Saturday Night Live (season 33)

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Saturday Night Live (season 33)
The title card for the thirty-third season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 12
Original network NBC
Original release September 29, 2007 (2007-09-29) – May 17, 2008 (2008-05-17)
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The thirty-third season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 29, 2007, and May 17, 2008.


This season also saw the death of the show's very first host: comedian/actor George Carlin. A scheduled rerun of the episode hosted by Ellen Page was replaced with a rerun of the show's very first episode, which had Carlin as host and Janis Ian and Billy Preston as musical guests.


Because of the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, there were only 12 episodes produced in this season instead of the usual 20 (with 4 consecutive episodes made between February 23 and March 15), making this the shortest season in the series run and beating out both the sixth (1980–1981) season and the thirteenth (1987–1988) season, which had thirteen episodes. This is also the only season in SNL history not to have a new Christmas episode, since the WGA strike spanned from November 2007 to February 2008.

On November 5, 2007, after the episode hosted by Brian Williams, the Writers Guild of America went on strike. It was announced that SNL would air its next episode on November 10, 2007 (with host The Rock and musical guest Amy Winehouse), live on air, with a future episode to follow, featuring Jonah Hill and musical guest Kid Rock. However, on November 7, 2007, SNL's official website confirmed that those episodes were canceled and reruns would be seen beginning November 10, and would continue during the duration of the strike. The Rock/Winehouse show was canceled, along with the Jonah Hill/Kid Rock episode (though Jonah Hill would get a second opportunity, when he hosted the March 15 episode, with musical guest Mariah Carey (filling in for a flu-stricken Janet Jackson) and The Rock would host next season, with musical guest Ray LaMontagne. Amy Winehouse would never get the chance to be a musical guest, host, or even cameo due to her death in 2011).

During the strike on November 17, 2007, the cast of the show, along with host Michael Cera and musical guest Yo La Tengo performed an "episode" of the show entitled Saturday Night Live - On Strike! at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (co-founded by cast member Amy Poehler) in New York City. Every cast member except for Maya Rudolph appeared, with former cast members Horatio Sanz and Rachel Dratch and musician Norah Jones making cameo appearances.[1]

On February 12, 2008, the strike was announced to be officially over with a 92.5% vote. Production continued on February 18, 2008 for the February 23, 2008 episode, hosted by former SNL cast member Tina Fey with musical guest Carrie Underwood.


Changes and notes[edit]

No changes to the cast happened over the summer and everyone from last season returned. During the strike, long-time castmember Maya Rudolph left the show, as she had no contract with SNL that year. Casey Wilson, an actress and writer who frequently performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, was hired in January 2008 to fill the void, but due to the strike, did not appear on the show until they returned on February 23, 2008.

Cast roster[edit]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor



No. in
Host  Musical guest  Original air date 
625 1 LeBron James Kanye West September 29, 2007

Kanye West performs a medley of "Stronger" and "Good Life" and a medley of "Champion" and "Everything I Am." After rapping part of "Everything I Am" using the original lyrics, Kanye West freestyles, notably saying "I meant to mess up" and expressing surprise that NBC would have him back on the air after his comments directed towards George W. Bush during "A Concert for Hurricane Relief". Additionally, West appears in the 106 & Park sketch.

Adam Levine and Jake Gyllenhaal appear in the SNL Digital Short.

Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell once again voice the titular characters during The Ambiguously Gay Duo sketch.
626 2 Seth Rogen Spoon October 6, 2007

Spoon performs "The Underdog" and "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb".

Chevy Chase appears during Weekend Update.
627 3 Jon Bon Jovi Foo Fighters October 13, 2007

Foo Fighters perform "The Pretender". Additionally, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins appear in the SNL Digital Short.

Bon Jovi performs "Lost Highway" and "Who Says You Can't Go Home".

Jack Nicholson introduces Bon Jovi's second performance.
628 4 Brian Williams Feist November 3, 2007

Feist performs "1234" and "I Feel It All".

Barack Obama and Horatio Sanz appear during the cold open. Additionally, Sanz appears during the "Democratic Debate" sketch, in both cases reprising his impersonation of Bill Richardson.

Bono, Al Roker, and Matt Lauer appear in the SNL Digital Short.

Maya Rudolph's final episode as a cast member.
629 5 Tina Fey Carrie Underwood February 23, 2008

Carrie Underwood performs "All-American Girl" and "Flat on the Floor".

Amber Lee Ettinger appears during the cold open.

Steve Martin appears during the opening monologue.

Former Arkansas Governor (and candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential primary) Mike Huckabee appears during Weekend Update.

Don Pardo makes a rare on-screen appearance during the good nights in celebration of his 90th birthday, which was celebrated the previous day.

Casey Wilson's first episode as a cast member.
630 6 Ellen Page Wilco March 1, 2008

Wilco performs "Hate It Here" and "Walken".

Vincent D'Onofrio (as his character of Robert Goren from Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and New York Senator (and candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary) Hillary Clinton appear during the cold open.

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani appears during "Weekend Update".
631 7 Amy Adams Vampire Weekend March 8, 2008
Vampire Weekend performs "A-Punk" and "M79".
632 8 Jonah Hill Mariah Carey March 15, 2008

Mariah Carey performs "Touch My Body" and "Migrate", the latter with T-Pain.

Writer Jim Downey appears during the SNL Digital Short.

Tracy Morgan appears during Weekend Update.

Janet Jackson was originally confirmed to be the musical guest, but she was ill with the flu and declined on the Tuesday before the live show.[2]
633 9 Christopher Walken Panic! at the Disco April 5, 2008

This is Christopher Walken's seventh time hosting.

Panic! at the Disco performs "Nine in the Afternoon" and "I Write Sins Not Tragedies".

Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd appears during the SNL Digital Short.
634 10 Ashton Kutcher Gnarls Barkley April 12, 2008

Kutcher's (3rd time hosting) then-wife, Demi Moore, appears in the opening monologue.

Gnarls Barkley performs "Run (I'm a Natural Disaster)" and "Who's Gonna Save My Soul".

Cameron Diaz appears during "The Cougar Den" sketch.

The three-part pre-taped sketch "Death By Chocolate" is directed by Jason Reitman.
635 11 Shia LaBeouf My Morning Jacket May 10, 2008

This is Shia LaBeouf's second time hosting.

My Morning Jacket performs "I'm Amazed" and "Evil Urges".
636 12 Steve Carell Usher May 17, 2008

Carell's (2nd time hosting) wife Nancy Walls (herself a former SNL cast member) appears during the opening monologue.

Usher performs "This Ain't Sex" and "Love in This Club" (the latter with Young Jeezy) and appears during the "CPR Training" sketch.

Ricky Gervais appears during the SNL Digital Short.

Arizona Senator (and candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential primary) John McCain appears in the "McCain 2008" sketch and during "Weekend Update".


Title  Original air date 
"SNL Family Thanksgiving Leftovers" November 24, 2007
This special featured Thanksgiving and family-themed moments from SNL. Sketches in the special were "Debbie Downer" from the season 30 episode hosted by Luke Wilson, "Paul's Monologue Worries", "The Ladies' Man", "The Bird Family" from the season 25 episode hosted by Juliana Marguiles, "Adam Sandler's Turkey Song", "Martha Stewart Living", "Nikey Turkey", "Big Kids", "Fuzzy Memories", "Ed Grimley's Thanksgiving", "Dysfunctional Family Dinner", "Jarret's Room", "Swerski's Super Fans' Thanksgiving", "The Loud Family", and "Greetings from Tonto, Tarzan, and Frankenstein."
"The Best of Mike Myers" June 15, 2008
The special featured an updated version of his "best of" which included new material. The new material featured Myers and the current cast talking about him and the studio. Sketches included: "Wayne's World Meets Aerosmith", "Coffee Talk with Barbra Streisand", "Simon", "Lothar of the Hill People" and more. This special also featured Myers' personal favorite sketches that he performed with Phil Hartman and Chris Farley.


  1. ^ "SNL stages two-hour live theatre show in Manhattan". Canadian Broadcasting Centre. November 18, 2007. Archived from the original on June 5, 2008. 
  2. ^ Kreps, Daniel (March 12, 2008). "Janet Jackson Cancels "SNL" Appearance, Blames Flu". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 30, 2012.