First appearance of Jay Pharaoh's impression of Barack Obama. The cold open includes a literal "passing of the torch" where Fred Armisen (the previous Obama impersonator) introduces the 44th President of the United States and quips "I wouldn't want to do his job."
With this episode, Seth Meyers breaks the SNL record for most seasons at the Weekend Update desk (seven).
With this episode Vanessa Bayer, Taran Killam, and Jay Pharaoh are promoted to the repertory cast.
Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, and Cecily Strong's first episode.