Is 'SNL' on Tonight? Watch Eddie Murphy Host 'Saturday Night Live' for the First Time Since 1984

It's been 35 years, but Eddie Murphy is finally making his way back to Saturday Night Live. The former comedy show cast member is set to host SNL for the first time since 1984 on Saturday.

Murphy was only 19 years old when he joined the long-running NBC show's cast in 1980. He arrived during a tumultuous time in SNL's history. Show creator Lorne Michaels was out, and most of the original cast had left with him. Ratings were down, and there was speculation that SNL's sixth season would be its last. Then a character dubbed Raheem Abdul Mohammed showed up on "Weekend Update."

It was the first of Murphy's many iconic original characters on the show, and Raheem's debut turned Murphy—who had barely gotten any screen time when he first arrived—into an instant SNL star. Audiences were laughing again, ratings spiked and the sketch comedy show continued on with much of its saving grace being credited to Murphy.

The award-winning actor, who is one of the biggest stars to emerge from SNL, stayed with the show for four seasons before shifting focus to his own standup comedy and film career in 1984. He hosted once that December, but never since. After then cast member David Spade made a joke about Murphy's career missteps on-air in the mid-nineties, Murphy distanced himself from SNL for more than 20 years, as he explained to Rolling Stone in 2011. He finally appeared in the show's 40th anniversary special in 2015, and his long absence from the regular broadcast is set to end Saturday.

In a Today interview with Al Roker that aired Thursday, Murphy said it felt "surreal" to be back on the set that essentially launched him to superstardom, but despite the many years that have passed, everything about SNL still felt the same.

"That's one of the things that makes it kind of dreamy. Everything's kind of the same," Murphy said. "They did a little remodeling of the offices but it was still the same spirit up here and it's still the same big burst of nostalgia."

Speaking of nostalgia, fans should expect plenty of it when Murphy returns to Studio 8H—the home of the show's famous New York City set—this weekend. The actor said he planned to reprise some of his most beloved original characters and show off a few new ones too.

"We're talking about a Gumby thing, and we're talking about a Gumby thing, and we're talking about a Bill Cosby thing—maybe. It'll be very funny. I don't know if he would think it was funny," he said, adding that characters like Mr. Robinson and Velvet Jones may make a return to SNL too.

"I'm down for whatever as long as it's really, really funny," he said.

Read on for more info on the next episode of SNL below.

Who is performing?

Lizzo is set to make her grand debut on the SNL stage. The singer, rapper and flute player will likely perform hits from her breakthrough album, Truth Hurts, which was nominated for multiple Grammy awards.

When does SNL air?

The sketch comedy show is slated to air during its usual NBC time slot on Saturday at 11:30 p.m. ET.

Can SNL be live-streamed?

Viewers can live stream SNL on NBC's website and app. Hulu Live TV subscribers can also catch the episode in real-time on that platform, while standard Hulu subscribers can watch it On-Demand after the show airs. All of the best clips and sketches of the night will be available on SNL's YouTube channel after the show as well. Fans can also keep up with all the SNL chatter by following the hashtag #SNL on social media.

Watch Eddie Murphy Host 'SNL'
Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Eddie Murphy is set to host the NBC sketch comedy show for the first time on December 21, 2019. Courtesy of NBCUniversal