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Saturday Night Live is well into the throes of Season 41 at this point, but despite already featuring some big names, this week, the show announced a really popular actor is returning to host the series. Matthew McConaughey has been signed on for the November 21 episode. He’ll be joined by another huge name as the musical guest. Just a few days after Adele announced her long-awaited new album 25 is on the way, the singer has been signed on to SNL, as well.
This won’t be the first time that McConaughey has been added as the host of Saturday Night Live. However, it will be the first time that the actor has popped up on the show since 2003. Although, we’d like to note that technically McConaughey’s famous Lincoln ads were spoofed last year by comedian Jim Carrey.
That means Matthew McConaughey hasn’t been on SNL since the days when he was considered to be ½ of the formula for a reasonable romantic comedy (’03 was the year How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days came out). Nowadays he tackles tougher material, with projects like Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar and the critically acclaimed season of True Detective. That’s a lot of drama, and a little comedy should be a lot of fun.
In addition, it should be nice to catch Adele back on the late night series. Like McConaughey, she’s been away from the sketch comedy program for a while. Her last appearance came in 2008, the year that her big album 19 came out. Her latest album is actually expected to drop just a day before her SNL appearance, on November 20.(Adele is also responsible for the new Bond theme song.)
November 21 might seem like a long time away, but Saturday Night Live has been plotting out November for a while. Donald Trump has signed on as the host when SNL returns to the schedule on November 7; Sia will be the musical guest that week. More recently, Elizabeth Banks was announced as the host for the November 14 episode. She’ll be joined that evening by the band Disclosure.
Saturday Night Live is currently airing its 41st season, with the full cast from last season intact, plus one new featured player. You can catch new episodes on Saturday nights over at NBC at 11:30 p.m. ET.