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How to Enter the SNL Ticket Lottery to Watch SNL Live From NYC (UPDATED)

Here's how you can see the action for yourself in Studio 8H.

By Jessica White & Samantha Vincenty

UPDATE:  The ticket lottery for Saturday Night Live's 2023-2024 Season 49, premiering on October 14, 2023, will open at 12:00am EST on August 1, 2023 and run until 11:59pm EST on August 31, 2023. 

How to Watch

Watch Saturday Night Live Saturdays at 11:30/10:30c on NBC and next day on Peacock.  

Any submissions received before August 1st or after August 31st will be disregarded. 

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Colin Jost and Michael Che sitting at the Weekend Update desk

Saturday Night Live is widely beloved for many reasons, including hilarious sketches, talented cast members and musical guests, and 48 seasons' worth of timely jokes. However, the live format of the long-running NBC variety series is what makes SNL extra magical.

Every SNL episode is unique, featuring a new Host and live studio audience. But did you know that you can get tickets to see the recording of SNL for free?

For SNL fans that have grown up watching the series, the question of how to score SNL tickets has likely come to mind. Watching at home is simple enough, but seeing the hilarity unfold in front of your own eyes is an incredible experience. That's why we're sharing how can get your hands on SNL tickets: If you're lucky, you might catch the next season of SNL live from New York! 

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How much do tickets to SNL cost?

SNL​​​​​ tickets are free!

How to get tickets to Saturday Night Live

SNL audience members are selected randomly through email lottery. Ticket requests can be submitted in August, the only time of the year when submissions are accepted. Take note: you cannot request a specific show date to see SNL, so flexibility is a must if you intend to travel to NYC for the show. 

The cut-off date and time for this year's Season 49 lottery is 11:59pm EST on August 31, 2023. Any submissions received before August 1st or after August 31st will be disregarded. Afterward, tickets are randomly allotted for the entire SNL season, which historically runs from October through late May.

If your submission is selected, you will receive two tickets to see all the hilarious sketches and music performances that make SNL so iconic.

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How to submit a Saturday Night Live ticket request

SNL's email lottery is simple, but it's important to follow instructions to increase your chances of winning. Send SNL ticket requests via email to SNLTICKETS@NBCUNI.COM. Only one ticket request per household is permitted. Make sure to include your full name, email address, and why you would like to be a part of SNL's studio audience. Entering the lottery doesn't guarantee tickets. If chosen, you'll be notified of the show date and time you received. 

Requirements for Saturday Night Live audience members

You must be 16 years or older to attend SNL, whether a parent or guardian is present or not. A valid photo ID is required upon arrival. Guests that cannot provide this documentation won't be admitted. 

Check out all the information on how to get tickets to SNL

What are SNL standby tickets?

Hoping to score a ticket on the day of a show? Book an SNL standby reservation, which puts you on a waitlist for a possible open spot in the audience.

The only way to request a standby card is to follow this SNL standby reservation link, which goes live at 10 a.m. on the Thursday before a show day.

You can request up to 4 standby spots, with the option to reserve for either the 8pm dress rehearsal *or* the 11:30 live show. At the link above, provide your full name, email address, and the number of people in your party. Once you’ve entered your reservation, you’ll receive a confirmation email with your reservation number—if there’s capacity. (Due to high demand, this may take hours, but know that reservations are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.)

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If you do receive confirmation, your entire party must check in to the in-person standby line at between 6-7pm on the Friday before show day. Photo I.D. is required. Next, take your numerically-assigned place in line and wait patiently until midnight: Standby cards will be handed out at approximately 12:01am on Saturday morning. Note that a standby card doesn’t guarantee admission until you're in that seat! Read the complete requirements for standby.

If you miss out on tickets to see SNL, just catch episodes live when they air on Saturdays at 11:30/10:30c.

All 48 seasons of Saturday Night Live are currently available on Peacock.

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