—Will Ferrell in the role he used to audition, September 30, 1995
Season 21 of Saturday Night Live began on September 30, 1995 and ended on May 18, 1996. Most of the cast were new hires, with mass firings having followed the previous season. This season did not include any featured players until March 16, 1996, and like earlier seasons, the featured players weren't always credited. David Spade is also missing from three episodes in the middle of the season.
Chris Kattan and Colin Quinn are also joined the cast as feature players for the six final episodes of the season, and Fred Wolf was hired later in April as a feature player.
This is the final season for longest-serving cast member David Spade (he had been a cast member since 1990), for a total of 6 seasons, as he leave the show for his own terms after six years. This is also the only season for first-year repertory players David Koechner and Nancy Walls, also both let go, they both would not returned after just one season.