"WDHX Channel 19" was previously cut from the Ellen Page/Wilco dress rehearsal in Year 33.
Sketches cut after dress rehearsal: President Obama cold open, where the Big O (Fred Armisen) talks about the faltering economy; Jay Pharoah performs a song about Broadway; Netflix representatives (Alec Baldwin, Jason Sudiekis) make even more poor changes to service; an ad spoof where electronic alerts inform cell phone's owner of impending danger; a sketch where the Willy Wonka Oompa-Loompas have a reunion on the Today; Top Gun Screen Tests #2- more failed screen tests from the 1986 movie, including Michael Winslow (Jay Pharoah), Dennis Miller (Seth Meyers), and Captain Lou Albano (Bobby Moynihan); and on Weekend Update, Fred Armisen and Vanessa Bayer give a commentary and separately, an angry ginger (Andy Samberg) talks about being discriminated against.
With this episode, Nasim Pedrad is promoted to the repertory cast.
Jay Pharoah did not appear in this broadcast.
With this episode, Alec Baldwin surpasses Steve Martin as the most frequent host in SNL history. This was Baldwin's 16th appearance on the show since 1990, not counting cameos.