SNL (Saturday Night Live) is a late-night sketch comedy and variety show conceived by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol in the United States. Michaels is presently the showrunner for the show.
On October 11, 1975, George Carlin hosted the show’s premiere on NBC, under the original title NBC’s Saturday Night. A big and diverse ensemble of repertory and newer cast members perform the show’s comic routines, which frequently lampoon modern culture and politics.
Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest who usually provides the opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast, with musical guests providing highlighted performances.
A typical episode starts with a cold open skit that culminates in someone breaking character and exclaiming, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” thus officially kicking off the show.
SNL (Saturday Night Live season 47)
The 47th season of “Saturday Night Live” has begun, with the NBC sketch comedy series airing live from 30 Rockefeller Plaza throughout the television season.
On Oct. 2, 2021, the season premiered with host Owen Wilson and musical guest Kacey Musgraves, as well as practically the entire “SNL” cast from the previous season.
Those who make it a point to watch “SNL” whenever it airs might be wondering if it’s new tonight. Yes, a new episode of “Saturday Night Live” with musical guest Gunna will premiere on April 2, 2022, hosted by Jerrod Carmichael. Jake Gyllenhaal hosts new episodes of “SNL” on April 9 and Lizzo hosts new episodes on April 16.
While prominent cast members Kenan Thompson, Pete Davidson, Cecily Strong, and Aidy Bryant were expected to leave “Saturday Night Live” this season, they all returned. Beck Bennett and Lauren Holt were the only cast members that did not return for the latest season.
Aristotle Athari, James Austin Johnson, and Sarah Sherman were added to the cast of “SNL” in addition to the returning cast members. Johnson made a major sensation in the season opener by portraying Joe Biden, who rose to fame on social media for his uncanny Donald Trump impersonation.
Bryant, Strong, Davidson, Thompson, Michael Che, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, and Melissa Villaseor round out the rest of the cast for “Saturday Night Live” Season 47, with Andrew Dismukes and Punkie Johnson as featured players.
It’s Season 47 of Saturday Night Live, live from New York! Last fall, the long-running comedic sketch series returned to Studio 8H at Rockefeller Center, with a number of celebrities making their hosting debuts in the first few episodes of the season. Ted Lasso (alumnus of Saturday Night Live!) Jason Sudeikis, Loki actor Owen Wilson (who was the season premiere host), Kim Kardashian West, and Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar winner Rami Malek all hosted SNL for the first time.
SNL Will Smith slapped Chris Rock
This weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” was hosted by comic Jerrod Carmichael, who found many ways to address the Academy Awards incident in which Will Smith slapped Chris Rock.
Saturday Night Live returned with a tone of new material over the weekend, owing to an incident at the Oscars in which Will Smith slapped Chris Rock.
Many expected the slap heard ’round the world to be the main emphasis of the night’s cold open, but the show instead chose a politically-themed skit featuring James Austin Johnson as former President Donald Trump, which merely touched on the slap.
In his hilarious opening monologue, first-time presenter Jerrod Carmichael made sure to address the elephant in the room. During Weekend Update, Michael Che and Colin Jost didn’t hold back in criticizing the controversy. Then there was the sketch, which transported viewers back to the night in question by giving viewers an up-close and personal look at what it was like for those who were present during Smith’s altercation.
SNL wasn’t going to pass on the opportunity to mock the Oscars 2022 incident. There were many occasions during the Saturday broadcast where the slap was discussed, from making jokes about it on Weekend Update to another great sketch.
Comedian Jerrod Carmichael quipped in his opening speech, “I’ve said enough about it. I couldn’t stop talking about it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I’m not going to talk about it. You won’t be able to persuade me to talk about it.”
Jerrod Carmichael portrayed a seat filler at the Oscar ceremony later in the programme for one of the sketches, and he gets to grab a seat exactly next to Will Smith, played by Chris Redd. Carmichael tells Redd’s Smith that he’s a great admirer and requests a selfie after the ceremony, after which the Chris Rock joke from the ceremony is played.
SNL Season 47 Hosts
So far, the following is a list of former and upcoming hosts for Season 47:
- Owen Wilson will perform on Saturday, October 2nd.
- Kim Kardashian West is scheduled to appear on Saturday, October 9th.
- Rami Malek will perform on Saturday, October 16th.
- Jason Sudeikis will perform on Saturday, October 23.
- Kieran Culkin will perform on Saturday, November 6th.
- Jonathan Majors will perform on Saturday, November 13th.
- Simu Liu will perform on Saturday, November 20.
- Billie Eilish performs on Saturday, December 11th.
- Paul Rudd will perform on Saturday, December 18th.
- Ariana DeBose performs on Saturday, January 15th.
- Will Forte (Saturday, January 22)
- Willem Dafoe, Saturday, January 29th
- John Mulaney will perform on Saturday, February 26.
- Oscar Isaac is scheduled to appear on Saturday, March 5th.
- Zoe Kravitz will perform on Saturday, March 12th.
- Jerrod Carmichael will perform on Saturday, April 2nd.
- Jake Gyllenhaal (Saturday, April 9)
- Lizzo will perform on Saturday, April 16th.
SNL Season 47 Watch Time
Saturday, Oct. 2 at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT, the new season premiered.
On NBC, watch the Emmy Award-winning series. The remaining episodes of the season will also be available to watch live on Peacock (11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT), which airs every season of Saturday Night Live.
Saturday Night Live covered one of the most talked-about episodes from the previous week, the Oscars altercation involving Will Smith and Chris Rock. On April 3, not only did host Jerrod Carmichael mention it in his monologue, but the cast members also recreated the full Oscars 2022 sequence in which Will slapped Chris, with Chris Redd as Will Smith.