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An SNL Set is Built in Seconds

Chris Higgins

In this 80-second video, you'll see stagehands hastily assembling a set for Saturday Night Live. Early on, they get a 35-second warning and someone says over an intercom, "We're screwed." You can listen as they do the final ten-second countdown and people desperately move more furniture into the set, throw pillows in strategic places, and then hold the flat behind Fred Armisen by hand (you can see it wobbling as he starts to talk). Sheer madness, and amazing. This is live TV, folks.