Damon, Springsteen open new season

Performers Fred Armisen and Will Forte will join “Saturday Night Live” as featured players when the comedy-variety series makes its season premiere Saturday.

Matt Damon will host the season opener, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appearing as the musical guest.

Armisen has brought his comedy and cast of characters to “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” the Chicago Comedy Festival and programs on British television. He also has appeared on HBO’s music show “Reverb” and in his own eponymous interstitial series on “HBO Zone.”

Forte comes to “SNL” from L.A.’s improv-sketch theater the Groundlings, where current cast members Chris Kattan, Chris Parnell and Maya Rudolph got their start. Forte’s experience has been predominantly behind the camera — serving as producer on “That ’70s Show”; story editor for “3rd Rock From the Sun” and “Action”; and writer for “Late Show with David Letterman” and the MTV Movie Awards.

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