Watch Saturday Night Live Quickly Break Down the Cold Open Set for the Monologue

Broadcasting TV shows live seems like a crazy idea that no one should actually do, because it’s basically a punishing race against the clock.

Just check out this set change on Saturday Night Live, there are so many hands working on transforming the cold open set into the monologue, and they still barely get it done in time. Add in the ominous countdown as the crew is literally moving walls while a live crowd is watching workers awkwardly trying to not drop things, and it’s an anxiety inducing nightmare. That the SNL crew is able to get it done in less than two minutes with no freak outs is very impressive.

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I thought SNL was filmed earlier in the day and then broadcast at night. Wouldnt this allow them to not have to scurry to swap the sets?