Coming off a smash year—and nine Emmys!—Saturday Night Live is gearing up for the premiere of its 43rd season. The first three hosts and musical guests for the new season have been announced, and with this talent lineup (and the absurdity swirling in D.C.), it’s shaping up to be another epic year for the classic comedy show.
September 30’s season premiere of SNL will be hosted by Ryan Gosling, with musical guest Jay-Z. The next week (October 7), Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, will host, and Sam Smith will perform. And one week later (October 14), Silicon Valley and The Big Sick star Kumail Nanjiani will take over the gig, along with musical guest P!nk. Both Gadot and Nanjiani are first-time SNL hosts, while this will be Gosling’s second appearance on the hallowed 30 Rock stage.
Earlier this month, Saturday Night Live’s legendary maestro, Lorne Michaels, spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the monumental year the four-decades-old show had last season and how their production process is having to move faster than ever with so much breaking news every day: “This was a year that was incredibly important to us to get it right…Because it’s live, it has to be accurate, it has to be of the moment. It only works if it’s fresh and if the point of view is clear and most of all, if it’s funny. If it’s not funny, we wouldn’t do it.”
Gadot shared the exciting SNL hosting news with her fans on Twitter:
No other hosts have been announced yet for this upcoming SNL season, but they’re off and running with the stellar trio of Gosling, Gadot, and Nanjiani. Season 43 of Saturday Night Live premieres on NBC September 30, simulcasting live in all time zones beginning at 11:30 p.m. Eastern.