Magazine article Variety

"Saturday Night Live"

Magazine article Variety

"Saturday Night Live"

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"SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" (NBC)

Episodes: Louis C.K. with Sam Smith, Anna Kendrick with Pharrell Wiliams, Chris Rock with Prince

Variety, competition, reality or gameshow series

Production Designers: Keith Ian Raywood, Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura, N. Joseph DeTullio

Saturday Night Live" production designers show us that the funniest jokes are the closest to the truth. Whether spoofing the White House, a game show, news desk, office or clinic, they get the laugh without resorting to visual clichés. Add current musical guests such as Prince, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams, each requiring his own evocative settings, and it's proof that if comedy is about timing, there is none to spare for these designers who consistently hit their marks on a weekly basis. New York City provides endless inspiration for the look of the show, as originally conceived by production designer Eugene Lee, who has designed "SNL" since its premiere in 1975. …

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