Saturday Night Live (season 32)

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Saturday Night Live (season 32)
The title card for the thirty-second season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original network NBC
Original release September 30, 2006 (2006-09-30) – May 19, 2007 (2007-05-19)
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The thirty-second season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 30, 2006, and May 19, 2007.


As in the previous season, The Lonely Island created another popular SNL Digital Short that aired around Christmas time; this time, it was the risqué, R&B video spoof "Dick in a Box" (featuring host Justin Timberlake). The short won a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics.[1][2]


Changes and notes[edit]

Before the start of the season, the show suffered massive budget cuts. Finesse Mitchell, Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz were all fired from the show. This was the second time Parnell had been fired from the show due to budget cuts, the first being after the 2000–01 season ended. In addition, Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey left the show on their own terms to begin to work on 30 Rock.[3]

Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, and Kristen Wiig were all promoted to repertory status. Due to the budget cuts, this was the first time since the 1997–98 season that the show did not have any featured players or hire any new cast members.[3] These changes also resulted in the smallest cast in recent memory, comprising just 11 people.[4]

With Fey's departure, Seth Meyers became Amy Poehler's co-anchor on Weekend Update.[5] Don Roy King was hired as director, replacing Beth McCarthy-Miller.[3]

Cast roster[edit]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor


No. in
Host Musical guest(s) Original air date
605 1 Dane Cook The Killers September 30, 2006
606 2 Jaime Pressly Corinne Bailey Rae October 7, 2006
607 3 John C. Reilly My Chemical Romance October 21, 2006
608 4 Hugh Laurie Beck October 28, 2006
609 5 Alec Baldwin Christina Aguilera November 11, 2006
610 6 Ludacris Ludacris November 18, 2006
611 7 Matthew Fox Tenacious D December 2, 2006
  • Tenacious D performs "Kickapoo" and "The Metal" from their album/feature film soundtrack "The Pick of Destiny." Jason Reed cameos during the performance of "The Metal."
612 8 Annette Bening Gwen Stefani & Akon December 9, 2006
613 9 Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake December 16, 2006
614 10 Jake Gyllenhaal The Shins January 13, 2007
615 11 Jeremy Piven AFI January 20, 2007
616 12 Drew Barrymore Lily Allen February 3, 2007
  • Drew Barrymore (5th time hosting) reprises her role as Charlie McGee from the movie Firestarter for the "Firestarter Brand Smoked Sausages" commercial parody sketch.
  • Horatio Sanz makes a guest appearance as Elton John during the "Donatella Versace Super Bowl Special".
  • Lily Allen performs "Smile" and "LDN".
617 13 Forest Whitaker Keith Urban February 10, 2007
618 14 Rainn Wilson Arcade Fire February 24, 2007
619 15 Julia Louis-Dreyfus Snow Patrol March 17, 2007
  • This is Julia Louis-Dreyfus' second time as host.
  • Chris Rock appears in the cold open, giving his insight on the 2008 presidential election; he suggested that there would be no reason that America would not be ready for a black president because "...we just had a retarded one".
  • Snow Patrol performs "You're All I Have" and "Chasing Cars".
  • First installment of "La Rivista della Televisione" sketch and second appearance of Bill Hader's Vinny Vedecci character.
620 16 Peyton Manning Carrie Underwood March 24, 2007
621 17 Shia LaBeouf Avril Lavigne April 14, 2007
622 18 Scarlett Johansson Björk April 21, 2007
623 19 Molly Shannon Linkin Park May 12, 2007
624 20 Zach Braff Maroon 5 May 19, 2007


Title Original air date
"The Best of Darrell Hammond" November 4, 2006

This is the first (and only) time that a "Best Of" special was made while the cast member in question was still in the cast at the time.

Sketches include "Hardball," "Celebrity Jeopardy," "Meet The Press," "First Presidential Debate," "CBS Evening Anthrax Update," "Californians for Schwarzenegger," "Jesse Jackson," "Bill Kurtis Looping Session," "The O'Reilly Factor," "NBC Special Report," "Geraldo," "Guiliani's Press Conference," "Jimmy Carter in Cuba," "Ashcroft's Press Conference," "Celebration of Women Week," and "White House Friends."
"SNL in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation" May 6, 2007
Topics discussed include: Lorne Michaels preventing another Jean Doumanian-esque era by keeping his cast and repopulating the show with featured players (instead of letting the entire cast go and hiring new people), sketches centered on the 1992 U.S. Presidential election, how Wayne's World became popular on and off the show, SNL's raunchy turn with the hiring of Adam Sandler, David Spade, and Chris Farley, the departure of Phil Hartman, season 20 as yet another series low point, cast feuds, Lorne Michaels overhauling his show once again with new cast members and writers, how the female cast members gained prominence in a male-oriented show, SNL gaining popularity for its sketches on the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky sex scandal and the upcoming U.S. election for the year 2000, and the famous "Blue Oyster Cult/More Cowbell" sketch from the season 25 Christopher Walken episode. Alec Baldwin, Dana Carvey, Tom Davis, James Downey, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Al Franken, Ana Gasteyer, John Goodman, Tim Herlihy, Chris Kattan, David Koechner, Norm Macdonald, Tim Meadows, Adam McKay, Lorne Michaels, Mike Myers, Kevin Nealon, Don Ohlmeyer, Cheri Oteri, Colin Quinn, Chris Rock, Molly Shannon, Sarah Silverman, Robert Smigel, David Spade, Julia Sweeney gave insight in the special.
"The Best of 2006-2007" May 5, 2007
This special aired as a compilation of some of the season's most memorable sketches. Because it aired before the season ended, no sketches from subsequent episodes hosted by Zach Braff and Molly Shannon were included in the special.


  1. ^ ""Dick in a Box" is an Emmy Award Winner!". Paper. September 11, 2007. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ Faber, Judy (July 19, 2007). "Timberlake Emmy Nod For Raunchy TV Song". CBS News. Archived from the original on April 19, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Carter, Bill (September 21, 2006). "Bowing to Budget Cuts at NBC, 'Saturday Night Live' Pares Five Performers". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 19, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ "'Saturday Night Live' Cuts Castmembers". September 20, 2006. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ Levin, Gary (September 29, 2006). "'SNL' will update its Weekend Update". USA Today. Retrieved April 19, 2015.