Performers from striking Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock (both NBC) are putting their funny where their mouths are.
Although I’m sure they didn’t get the idea from my November 9th post Oh Ellen…You Could Find Another Way!, I am thrilled they coincidentally riffed on my idea suggesting Ellen do something similar.
SNL and 30 Rock, both honoring the strike by not taping new episodes, decided to instead perform live at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre here in New York City and donate the proceeds to the many people behind the scenes affected by the strike. SNL performed last night and 30 Rock is performing a live show Monday night.
According to an article on Newsvine.com:
The shows, held at the 150-seat Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre co-founded by SNL’s Amy Poehler, will benefit the behind-the-scenes staffers who have lost work because of the shutdowns caused by the two-week strike by the Writers Guild of America.
Although I’m sad this strike is still going on, I love what they’re doing! It’s kind of like an old-fashioned rent party. Everyone gets together, has some fun, and the money goes to a good cause. There are a lot of behind-the-scenes people not in any union who are affected by this strike. It puts a huge smile on my face to know that the creative folk at SNL and 30 Rock haven’t forgotten them.
I applaud them all. Hey…wouldn’t it be great if more stars and creative types joined in? Even if you aren’t on strike, you can still show that you care.
More strike news: Since I live in New York City, I want to mention that the Broadway stagehands union is also on strike, shutting down all but 8 shows on Broadway. (Those 8 have producers with different, previously-settled contracts.) Of course, there are still TONS of off-Broadway shows doing business as usual, and so tourists are scrambling to come up with alternatives plans. While New York certainly has lots of cool alternatives to offer, there are nonetheless countless people on all sides affected as a result of both strikes.
As of this point, negotiations are continuing and, I hope, things will be resolved soon. As with the writers strike, there are many businesses and workers not directly involved in the shows themselves that are hurt by the closed shows. And with Thanksgiving and the start of the huge holiday season, pressure is extra strong for there to be a quick end to this strike. From past history, odds are at least this one won’t go on long.