The opening credit sequence for 'SNL'— the one that shows the cast members doing various fun things around New York City while smiling and looking cute — lasts about a minute and 40 seconds. For those watching at home, or the next morning on Hulu, it feels long. But during those 100 seconds, the stage crew in Studio 8H of 30 Rock has to deconstruct the cold open set and make way for the opening monologue stage. Watching them scramble to do it, as this behind-the-scenes video shows, makes those 100 seconds feel incredibly short.
In this particular episode, John Goodman, Alec Baldwin, and shirtless Beck Bennett have to get out of the way so a gilded, Trumpian set can disappear. The stage will soon open to the house band, the iconic 'SNL' clock, and a relatively well-groomed Casey Affleck. They don't quite make it in time: A crew member is still adjusting poinsettias as Affleck jogs down the steps. But without the stage manager saying, "Just get outta there, just get outta there," would you even notice?