A week behind the scenes at ‘SNL’

February 15, 2015 7:18 PM

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When Melissa McCarthy hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the third time in February 2014, the actress and “SNL” cast member Bobby Moynihan were hoisted in midair by harnesses, spinning and flying in a parody of Japanese martial arts films.

But according to author Alison Castle, who hung out behind the scenes of the 2013-2014 season for “Saturday Night Live: The Book” (out Feb. 25), the real special effect was getting it on the air.

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