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.

SNL S41 Title Card
Season 42
Premier: October 1, 2016
Last episode: May 20, 2017
Episodes: 21
Weekend Update anchor(s): Colin Jost
Michael Che
Season Chronology
Previous Season 41
Next Season 43

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.



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


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

Portal 40 - Michael Che  Portal 40 - Pete Davidson  LeJo1 

Portal 40 - Colin Jost  Portal 40 - Kate McKinnon  Portal 40 - Kyle Mooney 

Portal 40 - Bobby Moynihan  Portal 40 - Cecily Strong  Portal 40 - Kenan Thompson 

Portal 40 - Sasheer Zamata 


Mikey-day-s42  Alex-moffat-s42 Melissa-villasenor-s42


This Season Has Concluded


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


Title Original Air Date Ratings/Share
The 2016 SNL Election SpecialNovember 7, 20162.1/7
Recent political sketches involving the 2016 US presidential election, hosted by Tom Brokaw.
Saturday Night Live ThanksgivingNovember 23, 20161.6/5
Thanksgiving-themed comedy from the Saturday Night Live crew is presented.
Saturday Night Live ChristmasDecember 14, 20161.6/5
Holiday-themed comedy from Saturday Night Live is presented.



Preceded by:
Season 41
Season 42
(2016 - 2017)
Followed by:
Season 43

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