The first three hosts and musical guests have been announced for the upcoming 44th season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Adam Driver will kick off the season on September 29, 2018, hosting SNL for his second time. Adam Driver’s been busy out doing promotional rounds for his recently released Spike Lee film, BlacKkKlansman, and is currently working on Star Wars: Episode IX.
The musical guest for the season opener will be Kanye West. West will be returning to the SNL stage for his seventh time as musical guest. His new album Ye hit the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 list, marking his eighth consecutive appearance at the top of the chart with an album release.
Awkwafina has been named the host of the October 6th show. Her debut as a host on the long-running series comes as Crazy Rich Asians continues to perform well at the box office. Joining Awkwafina for the October 6th episode will be Grammy Award nominee Travis Scott. Scott is also a Saturday Night Live newbie. Astroworld, Scott’s third album, dropped in August and occupied the #1 spot on the Billboard’s 200 album chart. He’ll be out on tour beginning in November.
Saturday Night Live veteran Seth Meyers will take to the SNL stage at Studio 8H for the October 13, 2018 show. The episode will mark his SNL hosting debut after 13 years on the series in multiple capacities including as a Weekend Update anchor.
The musical guest on October 13th will be Paul Simon, also a veteran of the Saturday Night Live stage. Simon’s October 13th appearance will be his 15th time as the show’s musical guest. His 14th studio album In the Blue Light was recently released and he just finished up his sold-out “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour.”
Paul Simon will be turning 77 on the same date he performs on the SNL stage.