History in the making? “Hamilton” composer, lyricist and star Lin-Manuel Miranda has been booked to host the October 8 “Saturday Night Live.”
The Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-award winner will be joined by Twenty One Pilots, which is also making their “SNL” debut as musical guest that evening.
That duo — Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun — recently became the first alternative group ever to have two simultaneous singles in the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100: “Ride,” from their multi-platinum studio album “Blurryface,” and “Heathens,” from “Suicide Squad: The Album.”
As previously announced, “SNL” returns Oct. 1 with host Margot Robbie and musical guest The Weeknd. This year, “SNL” added new players Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor and Mikey Day to the cast. The trio effectively replaces Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah and Jon Rudnitsky. “Wild ‘N Out” alum Day was actually a writer on the show, ironically penning plenty for Killam in the past.
Fired fan-favorites and “SNL” veterans Killam and Pharoah leave big shoes to fill, though Rudnitsky was one-and-done as a featured act — he struggled for camera time on the highly competitive program. Don’t feel too badly for Killam and Pharoah, they both landed on their feet over at Showtime.
“Saturday Night Live” is produced in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels.