Back when I was old enough to start watching TV (watching, as in, non-animated stuff), there was this show Saturday Night Live. And my parents used to watch it, and it was good. But when I came of age, with the exception of a single episode, it was fairly, well, poor. In fact, it wasn’t until the end of high school that the show finally became bearable again, and it may have even hit a second peak whilst I was in college (ooh, whilst!). That said, it doesn’t really seem to matter whether the show has a “good” year or a bad year – somewhere deep down inside we all want Saturday Night Live to excel. We yearn for its funny (yup, I’m using funny as an adverb). In fact, we seem to want it so bad that this year we’ve seen the arrival of two new shows (both of which have titles with numbers, and both numbers are multipliers of 30, by the way) on the topic.
So when a friend of mine told me during dinner that he was going to take myself and Steven Jones (from Techlore, SlingCommunity, and the International Owen Wilson Fan Club, or IOWFC for short) on a quick walkthrough of NBC studios, and we walked onto the illustrious set of SNL, I was thrilled.
The set itself was much smaller in person than I expected, and I have a newfound respect for all the people behind the scenes who pull off the show each week. I haven’t gotten to watch a shooting or anything, but it seems like it’s quite a logistical nightmare to rotate everything through such a small area. But then again, I don’t really know the first thing about producing a TV show, so who am I to talk?
I also got a little peak at some of the other sets and newsrooms (got a great pic of the 21st century newsroom, but am not sure if I can put it online or not, so I’ll take the safe approach), and it was a pretty cool little romp through NBC! Thanks, friend (you know who you are, and I’ll leave the name out just in case it matters)!