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
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.


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



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

Alicia Keys performs "Fallin'" and "A Woman's Worth".

New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani along with members of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) appear in the cold opening to encourage New York and Saturday Night Live to carry on in the face of adversity. When asked by Lorne Michaels "Can we be funny?", Giuliani replies "Why start now?"[1] In addition to appearances by Giuliani and the FDNY, Paul Simon plays "The Boxer" during the cold open.

This was the first episode to air following the 9/11 attacks in New York City.

Dean Edwards, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Jeff Richards' first episode as cast members.

Kevin Spacey was the original host for this episode, but canceled due to his busy schedule.[citation needed]
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.

Ben Stiller was the original host for this episode, but turned down the offer because of 9/11.[citation needed]
508 3 Drew Barrymore Macy Gray October 13, 2001

Macy Gray performs "Sexual Revolution" and "Sweet Baby".

Tom Green appears during the opening monologue.

Former cast member Colin Quinn, introduced by Tina Fey as the "New Yorkiest New Yorker I know," appears on Weekend Update to give his NYC-centric take on current events.

John Popper performs with the Saturday Night Live Band during this episode.
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

Ryan Adams performs "New York, New York".

Matt Damon appears during the "Mango" sketch.

Dr. John performs with the Saturday Night Live Band during this episode.
511 6 Billy Bob Thornton Creed November 17, 2001

Creed performs "My Sacrifice" and "Bullets".

Ashton Kutcher appears during the monologue.
512 7 Derek Jeter Shakira
Bubba Sparxxx
December 1, 2001

Shakira performs "Whenever, Wherever".

Bubba Sparxxx performs "Ugly" and "Lovely".

David Cone and David Wells appear during the "Yankee Wives" sketch.
513 8 Hugh Jackman Mick Jagger December 8, 2001
Mick Jagger performs "God Gave Me Everything" and "Visions of Paradise", and appears during the "Dressing Room" sketch and the "Versace" sketch.
514 9 Ellen DeGeneres No Doubt December 15, 2001

No Doubt performs "Hey Baby" and "Hella Good".

Rudy Giuliani appears during Weekend Update.

Chris Parnell makes a vocal cameo appearance as Tom Brokaw during the "Narrator Who Ruined Christmas" cartoon.
515 10 Josh Hartnett Pink January 12, 2002

Pink performs "Get The Party Started" and "Don't Let Me Get Me", and appears during the "Shout Out!! Show" sketch.

Amy Poehler is promoted from featured player to repertory player in this episode.
516 11 Jack Black The Strokes January 19, 2002

The Strokes performs "Last Nite" and "Hard to Explain".

Black's Tenacious D bandmate Kyle Gass appears during the opening monologue and during Weekend Update.
517 12 Britney Spears Britney Spears February 2, 2002

Britney Spears performs "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" and "Boys".

Dan Aykroyd appears during the Mormon skiers cold-open, the "Leather Man" sketch, and introduces Spears' second performance.

Justin Timberlake appears during the opening monologue and introduces Spears' first performance.
518 13 Jonny Moseley Outkast March 2, 2002

OutKast performs "Whole World" and "Ms. Jackson".

Rip Taylor appears during the "Super Buzzers" sketch.

Chris Parnell rejoins the cast after having been fired at the end of last season for budgetary reasons.
519 14 Jon Stewart India.Arie March 9, 2002

India.Arie performs "Video" and "Ready For Love".

George Plimpton appears during the pre-recorded "Cheese Game" commercial.

Mike Judge appears in the TV Funhouse "Fun With Real Audio" cartoon, providing the voices for Beavis and Butt-head.
520 15 Ian McKellen Kylie Minogue March 16, 2002

Kylie Minogue performs "Can't Get You Out of My Head" and "In Your Eyes," and appears during the "Versace Oscar Party" sketch.

This episode won an Emmy for writing, the show's first since 1989.
521 16 Cameron Diaz Jimmy Eat World April 6, 2002
Jimmy Eat World performs "The Middle" and "Sweetness".
522 17 Dwayne Johnson Andrew W.K. April 13, 2002

Andrew W.K. performs "Party Hard" and "I Get Wet".

Ray Romano was the original host, but canceled due to his busy schedule on Everybody Loves Raymond.
523 18 Alec Baldwin P.O.D. April 20, 2002
P.O.D. performs "Youth of the Nation" and "Alive".
524 19 Kirsten Dunst Eminem May 11, 2002

Eminem performs "Without Me" with Proof. The two also appear during the "Audition" sketch.

David Spade and Jared Fogel perform voice roles in the "Bambi 2002" cartoon.
525 20 Winona Ryder Moby May 18, 2002

Moby performs "We Are All Made of Stars" and "South Side", and appears in a Mango sketch parodying Ryder's shoplifting incident.

Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer's final episode as cast members.

Alex Trebek appears in the Celebrity Jeopardy sketch, alongside Ferrell's portrayal of him.

Neil Diamond appears during Weekend Update alongside Ferrell's portrayal of him.


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.


  1. ^ Boedeker, Hal (October 1, 2001). "'Snl' Falters After Moving Tribute". Orlando Sentinel.