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Live From Chicago…It’s Saturday Night Live!

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Just three miles north up State Street from McCormick Place, you can immerse yourself into 40 years of comic history in Saturday Night Live | The Experience, an interactive exhibit at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago!

The Windy City is the perfect place to host the SNL exhibit. Chicago has provided more cast members for the late-night series than any other city and primarily from the comedy/improv club Second City (another great place to visit during IMTS).

More than 500 artifacts in 10 galleries chronicle the history of NBC’s sketch comedy show taking guests through the hectic weekly schedule to get a sense of how the show comes together and the hard work that goes into every laugh. The exhibit begins just like the SNL work week.

On Mondays, the cast and hosts meet in the office of SNL Creator and Executive Producer Lorne Michael to generate ideas. On Tuesdays the skits are written; in the exhibit, guests can see original scripts and feel the excitement and the pressure the writers felt. On Wednesdays, producers and writers read through every script to select what’s best. On Thursdays, the scripts come alive with set and costume creation. Friday is dress rehearsals. Anticipation builds as you wander through scaffolding, and then dissipates when you step onto a replica of Studio 8H. 

Adam Gambrel, AMT Exhibitions Marketing Administrator and IMTSTV producer says, “Walking on the SNL set was absolutely exhilarating!” Check out his IMTSTV video on the SNL Experience as he walks through the galleries with his teammate Kathy Webster, Exhibitions Marketing Content Manager, who had to educate him on some of the 1980s and 1990s episodes of Wayne’s World, the Spartans, the Church Lady, Killer Bees, Steve Martin’s King Tut costume and more. 

During IMTS 2018, Wednesday evening is the best time to experience some of America’s best late-night moments when the Museum of Broadcast Communications is open until 8 p.m. 

For more information, visit www.snltheexhibition.com/.

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