Saturday Night Live (season 27)

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Saturday Night Live (season 27)
The title card for the twenty-seventh season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 29, 2001 (2001-09-29) – May 18, 2002 (2002-05-18)
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The twenty-seventh season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 29, 2001, and May 18, 2002.

Eighteen days before the season started, the September 11, 2001 attacks took place in New York. The season premiere (hosted by Reese Witherspoon) went on as scheduled, with a special cold open featuring Rudy Giuliani, the Mayor of New York City at the time, along with the firefighters and police officers of New York, declaring that despite the terrorist attack, New York City will run as normal and Saturday Night Live will go on as planned (with Lorne Michaels asking Giuliani, "Can we be funny?" and Giuliani replying, "Why start now?").

Three weeks into the season the show faced another scare when anthrax was found in the GE Building (from where the show is broadcast). The scare caused most of the cast and crew, as well as that week's guest host Drew Barrymore, to evacuate the building.

Cast[edit]

Changes and notes[edit]

Before the start of the season, Jerry Minor and Chris Parnell were both let go from the show. However, luck was on Parnell's side as he was hired back to the show mid-season in the episode hosted by Jonny Moseley, becoming the second cast member to be hired back to the show after being fired, the first person being Jim Belushi in 1983.

Hired to fill two absences were stand-up comic Dean Edwards; Chicago improv comedian Seth Meyers; Amy Poehler of the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe (she previously starred in the troupes sketch show on Comedy Central for three seasons), who was promoted to repertory status mid-season; and stand-up comic/impressionist Jeff Richards, who was previously a cast member on the rival sketch show Mad TV. Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph were all upgraded to repertory status.

Will Ferrell was absent from a number of episodes because he was off filming the movie Old School. This would also be the final season for both Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer.

Cast roster[edit]

bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor

Writers[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Host Musical guest(s) Original air date
506 1 Reese Witherspoon Alicia Keys September 29, 2001

[2]

507 2 Seann William Scott Sum 41 October 6, 2001
  • Sum41 performs "Fat Lip" and "In Too Deep".
  • Former cast member Chevy Chase made a cameo on Weekend Update as the Land Shark. Chase ends the segment by saying "Goodnight and have a pleasant tomorrow," the sign-off used by both Chase and Fey during their tenures on Weekend Update.
508 3 Drew Barrymore Macy Gray October 13, 2001
509 4 John Goodman Ja Rule November 3, 2001
  • Ja Rule performs "Always on Time" with Ashanti and "Livin' It Up" with Case.
  • Former cast member Dan Aykroyd appears during the "Hudson Valley Community Circuit" sketch, during Weekend Update, reprising his role as Elwood Blues, and during the "Bad Conceptual Theater" sketch, reprising his role as Leonard Pinth-Garnell.
510 5 Gwyneth Paltrow Ryan Adams November 10, 2001
511 6 Billy Bob Thornton Creed November 17, 2001
512 7 Derek Jeter Shakira
Bubba Sparxxx
December 1, 2001
513 8 Hugh Jackman Mick Jagger December 8, 2001
514 9 Ellen DeGeneres No Doubt December 15, 2001
515 10 Josh Hartnett Pink January 12, 2002
516 11 Jack Black The Strokes January 19, 2002
517 12 Britney Spears Britney Spears February 2, 2002
518 13 Jonny Moseley Outkast March 2, 2002
519 14 Jon Stewart India.Arie March 9, 2002
520 15 Ian McKellen Kylie Minogue March 16, 2002
521 16 Cameron Diaz Jimmy Eat World April 6, 2002
522 17 Dwayne Johnson Andrew W.K. April 13, 2002
523 18 Alec Baldwin P.O.D. April 20, 2002
524 19 Kirsten Dunst Eminem May 11, 2002
525 20 Winona Ryder Moby May 18, 2002

Special[edit]

Title Original air date
"SNL Remembers John Belushi" March 11, 2002
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of John's death, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey host this retrospective of some of his greatest sketches on SNL. Dan Aykroyd makes a cameo appearance in this special.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boedeker, Hal (October 1, 2001). "'Snl' Falters After Moving Tribute". Orlando Sentinel. 
  2. ^ Huff, Richard (2001-09-05). "Witherspoon on 'SNL'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2016-06-03.