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Saturday Night Live fans whose hunger for sketch-based nostalgia wasn’t sated by February’s SNL 40 media blitz will be in luck come June, because that’s when a new documentary covering the history of Lorne Michaels’ pop culture juggernaut is set for release. Titled Live From New York!, Bao Nguyen’s movie shares a name with Tom Shales’ classic 2002 oral history of the show, but there doesn’t seem to be an official connection between the two. Instead, the coincidence presumably stems from the fact that there are only a few notable phrases that stretch across SNL’s entire 40-year history, and Jane, You Ignorant Slut: A Documentary just wouldn’t scan as well.

Nguyen’s film will feature archival footage and interviews with SNL cast members and recurring guests, including Tiny Fey, Amy Poehler, John Goodman, and Alec Baldwin. That line-up suggests that the film will examine time periods beyond the show’s heavily mythologized early years, which is good news given that there are only so many ways to say, “We all loved cocaine and hated Chevy Chase.”


Produced by BehindTheLine Productions, Live From New York! is scheduled to debut in April at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. After that, it’ll arrive in selected theaters on June 12. Die-hard fans can also use the Tugg web platform to request screenings at their local theaters, where they’ll finally be able to watch a movie in their licensed novelty Coneheads hats in peace.

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