The Women of SNL: A Former SNL Intern Shares Her Story

The exterior of NBC Studios, home of SNL, with people walking by

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Want to know what it’s like on the set of Saturday Night Live? Do you love Angel, Every Boxer’s Girlfriend From Every Movie About Boxing Ever? Know all the lyrics to “Santa’s My Boyfriend”? Hap, that’s a wow!—this episode of The She League Podcast is for you. Trish DiFranco, who is a lifelong fan of SNL and was a brief intern on the show during season 30, shares her unique experiences from inside the Writer’s Room. We’re also joined by Stephanie Trivison again (remember her 3-page boyband Google Doc?), and the four of us sat down to discuss the gender politics and roles of the women on the show, and how things have – and haven’t – changed since it all began. We find out all about who gave the best hugs, what it was like to witness the highlight of Debbie Downer moments, and whose cigarette butt Trish is hiding in a secret box in her upstairs closet (but not in a creepy way).

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Thank you to Stephanie Trivison for providing our music!

 
Photo from Trish’s time as an SNL intern. She’s pictured at bottom left. (You may recognize a few other faces, too!)

Photo from Trish’s time as an SNL intern. She’s pictured at bottom left. (You may recognize a few other faces, too!)

 

Links:

Creating Saturday Night Live: The Photo Department, with Mary Ellen Matthews

The stories behind those iconic ‘SNL’ photos (CNN article)

Live From New York book


Favorite Sketches:

Debbie Downer: Disney World (with Lindsay Lohan) - Trish was there for the taping of this shoot and assisted on the photography sessions for the title cards

Totinos with Kristen Stewart

Back Home Ballers

(Do It On My) Twin Bed

Weekend Update: Angel (Every Boxer’s Girlfriend From Every Movie About Boxing Ever) - Heidi Gardner

Weekend Update: Dawn Lazarus - Vanessa Bayer

Close Encounter - Alien abduction sketch with Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, and Ryan Gosling


She Shoutout:

Jenna Fournier of Niights | Jenna’s Instagram


Correction:

In the podcast, we mentioned that Tiffany Haddish was the first Black woman to host SNL—this is incorrect, although she was the first Black female comedian to host. Even though we were wrong about her being the first Black woman ever, she is only the 12th, so this is still a major weak point in the show’s growth and evolution. You can read more about the other 11 Black women to host here.


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