Last night, NBC debuted a new digital series, Creating Saturday Night Live, a look behind the scenes of the complex comedy production.
Getting a glimpse of Studio 8H’s famed backstage as a host roams the halls during a monologue is always thrilling – SNL’s week-long writing and rehearsal process is famed for its intensity and adherence to a set-in-stone schedule, and seeing where the magic happens feels like a privilege.
Even more so in James Franco’s little-seen doc Saturday Night, shot over six days in 2008 leading up to John Malkovich’s hosting gig, which gives an unparalleled and extremely intimate look at how the host, writers, and players prepare for each episode.
Creating Saturday Night Live promises more of the same. In this installment, we see how sound effects wizard Steve Higgins edits on the fly: