Saturday Night Live has announced that not only will it kick off its 40th anniversary with a 3-hour long episode, but it has partnered with state-of-the-art special event center Premier on 5th to present a museum-like exhibition in tribute to its four decades on the air. Even though an official opening date has yet to be confirmed (you can sign up for e-mail updates here), the official press release tells us to expect scripts, set pieces, props, costumes and some yet-to-be-announced special interactive elements some time this spring. Due to the disconcertingly vague nature of that list, I’ve put together 10 things I’d like to see when the exhibition opens.
1. A video presentation of SNL's biggest bloopers (or at least a full-length movie of every time Jimmy Fallon broke).
2. Stefon’s scripts and cue cards side by side. As some SNL fans know, John Mullaney and Bill Hader would write for their Stefon character together. Later, when it was time to shoot, John would change jokes on the actor’s cue cards in an attempt to make Bill break live on TV.
3. The opportunity to sit at each of the Weekend Update desks, from Chevy Chase’s set to Colin Jost and Michael Che’s.
4. To enter the exhibition, you can either pay admission or you need to use Dana Carvey’s ChapStick.
5. A chance to seek dating advice from Drunk Uncle.
6. To finally taste the delicious sounding “Schweddy Balls.”
7. An SNL writer-curated list of their favorite, never made sketches, complete with scripts.
8. The Wayne’s World basement.
9. Paul Simon was a big part of SNL early on, so it’d be nice if he wrote a few songs about his experience and played them live to entertain people while they’re waiting in line to buy a ticket.
10. The cowbell. Yes that one, but have it trapped behind glass so we don’t have to hear it anymore.
Okay, some of those may be unrealistic, and whatever SNL does decide to share with us will no doubt be wonderful, but a guy can dream, right?