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Get off the damn shed!
—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.

Lorne Michaels hired Jim Breuer, Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, David Koechner, Cheri Oteri and Nancy Walls. Six of them are made repertory players, and Molly Shannon was upgraded to repertory status.

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.



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  • Chris Kattan: First March 16
  • Colin Quinn: First March 16
  • Fred Wolf: First April 13
  • David Spade: Not credited February 17-March 16


Date Host(s) Musical Guest(s) Notes
September 30, 1995 Mariel Hemingway Blues Traveler
October 7, 1995 Chevy Chase Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
October 21, 1995 David Schwimmer Natalie Merchant
October 28, 1995 Gabriel Byrne Alanis Morissette
November 11, 1995 Quentin Tarantino The Smashing Pumpkins
November 18, 1995 Laura Leighton Rancid
December 2, 1995 Anthony Edwards Foo Fighters
December 9, 1995 David Alan Grier Silverchair
December 16, 1995 Madeline Kahn Bush
January 13, 1996 Christopher Walken Joan Osborne
January 20, 1996 Alec Baldwin Tori Amos
February 10, 1996 Danny Aiello Coolio Cameo by Chris Farley
February 17, 1996 Tom Arnold Tupac Shakur David Spade is dropped from the opening montage
February 24, 1996 Elle MacPherson Sting Don Pardo is absent for this episode
March 16, 1996 John Goodman Everclear Chris Kattan and Colin Quinn are added as featured players; the first featured players of the season
March 23, 1996 Phil Hartman Gin Blossoms David Spade returns.
April 13, 1996 Steve Forbes Rage Against the Machine RATM was banned from the show for their conduct during this episode; Fred Wolf is added as featured player.
April 20, 1996 Teri Hatcher Dave Matthews Band Cameo by Steve Higgins
May 11, 1996 Christine Baranski The Cure
May 18, 1996 Jim Carrey Soundgarden


Preceded by:
Season 20
Season 21
(1995— 1996)
Followed by:
Season 22