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 October 2, 1998 (1998-10-02) – 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. Norm Macdonald left the show halfway through the previous season after being taken off Weekend Update.

After two years, Saturday Night Live hired new cast members. They included 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
Host(s)  Musical guest(s)  Original air date 
447 1 Cameron Diaz The Smashing Pumpkins September 26, 1998

Jonathan Richman and Tommy Larkins, who performed musical interludes in Diaz's film There's Something About Mary, made a cameo appearance after a sketch.

Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd reprise their roles as The Festrunk Brothers (a.k.a. "The Wild and Crazy Guys") during the Roxbury Guys sketch.

John Goodman made a cameo appearance as Linda Tripp during the cold open.

Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell's first episode as cast members.

The Smashing Pumpkins performed "Perfect".
448 2 Kelsey Grammer Sheryl Crow October 3, 1998

Shaquille O'Neal (who was originally chosen to be the host, but backed out) appeared in two sketches: "Big Bernard," about an overgrown man who comes home late and receives a spanking by his father (played by Tracy Morgan), and "Morning Latte" as himself.

Guest appearances by Hal Linden, Christine Baranski, and Patti Lupone.

Sheryl Crow performed "My Favorite Mistake".
449 3 Lucy Lawless Elliott Smith October 17, 1998

Chucky, the possessed doll from Bride of Chucky and related films, made a guest appearance on "Weekend Update", albeit being voiced by another person.

Judge Judy appeared as herself in a sketch in which she is being mocked by Cheri Oteri.

Elliott Smith performed "Waltz #2."
450 4 Ben Stiller Alanis Morissette October 24, 1998

Yankee players David Cone, Chili Davis, Tino Martinez, Graeme Lloyd, and David Wells appeared in the opening monologue.

Alanis Morissette performed "Thank U" and "Baba".
451 5 David Spade Eagle-Eye Cherry November 7, 1998

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".
452 6 Joan Allen Jewel November 14, 1998

Jewel performed "Hands" and "Down So Long".

John Goodman made a cameo in a Suel Forrester Sketch.
453 7 Jennifer Love Hewitt Beastie Boys November 21, 1998

Beastie Boys performed "Three MC's and One DJ" and "Sabotage". As well, Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz made a cameo appearance during the Spartan Cheerleaders sketch as Jennifer Love Hewitt's character's boyfriend. John Goodman made a cameo in the cold open as Linda Tripp.

Muse Watson made a cameo during the monologue as Benjamin Willis.
454 8 Vince Vaughn Lauryn Hill December 5, 1998
Lauryn Hill performed "Doo Wop (That Thing)" and "Ex-Factor."
455 9 Alec Baldwin Luciano Pavarotti
Vanessa Williams
Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
December 12, 1998

John Goodman had a cameo appearance during Baldwin's monologue and in the "Bill Brasky" sketch featuring Goodman, Will Ferrell, and Alec Baldwin as the drunken businessmen.

Luciano Pavarotti and Vanessa Williams performed "Adeste Fideles." As well, Vanessa Williams appeared as a Kwanzette during Weekend Update while Tim Meadows sings a song about Kwanzaa.
456 10 Bill Paxton Beck January 9, 1999

Titanic director James Cameron had a pre-recorded cameo in a sketch parodying his film.

Debbie Matenopoulos appeared as herself in a parody of The View.

Beck performed "Nobody's Fault but My Own" and "Tropicalia."

Val Kilmer was the original host, but he was unable to. Then, Charlize Theron was the second choice, but she couldn't do it either.
457 11 James Van Der Beek Everlast January 16, 1999

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."

Woody Harrelson was the original host, but he canceled due to schedule conflicts. Also, Whitney Houston was the original musical guest, but she canceled for the same reason.
458 12 Gwyneth Paltrow Barenaked Ladies February 6, 1999

Ben Affleck cameoed in Paltrow's opening monologue.

Barenaked Ladies performed "It's All Been Done."

This episode was submitted for Emmy consideration for 1998-1999 season.

Both Brooke Shields and Jennifer Aniston were in consideration as host for this episode.
459 13 Brendan Fraser Busta Rhymes
The Roots
February 13, 1999

Former SNL writer/featured player Tom Davis appeared in the monologue. Other cameos include George Plimpton (after the "Shut Up and Enjoy the Ozzy" sketch) and John Goodman (as Linda Tripp during the cold open).

Busta Rhymes performed "Gimme Some More" and "Tear da Roof Off."
460 14 Bill Murray Lucinda Williams February 20, 1999

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.

Lucinda Williams performed "Can't Let Go" and "2 Kool 2 Be 4-gotten."

Meryl Streep was the original host, but she had scheduling conflicts with her movie Music of the Heart. Also, Dixie Chicks were the original musical guests, but they declined.
461 15 Ray Romano The Corrs March 13, 1999

Romano's Everybody Loves Raymond co-stars, Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts, made cameo appearances during the monologue, in which Boyle discussed his time as host in the 1970s and Roberts discussed her role in My Giant.

The Corrs performed "What Can I Do?" and "So Young."
462 16 Drew Barrymore Garbage March 20, 1999

Edward Norton cameoed in a VH1 commercial parody as Daryl Dragon.

Garbage performed "Special" and "When I Grow Up."
463 17 John Goodman Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers April 10, 1999

Writer and future cast member Tina Fey appears as a fake audience member interrupting the host.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers performed "Swingin'" and "Room at the Top."
464 18 Cuba Gooding, Jr. Ricky Martin May 8, 1999

Monica Lewinsky made a special appearance in the cold open where Bill Clinton (played by Darrell Hammond) imagines life after his Presidency, and in a sketch with Tim Meadows' Ladies Man character.

John Goodman makes a voice only guest appearance.

Ricky Martin performed "Livin' La Vida Loca."
465 19 Sarah Michelle Gellar Backstreet Boys May 15, 1999

David Boreanaz, Howie Dorough from the Backstreet Boys, and Seth Green cameoed in the recurring sketch, "Tiger Beat's Ultra Super Duper Dreamy Love Show."

Backstreet Boys performed "I Want It That Way" and "All I Have to Give."

Mike Myers was the original host, but he dropped out for unknown reasons.


Title  Original air date 
"The Bad Boys of SNL" September 26, 1998
The Roxbury Guys (Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan) host a collection of some of the wildest sketches featuring SNL's Bad Boys (Chris Farley, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, David Spade), who dominated the show in the early '90s. 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
A collection of some of Dana Carvey's best sketches from his 6-year tenure on SNL.
"SNL Goes Commercial, Volume II" November 28, 1998
Will Ferrell hosts this second collection of some of SNL's greatest commercial parodies.
"The Best of Steve Martin" November 28, 1998
A collection of some of Steve Martin's best sketches from his episodes as host.
"Best of TV Parodies" January 9, 1999
A compilation of some of SNL's greatest TV parodies.
"Best of Game Show Parodies" February 20, 1999
A collection of some of the greatest game show parodies from SNL's history.
"The Clinton/Lewinsky Scandal" February 27, 1999
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
A compilation of some of the best 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]