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Q: How can I get tickets to the show?

A: "SNL's" primary means of filling the audience is through an online ticket lottery held each season. To enter you must send an e-mail during the month of August to snltickets@nbcuni.com. Include your name, home address, phone number, and e-mail. If you are selected, you will receive two tickets to a random live show or dress rehearsal. You may only send one e-mail per household and you may not request a specific date. All audience members must be at least 16 years of age.

Q: Is there any other way to get into the show?

A: The stand-by line offers another opportunity for those willing to wait in line. Stand-by ticket holders are admitted if empty seats remain after all actual ticket holders have been seated. Stand-by tickets are distributed at 7 am on the morning of each new "SNL" on the 49th Street side of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. You may choose a stand-by ticket for either the 8 pm dress rehearsal or the 11:30 pm live show and report back at designated times to see if you are needed in the audience. Stand-by tickets are limited to one per person and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

Q: Where can I write for a cast member's autograph?

A: Try writing to:

cast member name
c/o NBC Universal
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

Q: How can I join the cast? Become a writer?

A: "SNL" does not hold open auditions or accept audition tapes or materials. Most of the show's writers and performers are culled from comedy groups such as The Groundlings in Los Angeles or Second City in Chicago. To be annointed with an "SNL" audition is considered high honor in the comedy business.

Q: How can I apply for an internship at the show?

A: If you are a sophomore or above, enrolled at an accredited college/university, and on track to receive a bachelor or advanced degree, you are elligible to apply for an NBC Internship. Click here to read guidelines and apply.

Q: Where can I submit my great sketch idea?

A: "SNL" has a strict policy of not accepting unsolicited scripts, script ideas, drafts of sketches, or even jokes.

Q: How can I obtain a video of a specific "SNL" episode?

A: Unfortunately, NBC and "SNL" are unable to provide tapes of individual "SNL" broadcasts. The entire first and second seasons of "SNL," along with a bevy of compilation DVDs, are available in our Store for purchase. Beyond that, your best bet is to post a request on the Tape Trading section of our Forum.

Q: How many live episodes of "SNL" have aired to date?

A: 628 episodes (as of November 3, 2007).

Q: How big is Studio 8H?

A: 6,339 square-feet. NBC's most famous television studio was built in 1937 to accommodate NBC Symphony radio broadcasts conducted by Arturo Toscanini. Toscanini's original podium now resides in the 8H announcer's booth.

Q: What was the highest rating/share ever for a live episode?

A: 16.0 / 47 (October 13, 1979). Steve Martin / Blondie.

Q: What was the lowest rating/share ever for a live episode?

A: 4.2 / 16 (November 8, 1975). Candice Bergen / Esther Phillips.

Q: How many times has the show been broadcast on a seven-second delay?

A: Twice: December 13, 1975 (host Richard Pryor) and May 12, 1990 (host Andrew Dice Clay).

Q: How many episodes of the show were not named "Saturday Night Live"?

A: 41 episodes. The show was originally known as "NBC's Saturday Night," then just as "Saturday Night," before the March 26, 1977 episode.

Q: How many times has the show been performed outside of New York?

A: One episode (February 20, 1977, in New Orleans).

Q: How many times has the show been performed in Brooklyn?

A: Three episodes (October 16, October 23, and October 30 1976, when the NBC election unit took over Studio 8-H).

Q: How many regular "Weekend Update" anchors have there been?

A: 19: Chevy Chase (1975-76), Jane Curtin (1976-80), Dan Aykroyd (1977-78), Bill Murray (1978-80), Charles Rocket (1980-81), Gail Matthius (1981), Brian Doyle-Murray (1981-82), Mary Gross (1981-82), Christine Ebersole (1982), Brad Hall (1982-84), Christopher Guest (1984-85), Dennis Miller (1985-91), Kevin Nealon (1991-94), Norm Macdonald (1994-1997), Colin Quinn (1998-2000), Jimmy Fallon (2000-2004), Tina Fey (2000-2006), Amy Poehler (2004-present), and Seth Meyers (2006-present).

Q: How many animated short film series have appeared on "SNL"?

A: Five: "Mr. Bill" (1976-81), "Tippy Turtle" (1984-85), "Office Space/Milton" (1993-95), "TV Funhouse" (1996-present), and "Maakies" (1998).

Q: How many puppet-driven recurring sketches have appeared on "SNL"?

A: Three: "Jim Henson's Muppets" (1975-76), "Toonces: The Cat Who Could Drive a Car" (1988-93), and "The GoLords" (1997-98).

Q: How many movies have featured characters that originally appeared on "SNL"?

A: 18: "Mr. Mike's Mondo Video" (1979), The Blues Brothers" (1980), "Gilda Live" (1980), "Wayne's World" (1992), "Mo' Money" (1992), "Bob Roberts" (1992), "Mr. Saturday Night" (1992), "Coneheads" (1993), "Wayne's World 2" (1993), "It's Pat" (1994), "Casper" (1995), "Stuart Saves His Family" (1995), "Blues Brothers 2000" (1998), "A Night at the Roxbury" (1998), "Office Space" (1999), "Superstar" (1999), "The Ladies Man" (2000) and "A Mighty Wind" (2003).