When the show shoots in the hallway outside the studio, you can almost always see Abe Lincoln, chorus girls, and a llama in the background — a gag conceived by Seth Meyers in the early 2000s.
Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Griffin, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, and Jim Carrey all auditioned for — and were rejected by — SNL .
Parade magazine estimated that Cast members earned up to $24,000 per show in 2017, although the amount varies based on seniority and writing credits.
When Chevy Chase returned to host SNL after having left the cast a year prior, he got into a fistfight with Bill Murray, who called him "medium talent."
At least seven celebrity couples — including Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost, Emma Stone and Dave McCary, and, yes, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson — have met through SNL .
And finally, Lorne Michaels's assistant occasionally asks cast members to fill in empty seats at the creator's table so it appears full at the after-party.
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