Saturday Night Live premiered its fortieth season during the 2014–15 television season on NBC. The season premiered on September 27, 2014, with host Chris Pratt and musical guest Ariana Grande, and former cast member Darrell Hammond as the show's new announcer, replacing Don Pardo, who had died in August. The premiere included an interstitial photograph of Pardo. Pardo had been the announcer for SNL since it premiered in 1975, with the exception of season seven and season 21, episode 14, where Hammond took his place. This season also saw the death of former cast member Jan Hooks, who died from cancer two weeks into the season.
21 Episodes
  • Chris Pratt with Ariana Grande
    Chris Pratt with Ariana GrandeEpisode 1
  • Sarah Silverman with Maroon 5
    Sarah Silverman with Maroon 5Episode 2
  • Bill Hader with Hozier
    Bill Hader with HozierEpisode 3
  • Jim Carrey with Iggy Azalea
    Jim Carrey with Iggy AzaleaEpisode 4
  • Chris Rock with Prince
    Chris Rock with PrinceEpisode 5
  • Woody Harrelson with Kendrick Lamar
    Woody Harrelson with Kendrick LamarEpisode 6
  • Cameron Diaz with Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson
    Cameron Diaz with Bruno Mars & Mark RonsonEpisode 7
  • James Franco with Nicki Minaj
    James Franco with Nicki MinajEpisode 8
  • Martin Freeman with Charli XCX
    Martin Freeman with Charli XCXEpisode 9
  • Amy Adams with One Direction
    Amy Adams with One DirectionEpisode 10
  • Kevin Hart with Sia
    Kevin Hart with SiaEpisode 11
  • Blake Shelton
    Blake SheltonEpisode 12
  • J.K. Simmons with D'Angelo
    J.K. Simmons with D'AngeloEpisode 13
  • Dakota Johnson with Alabama Shakes
    Dakota Johnson with Alabama ShakesEpisode 14
  • Chris Hemsworth with Zac Brown Band
    Chris Hemsworth with Zac Brown BandEpisode 15
  • Dwayne Johnson with George Ezra
    Dwayne Johnson with George EzraEpisode 16
  • Michael Keaton with Carly Rae Jepsen
    Michael Keaton with Carly Rae JepsenEpisode 17
  • Taraji P. Henson with Mumford & Sons
    Taraji P. Henson with Mumford & SonsEpisode 18
  • Scarlett Johansson with Wiz Khalifa
    Scarlett Johansson with Wiz KhalifaEpisode 19
  • Reese Witherspoon with Florence and the Machine
    Reese Witherspoon with Florence and the MachineEpisode 20
  • Louis C.K. with Rihanna
    Louis C.K. with RihannaEpisode 21
Cast of Season 40
  • Beck BennettSelf - Various Characters
  • Vanessa BayerSelf - Various Characters
  • Aidy BryantSelf - Various Characters
  • Michael CheSelf - Various Characters
  • Pete DavidsonSelf - Various Characters
  • Leslie JonesSelf - Various Characters
  • Colin JostSelf - Various Characters
  • Kate McKinnonSelf - Various Characters
  • Bobby MoynihanSelf - Various Characters
  • Kyle MooneySelf - Various Characters
  • Cecily StrongSelf - Various Characters
  • Kenan ThompsonSelf - Various Characters
  • Sasheer ZamataSelf - Various Characters
  • Taran KillamSelf - Various Characters
  • Jay PharoahSelf - Various Characters

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