September 29, 2018
Season 44 episode
Episode 851
Season Episode 1
Host Adam Driver
Musical Guest(s) Kanye West
Song(s) performed by Musical Guest(s) "I Love It"
"We Got Love"
Previous Episode May 19, 2018
Next Episode October 6, 2018

The 851st episode of Saturday Night Live was hosted by Adam Driver with musical guest Kanye West.




Cameos by Matt Damon, Rachel Dratch, Wendy Williams, and Kid Cudi


 Cold Open   Sketch   Pre-recorded   Weekend Update   Music Performance   Other 

Title Image Summary
Kavanaugh Hearing   Cameos by Matt Damon as Brett Kavanaugh and Rachel Dratch as Amy Klobuchar
Montage   A new montage debuts. First montage with Mikey Day, Alex Moffat, and Melissa Villaseñor as repertory players, and first montage with Ego Nwodim. Kyle Mooney appears but his name is not read.
Monologue by Adam Driver  
Fortnite Squad   First appearance of Ego Nwodim
New Look   Cameos by Wendy Williams and Kid Cudi
Coffee Shop  
'80s Party  
Kanye West performs "I Love It"   Features Lil Pump
Weekend Update with Colin Jost and Michael Che   Appearances by Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Kate McKinnon), Serena Williams (Leslie Jones), and Pete Davidson
Career Day  
Kanye West performs "We Got Love"   Features Teyana Taylor
Neo-Confederate Meeting  
Goodbyes/Kanye West performs   Kanye West performs to close the show. NBC apparently didn't warn affiliates of the layout change, as many stations sat on the NBC title card before the goodbyes, with the band finishing a song and starting the end theme, before covering most of Driver's goodbyes with commercials, cutting into West mid-song, and cutting away before he finished.
Preceded by:
May 19, 2018
Saturday Night Live episode Followed by:
October 6, 2018
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