Saturday Night Live (season 33)

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Saturday Night Live Season 33
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The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 33rd season.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 12
Original channel NBC
Original run September 29, 2007 – May 17, 2008
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Saturday Night Live aired its thirty-third season, during the 2007–2008 television season on NBC.

Because of the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, there were only 12 episodes produced in this season instead of the usual 20 (with 4 consecutive episodes made between February 23 and March 15), making this the shortest season in the series run and beating out both the sixth (1980–1981) season and the thirteenth (1987–1988) season, which had thirteen episodes. This is also the only season in SNL history not to have a new Christmas episode, since the WGA strike spanned from November 2007 to February 2008.

No changes to the cast happened over the summer and everyone from last season returned. During the strike, long-time castmember Maya Rudolph left the show, as she had no contract with SNL that year. Casey Wilson, an actress and writer who frequently performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, was hired in January 2008 to fill the void, but due to the strike, did not appear on the show until they returned on February 23, 2008.

On November 5, 2007, after the episode hosted by Brian Williams, the Writers Guild of America went on strike. It was announced that SNL would air its next episode on November 10, 2007 (with host The Rock and musical guest Amy Winehouse), live on air, with a future episode to follow, featuring Jonah Hill and musical guest Kid Rock. However, on November 7, 2007, SNL's official website confirmed that those episodes were canceled and reruns would be seen beginning November 10, and would continue during the duration of the strike. The Rock/Winehouse show was canceled, along with the Jonah Hill/Kid Rock episode (though Jonah Hill would get a second opportunity, when he hosted the March 15 episode, with musical guest Mariah Carey [filling in for a flu-stricken Janet Jackson] and The Rock would host next season, with musical guest Ray LaMontagne. Amy Winehouse would never get the chance to be a musical guest, host, or even cameo due to her death in 2011).

During the strike on November 17, 2007, the cast of the show, along with host Michael Cera and musical guest Yo La Tengo performed an "episode" of the show entitled Saturday Night Live - On Strike! at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (co-founded by cast member Amy Poehler) in New York City. Every cast member except for Maya Rudolph appeared, with former cast members Horatio Sanz and Rachel Dratch and musician Norah Jones making cameo appearances.[1]

On February 12, 2008, the strike was announced to be officially over with a 92.5% vote. Production continued on February 18, 2008 for the February 23, 2008 episode, hosted by former SNL cast member Tina Fey with musical guest Carrie Underwood.

This season also saw the death of the show's very first host: comedian/actor George Carlin. A scheduled rerun of the episode hosted by Ellen Page was replaced with a rerun of the show's very first episode, which had Carlin as host and Janis Ian and Billy Preston as musical guests.


bold denotes Weekend Update anchor



Saturday Night Live season 33 episodes
No. # Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original airdate
625 1 LeBron James Kanye West September 29, 2007

Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine and actor Jake Gyllenhaal appeared in an SNL Digital Short called 'Iran So Far', a parody of the song "I Ran (So Far Away)" by A Flock of Seagulls.

Kanye West performed a medley of "Stronger" and "Good Life" in his first performance. In his second performance, he performed a medley of "Champion" and "Everything I Am." After rapping part of "Everything I Am" using the original lyrics, Kanye West freestyled, notably saying "I meant to mess up" and expressing surprise that NBC would have him back on the air after his comments directed towards George W. Bush during "A Concert for Hurricane Relief". Kanye West appeared in the "106 & Park" sketch, which spoofs his controversial history with awards shows.

Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell appear in the eleventh episode of The Ambiguously Gay Duo called "First Served, First Come".
626 2 Seth Rogen Spoon October 6, 2007

Chevy Chase made his first appearance on Saturday Night Live in six years to the day, with the original Weekend Update set re-created for him.

Spoon performed "The Underdog" and "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb."
627 3 Jon Bon Jovi Foo Fighters October 13, 2007

Jon Bon Jovi and his band performed "Lost Highway" during the opening monologue, even though Foo Fighters were the official musical guests. Bon Jovi also performed "Who Says You Can't Go Home" at the end of the show. The latter performance was introduced by Jack Nicholson.

Jon Bon Jovi and Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters appeared in the SNL Digital Short, "People Getting Punched Just Before Eating."

Foo Fighters performed "The Pretender."
628 4 Brian Williams Feist November 3, 2007

Barack Obama made a cameo during the cold open. Obama also started the show by uttering the famous words, "Live from New York, it's Saturday night!"

Former cast member Horatio Sanz returned to play Democratic hopeful Bill Richardson in the cold opening and another sketch.

Bono, Al Roker, and Matt Lauer appeared in the SNL Digital Short, "The Brian Williams Diaries."

Maya Rudolph's final episode as a cast member.

Feist performed "1234" and "I Feel It All".
629 5 Tina Fey Carrie Underwood February 23, 2008

Casey Wilson's first episode as a cast member.

Amber Lee Ettinger (better known as "Obama Girl") appeared in the cold open, Steve Martin appeared in the opening monologue, and Governor Mike Huckabee appeared during "Weekend Update".

Announcer Don Pardo made a rare on-screen appearance during the good nights in celebration of his 90th birthday, which was celebrated the previous day.

Carrie Underwood performed "All-American Girl" and "Flat on the Floor".
630 6 Ellen Page Wilco March 1, 2008

Hillary Clinton appeared in the cold open after Amy Poehler impersonated her. Also appearing in the cold open was Vincent D'Onofrio as his character of Det. Robert Goren from Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani made a cameo during "Weekend Update".

Wilco performed "Hate It Here" and "Walken".
631 7 Amy Adams Vampire Weekend March 8, 2008

Amy Adams and Kristen Wiig performed "What Is This Feeling?" from the musical Wicked in the opening monologue.

Vampire Weekend performed "A-Punk" and "M79".

First appearance of Kenan Thompson's Jean K Jean character.
632 8 Jonah Hill Mariah Carey March 15, 2008

Long-time SNL writer Jim Downey portrayed Andy Samberg's father, Ben Samberg, in the SNL Digital Short "Andy's Dad".

Tracy Morgan made a cameo appearance during "Weekend Update".

Mariah Carey performed "Touch My Body" and "Migrate", with T-Pain making an appearance during the latter song.

Janet Jackson was originally confirmed to be the musical guest, but she was ill with the flu and declined on the Tuesday before the live show.[2]
633 9 Christopher Walken Panic! at the Disco April 5, 2008

Connecticut senator and 2008 Democratic presidential candidate Christopher Dodd made a guest appearance during the SNL Digital Short "Laser Cats! 3D".

Panic! at the Disco performed "Nine in the Afternoon" and "I Write Sins Not Tragedies".
634 10 Ashton Kutcher Gnarls Barkley April 12, 2008

Ashton Kutcher's then-wife, Demi Moore, appears in the opening monologue.

Cameron Diaz makes a guest appearance in "The Cougar Den" sketch.

Gnarls Barkley performed "Run (I'm a Natural Disaster)" and "Who's Gonna Save My Soul".

The three-part pre-taped sketch "Death By Chocolate" (where a walking candy bar [Ashton Kutcher] kills people in gruesome ways) was directed by Jason Reitman.
635 11 Shia LaBeouf My Morning Jacket May 10, 2008

My Morning Jacket performed "I'm Amazed" and "Evil Urges".

Includes 1st Scared Straight sketch.

Kenan's 30th birthday, which is identified in the Goodnights, along with Happy Mother's Day wishes.
636 12 Steve Carell Usher May 17, 2008

Steve Carell's wife Nancy Walls, herself a cast member in season 21, appeared during the opening monologue.

Ricky Gervais appeared as himself in the SNL Digital Short "Japanese Office".

Republican presidential candidate John McCain appears as himself in a sketch, as well as Weekend Update.

Usher performed "This Ain't Sex" and "Love in This Club", with Young Jeezy making an appearance during the latter song.


# Special Original airdate
1 "SNL Family Thanksgiving Leftovers" November 24, 2007
This special featured memorable Thanksgiving and family-themed moments from SNL. Sketches in the special were "Debbie Downer" from the season 30 episode hosted by Luke Wilson, "Paul's Monologue Worries", "The Ladies' Man", "The Bird Family" from the season 25 episode hosted by Juliana Marguiles, "Adam Sandler's Turkey Song", "Martha Stewart Living", "Nikey Turkey", "Big Kids", "Fuzzy Memories", "Ed Grimley's Thanksgiving", "Dysfunctional Family Dinner", "Jarret's Room", "Swerski's Super Fans' Thanksgiving", "The Loud Family", and "Greetings from Tonto, Tarzan, and Frankenstein."
2 "The Best of Mike Myers" June 15, 2008
The special featured an updated version of his best of which included new material. The new material featured Myers and the current cast talking about him and the studio. Sketches included: "Wayne's World Meets Aerosmith", "Coffee Talk with Barbra Streisand", "Simon", "Lothar of the Hill People" and more. This special also featured Myers' personal favorite sketches that he performed with Phil Hartman and Chris Farley.


  1. ^ "SNL stages two-hour live theatre show in Manhattan". Canadian Broadcasting Centre. November 18, 2007. Archived from the original on June 5, 2008. 
  2. ^ Kreps, Daniel (March 12, 2008). "Janet Jackson Cancels "SNL" Appearance, Blames Flu". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 30, 2012.