One of the most coveted tickets in town, going on 44 seasons now, is to Saturday Night Live. The legendary show, hosted in the intimate Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, will be returning soon (no premiere date is set yet, but typically the season kicks off in September or October). And August holds your best shot at getting in—this is the month the lottery for tickets is open.

Everything you need to know is here. The lottery runs until 11:59 p.m. ET on August 31st, and to enter you need to send an email to

You may only send one email per person and all audience members must be at least 16 years of age. Submissions entered before or after the ticket lottery window will not be considered. Please tell us why YOU would like to be a part of our studio audience! If you are selected, you will receive two tickets for a random show date and time. Please note that entering the lottery does not guarantee tickets, and you will only be notified in the event that you are chosen.

Should September come and you don't get your acceptance letter, you've still got a chance, there are usually stand-by tickets available at every show. However, you'll have to do a little more than shoot off an email for those—"tickets are distributed at 7 a.m. on the 48th Street side of 30 Rockefeller Plaza on the morning of a show. You may choose a stand-by ticket for either the 8 p.m. dress rehearsal or the 11:30 p.m. live broadcast." You'll need an ID for a chance to get stand-by tickets, which are limited to one per person, and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis... but die hard fans get there early. Like the day before early.

As for what's in store for season 44, Leslie Jones is hoping for a little less politics, saying, "I love looking at that type of comedy that explains what’s going on and make it funny so you can really realize this is ridiculous. But there should be more than that as far as funny comics that come and really make you laugh. Like so gut laugh. Comedy is a release just like art and music. You need that release. It can’t always be serious. You need The Three Stooges just as much as you need John Oliver."

It's unclear who will be returning, leaving, or added this coming season, though we know that Kenan Thompson isn't going anywhere.

Until things kick back off, revisit the best sketches of season 43, and the best pre-taped segments.