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Chris Rock to host 'Saturday Night Live' on Oct. 3 season premiere

Comedian and actor Chris Rock will host the debut of the 46th season of Saturday Night Live. UPI/Jim Ruymen
Comedian and actor Chris Rock will host the debut of the 46th season of "Saturday Night Live." UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Comedian and actor Chris Rock will host NBC's Saturday Night Live, on its Oct. 3 season premiere, the network announced Thursday.

The 46th annual season premiere will mark Rock's third appearance as host of the variety sketch series and coincide with Jim Carrey's debut in playing the role of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

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The SNL episode will air a few days after the first debate airs between President Donald Trump and Biden moderated by Fox News commentator Chris Wallace on major news networks Tuesday.

Rock, who is known as a stand-up comedian and star of comedy movies, recently also transitioned to a more dramatic role in FX's Fargo, which portrays violent murders in the Midwest with a side of humor.

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion will also be in the NBC show's season premiere as a musical guest, an NBC Saturday Night Live Twitter post shows.

The rapper's latest album Suga, showing her "sensitive" side, featured single, "Savage," going three-times platinum.

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In June, she received Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and Viewers Choice prizes at the BET Awards.

NBC confirmed earlier this month that the cast and crew from season 45 will return to Studio 8H in New York beginning with the Season 46th premiere.

The episode will mark SNL's first in-studio episode since March 7 when the series shutdown production due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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