” ‘SNL’ is this part of American culture with a certain timelessness to it.” – Thomas Bangalter