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Who Is Hosting 'Saturday Night Live' Tonight? 11/4/17

Who Is Hosting 'Saturday Night Live' Tonight? 11/4/17
MIley Cyrus hosts "SNL." (Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Who is hosting Saturday Night Live tonight, November 4? SNL returns tonight after 2 weeks off. Who is the host and who is the musical guest?

SNL returns tonight with host Larry David and musical guest, Miley Cyrus. The new episode comes after two weeks off. Last week, instead of SNL, NBC aired the David S. Pumpkins Halloween cartoon special. The cartoon is based off a highly popular sketch from last year, featuring Tom Hanks as David S. Pumpkins. In the animated special, Pumpkins and his skeleton sidekicks show two children the true meaning of Halloween.

Prior to that, NBC aired a rerun. The last new episode of the late-night sketch comedy show was on October 14. It was hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and had P!nk as the musical guest. Nanjiani is a Pakistani-American actor best known for his roles on HBO’s Silicon Valley and his romantic comedy film, The Big Sick.

In his intro, Nanjiani took the stage and addressed hot-button issues like Islamophobia and racism. However, his approach to racism was untraditional. He focused primarily on his conservative, Muslim parents coming to terms with his marriage to a white, American woman, writer Emily V. Gordon. Eventually, the monologue spread to a larger scope about “race mixing.” Nanjiani then took aim at white supremacists.

Why Isn't SNL on Every Saturday?

Saturday Night Live is not budgeted by NBC to be on every week. The show schedule is normally two weeks on, two weeks off. Lorne Michaels, the creator of the hit show, was given the choice by NBC executives of two episodes a month or 3 episodes a month, but with a staff budget that was 1/3 less.

Michaels wanted to keep the quality of the show high so chose to have lesser episodes.

However, because of the holiday season, there will be more SNLs than normal this month. On November 11, Tiffany Haddish will host with musical guest, Taylor Swift. On November 18, Chance the Rapper will host with musical guest, Eminem.

November 25, the weekend after Thanksgiving, will be a rerun.

You can watch the entire opening monologue by Kumail Nanjiani from SNL's October 14 episode below: