One of the things that viewers of Lorne Michaels & NBC’s Saturday night Live have come to expect over the years is unexpected guest stars popping up in the middle of the show. And with actor/comedian Dave Chappelle (and musical guest black star) set to take the main stage of Studio 8H this weekend, we’re expecting nothing less. Well, thanks to rapper, “Law & Order” franchise actor, and one of the best ensemble characters in six seasons of Adult Swim’s Rick and MortyIce-T, we’re getting the heads-up that we can expect him to hit our screens on Saturday Night.
Here’s a look at Ice-T’s ten-ton hint via Instagram that we should be expecting him to be live from New York on Saturday night:
Dave Chappelle & Black Star’s SNL Week
In the first sketch from Thursday’s on-set sketch promo, SNL cast member Ego Nwodim tries linking up with Chappelle’s Thanksgiving plans. Following that, Chappelle explains why having him and Black Star on necessitates a channel change for this weekend. Finally… though it might be too late, Nwodim reminds us they’re letting Chappelle go live. In Este newscycle. yeah…
Now, here’s a look back at Chappelle and the SNL cast during Wednesday night’s read-thru, followed by a look back at what’s been released earlier in the week:
In the following midweek sketch released on Wednesday, Chappelle gets a narrated return to Studio 8H that delays his past with SNL. And not just any narrator… we’re talking Morgan Freeman! Well… at first. Then it becomes clear that maybe Chappelle and Kenan Thompson weren’t on the same page regarding Thompson’s plan, leading to… dueling “Morgan Freemans”!
Here’s a look back at SNL formally introducing this week’s host and musical guest (followed by some interesting intel on this season of SNL and beyond from Michaels):
NBC’s SNL Season 48 includes Michael Che, Mikey Day, Andrew Dismukes, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Marcello Hernandez, James Austin Johnson, Punkie Johnson, Colin Jost, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, Ego Nwodim, Sarah Sherman, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Devon Walkerand Bowen-Yang. Executive produced by Michaels, SNL is directed by Liz Patrickwith students Darrell Hammond announcing. Based out of Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center, the long-running late-night sketch comedy/music series is produced by SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video.
Lorne Michaels on Saturday Night Live Season 48, SNL Future & More
speaking with New York Times, Michaels addressed the casting changes, labeling the upcoming season as “a year of reinvention” that could lead to some “exhilarating” change. He also had some reassuring words for “Weekend Update” fans and teased what’s in store for SNL’s big 50th-anniversary celebration. Here are some of the highlights:
COVID-19 Fallout Resulted in Much Larger SNL Cast Than Usual: “The pandemic had put us in this position where no one could really leave because there were no jobs. And at the same time, if I don’t add new people every year, then the show isn’t the show. There have to be new people, for both our sake and also for the audience.”
Michaels Believes Cast Departures are Good Things for SNL: “We got to a point where we had a lot of people, and people weren’t getting enough playing time. The way the series has survived is by that level of renewal. The price of success is that people go off and do other their primary obligation is to their talent and to keep pushing that. And there’s something so much better about the show when all that matters is the show. There’s a time to say goodbye, and there’s a natural time for it, but the natural time just got interfered with by the pandemic.”
… Except with Colin Jost, Michael Che & “Weekend Update”: “Particularly, coming into a midterm election, I just need that part [‘Weekend Update’ with Che & Jost] to be as solid as it is.”
SNL’s 50th Anniversary/Season? Think Big: “The 50th will be a big event. We’ll bring everyone back from all 50 years and hosts and all of that. It will be a very emotional and very strong thing. There won’t be as many plus-ones, I can tell you that much.”