In a New York Times article highlighting the illustrious after-parties that “Saturday Night Live” has become famous for, it was also revealed that the show starts with about 40-50 sketches per episode before cutting it down to only about eight sketches by airtime . That leaves a lot of material on the cutting room floor, so to speak.
According to former “Saturday Night Live” star Beck Bennett, in a 2017 interview with Larry King, the hours that go into preparing a show every week can get pretty intense. When asked how many hours a day he would have to put in preparing sketches, Bennett replied: “It changes. Fridays can be 24 hours. So, two weeks ago I got up at 6 AM and shot until about 5 AM and slept for six hours and then woke up and went to the studio at noon and did the show until 2 AM.”
So, it’s a long, difficult week that ends with more than three-fourths of the material being cut out of the show. That must make working on “Saturday Night Live” an emotionally exhausting process.