Strike Watch: SNL On Strike

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Fred Armisen spoofed studio heads who are ”not making any money on the internet” as he opened the live SNL show at the UCB theater hosted by Superbad’s Michael Cera with Yo La Tengo as the musical guest. ”The cast members did their own makeup,” reports The New York Times of the Amy Poehler-organized fundraiser. Erin Calabrese and Tom Liddy of The New York Post report:

Guests for the sold-out 11:30 p.m. show at the West 26th Street theater included ‘SNL’ fixtures Darrell Hammond and Fred Armisen and ‘Freaks and Geeks’ star Samm Levine.

”It was way more intense,” said SNL star Kenan Thompson after the show. ”No safety net.”

The cast performed about 15 sketches including a hip-hop game show, the fake news Weekend Update segment featuring a French man and riff on ‘Showtime at the Apollo.”

Head writer Seth Meyers told The Times, ”I’ve been here seven years, and I’ve never seen anything as awesome as this.” Instead of delivering ”Weekend Update” in the high-tech network headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Center, Meyers and Poehler executed the segment in the 150-person auditorium with a yellow home-made sign.

The UCB website notes that limited tickets ($20) will be available at the door for tonight’s live performance of 30 Rock.

(image via nytimes)