New York Diaries: Part Two ~ SNL

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Sandy and I had the pleasure of seeing a taping of SNL (thanks to Seth!) while we were in New York. Rainn Wilson and Arcade Fire. What more could you ask for? An all night after party? We got that, too! Wanna know some interesting facts about our fun time? That’s what I’m here for!

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Sandy and I had the pleasure of seeing a taping of SNL (thanks to Seth!) while we were in New York. Rainn Wilson and Arcade Fire. What more could you ask for? An all night after party? We got that, too! Wanna know some interesting facts about our fun time? That’s what I’m here for!

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Sandy and I had the pleasure of seeing a taping of SNL (thanks to Seth!) while we were in New York. Rainn Wilson and Arcade Fire. What more could you ask for? An all night after party? We got that, too! Wanna know some interesting facts about our fun time? That’s what I’m here for!

1. There is a LOT of waiting around when it comes to attending a live show. I recommend going with somebody you enjoy. Like Sandy Marshall. It takes quite a while to get several hundred people up elevators and into a studio.

2. Watching SNL in person is remarkable. The precision that is required to have all of those people accomplish so much in a short amount of time is truly awesome. It’s like a ballet. A ballet with a bunch of hairy union workers in ill fitting clothes and gaffer tape.

3. They are pretty hard core about the “no pictures” thing. I took the snapshot of Sandy on the previous page before I knew it was forbidden — and when nobody was looking. We watched one the pages take a guy’s phone and spend about 5 minutes erasing pictures he took of Arcade Fire.

4. The writers watch the show from their own room with a glass window that overlooks the floor. They’ve got a bar in there. It’s kind of like that high-up glassed-in room in supermarkets. Except with comedy writers and Hennessey.

5. Lauren Michaels shattered my theory that he ALWAYS watches the show while walking around with a glass of Pinot Gregio in his hand. This is what he did when I saw the show in 1998. Not this time. He was woefully normal.

6. The band jams out before the show and during the commercial breaks. Remember G. E. Smith? Lenny Pickett is far less odd.

7. Watching Seth and Jason effortlessly navigate the show was really cool. And oddly normal. Felt like we were watching them on a small stage in Chicago — not a show being broadcast to 15 million people.

8. Don Pardo is getting pretty old. God Bless him, he’s Don Pardo. No joke here, just an observation.

9. Arcade Fire rocked it. And if you’re thinking, “But Kate, I bet any live act would sound great in that environment!” I have two words for you circa my 1998 visit: Back Street Boys. They danced with chairs and people sitting around me laughed. No laughing this time — just rockin’.

10. The woman sitting next to me had a stick up her butt. She didn’t laugh ONCE. Not even crack a smile. She was with her teenage daughter whose Make A Wish must have been to meet Sudeikis, because she had NOTHING going on. She made me feel awkward when I was jamming to Arcade Fire — but did I stop jamming? Hells no!

We’re already at 10? Jeeze, what else? A great added bonus to the night was that Arcade Fire did a impromptu concert after the show ended. About 30 minutes of balls out playing for the cast, crew and us. It was pretty remarkable — definitely felt like I got my money’s worth for our free tickets. And their little plan worked, we came home and I promptly purchased all their stuff on iTunes. Highly recommend. We sat near most of their friends in the audience — they were really proud — it was cute.

Wanna know more about our night. Stayed tuned. I’ll be back…