Man: Getting to laugh his weekend, tune in to SNL. It is going remote.[Cut to another news]
Man: Saturday Night Live returns with all new episode from home.[Cut to another news]
Woman: It’s going to be fascinating to see them in their element in their home.[Cut to another news]
Man: I can’t wait to see how they pull that off.[Cut to Pete Davidson at home.]
Pete Davidson: Initially, I was like, “Oh, man. This is going to suck.” [laughing] [Cut to “Stories From The Show- And SNL Series” video bumper.] [Cut to the ending of Daniel Craig’s SNL episode.] [audience cheering]
Daniel Craig: I’m Daniel Craig. This has been Saturday Night Live. Thank you, thank you, thank you.[Cut to Mikey Day at home.]
Mikey Day: That last show, it didn’t feel like, we wouldn’t be coming back. There was no indication that that would kind of be out live show season finale.[Cut to Pete Davidson.]
Pete Davidson: I think I got an email that was just sent to everybody and they were like, “Hey, we’re going to do it at home now.[Cut to Mikey Day.]
Mikey Day: I remember being a little perplexed as to how we would do it.[Cut to Anna Drezen at home.]
Anna Drezen: SNL’s so much chaos. So, one sort of grounding force we have is the audience.
Ego Nwodim: We do a multi cam live sketch show. So, we feed off of the studio audience.[Cut to a part of a news sketch ‘Mid-Day News’ with Phoebe Waller-Bridge.]
Phoebe Waller-Bridge: The suspect described as a white male–
Kenan Thompson: Whooow!
Ego Nwodim: Love it![Kenan and Ego doing high-five.] [Cut to Kenan Thompson at home.]
Kenan Thompson: The show has always been at 8H. We’ve always done it at 30 Rock.[Cut to Ego Nwodim]
Ego Nwodim: But if everyone else is in, I am in and I’m excited. Coz what else am I doing? I’m home.
Mikey Day: This equipment would arrive at our house. And we’d be like, “What is this? I guess there’s a sketch involving a green screen.” [Cut to Mikey Day fixing camera and his green screen] So, now we have a green screen.[Cut to Ego Nwodim]
Ego Nwodim: For the first show, we did a Zoom table read.[Cut to SNL Table Read show.]
Kenan: I hope you guys enjoy our table read here and we’ll see what we come up with on Saturday. This is crazy.[Cut to Ego Ngodim}
Ego Nwodim: And one of the sketches we read at the table was the dating show.[Cut to Beck Bennett from the sketch “How Low Will You Go?”]
Beck Bennett: Hello and welcome to “How Low Will You Go?”
Mikey Day: The most surreal moment, there was a dating show. I got up and stood on the side of my little computer area waiting for my cue as they were doing the sketch on Zoom. And it feels kind of like, the normal show, you’re waiting for your cue.[Cut to Mikey Day from the sketch “How Low Will You Go?”]
I just remember having a distinct moment thinking like, “I will remember this forever.[Cut to Heidi Gardner setting up the equipments at her home.]
Heidi Gardner: You’re setting up a ring light and the green screen and all these things that you don’t usually do. So, then by the time you’re shooting the thing, you’re just overwhelmed.[Cut to Anna Drezen]
Anna Drezen: It was also crazy because our first show back, Hal Willner died.I just like, can’t picture working on the sketch without talking to him. It was very difficult.[Cut to Ego Nwodim]
Ego Nwodim: This was challenging. It was hard but we were in it together. And that was really nice.
Bowen Yang: For the SoulCycle sketch, my next door neighbor yelled lines in response to my lines.[Cut to Bowen Yang from the sketch SoulCycle from home.]
Bowen Yang in sketch: It’s crazy to think that people can be watching this anywhere from Los Angeles to California.[Cut to Bowen Yang]
Bowen Yang: I heard my neighbor say, “Los Angeles is in California.” Like, they didn’t get that I was shooting a sketch. I knocked on their door. I was just like, “We’re shooting this thing. I apologize. It won’t happen again.” But maybe it will happen again in two weeks.[Cut to Pete Davidson]
Pete Davidson: The first thin I did was I did the Drake song and the Andre 2000 song. It was super weird. We would go outside and dance in the middle of the street. And then like, my neighbor would come and get his mail and just look up. And I’d be like, [smiling] “SNL at home. Ha-ha-ha.”
I had this other song that I was working on that I just on a whim sent to Sandler, and he ended up liking it. And then, he was just like, “I’m gonna do a verse on this.” And I was like, “Holy [bleep]. This is crazy.” And that is, by far, my favorite SNL moment that I’ve ever had for sure.
Heidi Gardner: It got better as the weeks went on.[Cut to a sketch “FaceTime with Rudd”]
Paul Rudd: Mandy?
Mandy: Yeah. Mandy.[Cut to Heidi Gardner.]
Heidi Gardner: I guess slowly, things just stopped being as overwhelming.
Kenan Thompson: And then the second one, we cranked it up a notch because now we had time to send wigs out and send costumes and it was obvious in that second episode.[Cut to Mikey Day]
Mikey Day: I guess one of the best part was how our families got involved. My 7-year-old son, he would be in our read through.[Cut to SNL cast having Zoom meeting. Mikey Day’s son is with him.]
Mikey Day on meeting: It’s hard on them too.
Mikey Day’s son: Like this bitch knows anything.[everyone laughing] [Cut to Mikey Day]
Mikey Day: We worked on this dad prank sketch.[Cut to clips from the sketch ‘Dad Prank.’]
I wrote him a thank you. Right now, it’s just kind of annoying to have to go up and shoot and stuff. But when you’re older, I think you’ll think it’s pretty cool that you got to be a part of this show.[Cut to Kenan Thompson]
Kenan Thompson: Watching my daughter watch herself in my intro on the show, she was just beaming. She just couldn’t stop smiling. I mean, I could have cried watching that.[Cut to Kenan Thompson with his daughters waving ‘bye’ at the camera] To see what you do immediately impact your child like that, that was a very touching moment. [Cut to Ego Nwodim]
Ego Nwodim: At home episodes sort of felt like, we got a job to do here. And it just sort of felt like an experimental thing.[Cut to Kenan Thompson]
Kenan Thompson: Specially when Brad Pitt said it like, “Live–[Cut to sketch with Brand Pitt.]
Brad Pitt: — kinda’, from all across America, it’s Saturday Night.[Cut to Kenan Thompson]
Kenan Thompson: It’s like, “Okay, we’re getting a glimpse into an invincibility with this show.” Like, whether we do it at 30 Rock or not, I think we can figure out a way to get it done.[Cut to Ego Nwodim]
Ego Nwodim: For the “Dreams” sketch, I didn’t know what everyone else was doing.[Cut to Kent Sublette at home]
Kent Sublette: I had been reading an article about COVID dreams and how intense they were to people and I’d had some myself. So, I started to think what would it like to see dreams of the cast? What they miss and you know, maybe we all sort of miss about New York?”[Cut to Mikey Day]
Mikey Day: The director Paul Birganti directed over Zoom.[Cut to Paul Birganti directing over Zoom.]
Paul Birganti: And action![Cut to Bowen Yang]
Bowen: We did a read through of it. After we finished it, all of us just looked at each other’s little tiles on Zoom and we were silent. And then I remember breaking the silence by being like, “I hope everyone has a good summer.”[Cut to Mikey Day]
Mikey Day: Seeing the city and us being digitally put into the city was kind of bitter sweet and sad, but at the same time uplifting, seeing us all together again.[Cut to Kenan Thompson]
Kenan Thompson: I guess we just never thought that we would get to a point where we wouldn’t be able to have New York, walk in Time Square, be bumped into on 5th Avenue or any of that. It was very emotional.[Cut to Bowen Yang.]
Bowen Yang: The show was a nice reminder that this was still possible. That it was still possible to sort of be there for each other, even though we were so seperate.[Cut to Ego Nwodim]
Ego Nwodim: Getting to watch that episode from the comfort of my home in New York made me feel so connected to the city.[Cut to Heidi Gardner]
Heidi Gardner: Coming off the elevator Saturday night and seeing a neighbor who was like, “Are you going to watch your show?” And I was like, “Yeah. Are you going to watch it?”[Cut to Ego Nwodim]
Ego Nwodim: I am waiting for us to be able to get back in 30 Rock. Oh, man. I wish I could get a goodnight’s hug right now.[Cut to Bowen Yang]
Bowen Yang: I can’t wait to go back. I can’t wait to go back and see everybody.[Cut to Pete Davidson]
Pete Davidson: I’m really like, grateful that we had those three shows. I won’t forget and I’m appreciative to have been a part of it.[Cut to a clip of SNL casts on Zoom meeting.] [Cut to Kenan Thompson]
Kenan Thompson: What I want to say is we’ll get through this thing together but we’ll also come out on the other side with a little more compassion and appreciation for our world that we live in, you know? Show some more love to each other, show some more love to our planet. That’s all I can hope for. Peace.