Chris Rock has been announced as the host of the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, which will return on October 3rd (and for those who forgot what month it is, that means it’s a week from Saturday). In an interview with the Times, Lorne Michaels said that the show will go on, live, for five consecutive weeks, through the election (and longer, if necessary).
“It’s an election year,” Michaels told The Times. “It’s what we do. There are four [presidential and vice-presidential] debates in the month of October, and I was trying to figure out how to take a week off, but it didn’t work out. So we’ll do five shows in a row, which we’ve never done, and under these circumstances. Everybody has just thrown themselves into it.”
As previously announced, Jim Carrey will appear this season as Joe Biden, because as Michaels notes, “Jim is brilliant, and he cares deeply about the country and what’s going on. He wants to have a voice in this.” (I will try to refrain from mentioning the fact that Michaels seems invested in this election after allowing Trump to host in 2016. Oh wait, sorry. Did I fail to refrain?)
There will be lots of COVID-19 restrictions put in place, but as we are seeing with other productions, with athletes, and now with airlines, those 15-minute Abbot tests are also being used. Everyone will have to be tested as they enter the building. Meanwhile, there are no restrictions on the number of people allowed in a skit, but everyone will have to wear a mask up to the point that the camera light goes on.
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