First, let it be known that Chris Rock, Bill Burr, Issa Rae, Adele, and John Mulaney did an amazing job as hosts during this season of NBC's Saturday Night Live. But when you're talking about a record-setting sixth live episode taking place in the midst of a hotly-contested U.S. Presidential Election with a still-raging pandemic- and comedian extraordinaire Dave Chappelle is the host? It's safe to say that this is the episode that will define the season. But no pressure or anything.
Here's a look at Chappelle set up and COVID-friendly in Studio 8H for a read through, with SNL cast members Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson, and Melissa Villaseñor posting their excitement over having the comedian taking the reigns this week:
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Now here's a look back at Wednesday's intro video for Chappelle's return to Studios 8H- with Foo Fighters joining him (following the season's previous musical artists Megan Thee Stallion, Jack White, Justin Bieber, H.E.R., and The Strokes) as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of their self-titled debut album.
Saturday Night Live's 46th season includes Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor, and Bowen Yang. Che and Jost serve as head writers, with Bryan Tucker serving as senior writer. Lauren Holt (The Filth), Punkie Johnson (Space Force), and Andrew Dismukes (Comedy Central's Colossal ClusterFest, New York Comedy Festival) are joining the cast as feature players. Alec Baldwin returns as Donald Trump, with Maya Rudolph joining them as Kamala Harris, and Jim Carrey as Joe Biden (Bennett will continue as Michael Pence).
Not including specials and digital series, Saturday Night Live has won over 70 Emmy Awards, the most for any show in television history. SNL also holds the title for the most nominated television show in Emmy history with over 275 nominations (once again, not including specials and digital series). The long-running sketch comedy and musical series is executive produced by Lorne Michaels, produced by Steve Higgins and Erik Kenward, and directed by Don Roy King. Ken Aymong serves as a supervising producer, with Lindsay Shookus, Erin Doyle, and Tom Broecker producing. The series is produced by SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video.