Saturday Night Live (season 30)

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Saturday Night Live
(season 30)
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The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 30th season.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original channel NBC
Original run October 2, 2004 – May 21, 2005
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Saturday Night Live had its thirtieth season on the 2004-2005 television season on NBC. The thirtieth season began on October 2, 2004 and ended on May 21, 2005 with 20 episodes in all.

Before the start of this season, Jimmy Fallon left the show. In the wake of his departure, Fred Armisen was promoted to repertory status, while Finesse Mitchell and Kenan Thompson remained feature players.

New cast members this season include Rob Riggle, an improv comedian (at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater) and U.S. Marine. This would be Riggle's only season on the show. In addition, SNL writer Jason Sudeikis (who appeared in many bit roles before joining the cast) joined the cast as a featured player for the last three episodes of the season.

With Fallon gone, Amy Poehler became Tina Fey's co-anchor on Weekend Update, making Fey and Poehler the first (and, so far, only) two-woman anchor team.

This season was also notable for Ashlee Simpson's infamous lip-syncing gaffe during her second performance (on the episode hosted by Jude Law). This season was also home to many sketches focused on the 2004 U.S. Presidential election, but, unlike the 2000 election (and later, the 2008 election), there was little to no media coverage about the sketches.


bold denotes Weekend Update anchor



Saturday Night Live season 30 episodes
No. # Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original airdate
566 1 Ben Affleck Nelly October 2, 2004

Nelly performed "My Place and "Na-NaNa-Na," with Jaheim performing on the former track.

Alec Baldwin cameos during the monologue.

Rob Riggle's first episode as a cast member.

Amy Poehler co-anchors Weekend Update for the first time in this episode.

James Gandolfini appeared in the Weekend Update segment in character as Tony Soprano.
567 2 Queen Latifah Queen Latifah October 9, 2004

Rodney Dangerfield died on October 5, 2004, a few days before this episode aired. A tribute to him can be seen in this episode.

Queen Latifah performed covers of "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh" and "Hard Times."

Former SNL cast member Chris Kattan made a guest appearance during this episode to introduce Queen Latifah's second performance.
568 3 Jude Law Ashlee Simpson October 23, 2004
Ashlee Simpson had performed her hit single "Pieces of Me" without incident. When she came back a second time, her band started playing and the first lines of her singing "Pieces of Me" could be heard again. She was holding her microphone at her waist at the time. Simpson looked momentarily confused as the band plowed ahead with the song and the vocal was quickly silenced. A flustered Simpson made some exaggerated hopping dance moves before walking off the stage in embarrassment. After a few moments showing the band playing without their singer, the director cut to a commercial. Following her performance and negative publicity, Simpson claims it was simply a back-up track due to an attack of her acid reflux.
569 4 Kate Winslet Eminem October 30, 2004

Johnny Damon made a cameo on Weekend Update.

Eminem performs "Mosh" and "Just Lose It".
570 5 Liam Neeson Modest Mouse November 13, 2004
Modest Mouse performed "Float On" and "Ocean Breathes Salty".
571 6 Luke Wilson U2 November 20, 2004
U2 performed "Vertigo" and "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own". The band also performed "I Will Follow" over the closing credits, as well as "All Because of You" for the audience as the show ends. Bono began their first song by speaking into his microphone "Live mic, live mic" in reference to the Ashlee Simpson lip-synching controversy a few episodes earlier.
572 7 Colin Farrell Scissor Sisters December 11, 2004

Lindsay Lohan appeared in the monologue and in Weekend Update.

Brett Hull also appeared in Weekend Update.

Scissor Sisters perform "Take Your Mama" and "Comfortably Numb".
573 8 Robert De Niro Destiny's Child December 18, 2004

The Muppets make two appearances in this episode.

Destiny's Child performed "Soldier" and "Cater 2 U".

TV Funhouse's "Blue Christmas" aired in which Santa skips the states that re-elected George W. Bush and hangs out with liberal celebrities like Margaret Cho, Al Franken, and Moby. Santa shows a map to his reindeer which lists the red states as Dumbfuckistan.
574 9 Topher Grace The Killers January 15, 2005

Jennifer Garner was originally selected to host the show but had to drop out due to back injury from filming Elektra.[1]

The Killers perform "Somebody Told Me" and "Mr. Brightside".
575 10 Paul Giamatti Ludacris featuring Sum 41 January 22, 2005
Ludacris performed "Number One Spot" and "Get Back" with Sum 41 accompanying him on the latter song.
576 11 Paris Hilton Keane February 5, 2005
Keane performed "Somewhere We Only Know" and "Everybody's Changing".
577 12 Jason Bateman Kelly Clarkson February 12, 2005
Kelly Clarkson participated in two sketches (The Bad Subway Performers sketch and Rap Night with Chubb Hotty). Clarkson performed "Since U Been Gone" and "Breakaway".
578 13 Hilary Swank 50 Cent February 19, 2005
50 Cent performed "Disco Inferno" and "Candy Shop", with Olivia performing with him on the latter track.
579 14 David Spade Jack Johnson March 12, 2005
Jack Johnson performed "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" and "Mudfootball."
580 15 Ashton Kutcher Gwen Stefani March 19, 2005

Kutcher's then-fiancée, Demi Moore, cameos in the monologue, dressed as an old woman.

Gwen Stefani performed "Rich Girl" and "Hollaback Girl," with Eve accompanying her on the former.
581 16 Cameron Diaz Green Day April 9, 2005

Jimmy Fallon, Drew Barrymore, and Justin Timberlake make guest appearances during "The Barry Gibb Talk Show" sketch (at the time of this episode, Timberlake was dating Diaz, and Fallon and Barrymore were promoting the film Fever Pitch). Fallon also made an appearance in the Weekend Update.

Green Day performed "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Holiday".
582 17 Tom Brady Beck April 16, 2005

Martin Short made a cameo appearance during Weekend Update as Jiminy Glick.

Beck performed "E-Pro" and "Girl."
583 18 Johnny Knoxville System of a Down May 7, 2005

Paula Abdul appeared in the cold opening sketch and introduced System of a Down's second performance.

Jason Sudeikis' first episode as a cast member. Prior to this episode, Sudeikis was a writer for SNL who had bit roles in some sketches.

System of a Down performed "B.Y.O.B. and "Aerials."
584 19 Will Ferrell Queens of the Stone Age May 14, 2005
Will Ferrell performed with Queens of the Stone Age during "Little Sister" as his "More Cowbell" character, Gene Frenkle, performing the song's jam block part on a cowbell. Queens of the Stone Age also performed "In My Head."
585 20 Lindsay Lohan Coldplay May 21, 2005

Rob Riggle's final episode as a cast member.

Coldplay performed "Speed of Sound" and "Fix You."


# Special Original airdate
1 "The Best of Cheri Oteri" September 4, 2004
Sketches include: "Spartan Cheerleaders," "Nadeen at the Burger Castle," "The Zimmermans," "20/20," "The View", "Monica's Interviewers," "Collete at the Pharmacy", "Morning Latte", "Judge Judy", "Rita Snowed In", "The Office Flirt", "Halloween in New Hampshire," "Rita on Halloween," "Old French Whore!," "Puff & Jennifer in Therapy," "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," "Always & Forever," "Athena in the Cockpit," "Leg Up," and some Weekend Update clips.
2 "The Best of Jon Lovitz" September 25, 2004
Sketches include: "Tommy Flanagan," "The Peoples' Court," "Portrait of the Artist," "The Night Hanukkah Harry Saved Christmas," "Dunkin' Donuts Commercial," "Plug Away," "Johnny's Finished," "Girl Watchers on 49th Street," "ABC Campaign '88," "The Five Beatles," "Wimbledon Loss," "A Betty Ford Straight Arrow Christmas," "The Tonight Show," "Tales of Ribaldry," "Chick Hazzard, Private Investigator," and some Weekend Update clips.
3 "The Best of Jimmy Fallon" October 16, 2004
Sketches include: "Mick & Mick," "Celebrity Jeopardy," "Jarret's Room", "The Barry Gibb Show," "Donnie's Party," "Cork Soakers," "2001 Season's Greetings From SNL," "Summer Nights," clips of Fallon's most memorable celebrity impersonations and Weekend Update moments.
4 "Presidential Bash 2004: The Great Debates" November 1, 2004
This special featured highlights from some of SNL's greatest mock presidential debates. Darrell Hammond hosted the special while impersonating Bill Clinton. Sketches include: "Debate '76," "Presidential Debate '88," "The First Presidential Debate," "The Second Presidential Debate," "Debate '92," "Perot and Stockdale Car Trip," "The Presidential Odd Couple," "First Presidential Debate 2004," and "Second Presidential Debate."
5 "The Best of Tom Hanks" November 6, 2004
Sketches include: "Steve's Fantasy," "The Stand-Ups," "Girl Watchers on 49th Street," "Calgary 1988," "Mr. Short-Term Memory," "Jew, Not a Jew," "Wayne's World Meets Aerosmith," "Tales of Ribaldry," "Sabra Price Is Right" and "Wilson the Volleyball with Tom Hanks."
6 "Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live" February 20, 2005
Topics discussed include the creation of the show, the cast coming together, NBC fighting with Lorne over the show's creation, the first few episodes, the show's rise to popularity, Chevy Chase leaving the show, the disastrous Mardi Gras special, Bill Murray joining the show, several backstage fights and feuds, the creation of Weekend Update, the first crop of recurring sketches and characters, the hosts who appeared on the show, how the show struggled in its fifth season with the departure of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, and the end of the "Not Ready for Primetime" era after the last episode of season five. Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Tom Davis, James Downey, Al Franken, Elliott Gould, Buck Henry, Eric Idle, Penny Marshall, Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Don Pardo, Tom Schiller, Rosie Shuster, Paul Shaffer, Lily Tomlin and Alan Zweibel gave insight in the special.
7 "The Best Of Alec Baldwin" May 28, 2005
Sketches include: "Greenhilly," "French Class," "Soap Opera Digest," the infamous "Canteen Boy Goes Camping," "Buckwell's Follies," "Delicious Dish," "Brasky's Buddies at the Bar," "Inside the Actors Studio," "Gay Voicemail," "The Tony Bennett Show," "Zinger vs. Burns," and "Prince Charles' Secretary.


  1. ^ "Grace Replaces Garner On Snl". Ltd. 12 January 2005.