The 46th season of Saturday Night Live commenced on October 3, 2020.

After the string of Saturday Night Live At Home episodes, the season premiere marked a return to studio 8H. The entire cast season 45 cast returned, the first time there were no cast departures since season 41. Featured player Ego Nwodim was promoted to repertory status, and three new cast members were hired as feature players: SNL writer/stand-up comic Andrew Dismukes, UCB alum Lauren Holt, and stand-up comedian Punkie Johnson.

Jim Carrey took over the cameo role of Joe Biden; Woody Harrelson and Jason Sudeikis had intermittently cameoed as Biden for previous episodes, and John Mulaney had protrayed him on the episode he hosted. It was announced that five episodes would premiere in a row, a first. The fifth would fall on October 31, making it the first time that a new episode would premiere on Halloween since 1992.

Cast members Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong were mostly absent from the season's early episodes, because COVID-related rescheduling caused their other projects (Bryant's Shrill and Strong's yet-untitled Apple TV+ series) to conflict with SNL's dates.

On October 7th, 2020, it was announced that Morgan Wallen's appearance as musical guest on the October 10th episode was dropped due to many videos surfacing of Wallen partying without a mask and not social distancing; Jack White was rushed in as a replacement.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Changes[edit | edit source]

Promoted New

Repertory[edit | edit source]

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Featured[edit | edit source]

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Episodes[edit | edit source]

Date Host(s) Musical Guest(s)
890 1 October 3, 2020 Chris Rock Megan Thee Stallion
891 2 October 10, 2020 Bill Burr Jack White
892 3 October 17, 2020 Issa Rae Justin Bieber
893 4 October 24, 2020 Adele H.E.R.
894 5 October 31, 2020 John Mulaney The Strokes
895 6 November 7, 2020

References[edit | edit source]

Preceded by:
Season 45
Season 46
(2020 - 2021)
Followed by:
Season 47
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