Saturday Night Live (often abbreviated SNL) is a live television sketch comedy and variety show based in New York City. The show was created by Canadian Lorne Michaels. SNL has been running since October 11, 1975, the first episode being hosted by comedian George Carlin with musical guests Billy Preston and Janis Ian. Since then, each episode has been hosted by a celebrity guest, who performs in skits along with the regular cast, and has featured performances by a guest recording artist. The sketches often parody contemporary entertainment, culture, and politics. Lorne has helped ensure that many Canadian entertainers have been part of the show whether in terms of regular cast members, hosts, or musical guests. The first notable Canadian recording artist featured was Anne Murray who performed on January 10, 1976. Others have included Gordon Lightfoot, The Band/Robbie Robertson, The McGarrigle Sisters, Bruce Cockburn, Loverboy, Bryan Adams, Cowboy Junkies, Neil Young, k.d. lang, Crash Test Dummies, The Tragically Hip, Alanis Morissette, Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, Nelly Furtado, Avril Lavigne, Feist, Michael Bublé, Justin Bieber, Arcade Fire, Drake, Carly Rae Jepsen, and The Weeknd.
We can now add one more name to that list. On December 3, 2016, from the most populated city in what has quickly become the Disunited States of America, a Canadian singer-songwriter will be joining host Emma Stone to give us something to smile about. His name is Shawn Mendes.
To get you pumped for the show, below we have embedded three of the more popular segments involving Canadians: find Kiefer Sutherland, Mike Myers, and Carly Rae Jepsen.