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Saturday Night Live (season 41)

Saturday Night Live (season 41)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes TBA
Original channel NBC
Original release October 3, 2015 (2015-10-03) – present

The forty-first season of the NBC comedy series Saturday Night Live premiered on October 3, 2015, during the 2015–2016 television season[1] with Miley Cyrus serving as both host and musical guest.[2]


  • Cast 1
    • Cast roster 1.1
  • Writers 2
  • Episodes 3
  • References 4


After two consecutive seasons with higher-than-average levels of cast turnover, no major changes occurred prior to Season 41; the entire cast of the 2014–2015 season returned.[3] Before the start of the season, comedian Jon Rudnitsky joined the cast as a featured player.[4] Beck Bennett, Colin Jost, Kyle Mooney and Sasheer Zamata were upgraded to repertory status, while Michael Che, Pete Davidson, and Leslie Jones remained as featured players. Only Mooney's promotion was announced before the premiere.[5]

Cast roster

bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor


Before the beginning of the season, six new writers joined the staff: Upright Citizens Brigade performers Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, and Will Stephen; former Late Show with David Letterman writers Paul Masella and Chris Belair; and stand-up comedian Dave Sirus. [6]

Colin Jost, a featured player on the show and anchor of Weekend Update, who served as a writer since 2006 (and as co-head writer in 2012), was relieved of his position as co-head writer, although he remains on the writing staff. Rob Klein and Bryan Tucker continue as co-head writers.[7]


Saturday Night Live season 41 episodes
No. # Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original airdate Ratings/share
788 1 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus October 3, 2015 (2015-10-03) 4.5/11[8]

Miley Cyrus performs "Karen Don't Be Sad" and "The Twinkle Song".

Hillary Clinton appears in the Hillary Clinton Bar Talk sketch as Val. Darrell Hammond appears in the same sketch as Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton also introduces Cyrus's first musical performance.

The Flaming Lips appears as Cyrus' backing band for her first performance.

Jon Rudnitsky's first episode as a cast member.[4]
789 2 Amy Schumer The Weeknd October 10, 2015 (2015-10-10) 3.9/10[9]
The Weeknd performs "The Hills" with Nicki Minaj and "Can't Feel My Face," and also appears on Weekend Update during a bit titled "The Weeknd Update".
790 3 Tracy Morgan Demi Lovato October 17, 2015 (2015-10-17) 4.2/11[10]

Demi Lovato performs a medley of "Cool for the Summer" and "Confident" for her first set and "Stone Cold" for her second, also appearing in the "Astronaut Jones" sketch.

Alec Baldwin and Larry David appear in the cold open as Jim Webb and Bernie Sanders, respectively.

Baldwin, 30 Rock roles in the opening monologue. Fey also appeared on Weekend Update.

Fey and Tim Herlihy received writing credits.
791 4 Donald Trump[11] Sia[11] November 7, 2015 (2015-11-07)
The choice of Trump was controversial, and a number of Latino groups petitioned to have his invitation to host rescinded.[12]
792 5 Elizabeth Banks[13] Disclosure[13] November 14, 2015 (2015-11-14)
Sam Smith and Lorde will perform with Disclosure.[14]
793 6 Matthew McConaughey[15] Adele[15] November 21, 2015 (2015-11-21)


  1. ^ "Saturday Night Live Season 41 Episode 01". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Saturday Night Live Taps Tracy Morgan, Miley Cyrus and Amy Schumer as Hosts". Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ Wright, Megh (August 31, 2015). "The Entire ‘SNL’ Cast From Last Season Is Returning". Splitsider. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Gajewski, Ryan (August 31, 2015). Saturday Night Live' Adds New Castmembers for Season 41"'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Kyle Mooney - About". Saturday Night Live - About Cast. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Meet 'Saturday Night Live's Six New Writers". Splitsider. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Dixon, Dani (October 4, 2015). Saturday Night Live' Season Premiere with Miley Cyrus Nearly Even with Last Season's Premiere"'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ Porter, Rick (October 11, 2015). Saturday Night Live' with Amy Schumer dips slightly, still tops night"'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ Porter, Rick (October 18, 2015). "Tracy Morgan's 'Saturday Night Live' return gets a ratings bump". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Carrie Dann (October 13, 2015). "Donald Trump to Host 'SNL' November 7". NBC News (NBC News Group). 
  12. ^ Daniel González (October 22, 2015). "Campaign to dump Donald Trump from SNL gains steam".  
  13. ^ a b Zhu, Danielle (2015-10-22). "Elizabeth Banks will host Saturday Night Live".  
  14. ^ "Disclosure to Play "Saturday Night Live" With Lorde and Sam Smith". Pitchfork. October 22, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b Bacle, Ariana (2015-10-22). "Saturday Night Live sets Adele as musical guest for Nov. 21 show with Matthew McConaughey".  
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