In the event anybody out there didn’t watch last night’s Saturday Night Live for reasons unknown, perhaps on the grounds that the show demands booking a controversial host every year like it’s a corporate mandate to goose the ratings a bit prior to returning to non-controversial hosts so the journalists and primary cast can be like “it sure was weird when we had that bad person on” as though they weren’t complicit in some way or another (however, simultaneously, some of the time your job does things that you disagree with and you’re not permitted to share whether you think it’s really smart, so who are we to judge?), NBC declared the last night that the show’s next host and musical guests will be Keke Palmer and SZA.
Fan-favorite multi-hyphenate Palmer was one of the stars of Jordan Peele’s Nope, which will be accessible on NBC’s own Peacock streaming service soon (which is likewise the exclusive streaming home of SNL now, so this is some rich cross-promotion), and this will be her SNL debut. SZA, in the mean time, recently released a new single and a teaser video for something called “PSA,” so she has some stuff in progress. Perhaps we’ll know more when this episode airs, since it’s not happening until December 3 — with regards to SNL’s semi-regular schedule of doing a lot of episodes, then a short break, then, at that point, a ton of episodes (including a post-election episode hosted by the same person), and afterward a long break.
The past hosts this year were Miles Teller, Brendan Gleeson, Megan You Stallion, Jack Harlow, and Amy Schumer, some of whom likewise served as their own musical guests (yet not every one of them, sadly, on the grounds that we would’ve wanted to hear what sort of tracks Brendan Gleeson has been kicking near).