SNL live from New York, but not on NBC
Saturday Night Live was 'live' from New York on Saturday night, but due to the writer's strike the show wasn't aired on NBC.
While viewers at home were watching a two-week old re-run of Brian Williams on SNL, the cast was on stage in New York at the Upright Citizen Brigade on 26th street where 150 audience members crammed in to see the NYC staple.
The SNL cast and writers staged the special "Saturday Night Live -- On Strike!" event to benefit the behind-the-scenes staff affected by the strike.
The show was not sanctioned by NBC, but Executive Producer Loren Michaels did have a part in making the show happen.
"It was everything that's never been on the show before," cast member Kenan Thompson told The Associated Press after the show. "Sometimes it doesn't get a chance to shine, but it sure shined here."
he performance included all the trappings of a typical SNL episode, such as a host monologue, musical performance, "Weekend Update" news segment and several comedy sketches -- all without any commercial interruption and without television sensorship.
"It was a little dirtier than usual," audience member Birch Harms said.
A typical SNL episode features about seven sketches, but the cast performed about 15 original sketches during the two-hour event.