It’s hard to believe that the sketch comedy TV show Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th year on the air in 2015. A major retrospective exhibit was put together to honor this milestone, and naturally, it’s in New York. Entitled SNL – The Exhibition, if you have ever been a fan of the show, you are sure to get your money’s worth as you will be taken through the process of putting the show together, see all kinds of cool ephemera from the 40 years of the show as well as major set pieces and costumes of a lot of the most beloved characters.
A display case featuring many SNL commercial parodies including Super Bass O Matic and Colon Blow
Before I leave you to enjoy a lot of pictures from the exhibit, let me say that you will be reminded of the brilliance of the show and you will laugh out loud as you relive clips from some of the funniest moments of the shows illustrious history. The exhibit will take about an hour to go through it all and you are allowed to take non-flash photos of all of the items and you can even sit on the actual “Wayne’s World” set or the Weekend Update anchor desk (but they charge an extra fee for that one), plus there is a gift shop (which you exit through – ha!), so you can buy your loved ones SNL-themed merch if that floats your boat.
And now, live from According2g.com…. It’s Saturday Night… the exhibit!
SNL (Good for photo ops!)
Church Lady Costume
Dick in a Box costume
SNL Costumes including Barry Gibb costume, Matt Foley Motivational Speaker, Opera Man, Coneheads
Baby Spanx / Oops! I Crapped My Pants Adult Diapers
Eddie Murphy Buckwheat Costume – SNL Exhibit
G on the Wayne’s World Set. Photo by Gail.
Gilly Costume – SNL Exhibit
Celebrity Jeopardy Set
Cast Member Photos of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players
Layout of the hosts and musical guests for the 1993 season.
Click to enlarge so you can see the list of amazing musical guests that were on in the 1993 season. One of my only complaints of the exhibit was they were very light on the music guest ephemera. Aside from a Lady Gaga costume and mini TV screens that showed some performance highlights from each season (but positioned in a way you couldn’t really watch them for too long), there was almost nothing of the historical music performances that took place on the show.
The Opening Monologue Stage
The Control Room
Wayne and Garth Costumes – SNL Exhibit
Turd Furguson (Photo by Gail)
The Saturday Night Live exhibit is showing through the end of 2015 at 417 5th Avenue in Manhattan (between 37th and 38th Street). You can probably find cheaper tickets than the suggested price on the official website if you do a little googling. These pictures are just a sample of what is on display, so if you are an SNL fanatic, do not miss this exhibit!
The other night I saw the incredibly funny Fred Armisen in concert. It was a mix of music, videos and stand up comedy. He told the audience that he is a master of doing impersonations of accents. In fact, he encouraged the audience to request an accent and Fred would impersonate it. And it went a little something like this…
Opinions are opinions obviously, but based on some of the ignorant comments I’ve heard in regards to the singer Lana Del Rey since her weekend appearance on the TV show Saturday Night Live that I’ve heard, I thought I’d offer my two cents about Lana Del Rey. I’m only saying these words as someone who sees HUNDREDS of live acts a year. That might not qualify me as an expert in live music, but I’ll tell you one thing – for some of the shitty things I’ve heard about Lana, I certainly did not see YOU at her show and I’ve certainly not seen YOU going and checking out live music night after night to expand your musical horizons and trust me, I’d remember!
Lana Del Rey became a Youtube sensation in 2011 and based on the strength of two viral videos, many doors have opened for her. She’s gotten international exposure by appearing on many TV programs and up until now, her performances have been pretty solid. She performed two songs on Saturday Night Live, a TV show that everyone seems to say “has lost its thunder years ago,” and yet everyone seems to watch it and complain about how bad it is. So anyone that falls into that bucket, which I’ll conservatively estimate as A LOT of you, deserves to have their words discredited as ALL of the people in that bucket DO NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR WORDS! If you don’t like something, DO NOT SUPPORT IT! Please don’t support it and then complain about how bad it is (that goes for awards shows and reality TV also). It’s a double standard and anyone with half a brain (such as myself) can see right through it! Don’t “watch” train wrecks – GET OUT AND HELP because one day YOU might be on that train!
Yes, Lana Del Rey’s appearance on the TV show was nowhere near as good as her videos and was disappointing, but suddenly, the same people that watched Lana’s videos and made her an internet sensation are doing everything in their power to tear her down. If you believe what you hear on the internet, there has never been anyone ever in the history of music as bad as Lana Del Rey! That makes NO sense! Before you utter another bad word about Lana, PLEASE remember that the world has allowed someone as talentless and tone deaf as Katy Perry to break records set by someone truly talented like Michael Jackson. Please remember that the world has allowed pop auto-tune and lipsynching icons such as Britney Spears and Rihanna to be hugely successful and sell out stadiums across the world! Let’s see them perform acoustically!? It will never happen because it will expose their lack of singing talent. It will prove that they are frauds and that the world is filled with idiots who are incapable of making decisions for themselves!
It’s been avoidable to hear reports that she bought her way into stardom or slept her way to get where she is. SO BE IT if any of that is indeed true. It sure worked for Madonna and look where she is now. We’re not going to get into Madonna’s preaching to the masses about destroying your ego while she maintains one of the largest egos on the planet either, because that’s a diatribe for another day. I’m not on Lana Del Rey’s payroll, but UNLIKE YOU at this point in the game, I’ve seen her perform a full set and I found her songs to be great. Certainly she’s not the best singer in the world, but she’s certainly not the worst either. I found myself intrigued to hear more, and I think that her recent performance was an off night instead of a lack of talent as the armchair critics of the world are condemning her for. Her album will be released at the end of the month and time will tell if the old adage that all publicity is good publicity is still true in 2012.
So with that in mind, revist a live performance of “Video Games” that I recorded from a small club show in December 2011.
Wayne’s World! Party time! Excellent! Actor and comedian Dana Carvey was born today! He has made me laugh so many times as a part of Saturday Night Live as well as in movies such as the SNL spin-off Wayne’s World. Possibly one of my favorite bits is his homage to rock stars and how easy it is to write an epic stadium anthem. The song he performs is a Carvey original called “Chopping Broccoli” and is hilarious! Carvey is as cool in real life as he is funny on the screen. Party on, Dana!
Photo and autograph courtesy of G’s very large photo and autograph collection.
November 17 is Lorne Michaels’ birthday and we at According2g.com would like to wish him a very happy birthday. Of course he created the mega-successful TV show Saturday Night Live. The show spawned so many great sketches and introduced the world to so many great characters. Do you have a favorite? Let your voice be heard. Lorne Michaels might be reading this site. Happy birthday, Mr. Michaels.