Chris Rock Set to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season 46 Premiere

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Chris Rock is returning to Studio 8H next weekend for the season 46 premiere of Saturday Night Live.

The SNL alum will host the first episode to be taped in the show’s iconic New York City studio since March, when COVID-19 shutdowns began. Megan Thee Stallion will serve as musical guest in her SNL debut.

Rock was a cast member on SNL from 1990 to 1993, and previously hosted in 1996 and 2014. He currently stars on the FX anthology series Fargo, which is an adaptation of the Coen brothers film by the same name.

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In another big move for SNL, Jim Carrey is joining the NBC sketch comedy series this season to play Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Woody Harrelson played Biden last year, and Jason Sudeikis portrayed the vice president during the Obama administration.

Carrey is no stranger to late-night comedy after his breakout turn on In Living Color from 1990 to 2001. He’ll be acting alongside Alec Baldwin, who is reprising his role as President Donald Trump.

After production shut down earlier this year, SNL started doing virtual shows in April, with the cast members performing taped sketches from their homes.

Season 46 of Saturday Night Live kicks off on Oct. 3.