Saturday Night Live (season 36)
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|Saturday Night Live Season 36|
The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 36th season.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original run||September 25, 2010 – May 21, 2011|
|List of Saturday Night Live episodes|
Saturday Night Live aired its thirty-sixth season during the 2010–2011 television season on NBC. This season began on September 25, 2010 with former cast member Amy Poehler serving as host and Katy Perry as the musical guest, and ended on May 21, 2011 with Justin Timberlake serving as host and Lady Gaga as musical guest.
Prior to the start of the season, many cast changes occurred. Will Forte, who had been with the show since 2002 (a total of 8 seasons), announced on August 26, 2010 that he would be leaving the show. Featured player Jenny Slate was let go from the show after only one season. Abby Elliott and Bobby Moynihan were promoted to repertory status, becoming the first featured players to be promoted since 2006.
The show hired four new cast members: Chicago improvisers Vanessa Bayer and Paul Brittain from ImprovOlympic; stand-up comic/impressionist Jay Pharoah; and comedic actor Taran Killam of The Groundlings, who, like Jeff Richards was a former cast member on SNL's rival sketch show, MADtv (Killam was the show's youngest cast member at 19 years old).
This season also debuted a new animated feature voiced by former SNL cast members, called "Greetings from American America", created by former SNL head writer Fred Wolf.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
In August 2010, Michaels hired Second City Theater writers Tom Flanigan and Shelly Gossman. Heather Anne Campbell, a performer from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles, was also added to the writing staff. Sarah Schneider, a regular writer and performer for CollegeHumor, was a guest writer for the last five episodes of the season before joining full-time for season 37.
|No.||#||Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original airdate||Ratings/Share|
|681||1||Amy Poehler||Katy Perry||September 25, 2010||5.3/13|
Amy Poehler reprised her roles as Betty Caruso and Amber.
Back-up dancer Kherington Payne appeared in both performances.David Paterson appeared in Weekend Update alongside Fred Armisen's portrayal of Paterson.
|682||2||Bryan Cranston||Kanye West||October 2, 2010||4.8/12|
|Helen Mirren appeared in the Digital Short.|
|683||3||Jane Lynch||Bruno Mars||October 9, 2010||4.8/12|
|684||4||Emma Stone||Kings of Leon||October 23, 2010||4.5/11|
|John Mulaney appeared on a Weekend Update segment called "I Love It".|
|685||5||Jon Hamm||Rihanna||October 30, 2010||4.6/11|
|David Spade as the voice of a chihuahua in an animated short by former SNL writer Fred Wolf.|
|686||6||Scarlett Johansson||Arcade Fire||November 13, 2010||4.7/12|
|Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner played the synthesizer during Arcade Fire's second performance.|
|687||7||Anne Hathaway||Florence + the Machine||November 20, 2010||4.7/12|
|Florence + the Machine performed "Dog Days Are Over" and "You Got the Love".|
|688||8||Robert De Niro||Diddy-Dirty Money||December 4, 2010||5.0/12|
Swizz Beatz performed with Diddy-Dirty Money for their second song.
Ben Stiller made cameos in the "Movie Fan" and "It's a Living" sketches.The episode's final segment featured Dana Carvey as the voice of a hippie in an animated short by former SNL writer Fred Wolf.
|689||9||Paul Rudd||Paul McCartney||December 11, 2010||5.3/13|
Paul McCartney performed "Jet", "Band on the Run", a medley of "A Day in the Life" and "Give Peace a Chance", and as an encore, "Get Back", replacing the extended good-byes. He appeared in the opening monologue, SNL Digital Short, and Weekend Update.Chef Mario Batali appeared in the Digital Short.
|690||10||Jeff Bridges||Eminem and Lil Wayne||December 18, 2010||4.9/12|
David Rudman played Cookie Monster in the opening monologue. Cookie Monster started his own campaign on Facebook, similar to that of Betty White, to audition for SNL the month before, though he did not get the part.Akon, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, John McEnroe, Blake Lively, and Jessica Alba along with Andy Samberg appeared in the SNL Digital Short.
|691||11||Jim Carrey||The Black Keys||January 8, 2011||7.8/18|
|Colts-Jets AFC Wild Card game running long.|
|692||12||Gwyneth Paltrow||Cee Lo Green||January 15, 2011||5.1/12|
|Pee-wee Herman and Anderson Cooper appeared in the SNL Digital Short.|
|693||13||Jesse Eisenberg||Nicki Minaj||January 29, 2011||5.1/12|
Mark Zuckerberg appeared in the opening monologue.Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, and John Waters appeared in the SNL Digital Short.
|694||14||Dana Carvey||Linkin Park||February 5, 2011||5.6/13|
Jon Lovitz appeared in the opening monologue and introduced Linkin Park's second number.Garth Algar and The Church Lady, as well as his impressions of Mickey Rooney and Regis Philbin.
|695||15||Russell Brand||Chris Brown||February 12, 2011||5.0/12|
|Chris Brown performed "Yeah 3x" and "No BS".|
|696||16||Miley Cyrus||The Strokes||March 5, 2011||5.4/13|
|The Strokes performed "Under Cover of Darkness" and "Life is Simple in the Moonlight".|
|697||17||Zach Galifianakis||Jessie J||March 12, 2011||4.8/12|
Seth Meyers made an appearance in the "The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Tour" sketch as comedian Boston Powers. According to Seth, it was his first appearance in a sketch in two years.Zach Galifianakis received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for this episode.
|698||18||Elton John||Elton John and Leon Russell||April 2, 2011||5.0/12|
Will Forte cameoed in the ESPN Classic sketch to reprise his character Greg Stink.Jake Gyllenhaal cameoed on Weekend Update.
|699||19||Helen Mirren||Foo Fighters||April 9, 2011||4.7/12|
|Foo Fighters performed "Rope" and "Walk". Additionally, Dave Grohl appeared in the SNL Digital Short and the Bongo's Clown Room sketch.|
|700||20||Tina Fey||Ellie Goulding||May 7, 2011||5.3/15|
Maya Rudolph appeared in the opening monologue, the pregnancy class sketch, and the Googie Rene sketch.
Tina Fey reprised her impersonation of Sarah Palin in the GOP Debate sketch.
|701||21||Ed Helms||Paul Simon||May 14, 2011||4.9/12|
|Jon Hamm, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell appeared in the live-action segment of TV Funhouse.|
|702||22||Justin Timberlake||Lady Gaga||May 21, 2011||7.0/17|
Justin Timberlake won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for this episode.Director Don Roy King won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction of a Comedy Series for this episode as well.
|1||"The Women of SNL"||November 1, 2010|
A collection of past and present sketches highlighting the best work from SNL's female cast members, shown as a parody of The Real Housewives reality series.
Rachel Dratch, Nora Dunn, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Jan Hooks, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Laraine Newman, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon and Kristen Wiig appeared in new material made exclusively for the special.
Andy Cohen made a cameo during the special.Originally this special was supposed to air in the previous season but was scrapped and replaced with a special about the history of Saturday Night Live in the 2000s.
|2||"Saturday Night Live Backstage"||February 20, 2011|
A documentary showing the creation of a typical Saturday Night Live episode.Originally a special celebrating the 35th anniversary of the show was planned but was scrapped and replaced with this special instead.
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