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Photos from Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition!

SNL The Exhibition Signage
All Photos By Gail

It’s funny to think that so many adults have never known a life where NBC’s late night comedy sketch program, Saturday Night Live did not exist, but it’s not so weird considering the show is currently celebrating its 40th year on the air. If you’re even a casual fan of the show and you live anywhere near NYC, you should make a point to see Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition, an independent and ridiculously comprehensive showcase collecting sets, props, photos, costumes, film clips and every type of random ephemera covering the show’s history, from the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players up to today.

SNL Skyline

Just as the exhibit takes chronological journey, let me guide you through some of the highlights with photos I took when I went to see it with Geoffrey last weekend.

Introductory Room

Entry to the exhibit hall is very loosely timed, so that they can send groups in together and create a cohesive, immersive experience. When you first enter, a short history of the show’s highlights plays on the screen seen in the above photo, and you can sit and watch it and get all excited for what  you are about to experience. Consider it a kind of “warm up act” for the exhibit.

Wayne and Garth

If you’ve been to a taping of SNL, you might recall that as you walk into Studio 8H you pass through a hallway lined with photos of the show’s many memorable characters from the past and present, such as Wayne and Garth, or Stefon. They have that here as well.

Stefon

Just looking at a photo of Bill Hader portraying Stefon, Weekend Update’s Nightlife Correspondent, makes me laugh out loud.

Monday Schedule

There are galleries dedicated to the activities of each of the six days that it takes to produce each show: from pitching sketch ideas to writing and revising the scripts, to set design and building (which takes place in a warehouse in Brooklyn), costume design, rehearsal, the live broadcast, and through to the after show party; there aren’t any details left out of what you’ll learn regarding the behind-the-scenes goings on of SNL.

Lorne Michael's Desk

This is producer Lorne Michaels actual desk from one of his two offices at 30 Rock.

Original Cast

The original Not Ready for Prime Time Players, before Billy Murray joined after the departure of Chevy Chase at the end of season one.

Land Shark
Land Shark Costume

Nick Winters Lounge Singer
Jacket Worn By Bill Murray’s Nick the Lounge Singer

Stuart Smalley
Costume of Stuart Smalley, Originally Portrayed by Al Franken, Now a Senator from Minnesota!

Mock Up of the Writers Room
Mock Up of the Writers Room

Schedule
The Night’s Schedule for Each Show is Created with Index Cards on a Cork Board, for Easy Changes!

Wayne and Garth
Wayne’s World! Wayne and Garth Costumes Worn by Mike Myers and Dan Carvey

Wayne's World Set

You can take photos of yourself and friends on the Wayne’s World Set. If you are by yourself, an exhibit employee will happily snap one or two for you. Excellent!

Dooneese
Dress Worn By Dooneese, the Girl with the Creepy Voice and Teeny Tiny Hands, Portrayed By Kristin Wiig

Dick in a Box
Dick in a Box

Bobby Moynihan as Yoda
Yoda Cowl Prosthetic Worn by Bobby Moynihan

Racial Tension Headache
Excedrin Racial Tension Headache Formula, Tressant Supreme Hair Color with Crack Cocaine

There’s a large display case filled with the various Fake Products featured in SNL Commercial Parodies over the past 40 — years, many of which I am sure you will remember with a chuckle!

Corn Chip Nail Tips
Chewable Pampers, Short & Curly Pubic Shampoo, Shirt in a Can, Corn Chip Nail Tips

Balz Off
Balz-Off Testosterone Blocker

King Tutt Costume
King Tut Costume Worn By Steve Martin

When the exhibition Treasures of Tutankhamen toured in the 1970s, the US was gripped by Tut-Mania. My parents even took us to see it! Steve Martin parodied the craze when he hosted in April of 1978. At the time, the King Tut sketch was SNL’s most expensive production. It became one of the show’s most iconic sketches and the song was  a million-selling single for Steve Martin, who resurrected the character for the 40th Anniversary Special.

Hans and Franz
Costumes Left to Right: Donatella Versace, Hans and Franz, Stefon

Seeing all of these great costumes from so many memorable characters that Saturday Night has brought into our lives, it is also a poignant reminder that some of the actors and comedians who portrayed them are, sadly, no longer with us.

Matt Foley , Opera Man
Costumes Left to Right: Matt Foley (RIP Chris Farley), Opera Man, (Behind Opera Man) Coneheads, Mary Catherine Gallagher

Sweeney Sisters
Costumes Worn by the Sweeney Sisters (RIP Jan Hooks)

Fire Bad
“Fire Bad!” RIP Phil Hartman

John and Gilda
RIP John and Gilda

Stack of Cue Cards
A Stack of Cue Cards for Just One Show!

Assorted Cue Cards
Assorted Cue Cards. Can You Name the Sketch Each One is From?

Cue Card

This one is my favorite: from Martin Short’s opening monologue for the 4oth Anniversary Special. Hilarious.

Control Room

This is a replica of the studio’s control room, where you can experience a 10 minute virtual recreation of what goes on during the live show! So cool!

Stage with Tina Fay

And here we are in an exact, smaller-scale replica of Studio 8H, where a virtual Tina Fay comes out to give a fun monologue created just for this exhibit! As you can see, the experience is quite immersive and interactive.

Weekend Update Desk Set

Get your photo taken on this old Weekend Update set from some random year in the 1980’s for $20! To be fare, they also superimpose your favorite Weekend Update Anchor into the shot with you! Almost worth it!

Gift Shop Overview

Exit through the gift shop – it is massive!

Californians Mug

Buy some swag, like this mug from The Californians’ sketch, which is insanely right on!

Ambiguously Gay Duo Magnet

Or an Ambiguously Gay Duo Magnet!

As you can see, we had a fantastic time at Saturday Night Live: the Exhibition, which is sponsored by Premier Exhibitions, and Located at 417 5th Avenue New York, NY 10016. Adult tickets are $31 (includes a $2.00 service charge) which you can book at This Link, or buy on site, but you should definitely do some Internet footwork before you pay full price, because I’ve seen significant discounts offered through GoldStar, Gilt, and Groupon. The exhibit is expected to run though the holidays!

Why I Would Want Miley Cyrus to Throw My Bachelorette Party

Miley Cyrus and Crew
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I think we can all agree that Miley Cyrus could throw the best, most phallic-inspired bachelorette party the world has ever seen.

The girl clearly knows how to party. The majority of her “makeover” since she started trying to shed her Disney image in 2008 has been based on over-the-top blowouts, crazy stage performances, scandalous outfits and tipsy nights out on the town. Combined together, all of these would make for one hell of a Henit.ie type of bachelorette party.

She’d obviously have no trouble bringing anything that resembled a penis, and I’m guessing she wouldn’t even have to visit a store. Throughout her Bangerz tour, some of Miley’s main props have included an anatomically correct sex doll and a 5-foot-long inflatable penis that she rides and rubs all over herself. And if her Twitter pictures are any indication, her collection of sex toys appears impressive. In that photo, it looks as if she’s holding an item called Belladonna’s Magic Hand, which Adam and Eve describes as being molded from the famous porn star’s hand with “life-like Sil-A-Gel material.” According to a reviewer here, it’s apparently also good for taking out intruders, which means Miley could be the muscle during your night on the town!

Miley Cyrus Tongue
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Some might think that she only acts like that while she’s on stage or in the public eye and wouldn’t be the same in person. Whether or not it’s an elaborate act to change her image, she’s obviously fully committed to and really enjoys playing the role no matter where she is. She’s even seen as the crazy party girl by others in the industry who would normally see right through such a publicity stunt.

A post on MTV from Jersey Shore star Snooki revealed that other celebrities don’t have much of a different perspective of her. When discussing what she would give out as Christmas presents last year, Snooki said, “I would get [Miley Cyrus] a lot of Christmas presents that involve vibrators and some sex toys and…really hot stripper outfits,” Snooks says in the clip. “Awww, she’s like a sexy guidette Christmas elf!”

Sexy Christmas elf or not, the girl has a flair for the phallus and partying. Made obvious by the birthday party she threw for ex-boyfriend Liam Hemsworth’s 2012, she even already knows where to get a penis cake in my favorite flavor. TMZ snapped pictures of her taking a bite out of the red velvet cake with chocolate frosting.

She also doesn’t seem to be the girl that gets too drunk and ruins the party for everyone else. In fact, she’d probably make sure others didn’t either. Jennifer Lawrence recounted a story in an interview on Late Night with Seth Myers about the time that she and Miley were both at SOMEONE’S Oscars after-party. Lawrence had too much to drink and ended up puking off the front porch. She said, “I was in such bad condition, and I look behind me while I’m puking, and Miley Cyrus is there like, ‘Get it together.’ ”

All this being said, I wouldn’t trust her standing next to me on my wedding day. She would probably try to lick the bouquet or something. But I sure as hell would be confident putting her in charge of a pre-wedding party. She’d probably come up with something more talked about than the wedding, and I’m sure it would be so epic that I wouldn’t mind a bit.

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Photos From Lady Gaga’s ArtPop Pop Up Boutique & Gallery NYC!

ArtPop Pop Up Storefront
All Photos By Gail

Today, November 11th, 2013 marks the release of Lady Gaga’s latest CD, ArtPop. The disc is most notable not so much for its musical ear-worm dancefloor-friendly shenanigans as it is for the artwork that graces the cover: a sculpture of a nude Gaga with a Gazing Ball between her legs, which was designed by Jeff Koons, one of the wealthiest and most successful contemporary artists in America. Confession: the fact that Lady Gaga managed to collaborate with Jeff Koons is the only reason I am paying any attention to this album.

Lady Gaga Media Release

To celebrate the CD’s please, Gaga’s well-oiled Hype Machine have opened a Pop Up Store in New York’s Meat Packing District (and another one in LA) which is open today, tomorrow and Wednesday from Noon to 9 PM each day. Since today is a holiday, I was free to check out the scene on West 14th Street and take some photos so you can see what you’re missing out on. Or not.

Gaga Applause Make Up
Everyone Working in the Store Had Their Make Up Done Like This

The place was totally mobbed within 30 minutes of opening its doors and one of the guys there selling T-Shirts said it had already been “a long day.” HA! In addition to merchandise for sale, which includes a variety of Gaga T Shirts, Canvas Tote Bags, Magazines with her face on them and, of course, the ArtPop CD, the space features a few props from the ArtPop photo shoot and a selection of Gaga’s outfits, which are always fun to see.

Gaga Outfits P1010572 Red and Blue Outfits

For Fans looking for a more personalized experience, there are “interactive” kiosks, where you can virtually insert yourself yourself into one of Gaga’s videos, get your photo taken in front of some Gaga Props and a tiny room where people are leaving written homages to Gaga on its paper walls.

Gaga Graffiti

Lady Gaga Binary Chair

This is the Binary Chair from the ArtPop photo shoot. Pretty cool!

Art Pop Koons

Here you can see Jeff Koons styling and photographing Gaga for the cover sculpture.

Gazing Ball Booklet Art

This is probably from the CD booklet, but will give you an idea of what Koons’ Gazing Ball exhibit at the David Zwirner gallery looked like.

Here are some masks Gaga wears on stage.

Lady Gaga Swine Mask
Swine Mask

Gaga Plastic Mask Display
Plastic Mask

Gaga Swag

They had lots of T-Shirts for sale!

Prop Gazing Balls

Sadly, these Gazing Balls, which are props left over from the MTV Music Awards are not for sale.

Goddess of Love

I enjoyed my visit!

The Lady Gaga ARTPOP Pop Up Store is Open Monday November 11 – Wednesday November 13, from Noon to 9:00 PM Daily! Find it at 417 West 14th Street just West of Ninth Avenue (Near the Apple Store).
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