rockefeller plaza 30

SNL: How standby works

Or more accurately, how mine went!:

(I am not a good writer in any sense so I apologize now)

  • you will only know you have a seat when you actually sit in it
  • First I arrived at Rockefeller plaza around 11:30am-12 pm, the line will be on 48th street either on the side of the nintendo store (usually). You will see silver barricades, the line starts at this corner. 
  • All the shows are different. The time you should show up depends on what time of year, who is hosting as well as musical guest and how many people the host will invite. 
  • I heard when Margot Robbie hosted they handed out many extra tickets Saturday morning to fill up the spots. But when Dave Chapelle hosted no one made it into the live show and only 7 got into the rehearsal
  • I suggest if you came a long way and only have once chance, get there early Friday morning around 10-12 am. If you have many chances to do this again then you could possibly be fine with arriving later Friday evening around 10pm. But it is up to you, if you think its too early you can always come back later. Check on the line when you can if you’re nearby.
  • You must place everything you brought down on the street and only leave for short breaks for eating and the bathroom. If you are inviting someone later they must save their own spot. So say you arrive and then two people are behind you, your friend then shows up, they must leave something behind those two people and can join you while waiting until morning because thats the order they will receive their tickets. Anything other than this is cutting the line. No saving spots if the person isn’t there initially. This isn’t fair to anyone else who had to come super early.
  •  This may change but I heard you can bring a single blow up mattress but it must lay lengthways so your head is towards the building and your feet towards the curb (you can lay on it however this is just a visual aid)
  • No tents allowed. Bring tons of blankets and layers to wear. Bring things to read and watch but beware there is no where to charge electronic items. If you have never slept on the street you probably won’t get any sleep that night. If you get restless you can go for a brief walk. It will always be colder than you think it is, so be prepared. Bring heating pads if need be. Of course if this is in say June then you probably don’t need to do that. But do bring blankets. The cement is cold and you will want to lay on several layers to not feel it. 
  • You are allowed to visit anyone in line for as long as you want - up until 6am - remembering to keep your original place in line kept with a large item.
  • tons of people will be asking what you’re doing there, who’s the host, musical guest and question if you’re homeless…. you can make jokes out of this because if not you’ll get annoyed quickly. Many people even yell from cars driving past so look out for that. Also some speed by so stay off the street as much as possible and stay on the curb
  • most likely there will be an old lady there, I hear she goes every week and she’s usually one of the first people in line, she always picks rehearsal. If you see someone cut just tell her if you are not comfortable telling a guard. Make sure you memorize who is in front of you or take pictures. If you’re one of the first 30 she will most likely remember who was there. 
  • most of the guards are super nice so be friendly and talk to them if they seem like they want to
  • You have now made it through the night! Hopefully…. At 6am they will ask you to get on your feet and pack everything up. You will all stand in line for about an hour now. The tickets will not be distributed until it has reached exactly 7 am. Some pagers will go in order asking you if you’d like to go to the rehearsal (which has more sketches, is more relaxed and a better chance of getting) or the live show (its live and you get to be the laughs! don’t scream out to them though this is rude to the actors) 
  • BRING A VALID FORM OF PHOTO ID, they will ask to see this for your ticket.
  • After you pick a show they give you a ticket with your number on it, and write your name down for the show you’re attending. You do not get to keep this so take a picture if you want to! the sun just arose it’ll look good ;) And yay! You are now free to go home or wherever!
  • Your ticket says what time you need to be back for your show. You will go to the NBC store. This store is now located inside the building. Find this entrance by entering the part of the building where it has a big sign/block-billlboard for sSNL,  Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers etc.  I suggest coming 30 minutes before that to look around and get organized. DO NOT COME AFTER 10:30 this is cutting it late. You will see a woman, most likely, in a blazer just go ask her where you should be. You will see the people who won the lottery as well as the second standby line behind you. They fill your seats if you do not show, they get their tickets that morning. They will want to see you ID one last time here. 
  • Backpacks are not allowed, do not bring one!!!
  • at 10:30 they put you in order, usually groups of 10-20 go up at a time. At this point you can put everything away except your ticket and your phone if you must. The first group will be taken up. You will go through security, they will explain how it works, basically her everything in a purse/one location such as a pocket. This is where the scary man is telling you how worthless you are and how you’re just a seat filler! No worries I still love you
  •  you will then wait in a stairwell. You are asked to then turn off your phone. TURN IT OFF! DO NOT PUT IT ON SILENT! unless you are okay with them taking it and deleting any pics or kicking you straight out. (someone was kicked out of dress rehearsal so i advise you just follow the rule turn it off NOW)
  • you then get taken up in elevators and wait in line. you can look at all the screens flashing pictures of characters and sketches over the years it amazingly beautiful. You get to see the lounge where celebrities wait in. Keep an eye out for them! Olivia Wilde passed right by me! 
  • It will be getting close to 11:30 pm now, don’t panic. they seat everyone and then you if there is any room. When it is time they give you a bracelet you put on yourself. You move quickly into another elevator. Here numbers don’t matter so get out there quickly! 
  • You get up there walk through the hall where there are a bunch of framed photos of characters so many good ones! (I saw lots of kate). They then have you stop and they take your tickets (aww sad). Then you quickly past a short hall with costumes behind glass of famous characters.
  •  The staff pick your seat so it could be anywhere. Don’t worry they do sketches everywhere so at at least one point in time you will be close to them. 
  • YOU ARE IN YOUR SEAT!! YOU MADE IT NO TAKE BACKS! (unless you get kicked out) The room is cold so bring a sweater just in case. Do not put anything over the railing it will be in there shot and they’ll ask you to move it. 
  • Someone, most likely Michael Che, will do a bit of stand up. Then maybe they will do a song and have backup dancers who knows!
  • Then the show will begin, remember to be respectful of the cast. But most importantly have fun! just sit and relax and absorb everything around you because you will not have any thing extra you see documented for later.
  •  During the show you may want to look at the screen rather than the actual actors. I trued watching them live even when they were far. The show will be recorded you will see what it looks like for everyone else later so maybe spend this time looking at the show from another perspective. 
  • Once you’re done and you’d like to meet the cast outside, go out as soon ask you can. The host exits somewhere else so it is very unlikely you will meet them. It’ll be under the rainbow deck sign. It’ll be on the side of the street facing the building you camped next to. Stand behind the barriers I heard they are strict about this. (there was a point when I was there and no one cared about them, so read the situation if need be) Be alert some of the cast comes out fast and you don’t even realize. 
  • Take pics of the cast! with the cast! if they look like they want to go please let them. Be nice and kind because they are sweet people! (if you’re scared colin seems the easiest to approach, very friendly) 
  • Just have fun and talk to them! I know we all have our favourites but please try and give everyone in the cast a good amount of attention if they stick around. 

I hope you have a fun time, its an extraordinary experience! (hope I didn’t miss anything) And I would really enjoy hearing anyone’s story if you do go! 

Good luck!! <33


Bill: I can say it. I think she’s awesome. The thing about Kristen that always blows my mind—and other writers feel the same way—is that every week, she has a new move that no one has seen before.
Kristen: Well, that’s how I feel about you, and that’s how a lot of people feel about you. I’m throwing it back at you.

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me: 30 Rock is an American satirical television sitcom created by Tina Fey that ran on NBC from October 11, 2006, to January 31, 2013. It follows the life of Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), who is a writer for a fictional sketch-comedy, The Girlie Show. The series is loosely based on Fey’s experiences when she herself was the head writer for Saturday Night Live from 1997 to 2006. The series’ name refers to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, where the NBC Studios are located and where Saturday Night Live is written, produced, and performed.

The 70-story RCA Building. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, between West 49th to 50th Streets and Fifth to Avenue of the Americas. Rockefeller Center. Associated Architects (Reinhard & Hofmeister; Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray; Raymond Hood, Godley & Fouilhoux), 1931-1933. 

View looking west of the new RCA Building, at Rockefeller Center from the top of 444 Madison Avenue Building, in the Summer of 1933. The Center’s 32-story RKO Building (Associateda Architext, 1932) with Radio City Music Hall is at right.

Photo: Rockefeller Center, Inc.

Source: Alan Balfour “Rockefeller Center. Architecture as Theater” (New York. McGraw-Hill. 1978).

‘Skyscraper bridges’ – 1925 – Raymond Hood

Raymond Hood (designer of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the Daily News Building and the American Radiator Building) planned a series of ‘apartment bridges’ to reduce congestion and provide a unique, water-focused lifestyle. The plan featured 50 to 60-storey towers of apartments for 50,000 people on either side of a broad roadway built on a suspension bridge. There were shops, theatres and walkways, while lifts granted residents access to the river. ‘Not to embrace this opportunity is to neglect the very pick of metropolitan locations,’ said Hood

How wild must it have been to be someone like oblivious to snl coming to 30 rock on a day andy and bill were filming laser cats. Like imagine being some random business person and going to a serious meeting at 30 rockefeller plaza and the elevator doors open to two grown ass men in capes and helmets pretending to shoot lasers at each other with toy fucking cats what a world we live in


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