Saturday Night Live (season 30)
|Saturday Night Live
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 run||October 2, 2004 – May 21, 2005|
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 prior to joining the cast) joined the cast as a featured player for the last three episodes of the season.
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
|No.||#||Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original airdate|
|566||1||Ben Affleck||Nelly||October 2, 2004|
Alec Baldwin cameos during the monologue.
Rob Riggle's first episode as a cast member.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|
|Simpson had performed her hit single "Pieces of Me" without incident earlier. 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 in the previous show.|
|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.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|
|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|
|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."
|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.|
- "Grace Replaces Garner On Snl". Contactmusic.com Ltd. 12 January 2005.