Saturday Night Live (season 24)

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Saturday Night Live (season 24)
The title card for the twenty-fourth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 19
Original network NBC
Original release September 26, 1998 (1998-09-26) – May 20, 1999 (1999-05-20)
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The twenty-fourth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 26, 1998, and May 15, 1999.


Changes and notes[edit]

Before the start of the season, Jim Breuer left the show. After two years, Saturday Night Live hired three new cast members: stand-up comic Jimmy Fallon, Chris Parnell of The Groundlings in Los Angeles and Horatio Sanz of Second City in Chicago.

Cast roster[edit]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor



No. in
HostMusical guest(s)Original air date
4471Cameron DiazThe Smashing PumpkinsSeptember 26, 1998 (1998-09-26)

4482Kelsey GrammerSheryl CrowOctober 3, 1998 (1998-10-03)

4493Lucy LawlessElliott SmithOctober 17, 1998 (1998-10-17)

4504Ben StillerAlanis MorissetteOctober 24, 1998 (1998-10-24)

4515David SpadeEagle-Eye CherryNovember 7, 1998 (1998-11-07)

  • Brad Pitt appeared in the cold opening where David Spade visits his therapist (played by Pitt) about his overwhelming fame.
  • Former cast member Chris Rock cameoed in a Mango sketch as an admirer of a new dancer named Kiwi (played by David Spade).
  • Eagle-Eye Cherry performed "Save Tonight".
4526Joan AllenJewelNovember 14, 1998 (1998-11-14)

4537Jennifer Love HewittBeastie BoysNovember 21, 1998 (1998-11-21)

4548Vince VaughnLauryn HillDecember 5, 1998 (1998-12-05)

4559Alec BaldwinLuciano Pavarotti
Vanessa Williams
Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
December 12, 1998 (1998-12-12)

45610Bill PaxtonBeckJanuary 9, 1999 (1999-01-09)

45711James Van Der BeekEverlastJanuary 16, 1999 (1999-01-16)

  • Darrell Hammond imitated an absent Don Pardo as announcer, particularly in a two-part running gag where 'Don Pardo' (Darrell Hammond) tries to seduce Van Der Beek.
  • Everlast performed "What It's Like".
45812Gwyneth PaltrowBarenaked LadiesFebruary 6, 1999 (1999-02-06)

45913Brendan FraserBusta Rhymes
The Roots
February 13, 1999 (1999-02-13)

46014Bill MurrayLucinda WilliamsFebruary 20, 1999 (1999-02-20)

  • Former castmember (and co-star of Caddyshack) Chevy Chase appeared in the "Quotable Caddyshack" sketch to re-enact his one scene with Bill Murray.
  • Stephanie Seymour cameoed in the cold open.
  • Rebroadcasts the "Swill" commercial parody from the 1976 season, starring Bill Murray.
  • Lucinda Williams performed "Can't Let Go" and "2 Kool 2 Be 4-gotten".
46115Ray RomanoThe CorrsMarch 13, 1999 (1999-03-13)

46216Drew BarrymoreGarbageMarch 20, 1999 (1999-03-20)

46317John GoodmanTom Petty & the HeartbreakersApril 10, 1999 (1999-04-10)

  • Writer and future cast member Tina Fey appears as a fake audience member interrupting the host during the monologue.
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers performed "Swingin'" and "Room at the Top".
46418Cuba Gooding Jr.Ricky MartinMay 8, 1999 (1999-05-08)

46519Sarah Michelle GellarBackstreet BoysMay 15, 1999 (1999-05-15)


TitleOriginal air date
"The Bad Boys of SNL"September 26, 1998 (1998-09-26)
The Roxbury Guys (Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan) host a show featuring SNL's Bad Boys (Chris Farley, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, David Spade). Sketches include "Total Bastard Airlines", "The Gap Girls at the Mall", "Schmitt's Gay", "Dick Clark's Receptionist", "Spade in America", and "The Dark Side with Nat X".
"The Best of Dana Carvey"October 10, 1998 (1998-10-10)
A collection of some of Dana Carvey's sketches from his 6-year tenure on SNL.
"SNL Goes Commercial, Volume II"November 28, 1998 (1998-11-28)
Will Ferrell hosts this second collection of commercial parodies.
"The Best of Steve Martin"November 28, 1998 (1998-11-28)
A collection of some of Steve Martin's sketches from his episodes as host.
"Best of TV Parodies"January 9, 1999 (1999-01-09)
A compilation of some of SNL's TV parodies.
"Best of Game Show Parodies"February 20, 1999 (1999-02-20)
A collection of game show parodies from SNL's history.
"The Clinton/Lewinsky Scandal"February 27, 1999 (1999-02-27)
Darrell Hammond hosts a compilation of skits that parodied the infamous Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. Sketches include "Mac's Bar", "MSNBC: White House in Crisis", "The Ladies' Man", and "E! Impeachment Coverage".
"The Best of Mike Myers"June 19, 1999 (1999-06-19)
A compilation of sketches from Mike Myers' 6-year tenure on SNL. Sketches include "Wayne's World Meets Aerosmith", "Hedley & Wyche", "Sprockets: Germany's Most Disturbing Home Videos", "Coffee Talk", and "Simon".

A Night at the Roxbury film[edit]

A Night at the Roxbury, a film based on the popular Roxbury Guys sketches, was released on October 2, 1998. Cast members Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Mark McKinney, Colin Quinn and Molly Shannon all appear in the film. The film did modestly well at the box office but was panned by critics.[citation needed]