Saturday Night Live (season 30)

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Saturday Night Live (season 30)
The title card for the thirtieth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Release
Original network NBC
Original release October 2, 2004 (2004-10-02) – May 21, 2005 (2005-05-21)
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The thirtieth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between October 2, 2004, and May 21, 2005.

History[edit]

This season was notable for Ashlee Simpson's infamous lip-syncing gaffe during her second performance (on the episode hosted by Jude Law). This season was also home to many sketches focused on the 2004 U.S. Presidential election, but, unlike the 2000 election (and later, the 2008 election), there was little to no media coverage about the sketches.

Cast[edit]

Changes and notes[edit]

Before the start of this season, Jimmy Fallon left the show.[1] In the wake of his departure, Fred Armisen was promoted to repertory status, while Finesse Mitchell and Kenan Thompson remained feature players.

New cast members this season include Rob Riggle, an improv comedian (at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater) and U.S. Marine. This would be Riggle's only season on the show. In addition, SNL writer Jason Sudeikis (who appeared in many bit roles before joining the cast) joined the cast as a featured player for the last three episodes of the season.

With Fallon gone, Amy Poehler became Tina Fey's co-anchor on Weekend Update, making Fey and Poehler the first (and, so far, only) two-woman anchor team.

Cast roster[edit]

bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor

Writers[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Host Musical guest(s) Original air date
566 1 Ben Affleck Nelly October 2, 2004
567 2 Queen Latifah Queen Latifah October 9, 2004
  • Queen Latifah's second time as host
  • Episode features a Rodney Dangerfield tribute sketch (he had died on October 5)
  • Latifah performs covers of "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh" and "Hard Times"
  • Former cast member Chris Kattan introduces Queen Latifah's second performance
568 3 Jude Law Ashlee Simpson October 23, 2004
  • Ashlee Simpson performs her hit single "Pieces of Me" without incident. When she comes back a second time, her band starts to play, and the first lines of her singing "Pieces of Me" can be heard again. She holds the microphone at her waist at the time. Simpson looks momentarily confused as the band plows ahead with the song and the vocal is quickly silenced. A flustered Simpson makes some exaggerated hopping dance moves before walking off the stage in embarrassment. After a few moments showing the band playing without their singer, the director cuts to a commercial. Following her performance and negative publicity, Simpson claimed it was simply a back-up track due to an attack of her acid reflux.
  • The Donnas were scheduled to be the musical guest, but had to cancel.
569 4 Kate Winslet Eminem October 30, 2004
570 5 Liam Neeson Modest Mouse November 13, 2004
571 6 Luke Wilson U2 November 20, 2004
572 7 Colin Farrell Scissor Sisters December 11, 2004
573 8 Robert De Niro Destiny's Child December 18, 2004
574 9 Topher Grace The Killers January 15, 2005
575 10 Paul Giamatti Ludacris featuring Sum 41 January 22, 2005
576 11 Paris Hilton Keane February 5, 2005
577 12 Jason Bateman Kelly Clarkson February 12, 2005
  • Kelly Clarkson participated in two sketches (The Bad Subway Performers sketch and Rap Night with Chubb Hotty). Clarkson performs "Since U Been Gone" and "Breakaway".
578 13 Hilary Swank 50 Cent February 19, 2005
579 14 David Spade Jack Johnson March 12, 2005
580 15 Ashton Kutcher Gwen Stefani March 19, 2005
  • Ashton Kutcher's second time as host
  • Cameo by Kutcher's then-fiancée, Demi Moore in the monologue, dressed as an old woman
  • Gwen Stefani performs "Rich Girl" and "Hollaback Girl," with Eve accompanying her on the former
581 16 Cameron Diaz Green Day April 9, 2005
582 17 Tom Brady Beck April 16, 2005
583 18 Johnny Knoxville System of a Down May 7, 2005
  • Paula Abdul appears in the cold opening sketch and introduces System of a Down's second performance.
  • This is Jason Sudeikis' first episode as a cast member. Prior to this episode, Sudeikis was a writer for SNL who had bit roles in some sketches.
  • System of a Down performs "B.Y.O.B. and "Aerials".
584 19 Will Ferrell Queens of the Stone Age May 14, 2005
585 20 Lindsay Lohan Coldplay May 21, 2005

Specials[edit]

Title Original air date
"The Best of Cheri Oteri" September 4, 2004
Sketches include: "Spartan Cheerleaders," "Nadeen at the Burger Castle," "The Zimmermans," "20/20," "The View", "Monica's Interviewers," "Collete at the Pharmacy", "Morning Latte", "Judge Judy", "Rita Snowed In", "The Office Flirt", "Halloween in New Hampshire," "Rita on Halloween," "Old French Whore!," "Puff & Jennifer in Therapy," "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," "Always & Forever," "Athena in the Cockpit," "Leg Up," and some Weekend Update clips.
"The Best of Jon Lovitz" September 25, 2004
Sketches include: "Tommy Flanagan," "The Peoples' Court," "Portrait of the Artist," "The Night Hanukkah Harry Saved Christmas," "Dunkin' Donuts Commercial," "Plug Away," "Johnny's Finished," "Girl Watchers on 49th Street," "ABC Campaign '88," "The Five Beatles," "Wimbledon Loss," "A Betty Ford Straight Arrow Christmas," "The Tonight Show," "Tales of Ribaldry," "Chick Hazzard, Private Investigator," and some Weekend Update clips.
"The Best of Jimmy Fallon" October 16, 2004
Sketches include: "Mick & Mick," "Celebrity Jeopardy," "Jarret's Room", "The Barry Gibb Show," "Donnie's Party," "Cork Soakers," "2001 Season's Greetings From SNL," "Summer Nights," clips of Fallon's most memorable celebrity impersonations and Weekend Update moments.
"Presidential Bash 2004: The Great Debates" November 1, 2004
This special featured highlights from some of SNL's greatest mock presidential debates. Darrell Hammond hosted the special while impersonating Bill Clinton. Sketches include: "Debate '76," "Presidential Debate '88," "The First Presidential Debate," "The Second Presidential Debate," "Debate '92," "Perot and Stockdale Car Trip," "The Presidential Odd Couple," "First Presidential Debate 2004," and "Second Presidential Debate."
"The Best of Tom Hanks" November 6, 2004
Sketches include: "Steve's Fantasy," "The Stand-Ups," "Girl Watchers on 49th Street," "Calgary 1988," "Mr. Short-Term Memory," "Jew, Not a Jew," "Wayne's World Meets Aerosmith," "Tales of Ribaldry," "Sabra Price Is Right" and "Wilson the Volleyball with Tom Hanks."
"Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live" February 20, 2005
Topics discussed include the creation of the show, the cast coming together, NBC fighting with Lorne over the show's creation, the first few episodes, the show's rise to popularity, Chevy Chase leaving the show, the disastrous Mardi Gras special, Bill Murray joining the show, several backstage fights and feuds, the creation of Weekend Update, the first crop of recurring sketches and characters, the hosts who appeared on the show, how the show struggled in its fifth season with the departure of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, and the end of the "Not Ready for Primetime" era after the last episode of season five. Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Tom Davis, James Downey, Al Franken, Elliott Gould, Buck Henry, Eric Idle, Penny Marshall, Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Don Pardo, Tom Schiller, Rosie Shuster, Paul Shaffer, Lily Tomlin and Alan Zweibel gave insight in the special.
"The Best Of Alec Baldwin" May 28, 2005
Sketches include: "Greenhilly," "French Class," "Soap Opera Digest," the infamous "Canteen Boy Goes Camping," "Buckwell's Follies," "Delicious Dish," "Brasky's Buddies at the Bar," "Inside the Actors Studio," "Gay Voicemail," "The Tony Bennett Show," "Zinger vs. Burns," and "Prince Charles' Secretary.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jimmy Fallon signs off from 'Saturday Night Live'". Today. NBC News. May 18, 2004. Archived from the original on April 16, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Grace Replaces Garner On Snl". Contactmusic.com Ltd. 12 January 2005. 

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