“Saturday Night Live” returned last fall for its 46th season, where the cast and crew not only faced a big election year, but a new set of security protocols in response to the pandemic as well. . This precluded the usual close behind-the-scenes interaction at “SNL,” but the team were still able to find the funny even in tough times. The first six episodes leading up to the election featured Alec baldwin in his final weeks as Donald trump while Jim carrey assumed the role of Joe biden. Maya rudolph was also a major presence in the first half of the season, reprising his Emmy-winning role as Kamala harris.
This season, the cast of “SNL” has climbed to 20, with 15 repertoire players and five star players. Ego Nwodim, a star player in the previous two seasons, has been thrown into the repertoire cast this year, joining Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor and the weekend update anchors Colin Jost and Michel Che. Meanwhile, Chloe fineman and Bowen Yang retained their All-Star status from the previous season and were joined by new cast members Andrew Dismukes, Lauren Holt and Punkie johnson.
All 20 cast members have been submitted for Emmy review. “SNL” generally performs well in the acting categories, where McKinnon has won back-to-back Emmy Awards and Bryant, Strong, and Thompson have been nominated. All four are expected to win additional offers this year, according to the latest Gold Derby odds. Yang has been a favorite since joining the cast in 2019 and is also set to earn his first Emmy nomination. If he were named Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy, he would be the first star player in “SNL” history to be nominated for an Emmy.
The show itself will most likely earn another nomination in the Best Variety Sketch Series category after winning the category every year since 2017. A strong overall performance in nominations should be expected for “SNL”, given the sheer numbers. of comedy series out of combat since last year. alone. Follow the links below to watch six exclusive interviews with select cast from the series on the unique aspects of Season 46.
Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney, actors
Michael Che, writer / actor
Pete Davidson, actor
Chris Redd, actor
Kenan Thompson, actor
Bowen Yang, actor
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