Kenan Thompson elaborated further to Entertainment Weekly that the buildup to the show all day Saturday comes largely from the knowledge that nobody leaves until the show is finally finished. “So there’s no getting off the roller coaster,” he put it. “And yeah, it takes at least an hour or so, or two maybe to just calm down, settle down, either cry or pat yourself on the back, whatever it is, and then off to bed you go.”

Indeed, the fact that “Saturday Night Live” is, well, filmed live for the most part, as well as the quick turnaround of each week’s show, likely play a role in how amped -– or nervous -– cast members get in the lead-up to each cold open. Thompson’s trouble falling asleep is far from the most extreme reaction to this demanding schedule. “SNL” alum Bill Hader shared on Sam Jones’ “Off Camera” podcast that for his first few years on the show, his own anxiety would build to such a fever pitch that he would develop flu symptoms. Luckily, Hader sought out therapy and meditation techniques to help him curb his growing worries.

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