Saturday Night Live will air its second at-home episode on April 25. SNL, which is right now in its Season 45, is episode 17 into its 21-episode season.
The episode was reported Thursday on the show’s Twitter channel, joined by a video of the cast participating in a video conference call.
Saturday’s edition of the show will be the second one created remotely, with cast individuals all shooting draws from their homes. The first, which circulated April 11, pulled in SNL’s second-best same day ratings of the season, trailing just the Eddie Murphy-hosted installment in December.
Tom Hanks served as the nominal host for the episode, presenting the show from his kitchen and coming back to wrap up the episode (he didn’t participate in any sketches). Chris Martin was the musical visitor, acting before a hand-drawn backdrop mimicking the Saturday Night Live stage.
No host or musical visitor data for Saturday’s edition was accessible at publication time.
The April 11 episode highlighted Kate McKinnon repeating her Ruth Bader Ginsburg impression, a post-pandemic dating show where the challengers’ standards for a partner were brought down significantly and a “Weekend Update” with Michael Che and Colin Jost trading jokes from their living rooms.
The show was a different one than expected, by need, and The Hollywood Reporter’s chief TV critic Daniel Fienberg noted, “There was nothing normal about these 90 minutes. It was more of an acknowledgment-with-humor, an effort for the sake of collective recognition, the gang coming together and saying, ‘We know you’re doing the best you can to work, to stay healthy, to stay sane, to stay positive, to put on pants. … We’ll do the same for one night.’ That effort, and not the stinkers, will be remembered.”
Fans didn’t know what to expect from the first Saturday Night Live At Home special episode, however, SNL surpassed our desires. It was shrewd, so much fun, and give laughs that we as a whole desperately required during these times. Even though it avoided a week ago, the sketch comedy series is back this evening.
Prepared for additional laughs? Saturday Night Live is back this evening with another episode recorded from home. We didn’t know what to expect, yet it shows up each cast part got in on the fun and did as well as could be expected. We loved it! Incredibly, they are keeping us entertain when we most need it.
We don’t know who will host tonight’s episode. On April 11, the first Saturday Night Live At Home episode, Tom Hanks hosted while Chris Martin played out a song. There might be a celebrity host tonight, and there may not. We’ll need to check out discover. The equivalent goes for the musical visitor.
There will probably be one more episode after this one that will serve as the season finale. It’s a bummer that this season will be cut short, however, at least we realize it will return to ordinary next season.
Here are all the details you have to know to watch the episode:
Date: Saturday, April 25
Start Time: 11:30 p.m. ET
Episode: “Saturday Night Live At Home”/Season 45, Episode 17
Where to watch: NBC, NBC Online, Hulu and Sling