This is Kristen’s 2nd time hosting and her first time appearing in an episode in almost two years. She last hosted back in May 2013 (Season 38) and her last cameo was in December 2014 (season 40), the episode was hosted by Amy Adams.
Kristen will be the first former cast member to host this season
Last time Kristen hosted, it was a little under a year since she left the cast and there were still 11 cast members on the show that had been there while she was still a cast member. Now in 2016, not counting Colin Jost as he was only a writer, there will only be 4 (Vanessa Bayer, Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, and Bobby Moynihan).
This is the last episode before the Thanksgiving break
The xx will be the musical guest. It’s their first time performing on the show.
The fact that SNL Korea only “apologized” to B1A4 and not Infinite who was supposedly there at the same time as them (the articles made it sound as if the two groups were backstage together), too, makes me mad. SNL Korea is trash and I’m glad Eric Nam had enough common sense and decency to reject their problematic ideas and just cosplay a Dragonball Z character when he was on that show.
Though not well-known for doing comedy, Kristen has worked in films with former SNL cast members Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader (Adventureland), and was recently in a film with long time SNL host Steve Martin.
Former SNL cast members Noel Wells and Jenny Slate have done impressions of her.
Alessia Cara will be the musical guest. It will be her first time performing on the show.
This will be Scarlett’s 5th time as host, she last hosted during Season 40 (2014-15 season).
With this episode, Scarlett will officially join the five timers club (she hosted in seasons 31,32,36, and 40).
Scarlett is the 4th woman to join the club. Other members are Candice Bergen, Drew Barrymore, and Tina Fey.
This season, we were able to have back to back seasons where women were able to get to their 5th hosting stint (Tina Fey hosted last season). Other women that are currently at 4: Melissa McCarthy, Lindsay Lohan, and Cameron Diaz
Lorde is the musical guest. It will be her 2nd time on the show but her first time performing solo. Her last time on the show (Season 41) she was brought in to perform with the music duo Disclosure.
This will be Tom’s 9th time hosting. He last hosted a decade ago, back in May 2006 (Season 31).
Tom now moves 5th all-time on the list of those who have hosted the most. The people ahead of him are Alec Baldwin (16), Steve Martin (15), John Goodman (13), and Buck Henry (10). Tom was tied with Chevy Chase at 8 but now he moves ahead of him.
The last time Tom appeared in an episode was during the 2012 season in Justin Timberlake’s five timers club monologue, which mirrored his own five timers club monologue from the 1990 season.
This episode will be the 4th consecutive episode this season. The last time they aired 4 episodes in a row with no break to start the season was back during Season 35 (2009-10).
Lady Gaga will be the musical guest, it will be her 4th time on the show. She last made an appearance when she the host and musical guest during the 2013 season.
This will be the 809th overall episode and the 42nd season premiere
This is Margot’s first time as host. This is only the 3rd time in SNL history where in back to back seasons SNL will have a woman host the premiere (Megan Fox & Amy Poehler in 2009 and 2010, Madonna & Sigourney Weaver in 1985 and 1986)
Earlier this year, Margot was in the film “Whisky Tango Foxtrot” which starred former SNL cast member Tina Fey
After 6 seasons,Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah will not be brought back for another season. Last year’s newest cast member, Jon Rudnitsky, will also not be brought back for another season. former writer Mikey Day will be promoted to the cast, and new hires Melissa Villaseñor and Alex Moffat will also be joining the cast.
At the 68th Primetime Emmys, Kate McKinnon won an Emmy for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series”. She’s only the 4th SNL cast member and 2nd woman to win an Emmy for their performance as a cast member (Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, and Dana Carvey).
Chris Kelly & Sarah Schneider have both been promoted to head writer status. Michael Che, Pete Davidson, and Leslie Jones all have been promoted from featured to repertory status.
Seven new writers were also hired over the summer. Joanna Bradley, Anna Drezen, Kristen Bartlett, Zack Bornstein, Julio Torres, Nick Kocher, and Brian McElhany.
16 time host Alec Baldwin will be making cameos this season playing as Donald Trump, it’s his first time doing the impression on the show. Last season, Taran Killam did the impression before it going to back Darrell Hammond.
The Weeknd will be the musical guest. He was on the show last season as musical guest and also performed in the month of October too.
Jan Hooks was the first SNL cast member to do an impression of Hillary Clinton. What makes it even more interesting is that she never did it while she was an active cast member. She would only return to make cameos to do the impression, kind of like how Tina Fey would return to SNL to do the Sarah Palin impression.
This will be the 797th overall episode and the first episode of the 2nd half of the season.
This is Adam’s first time hosting.
Adam will be the 2nd cast member from the HBO show “Girls” to host. Lena Dunham hosted back during the 2013 season.
Adam was recently in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. Carrie Fisher (who’s also in the movie) hosted during the 1978 season, a bit after the original Star Wars film was released. Mark Hamill made a cameo once during the 1996 season episode hosted by Sting.
Chris Stapleton will be the musical guest. It is his first time performing on the show.
This is Tina’s 5th time and Amy’s 2nd time as host.
With this episode, Tina Fey will join the five-timers club. She will be the third woman and first female SNL cast member to join that club. The other two ladies that are five-timers are Candice Bergen (joined in May 1990) and Drew Barrymore (joined in February 2007) .
Tina will only be the third SNL cast member to have hosted 5 times. The other two were from the 70s cast, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray. Chevy joined in December 1986 (season 12) and Bill joined in February 1999 (season 24).
Amy will become the 3rd female SNL cast member to have hosted more than once. Besides Tina, the other lady is Julia Louis-Dreyfus who has also hosted twice (2005 & 2006 seasons).
This will be the seventh time in SNL history where the Christmas episode will be hosted by a cast member. Others who have hosted are Bill Murray (1981), Eddie Murphy (1982, 1984. In 1982 Eddie was still an active cast member), Jimmy Fallon (2011, 2013), and Martin Short (2012). Tina & Amy will be the 5th and 6th newest cast members to host the Christmas show.
This is the first time since the 2000 and 2001 seasons that the Christmas episode would have been hosted by women in back to back seasons. Lucy Liu hosted in 2000 and Ellen DeGeneres hosted in 2001. Last season Amy Adams hosted.
This is the first time since the 2006 season where they would have only aired 9 episodes before the Christmas break. The 2007 season had a much lower amount, but that was due to the ongoing writer’s strike.
This is the first time since the season 29 finale where an episode will have co-hosts. The Olsen Twins were the last ones to co-host an episode. This is also the first time where the Christmas episode will have co-hosts.
Bruce Springsteen will be the musical guest for this episode. It will be his third time on the show.