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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.

By Jessica White
Saturday Night Live For Your Consideration 2022

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UPDATE: The cut-off date and time for this year's lottery is 1:59 pm EST on August 31, 2022. Any submissions received before August 1st or after August 31st will be disregarded. 

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

Every SNL episode is unique, featuring a new host and live studio audience to get in on all the hilarity. 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 hilariousness 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 lucky, you might catch the next season of SNL live from New York! 

How to get tickets to Saturday Night Live

SNL audience members are selected randomly through email lottery. Tickets are free and ticket requests can be submitted in August, the only time of the year that 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 lottery is 1:59 pm EST on August 31, 2022. Any submissions received before August 1st or after August 31st will be disregarded. Afterward, tickets are randomly allotted for the entire SNL season, which 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.

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. All guests must be fully vaccinated by the day of attendance and expected to adhere to all applicable COVID-19 protocols. A valid photo ID and proof of vaccination are required upon arrival. Guests that cannot provide this documentation will not be admitted. 

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

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

All 47 seasons of Saturday Night Live are currently available on Peacock.

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