Saturday Night Live (season 29)

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Saturday Night Live (season 29)
The title card for the twenty-ninth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original channel NBC
Original release October 4, 2003 (2003-10-04) – May 15, 2004 (2004-05-15)
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The twenty-ninth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between October 4, 2003, and May 15, 2004.


This season also marked the debut of a brand new stage for the host's monologue and the musical guest performing stage. Instead of the wrought-iron fire escape motif with the blinking "ON AIR" light, the stages are now modeled after Grand Central Terminal (right down to the spherical clock).


Changes and notes[edit]

Before the start of the season Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan[1] left the show, while Dean Edwards was fired. Despite Kattan and Morgan's departure, the two would make guest appearances in several episodes throughout the season.

Before the season started, Will Forte, Seth Meyers and Jeff Richards were all promoted to repertory status, while Fred Armisen remained a featured player.

The show added two new African-American cast members: stand-up comedian Finesse Mitchell and Kenan Thompson, a former child star from the Nickelodeon comedy shows All That and Kenan and Kel. With this season, Thompson becomes the first SNL cast member to be born after the show's premiere in 1975 (Thompson was born in 1978) and the first SNL cast member to get his start on children's shows.

This was the final season for both Jeff Richards (who quit mid-season over creative differences)[2] and Jimmy Fallon (who decided to leave the show after the final episode).[3]

Cast roster[edit]

bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor



Saturday Night Live season 29 episodes
No. # Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original airdate
546 1 Jack Black John Mayer October 4, 2003

John Mayer performed "Bigger Than My Body" and "Clarity."

Will Ferrell makes a cameo appearance in the monologue.

Finesse Mitchell and Kenan Thompson's first episode as cast members.

Kyle Gass and Tyler James Williams made a cameo in this episode.
547 2 Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake October 11, 2003

Justin Timberlake performed "Rock Your Body", "Señorita" and "Cry Me a River."

First appearance of The Barry Gibb Talk Show sketch.

Carl Weathers cameos in a short sketch announcing his candidacy as governor of any state, parodying his Predator co-stars Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger's successful campaign for governor, as well as the numerous celebrities running for governor in the 2003 California recall election.
548 3 Halle Berry Britney Spears October 18, 2003

Britney Spears performed "Me Against the Music" and "Everytime."

George Wendt makes an appearance on Weekend Update as Bob Swerski.
549 4 Kelly Ripa Outkast November 1, 2003

OutKast performed "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move."

Darrell Hammond takes over as George W. Bush, replacing Chris Parnell.

Chris Kattan returns to appear as Michael Gelman in the Live with Regis and Kelly sketch.

Writer and future cast member Jason Sudeikis makes his first on-air appearance in the monologue.
550 5 Andy Roddick Dave Matthews & Friends November 8, 2003

John McEnroe makes multiple appearances in this episode, including the monologue, the Billie Jean King sketch and Jock Talk. He also cameos in a short piece after the "British Nanny" sketch where he and Chris Parnell play tennis commentators analyzing Roddick's hosting.

Dave Matthews & Friends performed "Save Me" and "So Damn Lucky."
551 6 Alec Baldwin Missy Elliott November 15, 2003

Missy Elliott performed "Pass That Dutch" and "Work It."

Former cast member Mike Myers appears in the monologue to plug the film The Cat In The Hat, which co-starred Baldwin.
552 7 Al Sharpton Pink December 6, 2003

Pink performed "Trouble" and "God Is a DJ".

Paris Hilton appears on Weekend Update.

Former cast member Tracy Morgan appears in the monologue as the young Al Sharpton, in a sketch about the three wise men getting pulled over, in a reprise of his recurring segment, Brian Fellow's Safari Planet, with Sharpton as Fellow's brother, and in a sketch about racial stereotypes in a 1930s film.

Johnnie Cochran appears in the audience during the "Michael Jackson on a Roller Coaster" sketch.

Many NBC affiliates (particularly in Iowa) did not air this episode due to fear of breaking equal time laws (Al Sharpton was a presidential candidate at the time), and aired either three half-hour infomercials or the SNL special "The Best of Steve Martin" in its place. This gave fodder for a Weekend Update segment entitled "Tina and Jimmy Making Fun of Cities That Aren't Showing SNL Tonight".
553 8 Elijah Wood Jet December 13, 2003

Chris Kattan appears in the monologue as Gollum and reprised his role as Buddy Mills in Rialto Grande.

Jet performed "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" and "Look What You've Done."
554 9 Jennifer Aniston The Black Eyed Peas January 10, 2004

Former writer and cast member Al Franken appears in a filmed cameo during Weekend Update.

The Black Eyed Peas performed "Where is the Love?" and "Hey Mama."
555 10 Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey G-Unit January 17, 2004

G Unit performed "Stunt 101" and "Wanna Get to Know You," the latter of which featured a cameo by R&B singer Joe.

Jeff Richards' final episode as a cast member.
556 11 Megan Mullally Clay Aiken February 7, 2004

Clay Aiken performed "Invisible" and "The Way" and also appeared as himself in the monologue and in the last sketch as a fictional relative named Tray Aiken.

Mullally's husband, Nick Offerman, makes a cameo appearance during the Golden Globes sketch.
557 12 Drew Barrymore Kelis February 14, 2004

Kelis performed "Milkshake" and "Trick Me."

Will Forte plays George W. Bush for the first time, replacing Darrell Hammond.

Writer Scott Wainio appears in a brief filmed sketch where he interviews people without using a microphone.
558 13 Christina Aguilera Maroon 5 February 21, 2004

SNL creator and producer Lorne Michaels appears during the monologue.

Maroon 5 performed "This Love" and "Harder to Breathe."
559 14 Colin Firth Norah Jones March 6, 2004

Norah Jones performed "Sunrise" and "What Am I to You?."

Ana Gasteyer makes a cameo appearance in the cold opening as Martha Stewart.
560 15 Ben Affleck N*E*R*D March 13, 2004

N.E.R.D. performed "She Wants to Move" and "Maybe."

Kelly Ripa appears in a filmed commercial parody about tourism in Bangkok.
561 16 Donald Trump Toots & the Maytals featuring Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Bootsy Collins, and The Roots April 3, 2004

Toots & the Maytals performed "Love Gonna Walk Out on Me" with Ben Harper and Jack Johnson and "Funky Kingston" with The Roots and Bootsy Collins.

Future cast member Rob Riggle appears as an extra in a filmed commercial parody for "Fear Factor, Jr."

George H. Ross and Carolyn Kepcher (from The Apprentice) make cameo appearances in the cold opening, as does SNL producer Lorne Michaels.
562 17 Janet Jackson Janet Jackson April 10, 2004

Janet Jackson performed "All Nite (Don't Stop)" and "Strawberry Bounce".

Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan both cameo in a Season's Greetings from SNL musical number. Morgan also reprised his role as Brian Fellow and appeared in the Good Times sketch.

Simon Cowell also cameos in the Season's Greetings sketch to criticize them before joining in himself. He was actually asked to host the show but would only agree to do a cameo.
563 18 Lindsay Lohan Usher May 1, 2004

Usher performed "Yeah!" and "Burn". The former song featured a cameo appearance by Ludacris.

Rachel Dratch makes her first appearance as Debbie Downer, and during the sketch the cast members and Lohan broke character.
564 19 Snoop Dogg Avril Lavigne May 8, 2004
Avril Lavigne performed "Don't Tell Me" and "My Happy Ending."
565 20 Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen J-Kwon May 15, 2004

J-Kwon performed "Tipsy."

This episode features a short film about a bald boy named Harold, which was the basis for a film featuring the character.

Announcer Don Pardo appears in the Bloater Brother segment.

Jimmy Fallon's final episode as a cast member.


# Special Original airdate
1 "The Best of Chris Kattan" September 27, 2003
Sketches included "The Roxbury Guys," "Mango," "Defense Attorney Suel," "The How Do You Say? Ah Yes, Show," "Mr. Peppers in the Lab," "Auditions for Bon Jovi," "America Undercover," "The Rialto Grande," "Goth Talk," "Sparks," "Oprah," "Larry King's Wedding Reception," "E! Impeachment Coverage," "Loaded-Musical Performance," "Emmy Awards Pre-Show," "Shopping at Home Network," "Siamese Twin Dates," and some "Weekend Update" clips.
2 "The Best of Tracy Morgan" October 25, 2003
Sketches include "Wong & Owen, Ex-Porn Stars," "Brian Fellow's Safari Planet," "Pimp Chat," "Woodrow," "The View," "Uncle Jemima's Down House Mash Liquor," "Tracy Confronts Garth," "Astronaut Jones," "Talkin' to the Stars," "Hardball," "Big Bernard," "At the Movies," "Christmas Eve Drinks," "Channel 5 Late Night Movie," and a Weekend Update clips.
3 "The Best of Will Ferrell, Volume 2" December 20, 2003
A second compilation of classic sketches featuring Will Ferrell.
4 "The Best of Christopher Walken" May 22, 2004
Sketches include "The Continental" (on the TV airing, the "Continental" sketch that aired was the one from season 18; the DVD version also includes the one from season 25 and a dress rehearsal version of the one from season 28 shown picture-in-picture style under the title, "The Making of The Continental"), "Ed Glosser Trivial Psychic", "Rita Snowed In", "Behind the Music: Blue Oyster Cult", "Leon Loves Mango", "Hardball", "Pranksters", "The Bad Raft Captain" (DVD version only), "Colonel Angus" and "Christopher Walken at the 25th Anniversary Special". The DVD version includes two dress rehearsal sketches: "The Black Guardian Angel" (from season 25) and a movie trailer parody called Fonzie (from season 26).


  1. ^ Susman, Gary (May 8, 2003). "Chris Kattan is leaving SNL". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ Ganahl, Jane (July 19, 2004). "After 'SNL,' Jeff Richards is moving on to movies. First came public access.". SFGate (San Francisco Chronicle). Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Jimmy Fallon signs off from ‘Saturday Night Live’". Today (NBC News). May 18, 2004. Retrieved April 11, 2015.