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Think Its Impossible to Get SNL Tickets? Think Again

September 2, 2009 at 1:29 PM | by | ()

Getting tickets to Saturday Night Live has notoriously been thought to be like getting into Mob; you can't get in without connections and a willingness to do whatever it takes. But that isn't necessarily the case.

Saturday Night Live gives out tickets for the entire season in August via an online lottery, which you just missed. To enter the lotto (try again next August), just send all of your contact information to snltickets@ncbuni.com. You can not select a specific date and can only send one email per household. There are also a few tickets reserved each show for "people in the know", like Guy Fieri and the cast of Gossip Girl. But, just because it's now September and you have yet to be cast in a CW teen soap, doesn't mean you're out of luck, there are still a few stand-by tickets available for each show.

Stand-by tickets are distributed at 7am sharp on the 49th Street side of 30 Rockefeller Plaza on the mornings of the tapings. Everyone in the stand-by line must remain in line until the tickets are handed out. If you do get lucky and receive a ticket, you can choose between the 8pm dress rehearsal or the 11:30pm live taping.

There is a limit of one ticket per person, and they are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis and you must be at least 16 to attend the show. But be warned, a stand-by ticket does not guarantee you admission. If one of those "people in the know" shows up at the last minute, you're out and they're in your seat!

We've actually done this and been successful, scoring numbers 15 and 16 in the stand-by line after sleeping on the sidewalk in November. We arrived prepared though, at 4am with McMuffins from a 24-hr McDonalds and and enough blankets and cardboard bedding to help even some of our fellow line-waiters stay warm. Totally worth it!

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Archived Comments:

Have you seen SNL recently?

I'm surprised it doesn't pay for audience members.

hah so true

but i remember 1999 being insanely jealous of my friend who got tix once. that was the will ferrell heyday...

I'd be jealous too in 1999

Not only Will Ferrell, but also Colin Quinn and Tim Meadows would make SNL a worthy way to spend an evening in NYC. That season was around the beginning of the end for SNL though.

megan fox/u2

anyone else going?

this is bull

no one that reads this is going to be picked out of the lottery for snl tickets bc who ever wrote this put the wrong email address