Vail Symposium presents Don Roy King, director of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ on Feb. 22 |

Vail Symposium presents Don Roy King, director of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ on Feb. 22

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Don Roy King has been directing "Saturday Night Live" since 2006. He's also been a director for "Survivor." King presents at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards as part of the Vail Symposium season.
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What: Thursday Night Live with SNL’s Don Roy King.

When: Thursday, Feb. 22; doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m.

Where: Battle Mountain High School, Edwards

More information: Tickets are $25 prior to 2 p.m. on the day of the program; tickets are $35 after 2 p.m. on the day of the program. Visit or call 970-476-0954.

VAIL — For more than 30 years, “Saturday Night Live” has made audiences laugh, cheer and think with its witty parodies, clever skits, big-name hosts and live music.

Most of entertainment’s greats have appeared on the show — some hosting multiple times. But through the decades, the show has continued to push the boundaries of television with its timely — and often irreverent — writing. But how does “Saturday Night Live” continue to bring new ideas to audiences, week after week?

Don Roy King, the Emmy-award winning director of the show since 2006, has the answer. On Thursday, Feb. 22, at Battle Mountain High School, King will join the Vail Symposium for an evening of conversation that will give an inside glimpse of what it takes to produce this long-running, live-action show.

“I recently had the opportunity to see Don Roy King honored for his phenomenal career in ‘live entertainment’ at Penn State,” said Dale Mosier, chairman of the board of directors for the Vail Symposium. “He brought the house down with his great sense of humor and expansive stories of how ‘Saturday Night Live’ operates and behind-the-scenes insights, including how many famous actors and actresses struggle with the fast repartee and live filming.”

The live filming means that King doesn’t often have the opportunity to give presentations like the one that will take place at Battle Mountain High School on Feb. 22. Due to NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, “Saturday Night Live” is currently on a filming break.

“Having spent most of my career in the performing arts, I have always been in awe of the amount of work and talent it takes to film a weekly variety show like ‘SNL’ before a live studio audience,” said Kris Sabel, executive director of the Vail Symposium. “I can’t wait to hear the backstage stories from Don Roy King, one of the masters of live television. We strive to bring speakers of the highest caliber to the valley for our programming and we feel so fortunate to be able to welcome Mr. King. This is sure to be an unforgettable evening.”

About Don Roy King

King is director of “Saturday Night Live,” one of the most iconic and influential programs in the history of American television; he took on the role in 2006.

He is a nine-time Emmy Award winner, with more than 17 nominations. He has been nominated for 11 Director’s Guild of America awards and has won three times.

With a resume that includes productions for nine networks and ranges from documentaries to musicals, he is one of the most versatile and accomplished directors in the industry.

In addition to “Saturday Night Live,” he’s also directed “Survivor,” “The Early Show,” “The Mike Douglas Show” and morning shows on both ABC and CBS. He has directed more hours of live television than anyone in the history of the medium and his assignments have taken him to 20 countries and 38 states.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.vail or call 970-476-0954.

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