Technical glitches are one of the risks of live television, which makes it impressive that Saturday Night Live usually airs each week without one. When a glitch does happen, it's noticeable, like the odd sound sync issue that plagued the Dec. 10 episode featuring Steve Martin and Martin Short. The audio was out of sync for many viewers during the cold open and into the comedy legends' monologue.
The audio appeared to be out of sync with the visuals for the entire "Blocking It Out for Christmas" cold open, some viewers reported on Twitter. The error appeared to continue into the monologue, which began with a quick photo montage counting the times Martin has hosted. (For the record, it's 16.) Then, there was a quick photo montage counting the number of times Short has hosted. (For the record, it's three.) Twitter viewers reported the sync issue continuing at least about one minute into the monologue.
NBC did not comment on the issue, but the network appears to have caught it early on. However, some Twitter users reported the problem continuing through the rest of the night. SNL viewers can see the entire cold open and monologue without the issue on YouTube. The show is also available to stream on Peacock.
'Will watch what I can tolerate'
@nbcsnl your 3-4 seconds out of sync. I realize there is a 5 sec delay on the show, but I think they mean sound and image to be the same time. Will watch what I can tolerate.— Dr. Smith (@Mrbandot1) December 11, 2022
The monologue did include a special cameo. Selena Gomez, who stars on Hulu's Only Murders in the Building with Martin and Short, popped in at the end. During their eulogies for one another, Martin wondered, "Now that Marty is gone, who will I work with?" Gomez then showed up to remind him about her and reunite with her co-stars. Gomez also appeared in the "Father of the Bride – Part 8" sketch with Kieran Culkin.prevnext
'That was a weird delay'
That was a weird delay. Did anyone else get that unsynced feed for the open??— SK Berry Art (@SKBERRYART) December 11, 2022
Scroll on to look at some of the frustrated SNL viewers on Twitter.prevnext
'What's with tonight's audio?'
#SNL What's with tonight's audio? Out of sync with video!— John McBride (@JohnPDX) December 11, 2022
SNL airs on NBC Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET. The final episode of 2023 will air on Dec. 17 and feature host Austin Butler and Lizzo as musical guest. Yeah Yeah Yeahs were set to perform, but they canceled because guitarist Nick Zinner was hospitalized for pneumonia.prevnext
'What is happening on SNL??'
Added layer of comedy: watching #SNL with audio/video out of sync— Gerrad Hall (@gerradhall) December 11, 2022
'Makes it unwatchable'
How annoying that @nbcsnl sound is out of sync! With SNL you never know so I watch the opening skit thinking at some point they’ll break the 4th wall & someone will mention it. All the way thru opening credits & to opening monologue it’s still woefully off! Makes it unwatchable.— B.J. Peterson (@bjxmas) December 11, 2022
"My recording of last night's SNL had the audio out of sync with the video for the first several minutes. It was so bad, while one person was talking, another person's lips were moving," one viewer wrote. "I thought it was just another bit I didn't get, and not funny at all."prevnext
'Only lip sync in the building'
Only lip sync in the building #SNL— Will in Seattle (@WillSeattle) December 11, 2022