Saturday Night Live (season 36)

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Saturday Night Live (season 36)
The title card for the thirty-sixth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network NBC
Original release September 25, 2010 (2010-09-25) – May 21, 2011 (2011-05-21)
Season chronology
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Season 37
List of Saturday Night Live episodes

The thirty-sixth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 25, 2010, and May 21, 2011.

This season also debuted a new animated feature voiced by former SNL cast members, called "Greetings from American America", created by former SNL head writer Fred Wolf.

Long-time announcer Don Pardo announced that he would pre-record his parts from his home in Arizona rather than performing live in New York City.[1]


Prior to the start of the season, many cast changes occurred. Will Forte, who had been with the show since 2002 (a total of 8 seasons), announced on August 26, 2010 that he would be leaving the show.[2] Featured player Jenny Slate was let go from the show after only one season.[3] Abby Elliott and Bobby Moynihan were promoted to repertory status, becoming the first featured players to be promoted since 2006.

The show hired four new cast members: Chicago improvisers Vanessa Bayer and Paul Brittain from ImprovOlympic; stand-up comic/impressionist Jay Pharoah; and comedic actor Taran Killam of The Groundlings, who, like Jeff Richards was a former cast member on SNL's rival sketch show, Mad TV (Killam was the show's youngest cast member at 19 years old).[4]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor


In August 2010, Michaels hired Second City Theater writers Tom Flanigan and Shelly Gossman.[5] Heather Anne Campbell, a performer from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles, was also added to the writing staff.[6] Sarah Schneider, a regular writer and performer for CollegeHumor, was a guest writer for the last five episodes of the season before joining full-time for season 37.[7]


No. in
Host Musical guest(s) Original air date Ratings/
681 1 Amy Poehler Katy Perry September 25, 2010 5.3/13
682 2 Bryan Cranston Kanye West October 2, 2010 4.8/12
683 3 Jane Lynch Bruno Mars October 9, 2010 4.8/12
684 4 Emma Stone Kings of Leon October 23, 2010 4.5/11
685 5 Jon Hamm Rihanna October 30, 2010 4.6/11
686 6 Scarlett Johansson Arcade Fire November 13, 2010 4.7/12
687 7 Anne Hathaway Florence + the Machine November 20, 2010 4.7/12
688 8 Robert De Niro Diddy-Dirty Money December 4, 2010 5.0/12
689 9 Paul Rudd Paul McCartney December 11, 2010 5.3/13
690 10 Jeff Bridges Eminem and Lil Wayne December 18, 2010 4.9/12
691 11 Jim Carrey The Black Keys January 8, 2011 7.8/18
692 12 Gwyneth Paltrow Cee Lo Green January 15, 2011 5.1/12
693 13 Jesse Eisenberg Nicki Minaj January 29, 2011 5.1/12
694 14 Dana Carvey Linkin Park February 5, 2011 5.6/13
695 15 Russell Brand Chris Brown February 12, 2011 5.0/12
696 16 Miley Cyrus The Strokes March 5, 2011 5.4/13
697 17 Zach Galifianakis Jessie J March 12, 2011 4.8/12
  • Jessie J performs "Price Tag" with B.o.B and "Mamma Knows Best".
  • Seth Meyers ends Weekend Update by encouraging viewers to donate to Red Cross relief for the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[11]
  • Seth Meyers made an appearance in "The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Tour" sketch as comedian Boston Powers. According to Meyers, it was his first appearance in a sketch in two years.[12]
698 18 Elton John Elton John and Leon Russell April 2, 2011 5.0/12
  • Elton John and Leon Russell perform "Hey Ahab" and "Monkey Suit", as well as a post-show encore performance of "The Bitch Is Back".[13]
  • Will Forte appears in the "ESPN Classic" sketch, reprising his role as Greg Stink.
  • Tom Hanks appears in the "ESPN Classic" sketch, as Michael Caine in the "Knights of the Realm" sketch, and in the SNL Digital Short. Hanks also introduces John and Russell's first performance.
  • Carmelo Anthony appears in the "ESPN Classic" sketch, the SNL Digital Short and introduces John and Russell's second performance.
  • Jake Gyllenhaal appears on Weekend Update.
699 19 Helen Mirren Foo Fighters April 9, 2011 4.7/12
700 20 Tina Fey Ellie Goulding May 7, 2011 5.3/15
701 21 Ed Helms Paul Simon May 14, 2011 4.9/12
702 22 Justin Timberlake Lady Gaga May 21, 2011 7.0/17


Title Original air date
"The Women of SNL" November 1, 2010

A collection of past and present sketches highlighting SNL's female cast members, shown as a parody of The Real Housewives reality series.

Rachel Dratch, Nora Dunn, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Jan Hooks, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Laraine Newman, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon and Kristen Wiig appeared in new material made exclusively for the special.[15]

Andy Cohen made a cameo during the special.

Originally this special was supposed to air in the previous season but was scrapped and replaced with a special about the history of Saturday Night Live in the 2000s. NBC re-aired the special on May 18, 2014.
"Saturday Night Live Backstage" February 20, 2011[18]

A documentary showing the creation of a typical Saturday Night Live episode.

Originally a special celebrating the 35th anniversary of the show was planned but was scrapped and replaced with this special instead.[16][17]


  1. ^ Ward, Coley (September 9, 2010). "Pardo to voice 'SNL' from Tucson". The Arizona Daily Star. Tucson, Arizona. Archived from the original on September 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ Barrett, Annie (2010-08-26). "Will Forte Leaving SNL". Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  3. ^ "Jenny Slate Leaving SNL". 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  4. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (2010-09-07). "Four New Cast Members". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  5. ^ "Second City's Tom Flanigan Hired By 'Saturday Night Live'". Huffington Post. 2010-08-25. 
  6. ^ "Meet two more new writers for SNL's 36th season: Heather Anne Campbell and Tom Flanigan". The Comic's Comic. 2010-08-29. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  7. ^ Frucci, Adam (August 10, 2011). "CollegeHumor's Sarah Schneider Hired as a Writer at SNL". SplitSider. 
  8. ^ "Watch: Arcade Fire on "Saturday Night Live"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  9. ^ "Watch: Arcade Fire return to SNL, bring friends « Consequence of Sound". 2010-11-14. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  10. ^ "Host Russell Brand and Musical Guest Chris Brown Make SNL Debuts on February 12". NBC. February 1, 2011. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. 
  11. ^ ""SNL" Roars Into March With Host Miley Cyrus and Musical Guest The Strokes on March 5". 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  12. ^ Seth Meyers (March 12, 2011). "Many thanks to Bobby Moynihan and Christine Nangle for writing me into my first sketch in 2 years". Twitter. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  13. ^ "Elton John: The Bitch Is Back". Saturday Night Live. Archived from the original on April 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  14. ^ "Primetime Emmy Award Database". Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  15. ^ "The Women of SNL". Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  16. ^ Gorman, Bill (2010-05-16). "NBC Unveils 2010–11 Primetime Schedule". Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  17. ^ "Toonces Is Back: OnStar Texting Cat Is The New Driving Cat". 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  18. ^ "Saturday Night Live Backstage". Retrieved 2011-03-27.