Kristen Wiig to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ for Second Time

Kristen Wiig will host an episode of “Saturday Night Live” for the second time since leaving the cast in 2012.

The actress and comedian will lead the Nov. 19 episode with musical guest the xx, the week following Dave Chappelle’s “SNL” debut on Nov 12.

Wiig first appeared on the late-night staple in 2005 before joining the repertory cast in 2006 at the beginning of Season 32. During her time on the show, Wiig became a stand-out, earning four Emmy nominations in the supporting actress category.

Some of her most popular characters while on the show include the over-enthusiastic Target Lady, afro-ed Gilly and one-upper Penelope. She also played Aunt Linda and one half of Garth and Kat among other recurring characters behind the “Weekend Update” desk. Her list of celebrity impressions on the show included Kathie Lee Gifford and Suze Orman.

Since her departure from NBC late-night, she has pursued a successful film career with mainstream titles like “Bridesmaids,” “Ghostbusters” and “The Martian” and indie turns in “Welcome to Me” and “The Skeleton Twins.” The first time she returned to host “SNL” was on May 11, 2013 with musical guest Vampire Weekend.

So far Season 42 of “Saturday Night Live” has seen a star-studded hosting lineup including Margot Robbie, Tom Hanks and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

But most of the season’s buzz has been stolen by Alec Baldwin’s impression of Donald Trump. In a recent interview, Baldwin blasted the now president-elect. “I often wonder if there’s something wrong with him medically,” Baldwin said. “It’s like this compulsive need to burn every bridge.” It is unclear how long Baldwin’s contract extends, or how the show will grapple with four years of Trump in the White House and the public eye.

“Saturday Night Live” is executive produced by creator Lorne Michaels in association with his Broadway Video.

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