Here’s a Q and the A from the Reddit AMA hosted by Lindsey, the audience member on whose lap Sarah sat as part of the monologue on the October 4 Saturday Night Live. (Lindsey was great, by the way. Watch the clip if you haven’t already; Sarah goes into the audience at 5:45 remainder time.)
Q: Wow, this is awesome, thanks for doing this! I was watching with my buddies last night and I was insisting to them that they had to have let the person know that she was going to be in the monologue on live TV. Guess I was wrong Anyways, what was going through your head as Sarah was walking up to you and about to sit on your lap?
A: Nope I had no clue, and I have no connections whatsoever to the show, other than being a fan! (People asked me that afterwards. They thought it was scripted.)
What was running through my head: “holy shit, no this is not happening. Is this for real? Uh, I have to say something?! Don’t fuck up, don’t fuck up… Sit up straight. My hand is on her back – where do I put my hand? I shouldn’t leave it on her back, right? Don’t look at the screen. Shit, I looked at the screen. My friends and family are probably going crazy – I can’t believe this is happening!” And I felt like it lasted forever! Definitely one of the most memorable moments of my life.
And here’s more from Lindsey about her experience at the show:
Last night was pretty much the most insane night of my life. As I told you guys a few weeks ago, we won tickets via the ticket lottery. We arrived at 9:15 (had to be in line by 10:15). I hadn’t heard about this, but there are multiple lines when you arrive. The standby line, the lottery ticket holder line, friends/family line, and the “sales and marketing” aka beautiful people line. We were in the lottery line.
At 10:45 they started ushering us in. We went through the metal detectors and headed up to 8H. We waited in line for another 15 minutes or so while the sales and marketing line went ahead. At 11 we were shown to our seats, which were in the top center section, far right (if you’re facing the stage). I told my husband I was kind of disappointed and he told me not to be jelly, haha.
Fifteen minutes before the show started, a woman came and asked us if we wanted to sit downstairs. Umm, YEAH!?! We were ushered down the steps and into the hallowed back halls of SNL. Then we were taken to the freaking FRONT ROW. We were beside ourselves and trying hard to not fuck it up by even moving wrong (we were super nervous
Before the show, Michael Che came out and did a few minutes of standup. He asked my husband and I questions about being married (what!!), which might have been feeling me out for being on camera too. Then Kenan, Vanessa, Kate, and Cecily came out and did a song, and the band played. Before we knew it, it was 11:30!
I had absolutely no idea that I would be on camera. NONE. I was not prepared at all, and my family said that it sounded like I might cry. Nope, but I was SO nervous. It seemed to go ok though, and I had the experience of a lifetime!! Afterwards we probably could have hung out, but I was worried about getting back to our hotel in NJ so late, so we just smiled and made our way past the cast.
Holy shit, I still can’t believe that happened!
The whole reddit is here, if you want to read more, including more about Sarah.