Creating Saturday Night Live: Cold Open to Monologue Set Change

Comments: 994

  • Chris Kotsopoulos
    Chris Kotsopoulos 1 month 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 1 month ago

    this video somehow gave me too much stress!

  • Davis T.
    Davis T. 2 months ago


  • SniffyPoo
    SniffyPoo 2 months ago

    doing that live is just an incredible feat of logistics

  • Jim Shaw
    Jim Shaw 2 months ago

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

  • Melinda Kimme
    Melinda Kimme 2 months ago

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

  • Melinda Kimme
    Melinda Kimme 2 months ago

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

  • sidowninc
    sidowninc 3 months ago

    Wow had no idea!

  • xxxvelocityxx
    xxxvelocityxx 4 months ago

    This is why I want to go to a live show

  • Faith Wong
    Faith Wong 4 months ago

    A lotta respect for these guys

  • L M
    L M 4 months ago

    Those last 40 seconds almost gave me a panic attack.

  • Bree Linton-Rafko
    Bree Linton-Rafko 5 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 5 months ago

    I got super nervous.had no idea

  • gafeht
    gafeht 5 months ago

    "Just get out of there"

  • Haifisch NZ
    Haifisch NZ 5 months ago

    It made me wonder....Have you ever dropped or hit anyone in the audience and gotten sued...."Bigly"


  • HB Radke
    HB Radke 5 months ago

    WOW! That's awesome!

  • Jenn Jenn
    Jenn Jenn 5 months ago

    That gave me so much anxiety
    Awesome work guys!

  • MyNamesCamila
    MyNamesCamila 5 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 5 months ago

    Now I know why they do that long intro

  • Phil Strahl
    Phil Strahl 5 months ago

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

  • Triston Rogers
    Triston Rogers 5 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 5 months ago

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

  • Wendy W
    Wendy W 5 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 5 months ago


  • Patricia Machín Rosich

    Great teamwork everyone!!!

  • What's a good display name?

    Oh god that was stressful 😰

  • Aidan McLeod
    Aidan McLeod 6 months ago

    I've never been more nervous in my entire life

  • Ivory Adeline
    Ivory Adeline 6 months ago

    daaaaamn your crew ROCKS!!!!!

  • Lerkero
    Lerkero 6 months 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 6 months ago

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

  • Witch
    Witch 6 months 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 6 months ago

    That seems like unnecessary stress.

  • Austin Green
    Austin Green 6 months ago

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

  • YoshiPeach Mario
    YoshiPeach Mario 6 months ago +1

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

  • Philip Green
    Philip Green 6 months ago

    I love seeing the behind the scenes videos! x

  • virgen fj
    virgen fj 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago

    man, that alec is fuunnny as the Donald.

  • Jeannie Weasly
    Jeannie Weasly 6 months ago

    Now I understand why the opening seems so long

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  • Bryanna Basilio
    Bryanna Basilio 6 months ago

    Wow remarkable. Thanks for sharing

  • Bryanna Basilio
    Bryanna Basilio 6 months ago


  • noybw333
    noybw333 6 months ago


  • George Michas
    George Michas 6 months ago

    Simply amazing.

  • Quentin Bell
    Quentin Bell 6 months ago

    I wonder if the sets ever fell down during airing

  • Alfred Barrera
    Alfred Barrera 6 months ago

    Progress defendant economy zehrpc away divine sector up shake.

  • cclayhammer
    cclayhammer 6 months ago

    More of these set changes please, thank you!

  • Manda Gee
    Manda Gee 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago


  • elguapo 12 3
    elguapo 12 3 6 months ago

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

  • C B
    C B 6 months ago


  • Isobel Blanchard
    Isobel Blanchard 6 months ago


  • blueringoctopuss
    blueringoctopuss 6 months ago

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

  • vamps4me
    vamps4me 6 months ago

    So cool.

  • CrazyWedz
    CrazyWedz 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago

    Please Do Soulja Boy & Chris Brown!!

  • tommi atkins
    tommi atkins 6 months 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 6 months ago

    Where are the newest videos at?????

  • Richard medina jr
    Richard medina jr 6 months ago

    those guys are teamsters..

  • scott alwood
    scott alwood 6 months ago

    Very cool to see. Thank you for this.

  • Andrea Fryer
    Andrea Fryer 6 months 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 6 months ago

    show sucks hard

  • kkk bbb
    kkk bbb 6 months ago

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

  • Jim Richards
    Jim Richards 6 months 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 6 months ago

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

  • 诚橙程
    诚橙程 6 months ago

    seriously, did SNL shut down by DT?

  • Monirul Hasan
    Monirul Hasan 6 months ago


  • Dank Harambe
    Dank Harambe 6 months ago

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

  • dogeo
    dogeo 6 months ago

    im a trump supporter and I find these funny as hell

    • Dank Harambe
      Dank Harambe 6 months ago

      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 6 months ago

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

  • GrotrianSeiler
    GrotrianSeiler 6 months ago

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

  • Grey Fox
    Grey Fox 6 months ago +1

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

  • Coppercrusader
    Coppercrusader 6 months ago


    • Ony Cruikshanks
      Ony Cruikshanks 6 months ago

      Is what your mother said when she shat you out.

  • XsVTooL
    XsVTooL 6 months ago

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

  • Cobalt Malone
    Cobalt Malone 6 months 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 6 months ago

    Terrible terrible channel. How do I keep getting here?

  • Derek Williams
    Derek Williams 6 months ago


  • tbpunk
    tbpunk 6 months ago

    Amazing what you can do in two minutes.

    Seen Ashley?

  • Anna Rounseville
    Anna Rounseville 6 months ago

    Look at all the set crew hustle, so many of them. So absolutely needed for that transition. Good job!

  • Manny P
    Manny P 6 months ago


  • kittttygirl5
    kittttygirl5 6 months ago

    this is so cool

  • Momo Domo
    Momo Domo 6 months ago +1

    I felt my stress levels increasing watching this-

    Whoever is on the mic has the patience of a saint.

  • Henry Lee lll
    Henry Lee lll 6 months ago

    SNL are fart joke

  • Sam Sloan
    Sam Sloan 6 months ago +1

    This was fun! Its cool to see how you all operate behind the scenes. Good job everyone!

  • 1966bluemax
    1966bluemax 6 months ago

    Do wall removers have minimum wage?

    • Dank Harambe
      Dank Harambe 6 months ago

      Trump should hire them to build the wall...

    • sydneyashelton
      sydneyashelton 6 months ago

      1966bluemax I'm not sure how it works in the TV industry, but I know that techs on Broadway often make just as much as the actors.

  • Stakhanovites
    Stakhanovites 6 months ago


  • Foot Ball
    Foot Ball 6 months ago

    the crew are fast as fuck

  • Hannah NappoJackson
    Hannah NappoJackson 6 months ago

    this shit gave me anxiety

  • tad casper
    tad casper 6 months ago

    waaaaaaaa i need my mommy my hillary lost waaaaaa i am fucking butt hurt cry baby hillary loving brain dead brainwashed TURDLARY.

  • Jink Asaurus
    Jink Asaurus 6 months ago +2

    that's the most exciting thing I've seen in a while

  • highlander723
    highlander723 6 months ago

    does anybody remember when Saturday Night Live used to be I don't know....funny and not such a political shithouse.

  • Richard Memminger
    Richard Memminger 6 months ago +2

    Please keep showing things like this, super educational!!!

  • George Jones
    George Jones 6 months ago

    I wished that SNL's Debbie Downer sketch was made into a theatrical movie back in 2008.

  • George Jones
    George Jones 6 months ago

    SNL should have made the unmade Sprockets movie adaptation in the first place and the other old released SNL films like It's Pat and Roxbury Night deserved making lots of money at cinemas.

  • George Jones
    George Jones 6 months ago

    SNL TV show should been cancelled back in 2000 and SNL movies should have continued in the first place, Adam Sandler should have turned his SNL character like Lunch Lady Land and Opera Man and Hanukkah Song into movies back in the 2000s decade between 2002 and 2004.

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