As most fans know, Saturday Night Live has just a one week turnaround for new episodes. The cast and crew need to write sketches, build sets, come up with musical cues, develop visual effects, and create promos in an incredibly tight amount of time. It's truly remarkable, especially if you get to go to a taping and see all of that come together in real time on live television.
Throughout this season, the show has been putting little clips online showing how the process comes together. You can watch all those videos below and get a better idea of all the work that goes into producing live television. First up: the visual effects team has only around 12 hours every week to get their material together.
Here's a 360 view of what it looks like on set for the traditional goodnights (featuring Scarlett Johansson).
Here's Kate McKinnon getting transformed from her Jeff Sessions character and into her "Shud the Mermaid" character.
This is what goes into creating the soundtrack for an episode.
Here is an interview with the woman who helps create those classic promo photos.
If you've ever wondered what longtime writer/producer Steve Higgins' job is like in action, this gives you an idea.
This is a look at the unseen two-minute set change that went down during the opening credits to transform SNL's set from the cold open to Casey Affleck's monologue stage.
And finally, a look at the makeup and hair process for Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon as they transformed into Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton last fall.