NBC has fired its below-the-line production staff on the long running sketch show Saturday Night Live due to the writers' strike. According to Variety, the show hasn't produced a new segment since November 3rd.

The number of people affected remains unclear. Some estimate that fifty workers are now out of a job. NBC says that a handful of staff members remain on the payroll. Cast members have been placed on an unpaid hiatus.

Having no show to do this last Saturday night, most of the cast members preformed sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater for twenty dollars a ticket. Proceeds went to the pink-slipped SNL staff members.

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