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Saturday Night Live (season 42)

Season of television series

Saturday Night Live
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes21
Original networkNBC
Original releaseOctober 1, 2016 (2016-10-01) –
May 20, 2017 (2017-05-20)

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The forty-second season of the NBC comedy series Saturday Night Live premiered on October 1, 2016, during the 2016–2017 television season, with host Margot Robbie and musical guest The Weeknd,[1] and concluded on May 20, 2017, with host Dwayne Johnson and musical guest Katy Perry.[2] The season removed two commercial breaks per episode in order to increase programming time.[3] Episode 18 on April 15, 2017, was the first episode ever to be broadcast live in all four time zones within the contiguous United States. Until this episode, the show aired live only in the Eastern and Central time zones, and was tape-delayed in the Mountain and Pacific time zones.[4]


Prior to the start of the season, Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah, and Jon Rudnitsky were released from the cast.[5][6]

Killam, despite having signed a seven-year contract that would have taken him to the end of this season, was dropped from the cast due in part to issues concerning his work directing the film Killing Gunther, which would have limited his time on the show.[7]

The show added three new featured players: SNL staff writer and Wild 'n Out alumn Mikey Day, Chicago improviser Alex Moffat and stand-up comedian and impressionist Melissa Villaseñor.[8][9]

Contrary to rumors, stand-up comedian Chris Redd was not hired this season, but he did join the show as a featured player during the following season.[10][11]

Michael Che, Pete Davidson, and Leslie Jones were all upgraded to repertory status.[12]

Though not a member of the cast, it was announced on September 28, 2016, that Alec Baldwin signed through this season to take over impersonatingDonald Trump from Darrell Hammond, who continues on as the show's announcer.[13]

This is also the final season for cast members Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata.[14]

During this season, Dick Ebersol-era cast member Tony Rosato died at the age of 62 from a heart attack. Rosato thus became the second SNL cast member to have never worked under Lorne Michaels to die (Jean Doumanian-era cast member Charles Rocket, who committed suicide in 2005, was first).

Cast roster[edit]

bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor


Prior to the start of the season, short film director Matt Villines (of the directing duo Matt & Oz) died of cancer.[15]


Main article: List of Saturday Night Live writers § season 42 (2016–17)

In August 2016, writing duo Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider were promoted to co-head writers.[16] In addition, eight new writers were hired for the upcoming season: Kristen Bartlett, Zack Bornstein, Joanna Bradley, Anna Drezen, Julio Torres, Nick Kocher, Brian McElhaney, and Drew Michael.[17][18] After tweeting a controversial joke about Barron Trump, writer Katie Rich was suspended indefinitely.[19] In January 2017, writer Kent Sublette was elevated to head writer bringing the head writing team to four.[20]


Main article: List of Saturday Night Live episodes


Publicity and controversy[edit]

The forty-second season of SNL had a larger-than-usual ratings bump, partially due to sketches surrounding the 2016 presidential election and later the presidency of Donald Trump. According to Forbes writer Madeline Berg, the program "had its best season in 24 years, with an average of 11.3 million viewers in live-plus-seven-day ratings, which marks an increase of 26% from [the previous season]."[53] The Dave Chappelle/A Tribe Called Quest episode saw the highest ratings for the show since Donald Trump's hosting the previous season, and highest in the 18-49 rating demographic since December 2013.[28] The show received its best ratings for an October broadcast in eight years with the Tom Hanks/Lady Gaga episode,[25] while the Alec Baldwin/Ed Sheeran episode in February received the best overall ratings for the season thus far, posting its highest metered-market household rating in six years.[13]

Republican candidate Donald Trump — who hosted SNL the previous season and eventually secured the presidency in November — was unhappy with his portrayal on the show by recurring guest Alec Baldwin. On multiple occasions, both before and after winning the election, Trump used Twitter to publicize his thoughts on the impersonation, as well as the show: "Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks," he tweeted the morning after the Emily Blunt/Bruno Mars episode on October 16, 2016.[54] "It is a totally one-sided, biased show —nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?", he posted on November 20 after the Kristen Wiig/The xx episode, suggesting the show follow the equal-time rule, despite the presidential race being over.[55] His criticism continued preceding his inauguration: he dubbed it "unwatchable" on December 4,[56] and tweeted "Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!" after the Felicity Jones/Sturgill Simpson episode on January 15, 2017.[57]


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  15. ^McClendon, Lamarco (July 11, 2016). "'Saturday Night Live' Director Matt Villines Dies at 39". Variety. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  16. ^Jones, Nate (August 12, 2016). "Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider Are Your Newest SNL Head Writers". Vulture. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  17. ^Wright, Megh (2016-09-14). "'SNL' Hires Seven New Writers for Season 42". Splitsider.
  18. ^Wright, Megh (2016-09-30). "'Saturday Night Live' Hires Drew Michael as a Weekend Update Writer". Splitsider.
  19. ^Itzkoff, Dave (January 23, 2017). "Katie Rich of 'S.N.L.' Is Suspended for Tweet Mocking Barron Trump". The New York Times. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  20. ^Steinberg, Brian (January 24, 2017). "Kent Sublette Added to Head Writer Ranks at 'Saturday Night Live'". Vulture. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  21. ^Evans, Greg (October 2, 2016). "'SNL' Surprise: Newcomers Mikey Day, Alex Moffat & Melissa Villaseñor Actually Make Good, Strong Impressions". Deadline. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
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  25. ^ ab""SNL" Hits Season Highs, Best October Overnights in 8 Years". The Futon Critic. October 23, 2016. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  26. ^Porter, Rick (November 6, 2016). "TV Ratings Saturday: CBS college football tops primetime, 'SNL' stays strong". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on November 7, 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  27. ^Agard, Chancellor (January 18, 2017). "SNL cut a Rick James sketch with Dave Chappelle after Trump's victory". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
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  32. ^Porter, Rick (December 18, 2016). "TV Ratings Saturday: 'Saturday Night Live' hits 4-episode high, 'SNL Christmas' and UFC lead primetime". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on December 19, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  33. ^Porter, Rick (January 15, 2017). "TV Ratings Saturday: NFL dominates primetime, 'Saturday Night Live' returns lower". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on January 16, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
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  36. ^Pressberg, Matt (February 12, 2017). "'Saturday Night Live' Hits Six-Year High in Metered Markets". TheWrap. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
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  40. ^Maglio, Tony (April 17, 2017). "So Much for 'Live From New York': Melissa McCarthy's Latest Sean Spicer Sketch Was Shot In LA". The Wrap. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
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  42. ^Andreeva, Nellie (May 7, 2017). "'Saturday Night Live' Ratings Slip With Host Chris Pine; Audience Largest For May Telecast In 5 Years". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
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  44. ^Andreeva, Nellie (May 21, 2017). "'Saturday Night Live' Has Most Watched Finale In 6 Years With Host Dwayne Johnson, Ratings Slip A Bit But Top Week". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
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  52. ^Porter, Rick (December 15, 2016). "'Survivor' finale adjusts down, 'SNL Christmas' adjusts up: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on December 17, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
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  56. ^Mahita Gajanan (December 4, 2016). "Donald Trump Tweets SNL Is 'Totally Biased' After Sketch About His Twitter Habit". Time. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
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‘Saturday Night Live’ to Return Oct. 3 With New Live Episodes

NBC said “S.N.L.” will air its first live episode since the coronavirus pandemic halted its traditional production in March.

“Saturday Night Live” is set to return this fall with its first new live episode since the coronavirus pandemic started.

NBC said on Thursday that the long-running sketch comedy series would begin its 46th season on Oct. 3, but the network did not immediately announce a host or musical guest performer.

In March, “S.N.L.” had just aired a new live episode featuring the James Bond star Daniel Craig and was preparing for a new show to be hosted by the “Office” alumnus John Krasinski when the pandemic forced the suspension of the show’s production.

Even as other late-night comedy shows found ways to return to TV in reduced, remotely produced formats, “S.N.L.” seemed to have come to the abrupt end of its year.

Instead, “S.N.L.” closed out its 45th season with three biweekly broadcasts of comedy sketches that cast members had recorded from their homes. The show also paid tribute to its longtime music coordinator Hal Willner, who died in April from complications related to the coronavirus.

NBC said that the new “S.N.L.” episodes would originate from Studio 8H, the show’s longtime home in the network’s Rockefeller Center headquarters in Manhattan. The network did not immediately indicate how many consecutive new episodes the season would begin with, or how many episodes it would include over all.

In July, “Saturday Night Live” was nominated for 15 Emmy Awards, including best variety sketch series.

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'SNL' asks the question: 'What if Donald Trump was black?'

"Saturday Night Live" tackled the question on everyone's mind -- well, some people's minds -- "What if Donald Trump was black?"

Kenan Thompson, complete with blond wig, starred in the taped sketch as Trump, with Chris Redd playing a Donald Trump Jr. clone, named Darius Jr., and Ego Nwodim as an Ivanka Trump clone, named L’evanka, in a show called "Them Trumps." The show was a very thinly veiled spoof of "Empire," with Thompson's Trump as Terrence Howard and Leslie Jones in the Taraji P. Henson role.

Instead of worrying about Trump Academy, Nwodim urged her father, "What about all the lawsuits that come out of Trump Perm Academy?"

"You think your State of the Union is going to set all them haters straight?" Redd asks.

"Of course it is, son. Now let's get up to the Capitol so I can do what I do and sauce on these hoes," Trump responds.

"I know how to deal with Mueller," he adds. "I keep my white boys on a leash."

As the family is driving to the Capitol for Trump to give the State of the Union a police car pulls up behind them and forces them to pull over.

"Be cool dad, we don't need you getting locked up," his son says.

He says he's the president of the United States, but of course, that doesn't stop the white police officer from questioning him -- even though he's not even driving.

Trump hands over his ID, but it doesn't go as he hopes.

"Sir, please step out of the car," the cop says.

"Here we go, somebody record it for World Star!" he says as he gets out of the car and the sketch ends.

And if an "Empire" spoof wasn't your thing, how about a "Charlie's Angels" spoof called "Women of Congress," starring the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Nancy Pelosi.


‘Saturday Night Live’ Returns With a New President Biden

James Austin Johnson, a new cast member, played the president in the cold open. “S.N.L.” also paid tribute to Norm Macdonald, the former Weekend Update anchor, who died last month.

It’s a new season at “Saturday Night Live,” which means new cast members — and, surprisingly, a new performer playing President Biden in his first episode on the show.

You may recall, “S.N.L.” did not have the easiest time finding a Biden impersonator last season: It relied on the guest star Jim Carrey to fill that role during the 2020 presidential election, but to no great effect, and Carrey announced he was leaving the show after a planned six weeks.

The mantle was then passed to cast member Alex Moffat, who appeared as Biden only intermittently during the rest of the season, prompting some criticism that “S.N.L.” was pulling its punches on the 46th president.

Enter new cast member James Austin Johnson, a comedian whose hiring as an “S.N.L.” featured player was announced this past Monday, and who was perhaps better known for viral videos in which he impersonated former president Donald J. Trump.

Most “S.N.L.” rookies can expect, at best, a single line in their debut appearances. But there was Johnson, front and center in the show’s cold open this weekend, playing President Biden as he caught up with the nation on recent events and tried to get Democrats to come to an agreement on his domestic agenda.

“What’s cooking?” Johnson asked. “What’s good? How was everybody’s summer? Mine was bad. Not Cuomo bad but definitely not Afghanistan good.”

Johnson continued, “Everyone keeps razzing me about that drone strike. But on the bright side, I went the entire summer without falling down the stairs once.”

He added, “And hey, Broadway’s back. That’s exciting, right? So is the Taliban. So, win some, lose some.”

The opening sketch also shone a spotlight on some “S.N.L.” veterans who weren’t sure if they’d return to the show this year, including Cecily Strong, who appeared as Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

“What do I want from this bill?” Strong asked. “I’ll never tell. ‘Cause I didn’t come to Congress to make friends. And so far, mission accomplished.”

Aidy Bryant, another cast member whose return to the show was uncertain, appeared as Senator Joe Manchin: “I’m a Democrat from West Virginia,” she said. “If I vote for electric cars, they’re going to kill me.”

Ego Nwodim played Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota (“Thank you, Joe, for not calling me Kamala”) and Melissa Villaseñor played New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who identified herself as “the Cruella of the Met Gala.”

Villaseñor said, “I wore a dress that said ‘Tax the Rich.’ Then spent all night partying with the rich. Oops.”

Pete Davidson was back as New York’s ex-Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, attempting to make peace within the Democratic Party: “We’re like one big Italian family,” Davidson said. “And you know what Italians like to do? Hug, and kiss and run their fingers up each other’s backs.”

And for good measure, Moffat turned up in this sketch, too — this time in his recurring role as Senator Chuck Schumer of New York. “You may remember me,” he said. “But you don’t.”

Tenuous ‘Star Trek’ Parody of the Week

We’re not entirely sure why this segment spoofing Jeff Bezos’s summer sojourn into the near reaches of space had to be framed as a sendup of “Star Trek.” But it did give guest host Owen Wilson a good excuse to play a particularly reckless, cowboy-hatted Bezos, alongside his real life brother Luke Wilson, who appeared as Bezos’s younger brother and fellow astronaut Mark Bezos.

Mikey Day turned up to play one-time “S.N.L.” host Elon Musk and deliver this ultimatum: “Space is only big enough for one weird white billionaire. So you could say beating you is my prime objective.”

Weekend Update Jokes of the Week

Over at the Weekend Update desk, the anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che riffed on the start of the new season and President Biden’s stalled infrastructure bill.

Jost began:

It is very exciting to be back. First show last season, Covid was raging everywhere. There was no vaccine. We were in the middle of an intense election. And right before we went on the air, the producers were like, ah, hey, real quick: The president might be dying. So have fun out there. It was an exciting time for the show. And, well, the big story this year? Infrastructure. I guess that’s an improvement on, like, a survival of the human race level. But it’s not great for TV. So if we could all just pretend to be excited about this next joke, I’d really appreciate it.

The infrastructure bill has been delayed indefinitely. So I guess we’ll cross that bridge when it collapses on top of us.

Che continued:

President Biden met with House Democrats yesterday to make a case for his Build Back Better budget plan. And no matter what you think about Biden’s plan, you’ve got to admire the confidence of a guy with a stutter naming something the Build Back Better budget plan.

Pete Davidson Monologue of the Week

The last time Davidson appeared at the Weekend Update desk in May, he seemed to be saying goodbye to “S.N.L.” entirely, telling viewers, “It’s been an honor to grow up in front of you guys, so thanks.”

But no: He was back this season and back on Weekend Update, mostly to make fun of his own attire at the Met Gala in September. (“I look like James Bond at his quinceañera.” “I look like if one of the three blind mice sold fentanyl.” “I look like Tilda Swinton on casual Friday.”)

As if to confirm that we hadn’t hallucinated his last monologue, Davidson concluded this one by shouting out, “I can’t believe I’m back!”

Norm Macdonald Tribute of the Week

Weekend Update was also where “S.N.L.” paid tribute this week to Norm Macdonald, the segment’s former anchor (from 1994 to 1997), who died last month at the age of 61. Jost said that Macdonald “is the reason that I ever wanted to do Weekend Update,” then introduced a set of clips of Macdonald delivering some of his past Weekend Update jokes, including:

  • “At the White House this week, President Clinton officially came out against same-sex marriages. What’s more, the president said he is not too crazy about opposite-sex marriages either.”

  • “In a brilliant movie during closing arguments, Simpson attorney Johnnie Cochran put on the knit cap prosecutors say O.J. wore on the night of the murders. Although O.J. may have hurt his case when he suddenly blurted out, ‘Hey, hey, easy with that. That’s my lucky stabbing hat.’”


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‘Saturday Night Live’: All the Season 44 Hosts and Musical Guests

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Saturday Night Live, which earlier this month nabbed Emmys for best variety sketch series and guest actress in a comedy (Tiffany Haddish), will kick off its 44th season on Sept. 29 with host Adam Driver and musical guest Kanye West.

The NBC sketch series has added four new writers (Alan Linic, Alison Gates, Eli Mandel and Bowen Yang) and a feature player in Ego Nwodim, who hails from Los Angeles’ UCB Theatre, where she performed her one-woman show Great Black Women … and Then There’s Me.

“Weekend Update” hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost, as well as Kent Sublette, are returning as co-head writers. The show will once again air live coast to coast this season. 

In order to keep track of who is hosting/performing and when, The Hollywood Reporter presents a full guide to season 44 below. Bookmark this page for the latest on when new episodes will air, who is hosting SNL and who the musical guests will be, as this will be updated all season long. 

Episode 1 (Sept. 29): Adam Driver, Kanye West
Episode 2 (Oct. 6): Awkwafina, Travis Scott
Episode 3 (Oct. 13): Seth Meyers, Paul Simon
Episode 4 (Nov. 3):Jonah Hill, Maggie Rogers
Episode 5 (Nov. 10):Liev Schreiber, Lil Wayne
Episode 6 (Nov. 17):Steve Carell, Ella Mai
Episode 7 (Dec. 1):Claire Foy, Anderson .Paak
Episode 8 (Dec. 8):Jason Momoa, Mumford & Sons
Episode 9 (Dec. 15):Matt Damon, Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus
Episode 10 (Jan. 19, 2019):Rachel Brosnahan, Greta Van Fleet
Episode 11 (Jan. 26):James McAvoy, Meek Mill
Episode 12 (Feb. 9): Halsey (host and musical guest)
Episode 13 (Feb. 16):Don Cheadle, Gary Clark Jr.
Episode 14 (March 2):John Mulaney, Thomas Rhett
Episode 15 (March 9):Idris Elba, Khalid
Episode 16 (March 30): Sandra Oh, Tame Impala
Episode 17 (April 6):Kit Harington, Sara Bareilles
Episode 18 (April 13):Emma Stone, BTS
Episode 19 (May 4): Adam Sandler, Shawn Mendes
Episode 20 (May 11): Emma Thompson, Jonas Brothers
Episode 21 (May 18, season finale): Paul Rudd, DJ Khaled

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Saturday Night Live (season 43)

Season of television series

Saturday Night Live
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes21
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 30, 2017 (2017-09-30) –
May 19, 2018 (2018-05-19)

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The forty-third season of the NBC comedy series Saturday Night Live premiered on September 30, 2017, during the 2017–2018 television season with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z, and concluded on May 19, 2018, with host Tina Fey and musical guest Nicki Minaj.[1][2] Like the final four episodes of season 42, season 43 was broadcast live in all four time zones within the contiguous United States, with the exception of the Natalie Portman/Dua Lipa episode due to the network's commitment to the NFL.[3]


Prior to the start of the season, Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer, and Sasheer Zamata left the show.[4][5]

As a replacement, the show hired three new cast members, who became featured players: Heidi Gardner of The Groundlings, iO Chicago alum Luke Null, and stand-up comedian Chris Redd, who previously did sketch comedy at Second City.[6]

Redd had been incorrectly reported as joining the cast during the previous season.[7]

Mikey Day, Alex Moffat and Melissa Villaseñor continued as featured players until they upgraded to repertory status in the following season.

With this announcement came the confirmation that the rest of the cast from the previous season would return, including guest star Alec Baldwin in his role asPresident Donald Trump.[8][9]

With his return, Kenan Thompson surpassed Darrell Hammond's record as the longest-tenured cast member in the show's history, with a total of fifteen seasons compared to Darrell Hammond's fourteen seasons from 1995-2009.[10]

This is the only season for Luke Null, who was let go after the season's end.[11]

Cast roster[edit]

bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor



Main article: List of Saturday Night Live writers § season 43 (2017–18)

Prior to the start of the season, the show added Steven Castillo, Andrew Dismukes, Claire Friedman, Sam Jay, Erik Marino, Nimesh Patel, and Gary Richardson to the writing staff.[6] Also prior to the season, head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider departed the show.[12] On December 12, 2017, Jost and Che were named co-head writers, making Che the first African American head writer.[13] Jost was previously the head writer for 3 years from 2012 to 2015.


Main article: List of Saturday Night Live episodes



  1. ^Eminem has previously performed "Stan" with Dido on October 7, 2000, the season premiere of the show's 26th season.


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