When will ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season 46 return? Here's what to expect as Dave Chappelle hosts post-poll episode

We can expect the episode to have numerous political references and comments, given that it will air four days after November 3

                            When will ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season 46 return? Here's what to expect as Dave Chappelle hosts post-poll episode
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‘Saturday Night Live’ pro and former writer of the show, comedian John Mulaney was the host for last week’s episode. And, as expected he did a good job at entertaining the audience. This was his fourth time hosting the show. Interestingly, it was his second time hosting the show this year – he had hosted an episode of season 45 in February 2020.

While he is not known for making political jokes often, in his opening monologue, without naming any of the presidential candidates, Mulaney said that he needed to make an announcement. “On November 3, there is an elderly man contest. There’s two elderly men and you’re supposed to vote,” he said. “We might have the same elderly man or we might have a new elderly man, nothing much will change in the United States. The rich will continue to prosper while the poor languish. Families will be upended by mental health issues and drug addiction and Jane Lynch will continue to book lots of projects and she’ll deliver.”

During his past appearances, fans had appreciated the musical sketches – ‘Diner Lobster’, ‘Bodega Bathroom’ and ‘Airport Sushi’ — he was part of. This time as well there was a musical sketch and he didn’t disappoint. It was set in a Times Square souvenir shop owned by Mulaney. The business of the shop has been affected by Covid-19. Pete Davidson and Chris Redd are customers in the store. At one point, Davidson’s character wanted to buy a pair of ‘I Heart NY’ unwashed underwear and wanted to try them on in a fitting room. This is what triggers a musical performance featuring Kenan Thompson as Minion mascot, Mulaney and a bunch of other Times Square mascots — Bowen Yang as Batman, Lauren Holt is from Frozen, Alex Moffat playing Times Square Elmo and Melissa Villaseñor as Minnie. They broke into a spoof of ‘Luck Be a Lady’. Kate McKinnon appeared as Bubba Gump's Shrimp Louie and parodied ‘Send in the Clowns’ as ‘Send in the Crowds’. Maya Rudolph appeared as the Statue of Liberty. She parodied ‘I’m Still Here’, to make it clear that New York City was still surviving amid the pandemic. The Strokes were the musical guest for the episode.

What's special this time?

‘SNL’ announced a few weeks back that they are going to add a post-election episode on Saturday, November 7. During last week’s show, they revealed that it will be hosted by American comedian Dave Chappelle. Loyal fans would know why this sounds familiar, however, for the uninitiated; we will bring you up to speed. In 2016, Chappelle was the host of the episode which aired post-election. That episode also earned him an Emmy.



During his 2016 monologue, he had addressed the election results. He had said, “You know, I didn’t know that Donald Trump was going to win the election. I did suspect it. It seemed like Hillary was doing well in the polls and yet — I know the whites.” He added, “But America’s done it. We’ve actually elected an Internet troll as our president.” The comedian also said, “The whites were furious. I’ve never seen anything like it. I haven’t seen whites this mad since the O.J. verdict. White people screaming on both sides, ‘Aahhh!’” He had ended his monologue by saying, “I’m wishing Donald Trump luck. And I’m going to give him a chance, and we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too. Thank you very much.”


What to expect?

We can expect the episode to have numerous political references and comments, given that the episode will air four days after November 3. So, it would be interesting to keep an eye on the news and guessing what might make it to the ‘SNL’ episode. Since Chappelle did not shy away from addressing the election results four years back, it would be interesting what his take will be in the upcoming episode. Of course, it will depend on what unravels in the days prior to the premiere of the episode. The musical guest for the episode has not been announced yet. We will update the story whenever the announcement happens.

When will it air?

The new episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season 46 will air on Saturday, November 7, at 11.30 pm ET on NBC.

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