NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is kicking off its 36th season with a series alum and a chart-topper!
NBC announced on Tuesday that former “SNL” cast member and three-time Emmy Award nominee Amy Poehler will host the season opener on September 25, with musical guest Katy Perry.
The season premiere show will mark Amy’s first time hosting and also Katy’s debut in studio 8H.
Also making their “SNL” debuts are Vanessa Bayer from iO Chicago, The Annoyance, and The Second City… Paul Brittain from Chicago’s iO Theater… Los Angeles Groundlings alum Taran Killam… and Virginian comic Jay Pharoah. They will all join the cast as featured players.
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, two recent Emmy winners, “Glee” star Jane Lynch and “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston, have also been confirmed as upcoming hosts for the NBC show.
According to a New York Times source, “SNL” freshman Jenny Slate – best known for playing Tina Tina Cheneuse and the “Today” show’s Hoda Kotb – will not be returning for the 36th season. Kotb appears to be the kiss of death for freshman “SNL” actresses. Last year, Michaela Watkins, who previously played opposite Kristen Wiig’s Kathie Lee, was not invited back to the show one year ago either. Access Hollywood has reached out to a rep for the show for comment on this report but has not heard back.