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PSA: August Is the Time to Try for 'Saturday Night Live' Tickets

By Nicole Levy | August 4, 2015 9:59am | Updated on July 26, 2016 3:04pm
 Michael Che and Bobby Moynihan as Riblet during Weekend Update on
Michael Che and Bobby Moynihan as Riblet during Weekend Update on "Saturday Night Live."
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The jokes and impressions on "Saturday Night Live" tend to hit their targets hardest during presidential elections, so we expect the late-night sketch comedy show to deliver some serious laughs when it returns for its 42nd season this fall. 

If you want to be in the audience when Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton and Darrell Hammond's Donald Trump go head-to-head for the country's highest office, August is the month to take action.

To enter the "SNL" ticket lottery for the upcoming 2016-2017 season, you'll have to email snltickets@nbcuni.com with your contact info before Sept. 1.

Entering the lottery doesn't guarantee you tickets, and if you do get selected, you won't be able to take the whole family: NBC says you can only send one email per household, and kids under 16 won't be admitted. Lottery winners will receive two tickets for a random show date and time — either the 8 p.m. dress rehearsal or the 11:30 p.m. live broadcast.

For everyone else, there's the stand-by option. You can get up at the crack of dawn to stand in line, "aside from minimal, necessary breaks," on the morning of the show you want to see. Those tickets are distributed one per person at 7 a.m. at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on a first-come, first-served basis.