• NBC pays 'SNL' audience to comply with COVID-19 restrictions

    16 days ago - By Reality TV World

    Each audience member for Saturday Night Live's season premiere walked out with a surprise $150 check.
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  • ‘SNL' Complied With New York's New COVID-19 Guidelines By Paying Studio Audience Members $150 Each

    16 days ago - By Deadline

    Saturday Night Live came back during the weekend to kick off its 46th season, but after months since COVID-19 ravaged New York, much has changed. To ensure that the in-studio production is adhering to state guidelines, audience members of the beloved late-night sketch series received a check for $150 to watch the show. The New...
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  • ‘SNL' Paid Live Audience Members as Employees After Season Premiere

    16 days ago - By The Wrap

    “Saturday Night Live” audience members went home with paychecks after the comedy show's season premiere this past weekend, according to the New York Times.
    New York state guidelines still prohibit ticketed events, but the show found a clever loophole - the only way “SNL” could legally have a live audience on Saturday night was to pay its audience as if they were employees.
    The state's health department confirmed to the NYT that “SNL” had complied with rules that say the only allowed audience members at live shows are paid employees, cast and crew. Even still, audiences cannot exceed 25% of...
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