Back in New York, it’s Season 46 of Saturday Night Live!
It’s been a while since we’ve heard the cast say that infamous line. Longer than usual. Last season ended on a hesitant note, with the last few episodes being “SNL From Home” episodes. The cast and crew wrote and filmed the show entirely in isolation. It was shaky, but served as a welcomed beacon of hope as we all ventured into the COVID-19 unknown.
Back in New York
Now they’re all back in New York, coming live from their studio in 30 Rockefeller Center on October 3. Again, pressing on, despite some potential horrors on the horizon. Not the least among them being America re-upping Trump for another four years.
But that’s when SNL comes in to make things better – social and political commentary is their bag, and has been their bag for 45 years now. Going into their 46th year, it’s only going to be more charged, as everyone’s still keyed up from the last four years. The silver lining? Adorned atop the Democratic candidate’s head – Fightin’ Joe Biden, a symbol of returning to the status quo, and unfortunately, by comparison, that is a good thing.
Alec Baldwin will be returning as current heavyweight President of the United States, Donald Trump. And Maya Rudolph will be back in the contender’s corner as Kamala Harris. But none of the three performers who portrayed Biden last season (that’d be Woody Harrelson, Jason Sudeikis, and also John Mulaney for some reason) will return. Instead, Jim Carrey has signed on to be the possible president-to-be. Curb your disappointment that Woody Harrelson won’t be back, because someone like Jim Carry has potential to make you forget all about Woody’s Biden.
This Week’s Host: Chris Rock
Chris Rock is hosting the season premier on October 3, with musical guest Megan Thee Stallion. Does everyone remember the last time Chris Rock was on? Anyone remember the last time the United States had an election (of course you do)? He guested on Dave Chappelle’s episode way back in the gloomy November of 2016. Rock popped in to assist Chappelle make a bunch of white liberals look so naïve. And four years has made the characters in this sketch look even more ignorant to the blatancies of the culture of American nationalism and racism.
Expect the election 2020 coverage to be even more blunt.
Obviously that’s not Chris Rock’s first appearance on SNL. Forgetting the handful of times he’s hosted the show, many fans overlook that Chris Rock was a not-insignificant cast member. Just a cast member during a few boring years – Season 16 to 18 – that’s 1990 to 1993. The show, the cast and Chris Rock during that time was having a hard time finding its voice. Mind you, there were some classic moments from those years, and some huge stars got started – Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Farley – but they were all green at the time. Rock left the show for these reasons, while those other guys stuck it out.
Speaking of green newbies, joining the cast this season are Andrew Dismukes, Lauren Holt and Punkie Johnson. Get excited for them to make their debut this Saturday! And save your tears for next year – every cast member from last season is returning!
All that’s left to be said, then, is be sure to watch the season premier of Saturday Night Live this Saturday October 3 at 11.30 et/8.30 pt – live, from New York!
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