Friday, November 16, 2007

SNL And 30 Rock Putting On Live Shows

This promises to be a very cool weekend in NYC. The cast members of two New York-based TV shows that have been crippled by the writers strike, 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, will deliver one-time-only live performances this weekend in Manhattan.

The sold-out shows will take place at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater on West 26th Street, with proceeds going to a strike fund established by the Writers Guild.
Saturday Night Live will be performed at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, and 30 Rock at 8 p.m. Monday. Superbad and Arrested Development star Michael Cera will be the guest host of SNL, and the musical guest is alternative rock band Yo La Tengo.

SNL cast member Amy Poehler said in a statement late Thursday that the theater is a "second home" to many of the performers and writers.
"We are doing this to raise spirits, raise awareness and raise money for our hardworking production crews who will be having a hard holiday season if this strike continues," Poehler said.

From what I understand, this is going to involve every cast member from both shows, and also a great deal of interchange as well since the 30 Rock people primarily came from SNL.


GammaGirl said...

If "The Office" does this I would sell a kidney to go see it!

Khemenu said...

What sucks is that by the time I heard about this it was already sold out.

tigereye said...

can someone live blog it?!? That would be awesome.

jax said...

fuck it im just going to re-enact it in my basement after about a jug of tequila.

Jen Ryan's Brain said...

SNL hasn't been funny in years.
Seeing them be un-funny live is something I'll be sure to miss.

And why benefit the union? Give the $$ to needy children or something.

Miss X said...

I want to see this!!! I love 30 Rock.

I can't believe they won't televise this. Grrr!

Alex said...

Jen Ryan,

Your comments about SNL I agree with, but the second part is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. They're not doing the show for the union, they're doing the show for the production crew who are getting laid off as a result of the strike. Most of the crews are supporting them despite the fact that it has cost them their jobs around the holidays and their OWN children will be directly affected by that.

Sure, needy children can always use the money, but that's the kind of sanctimonious oneupmanship that destroys the point of charity. If we're talking suffering, then why don't they just give the money to needy sweatshop worker kids?

bionic bunny! said...

alex took the words right out of my mouth.


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