09/10/2014 11:36 am ET Updated Sep 10, 2014

Sarah Silverman Hosting 'SNL' October 4 With Musical Guest Maroon 5

Invision for the Television Academy

"Saturday Night Live" is coming out swinging for its 40th season, kicking things off with Chris Pratt on Sept. 27 and the very next week welcoming Sarah Silverman to the stage for her first time as host.

The comedian and actress, who recently won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special for "Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles," was a featured player on "SNL" during the 1993-1994 season. Of the short-lived run, Silverman told HuffPost Live last year that she was hired and almost immediately fired.

"It wasn't like I did something wrong," she explained. "I was that last year of the old guard and they started anew. And by the way, I wrote not a single funny sketch, so that might have something to do with it, too."

Silverman will be hosting on Oct. 4, alongside musical guest Maroon 5.

Though it will be her first time hosting the long-running variety show, Silverman has been popping up regularly in sketch comedy bits lately, including numerous politically-themed viral videos, as well as a recent appearance on "Last Week Tonight" with John Oliver -- during which she helped bring some attention to payday loan scams.

"Saturday Night Live" returns for its 40th season on Sept. 27 at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.



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