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Saturday Night Live (season 41)

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Saturday Night Live (season 41)
The title card for Saturday Night Live – season 40, showing New York skyscrapers.
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes21
Original networkNBC
Original releaseOctober 3, 2015 (2015-10-03) – May 21, 2016 (2016-05-21)
Season chronology
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Season 40
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Season 42
List of Saturday Night Live episodes

The forty-first season of the NBC comedy series Saturday Night Live premiered on October 3, 2015, during the 2015–2016 television season.[1] The season premiered on October 3, 2015 with host & musical guest Miley Cyrus and concluded on May 21, 2016 with host Fred Armisen and musical guest Courtney Barnett.

Kate McKinnon won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in this season.


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.[2] Before the start of the season, comedian Jon Rudnitsky joined the cast as a featured player.[3] 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. Announcer Darrell Hammond appeared in several episodes. He played Bill Clinton in 3 episodes and Donald Trump in most of the episodes of this season.

This would be the final season for Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, both cast members for the show since 2010, as well as the only season for Jon Rudnitsky.[4]

Cast roster

Repertory cast members

Featured cast members

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.[5]

Colin Jost, a cast member on the show and anchor of Weekend Update, who served as a writer since 2005 (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.[6]


No. in
Host(s)Musical guest(s)Original air dateRatings/
7881Miley CyrusMiley CyrusOctober 3, 2015 (2015-10-03)4.5/11[8]

7892Amy SchumerThe WeekndOctober 10, 2015 (2015-10-10)3.9/10[9]

7903Tracy MorganDemi LovatoOctober 17, 2015 (2015-10-17)4.2/11[11]

7914Donald TrumpSiaNovember 7, 2015 (2015-11-07)6.6/16[13]

7925Elizabeth BanksDisclosureNovember 14, 2015 (2015-11-14)4.0/10[14]

7936Matthew McConaugheyAdeleNovember 21, 2015 (2015-11-21)4.6/12[15]

7947Ryan GoslingLeon BridgesDecember 5, 2015 (2015-12-05)4.1/10[16]

  • Leon Bridges performs "Smooth Sailin'" and "River".
  • Mike Myers appears in the opening monologue.
  • A photo is dedicated to SNL wardrobe person Jenna Krempel before the goodbyes.
7958Chris HemsworthChance the RapperDecember 12, 2015 (2015-12-12)3.8/10[17]

7969Tina Fey & Amy PoehlerBruce Springsteen & the E Street BandDecember 19, 2015 (2015-12-19)5.1/13[18]

79710Adam DriverChris StapletonJanuary 16, 2016 (2016-01-16)3.0/15 in 18-49
(approximately 5.7 overall)[20][21]

79811Ronda RouseySelena GomezJanuary 23, 2016 (2016-01-23)5.0/12[22]

79912Larry DavidThe 1975February 6, 2016 (2016-02-06)5.1/12[23]

80013Melissa McCarthyKanye WestFebruary 13, 2016 (2016-02-13)4.4/11[24]

80114Jonah HillFutureMarch 5, 2016 (2016-03-05)4.0/10[25]

80215Ariana GrandeAriana GrandeMarch 12, 2016 (2016-03-12)4.0/10[26]

80316Peter DinklageGwen StefaniApril 2, 2016 (2016-04-02)4.0/10[27]

80417Russell CroweMargo PriceApril 9, 2016 (2016-04-09)4.0/10[28]

  • Margo Price performs "Hurtin' (On the Bottle)" and "Since You Put Me Down".
  • Al Sharpton appears as an analyst in the PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton sketch.
  • An image of Merle Haggard, who died three days earlier, is shown in silence following Price's first performance; also, Price's guitar strap has "Margo" stitched in the same style as "Merle" was on some of his guitars.
  • Mike O'Brien and Jason Sudeikis appear in the pre-recorded short film Oprah: A Life of Love.
80518Julia Louis-DreyfusNick JonasApril 16, 2016 (2016-04-16)3.9/10[29]

80619Brie LarsonAlicia KeysMay 7, 2016 (2016-05-07)4.1/10[30]

80720DrakeDrakeMay 14, 2016 (2016-05-14)3.9/10[31]

80821Fred ArmisenCourtney BarnettMay 21, 2016 (2016-05-21)3.7/10[34]


TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
"SNL Goodnight Sweet Prince"April 23, 2016 (2016-04-23)4.5/11[36]
A selection of Prince's performances on the show were shown in honor of his death earlier that week.[35] Included were his performances during the Season 6 episode hosted by Charlene Tilton, the 15th Anniversary Special, the Season 31 episode hosted by Steve Martin, and the Season 40 episode hosted by Chris Rock, as well as a performance of "Let's Go Crazy" during the after-party for the 40th Anniversary Special, which has not been aired on television before. It also included replays of the recurring sketch "The Prince Show", where Fred Armisen played Prince and Maya Rudolph played Beyoncé. Included were sketches from the Season 30 episodes hosted by Queen Latifah and Robert De Niro, the Season 31 episode hosted by Steve Martin, and the Season 32 episode hosted by Shia LaBeouf. The performances were introduced by Jimmy Fallon who hosted this special.


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