On Saturday, Sept. 19, NBC’s long-running sketch comedy series, Saturday Night Live, returns for its 40th season with Chris Pratt hosting the series opener and a few new faces on the team. This year, Best Week Ever alum Michael Che and Pete Davidson are the two newest members to join the cast. At the age of 20, Davidson is the fourth youngest cast member to appear on SNL behind some big names (Anthony Michael Hall, Eddie Murphy, and Robert Downey, Jr.)
It’s incredible to believe that at 20, Davidson — not yet able to legally drink — will be on stage alongside seasoned cast members like Taran Killam and Kate McKinnon, both of whom are in their 30s. We certainly aren’t ageist here at VH1; we welcome Davidson with open arms. But we did notice one disturbing trend: Most of the youngest SNL cast members only lasted one or two seasons, with Jay Pharoah currently starting his fourth. Let’s just hope he and Davidson can break the curse of the young featured players. Check out SNL‘s youngest cast members to date, in the gallery above.
On the other end of the spectrum, Darrell Hammond returns to SNL this season as the voice of the show following the death of Don Pardo, who served as the show’s announcer since 1975. Hammond had the distinct honor of being the third oldest cast member (39) when he first joined the show in 2005. Now, he’s 58.
Watch the Emmy nominated McKinnon describe her dream host/musical guest combination (hint: it’s Beyoncé).