Live from New York, it's Saturday Night Disappointment...
In a recent study, analysts at the NAACP found that of all the students at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, only 85% go on to write or perform for the late night sketch series Saturday Night Live.
“We were as shocked as anyone” said Sarah Clemons, spokesperson for the NAACP, “Considering the objective talent of every student at UCB we would expect the number to be closer to 99 or 100%. 85% feels incredibly low.”
The National Association of American Comedy Performance has conducted in-depth studies surrounding the comedy world for the last few decades. The organization originally rose to prominence after their groundbreaking study which revealed that only 9 out of 10 students at The Second City between 1970 and 2000 went on to co-write a film with Harold Ramis.
“The fact of the matter is we just don’t have enough positions available for every student coming out of UCB” said SNL show-runner, Lorne Michaels, “Each season we take on 500 performers and 875 writers. We just don’t have enough room to make everyone’s dreams come true.”
Thanks for nothing, Lorne.
The study from the NAACP concluded with the information that of the major New York comedy schools that have students go on to work for SNL, the Magnet tops the list with 93%. UCB is right behind with 85%, the PIT with 76%, and Reckless with an abysmal 2%.