Saturday Night Live (season 31) - Episodes


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Saturday Night Live season 31 episodes
# Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original airdate
586 1 Steve Carell Kanye West October 1, 2005

Former cast member Mike Myers made a special appearance spoofing Myers and West's joint appearance in "A Concert for Hurricane Relief".

Bill Hader and Andy Samberg's first episode as cast members.

Kanye West performs a medley of "Gold Digger" and "Touch the Sky" in the first performance and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine performs with West on "Heard 'Em Say" during the 2nd performance.

This is the first SNL episode broadcast in high definition.
587 2 Jon Heder Ashlee Simpson October 8, 2005
Ashlee Simpson performed "Catch Me When I Fall" and "Boyfriend.
588 3 Catherine Zeta-Jones Franz Ferdinand October 22, 2005

At the end of Weekend Update, a still photo of former Jean Doumanian-era cast member and Weekend Update anchor Charles Rocket, who had committed suicide the week before this episode premiered, is shown in his memory.

Franz Ferdinand performs "Do You Want To" and "Take Me Out."
589 4 Lance Armstrong Sheryl Crow October 29, 2005

Chicago White Sox outfielder Scott Podsednik made a guest appearance on Weekend Update shortly after his team swept the Houston Astros in the 2005 World Series.

The musical guest, Sheryl Crow, Armstrong's then-fiancé, made an appearance in the monologue and in two sketches in addition to her two performances. Crow performed "Good Is Good" and "Strong Enough."
590 5 Jason Lee Foo Fighters November 12, 2005

Kristen Wiig's first episode as a cast member.

Foo Fighters perform "DOA" and "Best of You"
591 6 Eva Longoria Korn November 19, 2005
Korn performed "Twisted Transistor" and "Freak on a Leash."
592 7 Dane Cook James Blunt December 3, 2005
James Blunt performed "You're Beautiful" and "Goodbye My Lover."
593 8 Alec Baldwin Shakira December 10, 2005

Tim Meadows made a guest appearance during the monologue.

Shakira performed "Don't Bother" and "La Tortura", with Alejandro Sanz singing in the latter track.

At the end of Weekend Update, Tina Fey shows a clip from a famous sketch from the show's premiere season where Chevy Chase and then-host Richard Pryor get into a word association that leads to the use of racial epithets, commemorating Pryor's death on the show's original airdate.
594 9 Jack Black Neil Young December 17, 2005

The Digital Short in this episode, Lazy Sunday, soon became a cult phenomenon through its exposure on the Internet.

Neil Young performed "It's a Dream" and "He Was the King;" Young also makes an appearance in the Appalachian Emergency Room sketch, which also features a cameo from Johnny Knoxville.

Tracy Morgan makes an appearance during Weekend Update.

Jack Black's Tenacious D partner Kyle Gass makes a cameo appearance during the spelling bee skit.

Darlene Love performed "White Christmas" with the SNL Band. She had provided vocals for TV Funhouse cartoon "Christmastime For The Jews". which aired right before this performance.
595 10 Scarlett Johansson Death Cab for Cutie January 14, 2006

An excerpt from the night's animated TV Funhouse sketch called "The 700 Gang" was used as the cold opening.

Death Cab For Cutie performed "Soul Meets Body" and "Crooked Teeth".
596 11 Peter Sarsgaard The Strokes January 21, 2006

Drew Barrymore made a special appearance in the Weekend Update segment.

The Strokes performed "Juicebox" and "You Only Live Once."
597 12 Steve Martin Prince February 4, 2006

Alec Baldwin and Jimmy Fallon cameo in the live show; Baldwin, Kelly Ripa, Scarlett Johansson, Conan O'Brien, Brian Williams and Gideon Yago all appear in filmed segments.

Prince performed "Fury" collaborated with Támar to perform his second song, "Beautiful, Loved and Blessed".

This episode was the highest rated episode of the season, drawing 9.3 million viewers.
598 13 Natalie Portman Fall Out Boy March 4, 2006

Dennis Haysbert made a live-action cameo during TV Funhouse.

Fall Out Boy performs "Dance, Dance" and "Sugar, We're Goin Down."
599 14 Matt Dillon Arctic Monkeys March 11, 2006
Arctic Monkeys perform "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and "A Certain Romance". Lead singer Alex Turner stopped in the middle of "A Certain Romance" and, visibly frustrated with the audience reaction, pointed into the crowd and yelled "That man just yawned!"
600 15 Antonio Banderas Mary J. Blige April 8, 2006

Former cast member Chris Kattan makes a cameo during Weekend Update.

Mary J. Blige performed "Be Without You" and "Enough Cryin."
601 16 Lindsay Lohan Pearl Jam April 15, 2006

Adult film star Savanna Samson makes an appearance in the TV Funhouse cartoon.

Pearl Jam performed "World Wide Suicide" and "Severed Hand."
602 17 Tom Hanks Red Hot Chili Peppers May 6, 2006
Red Hot Chili Peppers performed "Dani California" and "Give It Away."
603 18 Julia Louis-Dreyfus Paul Simon May 13, 2006

Special cameos by Al Gore, Jason Alexander, and Jerry Seinfeld. Al Gore's cold opening was written by his daughter, former SNL staff writer Kristin Gore. Al Gore made two appearances during this episode, first giving a cold opening showing an alternate universe under President Al Gore (where Osama bin Laden is caught and gas prices are at their lowest) and later appeared in the weekend update making a debate against Amy Poehler about global warming being bad (Al Gore) or good (Amy Poehler).

Paul Simon performed "How Can You Live in the Northeast?" and "Outrageous".
604 19 Kevin Spacey Nelly Furtado May 20, 2006

Tina Fey, Chris Parnell, Rachel Dratch, Horatio Sanz, and Finesse Mitchell's final episode as cast members, and Beth McCarthy Miller's last episode as director.

Nelly Furtado performs "Promiscuous" and "Maneater", with Timbaland performing on the former.

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