Season 41
Premier: October 3, 2015
Last episode: May 21, 2016
Episodes: 21
Weekend Update anchor(s): Colin Jost
Michael Che
Previous Season 40
Next Season 42

Season 41 began in the fall of 2015.

Jon Rudnitsky was added as a new cast member for the season,[1] and Beck Bennett, Colin Jost, Kyle Mooney, and Sasheer Zamata were promoted to repertory status.[2] Five well-known writers left the show before the start of the season: Nick Rutherford, Natasha Rothwell, Alison Rich, Claire Mulaney, and season 39 featured player Mike O'Brien;[3] O'Brien stated he would continue contributing the "Mike O'Brien Production" short films he had made for the previous season.[4]

Season 41 was the last for longtime cast members Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, who were released from the show following the finale.[5]



Portal 40 - Vanessa Bayer  Portal 40 - Beck Bennett  Portal 40 - Aidy Bryant 

Portal 40 - Colin Jost  Portal 40 - Taran Killam  Portal 40 - Kate McKinnon 

Portal 40 - Kyle Mooney  Portal 40 - Bobby Moynihan  Portal 40 - Jay Pharoah 

Portal 40 - Cecily Strong  Portal 40 - Kenan Thompson  Portal 40 - Sasheer Zamata 


Portal 40 - Michael Che  Portal 40 - Pete Davidson  LeJo1  Portal 40 - Jon Rudnitsky 



Upgraded To Repertory:


Following the death of Prince on April 21st, a scheduled repeat of the April 2nd Peter Dinklage episode, due to run on April 23rd, was pulled and replaced by SNL Goodnight Sweet Prince. (The April 2nd episode had been advertised for the following week during the April 16 live broadcast.)

Date Host Musical Guest(s)
788October 3, 2015
Miley Cyrus
789October 10, 2015Amy SchumerThe Weeknd
790October 17, 2015Tracy MorganDemi Lovato
791November 7, 2015Donald TrumpSia
792November 14, 2015Elizabeth BanksDisclosure featuring Lorde and Sam Smith
793November 21, 2015Matthew McConaugheyAdele
794December 5, 2015Ryan GoslingLeon Bridges
795December 12, 2015Chris HemsworthChance The Rapper
796December 19, 2015Tina Fey and Amy PoehlerBruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band
797January 16, 2016Adam DriverChris Stapleton
798January 23, 2016Ronda RouseySelena Gomez
799February 6, 2016Larry DavidThe 1975
800February 13, 2016Melissa McCarthyKanye West
801March 5, 2016Jonah HillFuture
802March 12, 2016
Ariana Grande
803April 2, 2016Peter DinklageGwen Stefani
804April 9, 2016Russell CroweMargo Price
805April 16, 2016Julia Louis-DreyfusNick Jonas
 April 23, 2016
SNL Goodnight Sweet Prince
806May 7, 2016Brie LarsonAlicia Keys
807May 14, 2016
808May 21, 2016Fred ArmisenCourtney Barnett



Preceded by:
Season 40
Season 41
(2015 - 2016)
Followed by:
Season 42
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