Published on August 31st, 2012 | by Sharilyn Johnson


Saturday Night Live tickets: last chance for 2012-2013 season

If you haven’t submitted for tickets as of midnight tonight, it’s going to be a whole lot harder to see Saturday Night Live this season.

The SNL ticketing period is open during the month of August only. Here’s what you need to know, in 3 easy steps:

1) As outlined on the NBC ticketing page, send one email per household (include ALL your address/contact info) to snltickets@nbcuni.com, to enter the ticketing lottery. Do not send multiple emails. They’ll delete ’em all if you try to cheat.

2) Check your spam filters. Constantly. If you win tickets, they’ll email you with the details, and you’re SOL if you miss it.

3) Be ready to go to New York at the drop of a hat. If you’re selected, you won’t find out until a few weeks ahead of time (or less). They’ll tell you whether you’ve been assigned two tickets to the dress rehearsal or the live show (both have pros and cons). Tickets are non-transferable.

It really is that easy, folks. Well, aside from the fact that your odds are very slim, and it could take years of trying before you’re picked. But otherwise, easy.

And hey, if you don’t get selected, you can always spend a few days in the standby line outside 30 Rock, dealing with tourists asking you “whatcha waitin’ for?” every two minutes.


About the Author

is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.

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