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How to Get Tickets to Saturday Night Live

Getting tickets to the taping of SNL -- or even the dress rehearsal -- is not easy. But you can if you're determined enough.


  • Step 1: If you get a standby ticket, arrive back at the studio at least 45 minutes before the show or rehearsal's start time. And use the facilities beforehand: if you get out of line to find a bathroom, you might as well keep walking, because you'll have blown your chance to get tickets to Saturday Night Live. Having a standby ticket still doesn't ensure entrance, so line up early!
  • FACT: One fan lined up so often and so early for standby tickets that, after 14 years, SNL producer Lorne Michaels gave him a lifetime ticket.
  • TIP: Increase your chances of getting a standby ticket by waiting in bad weather.
  • Step 2: Decide whether you want standby tickets to the live show or to the 8 p.m. rehearsal -- it's your choice. You have a better chance of getting into the Saturday Night Live rehearsal, which usually includes sketches that don't make it onto the live show.
  • Step 3: Consider going to NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City to stand in line for standby tickets to either the rehearsal or the live show; they're handed out at 7 a.m. on the day of the show. Tickets are 1 per customer.
  • TIP: Plan to get there early: usually only the first 30 or so people in line will get standby tickets. Some hopefuls begin queuing up on Friday afternoon.
  • Step 4: Send an e-mail to in August, requesting tickets for a show. If you're lucky, you'll receive 2 passes to a random show date for the upcoming season. You may only send 1 e-mail per household, and all audience members must be 16 or older.

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