Creating Saturday Night Live: Cold Open to Monologue Set Change

A behind-the-scenes look at the unseen two-minute set change that went down during the opening credits to transform SNL's set from the cold open to Casey Affleck's monologue stage.

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Author sidowninc ( ago)
Wow had no idea!

Author xxxvelocityxx ( ago)
This is why I want to go to a live show

Author Faith Wong ( ago)
A lotta respect for these guys

Author Jorge Luis ( ago)
Those last 40 seconds almost gave me a panic attack.

Author Bree Linton-Rafko ( ago)
as a techie this makes me so happy seeing ppl who do what i do in the real world

Author MommyTeacher 123 ( ago)
I got super nervous.had no idea

Author gafeht ( ago)
"Just get out of there"

Author Haifisch NZ ( ago)
It made me wonder....Have you ever dropped or hit anyone in the audience and gotten sued...."Bigly"


Author HB Radke ( ago)
WOW! That's awesome!

Author Jenn Jenn ( ago)
That gave me so much anxiety
Awesome work guys!

Author MyNamesCamila ( 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!

Author George Mason ( ago)
Now I know why they do that long intro

Author Phil Strahl ( ago)
Did I just break a sweat watching this?! I did.

Author Triston Rogers ( ago)
Everybody's saying "my anxieteh!!1! lol XD" but who else watches this video and yearns for the life it puts on display?!

Author Sarahcate Roberson ( ago)
I would love to see more videos like this!
Maybe costume changes would be cool, too c:

Author Wendy W ( 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?

Author Sim ( ago)

Author Patricia Machín Rosich ( ago)
Great teamwork everyone!!!

Author What's a good display name? ( ago)
Oh god that was stressful 😰

Author Aidan McLeod ( ago)
I've never been more nervous in my entire life

Author Ivory Adeline ( ago)
daaaaamn your crew ROCKS!!!!!

Author Lerkero ( ago)
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.

Author Ανδρέας Χούνδρης ( ago)
holy crap, that's intense

Author Henry Shi ( ago)
The only word I wanna say is... wow!

Author Witch ( ago)
All these years I thought they do sketches in individual rooms created specifically for a scene. I'm astonished by this :O

Author birdorienteering ( ago)
That seems like unnecessary stress.

Author Austin Green ( ago)
I need an entire episode like this. It's very entertaining.

Author YoshiPeach Mario ( ago)
that wall looks tougher than the one Trump will not build.

Author Philip Green ( ago)
I love seeing the behind the scenes videos! x

Author virgen fj ( ago)
theh should put this cornered on the screen when aired live. it wojld make more people tune it! believe me!

Author El Kabong ( 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!

Author fernando fuerte ( ago)
man, that alec is fuunnny as the Donald.

Author Jeannie Weasly ( ago)
Now I understand why the opening seems so long

Author randomnobody playthrough ( ago)

Author Bryanna Basilio ( ago)
Wow remarkable. Thanks for sharing

Author Bryanna Basilio ( ago)

Author noybw333 ( ago)

Author George Michas ( ago)
Simply amazing.

Author Quentin Bell ( ago)
I wonder if the sets ever fell down during airing

Author Alfred Barrera ( ago)
Progress defendant economy zehrpc away divine sector up shake.

Author cclayhammer ( ago)
More of these set changes please, thank you!

Author Manda Gee ( ago)
this gave me so much anxiety, and like, I've seen the episode and knew they would get it done but dang

Author Susan Z ( ago)
When everyone cheers, we think it's for the "host", but really it's for the incredible crew!!! That was awesome!

Author Kelly Mcgrath ( ago)

Author elguapo 12 3 ( ago)
Can't believe someone farted at the 2:46 mark

Author C B ( ago)

Author Isobel Blanchard ( ago)

Author blueringoctopuss ( ago)
Nobody cares about your set change skills. Suck a fart!!!

Author vamps4me ( ago)
So cool.

Author CrazyWedz ( 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.

Author MeatHook ( 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!

Author Jennifer Murdock ( 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.

Author Melvina Wilson ( ago)
Please Do Soulja Boy & Chris Brown!!

Author tommi atkins ( 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.

Author The Alina Hornet Show ( ago)
Where are the newest videos at?????

Author Richard medina jr ( ago)
those guys are teamsters..

Author scott alwood ( ago)
Very cool to see. Thank you for this.

Author Andrea Fryer ( ago)
How many of you wished that last guy arranging the flowers would have gotten his butt outta there? :-D

Author john doe ( ago)
show sucks hard

Author kkk bbb ( ago)
love the last part where the director said "you're the best". what a cool bts!

Author Jim Richards ( 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.

Author Veronika Douglas ( ago)
The snl crew is so amazing. They should have Melanie Martinez on snl, anyone agree?

Author 诚橙程 ( ago)
seriously, did SNL shut down by DT?

Author Monirul Hasan ( ago)

Author Dank Harambe ( ago)
They need new skits...this is getting boring...

Author dogeo ( ago)
im a trump supporter and I find these funny as hell

Author Calixo ( ago)
i wish they didn't allow big production companies to upload here, go back to your dying platform

Author GrotrianSeiler ( ago)
Very cool. We get to appreciate the show that much more seeing this kind of stuff.

Author Grey Fox ( ago)
I don't why but I love the part when he says : "and.. dissolve, announce."

Author Coppercrusader ( ago)

Author XsVTooL ( ago)
Lets all lick the crews asshole because the cast sucks so bad and we care about jobs so much.

Author Cobalt Malone ( 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.

Author CuckleBerry Finn ( ago)
Terrible terrible channel. How do I keep getting here?

Author Derek Williams ( ago)

Author tbpunk ( ago)
Amazing what you can do in two minutes.

Seen Ashley?

Author Anna Rounseville ( ago)
Look at all the set crew hustle, so many of them. So absolutely needed for that transition. Good job!

Author Manny P ( ago)

Author kittttygirl5 ( ago)
this is so cool

Author Momo Domo ( ago)
I felt my stress levels increasing watching this-

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

Author Henry Lee lll ( ago)
SNL are fart joke

Author Sam Sam ( ago)
This was fun! Its cool to see how you all operate behind the scenes. Good job everyone!

Author 1966bluemax ( ago)
Do wall removers have minimum wage?

Author Stakhanovites ( ago)

Author Foot Ball ( ago)
the crew are fast as fuck

Author Hannah NappoJackson ( ago)
this shit gave me anxiety

Author tad casper ( ago)
waaaaaaaa i need my mommy my hillary lost waaaaaa i am fucking butt hurt cry baby hillary loving brain dead brainwashed TURDLARY.

Author Jink Asaurus ( ago)
that's the most exciting thing I've seen in a while

Author highlander723 ( ago)
does anybody remember when Saturday Night Live used to be I don't know....funny and not such a political shithouse.

Author Richard Memminger ( ago)
Please keep showing things like this, super educational!!!

Author George Jones ( ago)
I wished that SNL's Debbie Downer sketch was made into a theatrical movie back in 2008.

Author George Jones ( 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.

Author George Jones ( 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.

Author George Jones ( ago)
SNL, go back to making movies based on your sketches and characters, Stuart Saves His Family never deserved to fail at the box office back when it hit theaters in 1995, That movie never deserved to be forgotten, it deserved a remake movie just like Total Recall wad remade.

Author yoyojoe618 ( ago)
Love how the guy on the radio repeatedly complimented his set workers near the end.

Author Dmitriy Aristov ( ago)
Fascinating! So much work goes unto just this piece!!

Author Ryan Wright ( ago)
Get off trump and politics show sucks now!!

Author 7armedman ( ago)

Author mark busch ( ago)
Don't see many thumbs down like I do here. SNL sucks, but the brain dead love it.

Author Danyal Lodhi ( ago)
All the great behind the scenes work done on a great show! Thank you!

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