Creating Saturday Night Live: Cue Cards – SNL

Creating Saturday Night Live: Cue Cards – SNL

Saturday Night Live’s cue card supervisor, Wally Feresten, gives a behind-the-scenes look at an integral and iconic part of the show’s production. Tune in to SNL Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT on NBC!


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69 Responses

  1. John Balnis says:

    I’ve always wanted an explanation of the cue cards.. no joke??

  2. ASMRShortbread says:

    The AAARRRRRGGHHHH card is the best.

  3. gelp says:

    This video was excellent. Then they mentioned Mulaney, and it became greater.

    But seriously, Wally’s great.

  4. Josh Adame says:

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    Wallys a legend
    And you are to

  5. Aaron Stark says:

    That bill hader bit is always hilarious ?

  6. Victor Chang says:

    These behind the scenes are the fucking best. They’ve covered so much already

  7. De Nichols says:

    I really loved learning this about the show.

  8. Kingsley Martin says:

    I want more vids like this

  9. Mari says:

    To the people complaining, they don’t get a lot of time to memorize everything. Doesn’t make them bad actors, it makes them human.

    • Texas Chainsaw Jesus says:

      +Mari Not live improv. Yeah, when the sketches are written, they fuck around. But once it’s written, they do it as written, for the most past. If they simply went on the air and winged it, especially with this cast, SNL would really suck.

    • Texas Chainsaw Jesus says:

      +Josh O’Gorman Oh, ya mean like great standup? Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Dangerfield, Bill Hicks, Lewis Black, they are and were writers. Dangerfield agonized over every word that he wrote. He polished every joke until he was satisfied, then he would add it to his act. It doesn’t have to be invented on the spot to be authentic. Carlin’s best bit, 7 dirty words, was a written bit. And he, too, polished it, chose just the right curse words, put them in just the right order, labored over it.

    • The Fidget Spinner Movie says:

      I wonder if any host has ever memorized all their lines before??

    • Jumping Tuna says:

      +Josh O’Gorman if you want to be sure the joke is gonna land, you script it. Sure, they could wing it, but the quality will suffer. There’s a reason SNL has been on the air for close to 45 years. What they do works.

    • lentern says:

      Learn to code

  10. Squid GamingYT says:

    If i worked in that department I’d be so tempted to have a celebrities autograph cue cards with lines on it! Frame that shit! Can you imagine the cue card that said “more cowbell” with Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell’s autograph framed in your apartment?!?

    • Multi-waves Offischal music says:

      They could even sell them for a charity event

    • quiet451 says:

      Funny that you mention “More Cowbell”. Those cards were given by Wally to Ron Bennington of the Ron and Fez radio show. I’m pretty sure they were signed too.

    • Big Sky Blue says:

      Visit FlagrantViolationsDotCom I’m not quite sure what your sarcasm is aimed at, but what I’m saying is that NBC/SNL probably wouldn’t want an employee personally profiting off of the access their job gives them, without the company also getting a cut. Just like how tickets to SNL (or any show) can’t be transferred. If you’re lucky enough to win the ticket lottery to SNL, you can’t turn around and scalp the tickets at a marked up price. Employees aren’t allowed to sell tickets they’re given to shows. SNL/NBC want total control over money generated.

      The NCAA polices that too. Terell Pryor literally sold his personal cleats/game worn jersey…he was punished and the school was sanctioned. Big businesses of any kind aren’t known for their generosity.

    • Big Sky Blue says:

      Visit FlagrantViolationsDotCom Plus, idk if you’ve even worked in entertainment, but celebrity guests often really hate being asked for pictures/autographs by staff members. It’s consisted unprofessional and unseemly.

    • keondra leke says:

      That would be the holy grail of SNL cue cards.

  11. William Huynh says:

    Hey it’s Streeter, I remember watching him on College Humor and now he’s writing for SNL

  12. Michelle Cuesta Fagan says:

    It’s always interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes of a show.

  13. Justin Evans says:

    Holy crap its Streeter

  14. Alexander Lawrence says:

    It’s a shame that so many people that make the shows and music possible, don’t receive the same amount of love. It’s dope that they gave this dude a little love and some exposure.

    • Alexander Lawrence says:

      +Sunshine Hornick I could tell they still use cue cards because when they’re reading they are looking off slightly to the side. lol

    • Blah Blah says:

      You know what’s a shame? The leaves on trees are the unsung hero’s because they filger the air we breathe. Where’s their parade? We should cherish every single leaf and give them the best life.

    • Alexander Lawrence says:

      +Blah Blah True shit. You should start the parade and I’ll join.

    • C caymer says:

      Wtf, its a HUGE privilege to work for SNL and many comedians/actors started their careers working for SNL.

    • Alexander Lawrence says:

      +C caymer Are you referring to my comment?

  15. Ken Pudsey says:

    This guy holds the show together!

    • Visit FlagrantViolationsDotCom says:

      Ken Pudsey these guys and the tech/stage hands, set designers (among others im probably not aware of) are all under noted folks that are pretty critical to good production. You usually won’t notice them unless somebody/something screws up in which case you will REALLY notice it. Lots of operations/businesses have similar things too.

    • Haziq Mazlan says:

      “Holds” haha

    • Ken Pudsey says:

      +Visit FlagrantViolationsDotCom -Yeah, real professionals?

    • Ken Pudsey says:

      +Haziq Mazlan Ha ha..I didn’t get that at first?

  16. Jack'sVlogs says:

    Wow! I legitimately thought that SNL had teleprompters! The fact that they are cue cards makes the show so much cooler!!

    • Dei H says:

      +Justin Linville I apologize for not addressing your other points. I’m sure cloud docs would be helpful, but I’m not so sure about printing them right before the show. Do you mean to speed up the process of the actual cue card? Or do you mean “printing” as in putting the cloud docs and connecting it to the teleprompter? It’s just the way they like to do it, I suppose. It seems to be working out for them after all these years so far.

    • Justin Linville says:

      +Dei H No worries, and I appreciate your honest and civil responses (I wish more youtube debates went this way). I’ll also mention that hands down SNL is the top-dog in their space. But as someone who is solution orientated, when I watched this clip the only things that stuck out to me were the cue card supervisor speaking on the difficulty of the position. To the point where the video itself described the process as being very chaotic and stressful. Also my bad on clarifying my use of “printing”, what I meant to convey was actually printing the cue cards onto paper day-of.

    • Dei H says:

      Justin Linville I agree, it feels quite chaotic and there are several solutions to this issue. It does seem like the people at SNL like that vibe? Maybe I’m wrong. I hear you on the problem solving. I’m constantly trying to be more efficient. (I’m a freelancer) sometimes the faster options are the best options especially in such a high pressure environment.

    • Justin Linville says:

      +Dei H I can totally agree with you on that!

    • Nicholas Littlejohn says:

      They like the historic, analogue nature of cards

  17. Jack'sVlogs says:

    I love these behind the scenes videos!! Please make more!!!

  18. Miss Edits says:

    This is beautiful tbh, I never thought I’d be so interested in it. I love it

  19. TechnoBabel says:

    Streeter Seidell? More like ‘Streeter Pie-fell’.

    You know.

    Because a pie fell into his mouth.

    And he ate it.

  20. Wes McGee says:

    After 44 years his elbows must be sore.

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