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'Live From New York!' documentary traces 40 years of SNL history




Guest Shelley Duvall, original SNL cast members Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, and SNL producer Lorne Michaels.
Guest Shelley Duvall, original SNL cast members Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, and SNL producer Lorne Michaels.
Edie Baskin
Guest Shelley Duvall, original SNL cast members Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, and SNL producer Lorne Michaels.
The new documentary 'Live From New York!' (directed by Bao Nguyen) celebrates 40 years of 'Saturday Night Live.'
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Last month, "Saturday Night Live" concluded its 40th season, making it one of the longest-running network programs in the U.S. 

Each week, the show moves at a breakneck speed— frantically developing sketches throughout, performing them live each Saturday night and then swiftly moving on to the next show.

Recently, filmmaker Bao Nguyen had the chance to slow things down a bit and closely explore SNL's DNA. 

The result is a new documentary titled "Live From New York!"

The film traces the show's evolution from its scrappy, experimental beginnings to a comedic institution which persists in an age where few people watch anything live.

To hear the full interview with Bao Nguyen, click the link above.

"Live From New York!" opens in theaters June 12th.