I think every New Yorker dreams of attending a live taping of Saturday Night Live - or at least I always have. But, barring lining up all night, I didn't think I'd ever get the chance. That all changed this past Saturday, May 6, when my friends in the SICK AF band, LCD Soundsystem, were invited to be the musical guest on the show, which was hosted by Chris Pine. They graciously gave my husband Jay and I two audience tickets and we proceeded to have one of the best Saturdays ever.
We were asked to arrive at 10:30 to check in. We were brought up to our seats at 11 - we had a great view of the stage where LCD would be performing. The seating is limited - mostly on a small balcony that spans around the whole studio. The studio itself is very small, and full of the sets that will be part of the show. The audience members you see on tv are a select group that get floor seating. Apparently there is a rigorous screening process to sit here, since it would be very easy to ruin the LIVE show.
It was amazing to watch the massive crew, producers, talent, and executives, working together so seamlessly. Everyone moves around each other so quickly, and almost without any issues, which is hard to believe considering how quickly everything has to be set up, broken down, and changed - it is live television, after all. They all seemed like total pros, and I guess there is one crew member who has been working on the SNL set since DAY 1.
There was one set, with a floral wall that was in front of us most of the show. We thought it might be for a Bachelor spoof, especially when a cut open limo was also wheeled out for this skit. They set up the walls and car in 30 seconds or less, and I was so excited to watch it (since I'm part of Bachelor Nation, baby!!) but I guess the show was running over and the scene got cut. The crew disassembled the set as quickly as they had erected it :)
The show was really funny. Chris Pine was great and there were some quality sketches. If you haven't already checked it out, the RuPaul-mechanic sketch was one of my faves. And, of course, the musical guests KILLED it. LCD played their two new songs - call the police & american dream - they sounded great and we were so proud of them!
Afterwords we hung out back stage for a few drinks and a impromptu Barry White dance party with the band. We were then scooped up in big black splitter vans to head to the official after party. It was at a totally weird midtown bar, but the cast and Lorne were there, and of course, Chris Pine. My husband met Chris Pine and Lorne Michaels, although they weren't super eager to chat (LOL), but I didn't have the courage to talk to any of the celebs. A small crowd of fans waited outside the club the entire time (until 4am!) to take pics of Chris Pine I assume? People are strange.
I was told the after-after party was the most fun part of the evening, but I'm too old to party until 6am!! A few intrepid lcd'ers went and danced with Chris Pine until 6 in the morning! And just like that it was Sunday again.
Emma, Friends NYC owner