"Saturday Night Live: The Experience" opens on October 21 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. The 12,000-square-foot installment takes you on a journey behind the scenes of the late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show that continues to be an American staple as it enters its 43rd season.
Ten full-on galleries usher you into the office of Executive Producer Lorne Michaels, the writers room, the control room and many more nooks and crannies of the legendary show, each piled with iconic artifacts.
"Chicago is a perfect fit as the new home of 'Saturday Night Live: The Experience,'" says Larry Wert, Chairman of the Museum of Broadcast Communications, "since countless actors and writers cut their comedic chops here before being discovered by SNL, and we are going to have a lot of fun with this. Saturday Night Live has never been hotter and we are excited to add this to the historic significance of the museum.”
After a stunning success at its debut in New York City, the exhibition will now focus on Chicago’s SNL connection with the Wayne’s World set, Bill Murray’s lounge singer jacket, Matt Foley’s suit, the Killer Bees’ costume and Gilda Radner’s shoes.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Museum of Broadcast Communications to connect visitors with the backstory of the show and offer them the opportunity to relive the most laughable moments and sketches,” said Mark Lach, Creative Director of Premier Exhibitions. “Saturday Night Live: The Experience" goes even further to give people a sense of what it’s like to be part of the creative team, and the frenetic schedule and pace involved with each weekly episode. It can look so effortless on TV, but this exhibition illustrates that a lot of hard work and preparation undoubtedly goes into each and every laugh.”
Throughout the exhibition run, ticketed special events will bring in actors and writers, as well as set and costume designers to speak about their experiences on SNL.
Don’t miss the laughs, the history, and insights into the hard work behind SNL at the Museum of Broadcast Communications at 360 N. State Street, at the corner of State and Kinzie. Tickets for the 14-month run of the exhibition are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and teens/students (with college ID). Children under 12 are free.