You know who enjoyed the hell out of Jerry Seinfeld's opening monologue at the 40th anniversary bash for "Saturday Night Live"? Adam Sandler, that's who. I know this because I sat about 10 feet away from him and watched him the entire time.
A new virtual reality offering from Samsung's Gear VR and Oculus allows users to sit in the actual center of the action at the show and experience Seinfeld's bit from the live show, complete with celebrity audience questions.
If you watched the show from home last month, here's what it looked like:
If you watch from the vantage point that I did in the new virtual reality experience, you're perched atop a camera in the center of the studio. All angles were shot from the spot during the monologue, meaning you can not only watch Seinfeld deliver his jokes and audience members like Dakota Johnson ask questions, you can also watch Dakota Johnson in the moment before the cameras turn to her so she can ask her question. You can also watch the cue card team rushing around below you, the monitors playing the show back in the monitors high above the stage, a tuxedoed gentleman who may or may not be Lorne Michaels lurking in the shadows, watching -- anything. It's a 360 view, and you could go through the experience dozens of times, focusing on something different and seeing something new every time.
Adam Sandler, seated next to Larry David in the audience, looked like he had a blast, sitting literally on the edge of his seat throughout the monologue and grinning non-stop.
Now, having rocked Samsung's Gear VR and watched a piece of comedy and TV history from the center of it all, I can say that I felt the exact same way.
Seinfeld's monologue is the first piece of the "SNL 40" virtual reality experience to be released, but more segments will be added to the roster. The experience will be available on the VSRE app and in the Oculus VR Store for Samsung Gear VR.