When is SNL coming again in 2021?

The last episode of Saturday night live for 2020 will air on Saturday, December 19. This begs the question: when is SNL coming back in 2021? The 46th season of the hit NBC show has already taken a break. That hiatus lasted a month, and SNL stopped production after the November 7th show hosted by Dave Chappelle and return on December 5th with a show from Jason Bateman. The last episode – the December 19th Christmas show – was hosted by SNL Alaun Kristen Wiig and revealed current cast members Alex Moffat like the new one Joe Biden.


It seems like SNL’s New Year’s return was teased during the Weekend Update hosted segment Colin Jost and Michael Che. The segment opened when Jost took the reins to bid farewell to the soon-to-be former president Donald Trump. Jost’s Trump departure was opened with the following comment: “Well folks, apart from a reversed Christmas miracle, this is the last ‘weekend update’ that Donald Trump is still in office.”

The comment aroused great applause from the audience. Those cheers became a mixed reaction from the same audience when Jost put out a slideshow of Trump’s most memorable moments in office. It was a mixed bag of goodies for Trump’s expense, and some slides were made to laugh, like the photo of Trump appearing to be yelling at a kid mowing the White House lawn. Other slides caused a shock, like the clip in which Trump throws paper towels into a crowd as if he was shooting a basketball.


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Jost’s comment seems to imply that SNL will take another month-long hiatus. If so, the SNL season 46 returns to NBC on Saturday, January 23, 2021. This is the first Saturday after the day of inauguration on Wednesday January 20th – the day Biden is moving from president-elect to official president of the United States. There’s still no official confirmation from NBC as to when SNL season 46 will be back in 2021, and there’s no official word on who will host the first episode of 2021 either.

Saturday Night Live Season 46 (so far) is currently streamed on Hulu and Peacock. Check out the special recap of Donald Trump’s presidency as featured in the Weekend Update below. Visit Hulu in December for more information.



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