How's it hanging? I'm David Pumpkins and I'm going to scare the hell out of you!.
—Tom Hanks as David S. Pumpkins during the Haunted Elevator sketch.

Season 42 of Saturday Night Live premiered on October 1, 2016 starring Margot Robbie with her guest The Weeknd and concluded on May 20, 2017 starring Dwayne Johnson with Katy Perry, ending with 21 episodes and 3 specials. The season reduced ads by 30%, removing two commercial breaks to increase episode content. Much of the season's content centered around the 2016 Presidential Election. The season was also notable for having three episodes in which the host was joining the Five-Timers Club, with Scarlett Johansson, Melissa McCarthy, and Dwayne Johnson all hosting for the fifth time.

Beginning on the April 15th Episode, episodes began to air live in all four time zones, rather than running live in the East and Central time zones, while being tape-delayed in the Mountain and Pacific Time Zones.[1]

During the era, Season 7 cast member Tony Rosato died on January 7, 2017 due to a heart attack. The season also acknowledged the deaths of NBC-Universal Employee John Homer, actress Carrie Fisher, and comedian Don Rickles.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Changes[edit | edit source]

Season 41 cast members Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah, and Jon Rudnitsky were let go after the end of the previous season.[2] Joining the cast were Mikey Day (promoted from the writers' room), Alex Moffat, and Melissa Villaseñor.[3] Michael Che, Pete Davidson, and Leslie Jones were promoted to repertory status. Though not a cast member, Alec Baldwin would take over playing the role of Donald Trump from Darrell Hammond, who continued as the show's announcer.[4]

This was the last season for Bobby Moynihan,[5] Vanessa Bayer, and Sasheer Zamata.

   Not Returning
  • Taran Killam
  • Jay Pharoah
  • Jon Rudnitsky
  • Mikey Day
  • Alex Moffat
  • Melissa Villasenor
   Upgraded To Repertory
  • Michael Che
  • Pete Davidson
  • Leslie Jones

Repertory[edit | edit source]

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Featured[edit | edit source]

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Episodes[edit | edit source]

Episode Image Host Musical
October 1, 2016 Robbie-s41.jpeg Margot Robbie The Weeknd
October 8, 2016 Miranda-s42.jpeg Lin Manuel-Miranda Twenty One Pilots
October 15, 2016 Emily-blunt-bumper-s42.jpeg Emily Blunt Bruno Mars
October 22, 2016 Tom-hanks-bumper-10-22-16.jpeg Tom Hanks Lady Gaga
November 5, 2016 Cumberbatch-s42.jpg Benedict Cumberbatch Solange
November 12, 2016 Chapelle-s42.jpg Dave Chappelle A Tribe Called Quest
November 19, 2016 Wiig-s42.jpg Kristen Wiig The xx
December 3, 2016 Stone-s42.jpg Emma Stone Shawn Mendes
December 10, 2016 Cena-s42.jpg John Cena Maren Morris
December 17, 2016 Affleck-s42.jpg Casey Affleck Chance The Rapper
January 14, 2017 Jones-s42.jpg Felicity Jones Sturgill Simpson
January 21, 2017 Ansari-s2.jpg Aziz Ansari Big Sean
February 4, 2017 Stewart-s42.jpg Kristen Stewart Alessia Cara
February 11, 2017 Baldwin-s42.jpg Alec Baldwin Ed Sheeran
March 4, 2017 Spencer-s42.jpg Octavia Spencer Father John Misty
March 11, 2017 Johansson-s42.jpg Scarlett Johansson Lorde
April 8, 2017 Ck-s42.jpg Louis C.K. The Chainsmokers
April 15, 2017 Fallon-s42.jpg Jimmy Fallon Harry Styles
May 6, 2017 Pine-s42.jpg Chris Pine LCD Soundsystem
May 13, 2017 Mccarthy-s42.jpg Melissa McCarthy HAIM
May 20, 2017 Johnson-s42.jpg Dwayne Johnson Katy Perry

Specials[edit | edit source]

Title Original Air Date Ratings/Share
The 2016 SNL Election Special November 7, 2016 2.1/7
Recent political sketches involving the 2016 US presidential election, hosted by Tom Brokaw.
Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving November 23, 2016 1.6/5
Thanksgiving-themed comedy from the Saturday Night Live crew is presented.
Saturday Night Live Christmas December 14, 2016 1.6/5
Holiday-themed comedy from Saturday Night Live is presented.

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