Well, isn't that special.
Premier Exhibitions Fifth Avenue is giving "Saturday Night Live" fans a chance to get a piece of 30 Rock thanks to a new exhibit filled with original sets, costumes, scripts, video segments and more to celebrate the landmark sketch comedy show's 40th anniversary.
The story arc of the exhibit, which took 26 weeks to put together, follows the six days it takes to put the show together, starting on Monday, when producer Lorne Michaels and the writers hash out sketch ideas, to showtime. "I wanted to give people the experience of going to 30 Rock on a Saturday night but then sucking you back from Saturday to Monday," says Mark Lach, creative director of Premier Exhibitions. Here are some of the highlights.
SMART ALEC Who better to greet visitors than Alec Baldwin, who has hosted "SNL" a record 16 times? Upon entering the exhibit, guests will be treated to a four-minute film about "SNL" narrated by the Massapequa-born actor.
SETTING THE STAGE Sets for the show are constantly being reconstructed, but many of the original pieces have been saved and will be on view. Among them: the original staircase and stage from the first episode, the Church Lady's "stained glass" windows, the "Celebrity Jeopardy!" set, and the "Wayne's World" living room complete with stove, guitar and shoddy slipcovers.
TUT, TUT Dozens of original costumes will be on display, from the Killer Bee outfit worn by John Belushi to the King Tut getup Steve Martin wore to walk like an Egyptian. Other must-see outfits include Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's political duds as, respectively, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton; Molly Shannon's Catholic school uniform for Mary Katherine Gallagher; Eddie Murphy's Buckwheat and Mr. Robinson costumes; and the suits and packages worn by Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg.
THE GRAND FINALE Fey is your guest host for the exhibit's eight-minute finish -- a mini-version of "SNL" featuring an opening monologue by Fey; classic skits including a celeb "Jeopardy!" bit featuring Sean Connery (Darrell Hammond), and a musical performance by Bruno Mars. Now that's what 40 looks like.
WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Premier Exhibitions, 417 Fifth Ave.
INFO $29 adults, $26 ages 5-11; 646-979-4120, snltheexhibition.com