Saturday Night Live (season 27)
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|Saturday Night Live (season 27)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original release||September 29, 2001– 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
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.
bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor
|No.||#||Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original airdate|
|506||1||Reese Witherspoon||Alicia Keys||September 29, 2001|
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 replied "Why start now?" In addition to appearances by Giuliani and the FDNY, Paul Simon plays "The Boxer" during the cold open.Kevin Spacey was the original host for this episode, but cancelled due to his busy schedule.
|507||2||Seann William Scott||Sum 41||October 6, 2001|
Former cast member Chevy Chase makes 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.
|508||3||Drew Barrymore (3rd time)||Macy Gray||October 13, 2001|
Tom Green appears during the opening monologue.
This was the week the anthrax virus was found in 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
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 (12th time)||Ja Rule||November 3, 2001|
|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 (2nd time)||Ryan Adams||November 10, 2001|
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|
|Ashton Kutcher appears during the monologue.|
|December 1, 2001|
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|
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|
|516||11||Jack Black||The Strokes||January 19, 2002|
|Tenacious D bandmate Kyle Gass appears during the opening monologue and during Weekend Update.|
|517||12||Britney Spears (2nd time)||Britney Spears||February 2, 2002|
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|
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|
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|
|521||16||Cameron Diaz (2nd time)||Jimmy Eat World||April 6, 2002|
|Jimmy Eat World performs "The Middle" and "Sweetness."|
|522||17||Dwayne Johnson (2nd time)||Andrew W.K.||April 13, 2002|
|Ray Romano was the original host, but canceled due to his busy schedule on Everybody Loves Raymond.|
|523||18||Alec Baldwin (10th time)||P.O.D.||April 20, 2002|
|P.O.D. performs "Youth of the Nation" and "Alive."|
|524||19||Kirsten Dunst||Eminem||May 11, 2002|
|David Spade and Jared Fogel perform voice roles in the "Bambi 2002" cartoon.|
|525||20||Winona Ryder||Moby||May 18, 2002|
Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer's final episode as cast members.Neil Diamond appears during Weekend Update alongside Ferrell's portrayal of him.
|1||"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.|
- Boedeker, Hal (October 1, 2001). "'Snl' Falters After Moving Tribute". Orlando Sentinel.