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What It’s Really Like Behind the Scenes at Saturday Night Live

It takes a whole lot of manpower to make the show happen.

By Jessica White
SNL Studio Tour

As a live late-night comedy showcase, it takes a village to make Saturday Night Live the Emmy-winning success it has become. This fact is crystal clear in the show's latest studio tour, led by the hilarious Ego Nwodim

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Nwodim begins this new Studio 8H tour by visiting the tech crew, a.k.a the hardest working group in showbiz. "This isn't everybody, it's a lot of them, but it's not everybody. In fact, I don't even know if it's a lot of them. It's some of them," Nwodim says before pointing out different sections of the stage, set up for individual sketches being performed that weekend.

The next stop on the tour is the iconic 8H home base, where the band lives and the SNL Hosts deliver their opening monologues. "The band plays from behind here, I'm sneaking in," Nwodim teases. "When we're doing live sketches, and it's not a track, the band is literally playing behind the set over here." 

Nwodim then visited a few of the pillar crew members of SNL, including Gena Rositano, the stage manager who calls all the shots once that red "live" sign goes on. While chatting with the crew, Nwodim points out the studio's seating, which are bleachers that sit above the stage to allow the audience more of a bird's eye view. 

As Nwodim encourages viewers to attend a live show, the tour is cut short by SNL writer and member of Please Don't Destroy, Ben Marshall. Marshall rushes to tell Nwodim that they have work they need to get done, ending the exciting tour. There may not be much downtime when you're living the SNL lifestyle, but at least it's always a great time. 

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