Chris Rock is headed back to familiar grounds. The comedian has been tapped as the guest host for the season opener of ‘Saturday Night Live’ this Saturday, October 3rd. He’ll be in good company as rapper Megan Thee Stallion will serve as the musical guest for the NBC series’ 46th season premiere.
This is Chris Rock’s third appearance as host. Rock previously emceed SNL in 1996 and 2014, though he has made numerous cameos over the years. He was a cast member from 1990 to 1993.
The multiple Emmy and Grammy Award winner stars in the fourth installment of FX’s critically acclaimed drama series “Fargo,” which launched this weekend on Sept. 27th.
This will be Megan Thee Stallion’s “SNL” musical guest debut. Her latest album, “Suga,” has garnered over 900 million streams to date and spawned this summer’s smash hit and 3x platinum single, “Savage.”
“Saturday Night Live” is produced in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels.
Ahead of the show’s premiere, NBC shared some photos from the casts’ first socially distanced reading. Chris Rock can be seen wearing a mask as he sits in front of a small desk, which is spaced out between other SNL crew and staff throughout the studio. On Instagram, returning cast members Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd are seen in attendance as well as newcomers Andrew Dismukes and Lauren Holt.
We can expect this season of SNL to get quite political as Jim Carrey is confirmed to impersonate Joe Biden and Maya Rudolph will be channeling her inner Kamala Harris for a night filled with jokes, laughter, and punchlines.
The show airs live coast to coast at 11:29 pm EST and 8:29 pm PST