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Saturday Night Live is putting together a fantastic lineup of funny folks for Season 42. The show is set to look a little different from Season 41 thanks to the departures of some major cast members--most notable Taran Killam and Jay Pharaoh--and the change up of some of the creative team. While a lot of things are changing, there is still going to be a host and a musical guest each week. If you are wondering who is coming up, do check out our breakdown of upcoming hosts to see when you can expect your favorite stars to bring the laughs during an episode of SNL.
January 21- Aziz Ansari With Musical Guest Big Sean
Comedian Aziz Ansari will make his SNL hosting debut on January 21. The former Parks and Recreation star is going into the second season of his Netflix show Master of None, which will hit the streaming service later this year. Rapper Big Sean is also appearing on the sketch show for the first time, as he promotes his CD, "I Decided," which is due out next month.
October 1--Margot Robbie With Musical Guest The Weeknd
Actress Margot Robbie had a huge summer thanks to her scene-stealing performance as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. She was such a hit with DC execs and fans alike that she now has a Harley Quinn solo film in development, so we can guess that the ratings for her SNL episode will be impressive. She kicks off Season 42 with The Weeknd as her musical guest.
October 8--Lin-Manuel Miranda With Musical Guest Twenty One Pilots
Lin-Manuel Miranda will take the stage as SNL host after making a mainstream name for himself with his hit Broadway musical Hamilton. He wrote and starred in the musical that has had people everywhere singing songs of founding fathers, and he'll bring his signature humor from stage to screen. The band Twenty One Pilots will perform as the musical guest, but we probably shouldn't be shocked if Miranda busts out some raps of his own on October 8.
October 15--Emily Blunt With Musical Guest Bruno Mars
Emily Blunt will have a big October this year. Her film The Girl on the Train will be released on October 7, and she'll follow up with her SNL hosting debut on October 15. Blunt's last few projects have been distinctly dramatic, so she'll get to flex her comedy muscles in her hosting gig. Bruno Mars will light up the stage with his musical talents as he promotes his third album, 24K Magic, in his fourth appearance as a musical guest on SNL.
October 22--Tom Hanks With Musical Guest Lady Gaga
Tom Hanks will stop by to make his ninth hosting appearance on SNL on October 22. The actor will be coming off the hit Sully and promoting his October 28 opener, Inferno. Grammy winner Lady Gaga will step on stage for her third time as a musical guest on the show, right after her fifth studio album, Joanne, debuts on October 21.
November 5-- Benedict Cumberbatch with Solange
Benedict Cumberbatch has been a big name for the past several years, thanks to his role in the wildly popular Sherlock, but also roles in the Star Trek and The Hobbit franchises. He may be a big name on the big and small screen alike, but there is one big gig he hasn't taken on... yet. He's never been the host of Saturday Night Live, but he's going to rectify that when the series returns after a small break on November 5. Solange is going to be the musical guest, which is less exciting than huge name Lady Gaga, but every week can't be a Hanks/Gaga extravaganza. Cumberbatch's gig comes on the heels of Dr. Strange which is out November 4. The hosting gig was announced on air.
November 12-- Dave Chappelle with A Tribe Called Quest
Everyone who's been missing comedian Dave Chappelle since he left his eponymous TV sketch show in 2006 has some good news coming to them, as Chappelle will make his SNL hosting debut on November 12. The popular comedian has been mostly absent from our television screens for a decade, so this is a huge get for the long-running comedy. Another big return with the show will be the musical guest appearance by famed hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. They'll be on the show to promote their first album in 18 years, "We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service."
November 19-- Kristen Wiig And The XX
Kristen Wiig was on SNL for a long time--seven seasons in fact--but the November 19 outing of the series will only be the second time she'll be appearing as a host on the series. The XX will be joining her as musical guests. They are premiering to promote their third album "I See You," which hits shelves on January 13.
December 3- Emma Stone With Musical Guest Shawn Mendes
This will actually be the third official time that Emma Stone has hosted Saturday Night Live, although she has not done so in years. The last time the actress was the host of an episode came in 2011, although she showed up in the "Weekend Update" segment during SNL 40. SNL announced the news over the weekend.
December 10- John Cena With Musical Guest Maren Morris
John Cena once popped up in SNL for a guest stint but he's never joined the long-running NBC series as a host. All of that will change on December 10 when Cena hosts for the first time. You can read more about the gig, here.
December 17- Casey Affleck With Musical Guest Chance The Rapper
Saturday Night Live has big plans to air new episodes of the late night series nearly all the way to the holidays. On December 17, Casey Affleck will be on the show as host, promoting his movie Manchester By The Sea. Chance the Rapper will be joining him on the stage.
January 14 - Felicity Jones With Musical Guest Sturgill Simpson
Felicity Jones just made the latest Star Wars feature Rogue One pretty great, and now she'll be kicking off the Saturday Night Live lineup in 2017. This will be her hosting debut on the long-running sketch comedy series and she will appear opposite country music singer Sturgill Simpson, who also has had a pretty big year in 2016.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates on who to expect when during Season 42 of Saturday Night Live. Hopefully we'll be in for as many great sketches, crazy jokes, and big bloopers as we've gotten in seasons past. Episodes air on Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Don't forget to check out our fall TV premiere schedule to see what else you can watch on the small screen in the near future.
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