When Charity and Saturday Night Live Collide

For a show that has been on over 40 years, tickets to a live taping of “Saturday Night Live” are surprisingly difficult to come by. And by difficult I mean next to impossible.

Knowing this, I was immediately intrigued the day I came across this tweet:

Let me back up. In 2005, I went all in on the TV show “LOST.” Few shows have stuck with me like “LOST” did. Like any fan, I consumed pretty much anything related to the show that I could find. Around the time of the show’s impending 10th anniversary, I discovered Cancer Gets LOST.

While I’ve noticed the amazing auction items and events associated with the organization, I hadn’t previously been in a place to be able to contribute. Until this year.

Fellow “LOST” fan Bobby Moynihan had two of his personal SNL tickets up for auction. And I finally found myself with some wiggle room in the budget. I look for charity opportunities throughout the year as it is, and with auction proceeds going to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, this was perfect.

How to Get Tickets to SNL

With virtually all of my online bidding experience coming from eBay, I opted to wait until there were mere seconds remaining in the auction to bid. My attempt to swoop in at the last minute was thwarted however, as an additional 60 seconds was added back to the clock.

Having come this far and still within budget, I placed one more bid to outdo my opponent, and was elated to come out victorious. A representative from Cancer Gets Lost reached out shortly after and we ultimately picked the Dec. 10 episode of SNL to attend. After months of waiting we finally found out our host and musical guest combo!


New York City at Christmas time was everything I could have ever asked for. We packed a ton into four days (Rockettes, Rockefeller tree, Mariah Carey Christmas Show, Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, 9/11 Museum, Statue of Liberty Boat Tour, TV/Movie Tour, NBC Studios Tour), but the highlight was of course “Saturday Night Live.”

We arrived at 30 Rock as instructed and were seated about 30 minutes before air. We were almost dead center so had great views of the monologue and most sketches, though one was too far off to the side, so we watched on the TVs above.


I don’t want to reveal too much, so I will just say that it was as cool an experience as you’d expect. It’s amazing how much work goes into putting on a live show, and was really fascinating to get a sneak peek behind the scenes.

Should Bobby or another cast member opt to put tickets up for auction in the future, I highly recommend bidding if you can. Priceless opportunities don’t come around often, and you can’t beat being able to donate to such a great cause.

Thank you Bobby Moynihan, Cancer Gets LOST, and Blacksparrow for this one-of-a-kind experience!

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