Free TV Tickets For Saturday Night Live SNL

Saturday Night Live SNL Summary

  • Show Status: Active
  • Saturday Night Live SNL is 1.5 hrs long
  • 1 Taping(s) per week
  • Opened October 11, 1975
  • Show Closes: Open ended
  • Comedy Skit Show
  • TV Broadcast

Saturday Night Live (SNL), is a weekly comedy sketch TV show with guest stars and guest hosts from Hollywood, aired on NBC every Saturday night.

Saturday Night Live SNL Ticket Information

SNL Tickets to the Live Show

You can get free tickets in advance for the live aired SNL show. Tickets for the live show can only be garnered by going through SNL's official ticketing process, which is tricky to navigate. Standby tickets are available for unfilled seats for the live show.

SNL Tickets to the Rehearsal Show

The rehearsal show is not booked in advance at all and all seats in this show are from standby. 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. The rehearsal show is actually better than the live show as all the skits are included and the talent is a lot more relaxed. In the live show up to 25% of the bits are cut.

Saturday Night Live SNL Show Schedule

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

Saturday Night Live SNL Broadcast Time

The rehearsal show is taped in front of a live audience on Saturday nights at 8:00PM. The live show is aired live at 11:30PM.

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 SNL shows from previous seasons( 1975 - 2020) and these shows can often been seen on that channel.

Saturday Night Live SNL Age Requirements

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

Saturday Night Live SNL Host Profile

The host for this show varies each week and is usually a celebrity or SNL alumni

Saturday Night Live SNL Background

The current cast members of Saturday Night Live
2019 cast members of Saturday Night Live

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 Best SNL Shows

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.

Broadcast Live From Studio 8H

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 comes Monday morning at the office and each episode features a celebrity guest host and a musical act.

Host and The Musical Act Can Be The Same Person

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.

Saturday Night Live SNL Notes

SNL is Broadcast With a 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

  1. Richard Pryor in 1975
  2. Sam Kinison in 1986
  3. Andrew "Dice" Clay in 1990

Creator and producer 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. In 1990 SNL removed the tape delay.

The famous Sinead O'Connor piece in 1992 caught NBC off-guard and they re-instated the requirement for the dump to be available after she tore up a photo of the Pope live on air.

Past 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"

Is It Better To See The Live Show or See The Rehearsal Show?

Long time audience members and fans of SNL (like Louis Klein who has been to over 900 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.

Rehearsal Audience:

The audience for the rehearsal show are often bigger SNL fans. These fans have shown their devotion by standing on 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.

The Most Frequent Hosts On Saturday Night Live:

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(16), Steve Martin(15), John Goodman(13), Buck Henry(10), and Tom Hanks(8) that 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

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
  • February 15, 2015 - SNL 40th anniversary show
  • February 20, 2025 - Final Show

Five Timers Club:

There are eleven members of the "five timers" host club, who have hosted the show over five times:

  • Alec Baldwin
  • Steve Martin
  • John Goodman
  • Buck Henry
  • Tom Hanks
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Chevy Chase
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Ben Affleck
  • Danny DeVito
  • Elliott Gould

NBC Studio 8H

50 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10112
Directions: Take the B, D, F, or M train to the 47-50th Street - Rockefeller Center and walk up 6th Ave towards W 50th Street. Or take the 1 train to the 50th Street stop and walk East on 50th Street towards 5th Ave. Take the N, Q, or R train to the 49th Street stop and walk up 7th Ave to 50th Street, then walk East on W 50th Street towards 5th Ave.
Studio Information

Cast Members

Beck Bennett
Aidy Bryant
Michael Che
Pete Davidson
Mikey Day
Heidi Gardner
Leslie Jones
Colin Jost
Kate McKinnon
Alex Moffat
Kyle Mooney
Luke Null
Chris Redd
Cecily Strong
Kenan Thompson
Melissa Villasenor
Show Announcer
Darrell Hammond
The Saturday Night Live Band

Past Cast Members

Vanessa Bayer
Taran Killam
Bobby Moynihan
Jay Pharoah
Sasheer Zamata


Executive Producer:

Lorne Michaels


Steve Higgins

Erik Kenward

Supervising Producer:

Ken Aymong

Production Credits

SNL Studios/Universal Television/Broadway Video

Creative Team

Don Roy King
Lorne Michaels
Musical Directors
Lenny Pickett
Musical Directors
Eli Brueggemann
Musical Directors
Leon Pendarvis
Costume Designers
Eric Justian
Costume Designers
Tom Broecker
Head Writers
Colin Jost
Head Writers
Rob Klein
Head Writers
Bryan Tucker