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.
Host Chris Pratt; Ariana Grande performs.
Host Sarah Silverman; Maroon 5 perform.
Host Bill Hader; Hozier performs.
Jim Carrey hosts; Iggy Azalea performs a medley of "Fancy" and "Black Widow" with Rita Ora and "Beg for It" with Mø
Host Chris Rock; Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL perform an eight minute medley including the songs "Clouds", "PLECTRUMELECTRUM", "MARZ" and "ANOTHERLOVE".
Host Woody Harrelson; Kendrick Lamar performs "I" and "Pay for It" (the latter with Chantal Kreviazuk and Jay Rock).
Host Cameron Diaz; Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars performs "Uptown Funk" and "Feel Right" with Mystikal.
J.K. Simmons makes his hosting debut while D'Angelo serves as musical guest. Sketches include Super Bowl Shut Down, J.K. Simmons Monologue, Teacher Snow Day, Totino's Super Bowl Commercial and The Jay Z Story.