Saturday Night Live Season 46 Opener: Chris Rock, Megan Thee Stallion

When NBC's Saturday Night Live returns to Studio 8H to kick off its 46th season on October 3rd (kicking off the first of the month's five episodes), it does so with a friendly face at the hosting controls and one of the hottest rappers today ready to own the stage. On Thursday, SNL announced that alumnus Chris Rock (Fargo) will be hosting the season opener, his third time hosting long-running comedy/music series. Megan Thee Stallion makes her SNL musical guest debut, with the award-winning performer out supporting her latest album, Suga.

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A look at who's hosting and the musical performance for Saturday Night Live Season 46 opener. (Image: NBC)

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, SNL has won 72 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 270 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.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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