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|Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition, at 417 5th Avenue, Manhattan, NYC|
There are not too many people who are not familiar with the phrase, "Live, from New York, it's Saturday Night Live!" This line, usually within an opening sketch, starts one of the longest running comedy variety shows that is broadcast on NBC. Like many icons of American culture, it has amassed artifacts and generated interest amongst fans. The result: an exhibit, of course, presented by Premier Exhibitions. Currently, it is housed at 417 5th Ave at 37th Street. On a nice day, before or after you tour, walk up 5th Avenue to 42nd Street and enjoy Bryant Park or the NY Public Library. Head east on 42 Street and Grand Central Station awaits you.
When you enter (after purchasing a $29 ticket), you get the red carpet treatment. A video introduces the series (or reacquaints you), the doors open and you are on your way.
|The Red Carpet to the SNL Exhibit|
|The original Not Ready for Prime Time Players.|
|The famous staircase onto the set|
|"Video" table: imagine you're in the meeting of the staff as they prepare for the show.|
|Model of the television studio and set|
|Wayne's World set, with the famous "Jaws" shark|
Throughout the exhibit, there are monitors with clips of sketches. This is where you can get your money's worth: viewing the entire loops of clips throughout the tour.
After you tour the gallery of costumes that includes outfits worn by Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, see racks of costumes, view photos and remember the hundreds of musical guests, you can enter a mock-up of the control room. Sit at the desk and become the director and hear how a live broadcast would be.
Watch the countdown clock in the control room and the next thing you know, you're be in a facsimile of Studio 8H, watching an abbreviated 15 minute version of the show, with projections coming from all sides. As each area is showing its portion of the show, watch the other areas and how the stage crew is setting up for the next skit.
|Eddie Murphy's famous Buckwheat costume|
|Take your picture from the famous "Weekend Update" news desk with your favorite anchor superimposed in the shot.|
Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition, 417 5th Avenue, near 37th Street, New York, NY.