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Creating Saturday Night Live: Cold Open to Monologue Set Change

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  • Anna
    Anna Day ago

    That's awesome!

  • You must enter a name
    You must enter a name 11 days ago

    WHAT a crew!

  • Just Chilin
    Just Chilin 21 day ago +1

    Oh my gosh this gave me so much anxiety for them haha I was like come on guys you can do it!

  • dtvfan24
    dtvfan24 26 days ago

    great job by the hidden workforce of SNL

  • Kate McKinnon Inc.
    Kate McKinnon Inc. Month ago

    this seems nerve wracking

  • Kate McKinnon Inc.
    Kate McKinnon Inc. Month ago

    It's so surreal seeing the set from that angle. It's amazing, really.

  • bigginsd1
    bigginsd1 2 months ago

    I've heard that when Comedians from SNL go on to make feature films they are so used to this crazy hard working crew that they are shocked at how much longer it takes to get anything done. They might think up some new jokes requiring props and go to the films prop department, say "can you run out and get this list of props before we shoot this particular scene this afternoon", and the props guy just says "nup" and that's the end of the discussion.

  • Jonny Haw
    Jonny Haw 2 months ago

    God, they really make life hard for themselves, don't they! That set didn't need to be quite so elaborate - and they could have pre-recorded that bit!

  • Sutianne Li
    Sutianne Li 2 months ago

    That was insanely intense to watch.

  • Josh Stanlaw
    Josh Stanlaw 3 months ago

    Great change by the crew

  • Egor Piskov
    Egor Piskov 3 months ago

    Awww snap the dude on the far left at 1:29. R.I.P. wristwatch

  • Tim Mill
    Tim Mill 3 months ago +1

    Notice the lack of "diversity" among those who get things done under this tight schedule.

  • Jeff Maylor
    Jeff Maylor 3 months ago +2

    Lorne Michaels is Jewish. It is a Jewish thing to create immense pressure as a way to control people. Hollywood Jewish directors are notoriously cruel. But hey, at least he isn't accused of actually raping employees like Harvey Weinstein.

  • Reprimendi
    Reprimendi 3 months ago

    Wow I had no idea all this work happens behind the scenes and during commercials, you guy have an incredible team.

  • Prudence Middleton
    Prudence Middleton 3 months ago

    i was so stressed watching that

  • Addy Joe
    Addy Joe 3 months ago

    The viewers will be hit anytime

  • Folarin Osibodu
    Folarin Osibodu 3 months ago

    holy crap

  • Ashley Hemze
    Ashley Hemze 3 months ago

    The tech crew are gods.

  • Daisy Dottie
    Daisy Dottie 3 months ago

    Me when I’m trying to get all my hw before class starts

  • Daisy Dottie
    Daisy Dottie 3 months ago

    This gives me anxiety

  • Jonny Haw
    Jonny Haw 3 months ago

    If you enjoyed that, check out this one too:

  • Chris Kotsopoulos
    Chris Kotsopoulos 7 months ago

    Great video. Knowing that they do sketches take place in at least 3-4 other areas in the studio, it makes me wonder why they would choose to do the cold open at home base. My only guess is that they want to start the show in a location where everyone in the audience can see since many of the sketches won't be in front of most of them

  • yuta Bas
    yuta Bas 8 months ago

    this video somehow gave me too much stress!

  • Davis T.
    Davis T. 8 months ago


  • SniffyPoo
    SniffyPoo 8 months ago

    doing that live is just an incredible feat of logistics

  • Jim Shaw
    Jim Shaw 8 months ago

    I would pay for a subscription to a channel that just shows these set changes. Unbelievable.

  • Melinda Kimme
    Melinda Kimme 8 months ago

    Bravo. To the staff of Saturday Night Live. 'My hat is off to you all.'

  • Melinda Kimme
    Melinda Kimme 8 months ago

    Gadds. If I had been a crew member I would have died from high blood pressure.

  • sidowninc
    sidowninc 9 months ago

    Wow had no idea!

  • xxxvelocityxx
    xxxvelocityxx 10 months ago

    This is why I want to go to a live show

  • Faith Wong
    Faith Wong 10 months ago

    A lotta respect for these guys

  • L M
    L M 11 months ago

    Those last 40 seconds almost gave me a panic attack.

  • Bree Linton-Rafko
    Bree Linton-Rafko 11 months ago

    as a techie this makes me so happy seeing ppl who do what i do in the real world

  • MommyTeacher 123
    MommyTeacher 123 11 months ago

    I got super nervous.had no idea

  • gafeht
    gafeht 11 months ago

    "Just get out of there"

  • HB Radke
    HB Radke 11 months ago

    WOW! That's awesome!

  • Love One Another
    Love One Another 11 months ago

    That gave me so much anxiety
    Awesome work guys!

  • MyNamesCamila
    MyNamesCamila 11 months ago

    I know this is a long shot, but I'm an architecture student looking to get into set design and was wondering if anyone knows of internships opportunities available at SNL? This video is fascinating!

  • George Mason
    George Mason 11 months ago

    Now I know why they do that long intro

  • Phil Strahl
    Phil Strahl 11 months ago

    Did I just break a sweat watching this?! I did.

  • Triston Rogers
    Triston Rogers 11 months ago

    Everybody's saying "my anxieteh!!1! lol XD" but who else watches this video and yearns for the life it puts on display?!

  • Sarahcate Roberson
    Sarahcate Roberson 11 months ago

    I would love to see more videos like this!
    Maybe costume changes would be cool, too c:

  • Wendy W
    Wendy W 11 months ago

    You guys are amazing! that was so much work!!! I appreciate your hard work guys wow!!!! inspiring. Maybe 2 stages would be better though so as one is being used the other is being redone for the next scene?

  • Sim
    Sim 11 months ago


  • Patricia Machín Rosich

    Great teamwork everyone!!!

  • D’meach da peach
    D’meach da peach Year ago +1

    Oh god that was stressful 😰

  • Aidan McLeod
    Aidan McLeod Year ago

    I've never been more nervous in my entire life

  • Ivory Adeline
    Ivory Adeline Year ago

    daaaaamn your crew ROCKS!!!!!

  • Lerkero
    Lerkero Year ago +1

    Couldn't SNL be better off if they just switched to a non-live format? Dave Chappelle's show went very well with a semi-live format.

  • Ανδρέας Χούνδρης

    holy crap, that's intense

  • Henry Shi
    Henry Shi Year ago

    The only word I wanna say is... wow!

  • Witch
    Witch Year ago

    All these years I thought they do sketches in individual rooms created specifically for a scene. I'm astonished by this :O

  • birdorienteering
    birdorienteering Year ago

    That seems like unnecessary stress.

  • Austin Green
    Austin Green Year ago

    I need an entire episode like this. It's very entertaining.

  • YoshiPeach Mario
    YoshiPeach Mario Year ago +1

    that wall looks tougher than the one Trump will not build.

  • Philip Green
    Philip Green Year ago

    I love seeing the behind the scenes videos! x

  • virgen virgen
    virgen virgen Year ago

    theh should put this cornered on the screen when aired live. it wojld make more people tune it! believe me!

  • El Kabong
    El Kabong Year ago

    Anyone that gives this a "thumbs down" knows absolutely nothing about staging live shows or, really, any kind of production. These people are pros and they do it every week!

  • fernando fuerte
    fernando fuerte Year ago

    man, that alec is fuunnny as the Donald.

  • Jeannie Weasly
    Jeannie Weasly Year ago

    Now I understand why the opening seems so long

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  • noybw333
    noybw333 Year ago


  • George Michas
    George Michas Year ago

    Simply amazing.

  • Alfred Barrera
    Alfred Barrera Year ago

    Progress defendant economy zehrpc away divine sector up shake.

  • cclayhammer
    cclayhammer Year ago

    More of these set changes please, thank you!

  • Manda Gee
    Manda Gee Year ago +1

    this gave me so much anxiety, and like, I've seen the episode and knew they would get it done but dang

  • Susan Z
    Susan Z Year ago +1

    When everyone cheers, we think it's for the "host", but really it's for the incredible crew!!! That was awesome!

  • Kelly Mcgrath
    Kelly Mcgrath Year ago


  • elguapo 12 3
    elguapo 12 3 Year ago

    Can't believe someone farted at the 2:46 mark

  • C B
    C B Year ago


  • Isobel Blanchard
    Isobel Blanchard Year ago


  • blueringoctopuss
    blueringoctopuss Year ago

    Nobody cares about your set change skills. Suck a fart!!!

  • vamps4me
    vamps4me Year ago

    So cool.

  • CrazyWedz
    CrazyWedz Year ago

    Instead of reruns, which don't get nearly the same ratings as the live shows, SNL should simply broadcast the entire dress rehearsal for the show they were going to rerun. I think that would be interesting, and get me to tune in where I wouldn't otherwise.

  • MeatHook
    MeatHook Year ago

    Oh, no new SNLs. I guess for the new years they're crying in their milk over Trump now that all of their attempts to stop him failed. Liberal tears are delicious!

  • Jennifer Murdock
    Jennifer Murdock Year ago

    This reminds me of a set change I did when I was in the crew of a local production. 3 huge platforms with tall walls, set pieces & props all over it. Thankfully we could wheel them offstage instead of breaking them down like they did here, but it was still like a ticking bomb to get them off before the curtain went out.

  • Melvina Wilson
    Melvina Wilson Year ago

    Please Do Soulja Boy & Chris Brown!!

  • tommi atkins
    tommi atkins Year ago

    Americans working together. Unified. Organised.
    If trump was in charge of this he would have stood in front of the camera and required applause.

  • #TAHS
    #TAHS Year ago

    Where are the newest videos at?????

  • Richard medina jr

    those guys are teamsters..

  • scott alwood
    scott alwood Year ago

    Very cool to see. Thank you for this.

  • Andrea Fryer
    Andrea Fryer Year ago +1

    How many of you wished that last guy arranging the flowers would have gotten his butt outta there? :-D

  • john doe
    john doe Year ago

    show sucks hard

  • kkk bbb
    kkk bbb Year ago

    love the last part where the director said "you're the best". what a cool bts!

  • Jim Richards
    Jim Richards Year ago

    Here is the practical guide to surviving the Trump presidency.. Wait for it.. Crawl up into a ball and bring plenty of food and a diaper because it's going to be a long 4 years. You will need other supplies: 1400 boxes of Kleenex.. 400 gallons of ice cream (your favorite flavor) a very very sad fucking novel and a shit load of self help books. Actually, you're going to need to double everything because it will be 8 years instead of 4. Then try to understand the smugness that is Rachel Maddow.. see if you can see through your own shitty party to understand why the democrats are literally dissolving in front of us. Part 1 of a 3 part saga.
    Part 2 of the survival guide includes an introspective look at why the Democrats thought that open borders would be a great thing, when they clearly took jobs away from already poor Americans, let un-vetted refugees in, who are now ravaging Europe, with crime wave and gang rape statistics, off the charts.. then there's the whole running over Europeans with buses thing + mass slaughter of innocent people on a weekly basis. We take a look at the trade deficit with the world and ask ourselves why we let China have all our manufacturing, all while we double our nations debt by $11 TRILLION to $22 TRILLION. We go further into the U.S. funding of ISIS, and take a good hard look at the reasons Obama felt it beneficial to fund the rebels, (now ISIS) to foster a regime change in a country that isn't ours. We dive deep into Obamacare and ask ourselves "did our government really just tell us that we had to pay for something (or we get fined), that costs $4,600 to cover free healthcare for their illegal immigrants?" A sane reporter rebounded with.. "Wait.. they are doing this all for votes so they stay in power??!!!" and the masses decried "but we were programmed to hate Trump!" and the Crying Games which are now known throughout the world as the new Hunger Games began.. The end.. of the beginning.. of the end. Part 2 of a 3 part saga.

  • Veronika Douglas
    Veronika Douglas Year ago

    The snl crew is so amazing. They should have Melanie Martinez on snl, anyone agree?

  • 诚橙程
    诚橙程 Year ago

    seriously, did SNL shut down by DT?

  • Monirul Hasan
    Monirul Hasan Year ago


  • Dank Harambe
    Dank Harambe Year ago

    They need new skits...this is getting boring...

  • dogeo
    dogeo Year ago

    im a trump supporter and I find these funny as hell

    • Dank Harambe
      Dank Harambe Year ago +1

      But it's getting overused, this isn't what SNL should be doing. They used to have troll skits on all celebs, now it's just Trump, Trump, and more Trump...I want some new celebs getting trolled...

  • Calixo
    Calixo Year ago

    i wish they didn't allow big production companies to upload here, go back to your dying platform

  • GrotrianSeiler
    GrotrianSeiler Year ago

    Very cool. We get to appreciate the show that much more seeing this kind of stuff.

  • Grey Fox
    Grey Fox Year ago +1

    I don't why but I love the part when he says : "and.. dissolve, announce."

  • Coppercrusader
    Coppercrusader Year ago


    • Ony Cruikshanks
      Ony Cruikshanks Year ago +1

      Is what your mother said when she shat you out.

  • XsVTooL
    XsVTooL Year ago

    Lets all lick the crews asshole because the cast sucks so bad and we care about jobs so much.

  • Cobalt Malone
    Cobalt Malone Year ago

    Why is Snl's set looks like a holiday theme in the background. This offends my religion allah achobar and my lover muhamma because it shows my religion was not added.

  • CuckleBerry Finn
    CuckleBerry Finn Year ago

    Terrible terrible channel. How do I keep getting here?

  • Derek Williams
    Derek Williams Year ago


  • tbpunk
    tbpunk Year ago

    Amazing what you can do in two minutes.
    Seen Ashley?