Over the years, Saturday Night Live hosts like Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, and Melissa McCarthy have taken to the stage at 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s Studio 8H to create some of the most iconic moments in live television. One-timers, five-timers, and even 15-timers like Steve Martin, have made their mark on the long-running sketch comedy program, now in its 47th season, and become the stuff of legend.
During that same stretch of time, SNL has also featured countless legendary musical performances from the likes of Fear, Kanye West, and Nirvana. Both of those traditions will continue throughout Saturday Night Live Season 47, and here’s who you can expect to see join the ranks of stars from yesterday and today...
December 11 - Billie Eilish
On December 11, Billie Eilish will follow in the footsteps of Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and a few dozen other famous singers who have pulled double-duty as Saturday Night Live host and musical guest. Hot off the July 2021 release of her sophomore effort Happier Than Ever and the long-awaited release of No Time to Die (which features the Grammy-winning title track), Eilish will show off her comedy chops when the long-running sketch show goes “Live from New York…”
Although this will be the first time Billie Eilish has hosted Saturday Night Live, the December 11 episode is the Grammy Award-winning singer's second time appearing on the show as a musical guest. She previously performed on the September 28, 2019 episode.
December 18 - Paul Rudd With Musical Guest Charli XCX
Paul Rudd will officially become a member of the prestigious 5-Timers Club when he hosts Saturday Night Live on December 18 (the final episode before Christmas). The Ghostbusters: Afterlife star most recently served as SNL host in May 2019, though he did make a cameo on an episode in December of that year.
Taking the stage as the musical guest on the December 18 episode of Saturday Night Live will be Charli XCX, who will be performing on the long-running program for the second time in her career, the first being an episode in December 2014.
Below is information on past episodes of Saturday Night Live Season 47 including hosts, musical guests, and where you can watch them streaming.
October 2 - Owen Wilson With Musical Guest Kacey Musgraves
The latest season of Saturday Night Live kicked off with an episode hosted by Loki and The French Dispatch star Owen Wilson, who finally led the show for the first time in his career. And, even though he has admitted in the past that his nervousness has stopped him from doing something like this in the past, Wilson did a tremendous job with his hosting duties, especially the sketch that saw him reprise his Cars character, Lightning McQueen. The SNL Season 47 premiere also featured Kacey Musgraves making history with her instant-classic performance.
October 9 - Kim Kardashian West With Musical Guest Halsey
On October 9, Kim Kardashian West hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time, and proved that she actually had great comedic timing. The episode, which was watched by millions of viewers, saw the reality TV star poke fun at her ex-husband Kanye West, multiple members of her family, and even O.J. Simpson to make her mark. The second episode of the season also featured musical guest Halsey, who performed on the very popular show for the fourth time throughout her career.
October 16 - Rami Malek With Musical Guest Young Thug
On October 16, Rami Malek, hot off the long-awaited release of No Time to Die, hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time in his career. One of the highlights of the episode was the sketch that saw Malek share the screen with his 007 co-star Daniel Craig, and SNL mainstay Kenan Thompson, in an audition for a Prince biopic. The third episode of the season also featured musical guest Young Thug, who made his SNL debut with a pair of electric performances.
October 23 - Jason Sudeikis With Musical Guest Brandi Carlile
On October 23, Saturday Night Live alum Jason Sudeikis returned to his old stomping grounds to host the long running series for the first time since departing the cast in 2013, although he has made multiple cameos during the years since then. The Ted Lasso star was featured in the majority of the sketches, including the cold open that saw three different versions of Joe Biden conversing in the Oval Office. Sudeikis also gave an impassioned opening monologue about the show’s history and what it means to him. Musical guest Brandi Carlile made her SNL debut in spectacular fashion.
November 6 - Kieran Culkin With Musical Guest Ed Sheeran
On November 6, Kieran Culkin hosted Saturday Night Live for the very first time and became the second Culkin brother to take the stage (Macaulay Culkin had the honor of hosting during the 1991 season). In the years since making his acting debut as the soda-loving Fuller McCallister in Home Alone, Culkin has appeared in movies ranging from Father of the Bride to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. He has also been one of the major players on the HBO drama series Succession, for which he has received both Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his portrayal of Roman Roy.
Filling the role of musical guest on SNL on November 6 was Ed Sheeran, who took the stage for the third time in his career. Sheeran previously appeared on SNL in April 2014 and February 2017.
November 13 - Jonathan Majors With Musical Guest Taylor Swift
On November 13, Jonathan Majors hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time in his young, yet highly-successful career, delivering an impressive opening monologue and showing off his comedy chops in many of the night's best sketches. This probably won’t be the last SNL appearance by Majors, whose career reached new heights following his portrayal of He Who Remains on Loki in Summer 2021, especially with his continued involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Stepping in as the musical guest on November 13 was Miss Americana herself, Taylor Swift, who broke from tradition and gave a single ten-minute performance of "All Too Well." This marked the fifth time Swift has taken to the SNL stage since she made her first appearance on the show in November 2009. Now, we just need to get T. Swift back on hosting duties.
November 20 - Simu Liu With Musical Guest Saweetie
On November 20, Simu Liu added Saturday Night Live host to his list of 2021 achievements when he appeared on the long-running sketch comedy program. Liu made waves earlier in the year when he portrayed the titular hero in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, making him the third Marvel star (so far) to host SNL this season. Liu is also no stranger when it comes to comedy, as he was a fixture of the sitcom Kim’s Convenience and also made guest appearances on Fresh Off the Boat and Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens.
Rap sensation Saweetie served as the Saturday Night Live musical guest for the first time in her career on November 20. In addition to her successful music career, the MTV Video Music Award-winning performer has also been featured on Grown-ish, Wild ’n Out, and Cooking with Paris.
Make sure to check back for information on all future Saturday Night Live hosts throughout the show’s 47th season.
Philip grew up in Louisiana (not New Orleans) before moving to St. Louis after graduating from Louisiana State University-Shreveport. When he's not writing about movies or television, Philip can be found being chased by his three kids, telling his dogs to stop yelling at the mailman, or yelling about professional wrestling to his wife. If the stars properly align, he will talk about For Love Of The Game being the best baseball movie of all time.
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