Saturday Night Live (season 34) - Episodes


Saturday Night Live season 34 episodes
# Host(s) Musical Guest(s) Original airdate
637 1 Michael Phelps Lil Wayne September 13, 2008

Tina Fey appeared as Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler appeared as Hillary Clinton in A Nonpartisan Message from Governor Sarah Palin & Senator Hillary Clinton.

William Shatner, Michael Phelps' mother Debbie and Jared Fogle make cameo appearances.

Lil Wayne performed "Got Money" and "Lollipop."

Bobby Moynihan's first episode as a cast member.

At the end of the episode, before the goodnights, a dedication screen was put up for producer/agent Bernie Brillstein, who died a month before this episode aired. Brillstein helped in getting Saturday Night Live picked up as a TV series.

Senator Barack Obama was scheduled to make a second cameo appearance in this episode. However, due to the results of Hurricane Ike, Obama pulled out. Chuck Norris was also scheduled to make a cameo appearance, but pulled out for the same reason.
638 2 James Franco Kings of Leon September 20, 2008

Cameron Diaz makes a guest appearance, reprising her role as Kiki Deamore in the recurring sketch "The Cougar Den".

Gossip Girl's Blake Lively made a cameo appearance in the SNL Digital Short.

Kings of Leon performed "Sex on Fire" and "Use Somebody."
639 3 Anna Faris Duffy September 27, 2008

Tina Fey returned as Gov. Sarah Palin in the cold open being interviewed by Katie Couric, played by Amy Poehler.

Chris Parnell makes a guest appearance in a debate sketch as Jim Lehrer.

Duffy performed "Mercy" and "Stepping Stone."
640 4 Anne Hathaway The Killers October 4, 2008

Queen Latifah appeared as Gwen Ifill and Tina Fey returned as Sarah Palin in a parody of the Vice Presidential Debate.

The Killers performed "Human" and "Spaceman."

An edited version of the sketch parodying the economic bailout was posted on, removing references to Herbert and Marion Sandler's (played by Darrell Hammond and Casey Wilson, respectively) corrupt activities and removing the graphic labeling the couple as "people who should be shot." Lorne Michaels admitted he did not know the Sandlers were a real couple, and that he believed they were simply characters written for the sketch.

Andy Samberg plays Mark Wahlberg in a sketch where Wahlberg talks to animals, which is referenced by Wahlberg in the following episode.
641 5 Josh Brolin Adele October 18, 2008

Tina Fey returned again as Sarah Palin, and was joined by Mark Wahlberg, Alec Baldwin and the real Sarah Palin making guest appearances in the cold opening. Wahlberg also appeared in a brief sketch making amends with Andy Samberg, referring to a sketch from the previous episode. Sarah Palin also appeared on Weekend Update.

Oliver Stone makes a cameo in the opening monologue, impersonating George W. Bush.

Adele performed "Chasing Pavements" and "Cold Shoulder".

The New York Underground short film was directed by Noah Baumbach.
642 6 Jon Hamm Coldplay October 25, 2008

Coldplay performed "Viva La Vida", "Lost!", "Yellow", and "Lovers in Japan" which was cut off.

Co-stars Elisabeth Moss and John Slattery appeared in the "Ad Agency" sketch as their Mad Men characters Peggy Olson and Roger Sterling, respectively.

Amy Poehler did not appear due to giving birth hours before this episode aired.

Maya Rudolph appears as Michelle Obama in the Obama Variety Hour sketch.
643 7 Ben Affleck David Cook November 1, 2008

John and Cindy McCain appeared as themselves and Tina Fey made an appearance as Sarah Palin in the cold opening. The episode aired only three days before the 2008 presidential election. This was the last time Fey impersonated Palin as a guest on the show, although she would resume the character on the episodes she hosted in the two next seasons. McCain also appeared in Weekend Update.

David Cook performed "Light On" and "Declaration."

This episode marks the first appearance of Bill Hader's Stefon character, though not on Weekend Update.
644 8 Paul Rudd Beyoncé November 15, 2008

Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins' first episode as cast members.

Beyoncé Knowles performed "If I Were a Boy" and "Single Ladies", and appeared in a sketch about a music video of the latter.

Justin Timberlake made a cameo during Weekend Update and in the "Single Ladies" sketch as one of the three backup dancers.
645 9 Tim McGraw Ludacris & T-Pain November 22, 2008
Ludacris and T-Pain performed "One More Drink" and "Chopped & Skrewed." Both Ludacris and T-Pain appeared in the "Blizzard Man Replaces T-Pain" sketch.
646 10 John Malkovich T.I. December 6, 2008

Amy Poehler returned as Hillary Clinton in the cold opening and co-anchored Weekend Update with Seth Meyers after four weeks of being absent due to the birth of her son, Archie.

T.I. performed "Whatever You Like" and "Swing Ya Rag" with Swizz Beatz.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Molly Sims, and Justin Timberlake appeared in the "Jizz in My Pants" digital short along with Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, and Andy Samberg.
647 11 Hugh Laurie Kanye West December 13, 2008

Amy Poehler's final episode as a castmember.

Maya Rudolph returned to perform in a "Bronx Beat" sketch with Amy Poehler.

Kanye West performed "Love Lockdown" and a medley including "Heartless" and "Pinocchio Story."

Shortly after this broadcast, New York governor David Paterson openly complained about Fred Armisen's portrayal of him, stating that his impression was insensitive to the blind and visually impaired (Paterson would later appear with Armisen on the premiere episode of season 36)
648 12 Neil Patrick Harris Taylor Swift January 10, 2009

Liza Minnelli appeared in a sketch.

Taylor Swift appeared in a sketch as Annie, and performed "Love Story" and "Forever & Always".

Host Neil Patrick Harris appeared in the "Save Broadway" sketch as Mark Cohen from RENT. Harris played the same character in the Los Angeles production of RENT in 1997. In the same sketch Fred Armisen, a former drummer for the Blue Man Group, plays the center blue man.
649 13 Rosario Dawson Fleet Foxes January 17, 2009
Fleet Foxes performed "Mykonos" and "Blue Ridge Mountains".
650 14 Steve Martin Jason Mraz January 31, 2009

Jason Mraz performed "I'm Yours" and "Lucky" with Colbie Caillat.

During the original broadcast Richard Dean Anderson who played MacGyver on the TV series reprised his role in three MacGruber Pepsi ads as a helper to MacGruber.

Steve Martin performed "Late for School" on his banjo from his new album "The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo".
651 15 Bradley Cooper TV on the Radio February 7, 2009

James Lipton makes a cameo during the monologue.

TV on the Radio performed "Golden Age" and "Dancing Choose".

The Lonely Island and T-Pain premiered "I'm on a Boat" from the Lonely Island's Incredibad album in the SNL Digital Short.

Drew Barrymore appeared during the closing credits.
652 16 Alec Baldwin Jonas Brothers February 14, 2009

Former castmember Dan Aykroyd appeared as John Boehner in the cold opening.

Jack McBrayer makes a guest appearance in the opening monologue.

Cameron Diaz once again reprises her role as Kiki Deamore in the recurring sketch "The Cougar Den".

The Jonas Brothers performed "Tonight" and "Video Girl". They also appeared in a sketch and an SNL Digital Short.

Alec Baldwin's nieces made a cameo introducing The Jonas Brothers' second song.
653 17 Dwayne Johnson Ray LaMontagne March 7, 2009

Richard Dean Anderson returned as MacGyver for three more MacGruber shorts.

Ray LaMontagne performed "You Are the Best Thing" and "Trouble".

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel appeared as Irving Hillman and Jessica Rabbit in Weekend Update.
654 18 Tracy Morgan Kelly Clarkson March 14, 2009

Kelly Clarkson performed "My Life Would Suck Without You" and "I Do Not Hook Up".

Tina Fey and John Cena made cameo appearances in the cold open.

Tracy Morgan reprised his roles as Brian Fellow in Brian Fellow's Safari Planet and as Astronaut Jones.
655 19 Seth Rogen Phoenix April 4, 2009

Phoenix performed "Lisztomania," "1901" and "Too Young", which was cut off.

Seth Rogen reprised his impression of Rowlf the Dog from his first appearance on SNL.

Rogen appeared in the SNL Digital Short for the music video of The Lonely Island's "Like a Boss". Rogen replaced Akiva Schaffer's vocals; however, Akiva Schaffer did make an appearance as the gun dealer. Fellow Lonely Island member, Jorma Taccone also makes an appearance in the video delivering a harassment lawsuit to Andy Samberg.
656 20 Zac Efron Yeah Yeah Yeahs April 11, 2009
Yeah Yeah Yeahs performed "Zero" and "Maps".
657 21 Justin Timberlake Ciara May 9, 2009

Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson made guest appearances during the Digital Short.

Ciara performed "Love Sex Magic" with Justin Timberlake and "Never Ever".

Jessica Biel introduced "Love Sex Magic."

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy cameoed on Weekend Update in a commentary on Star Trek.

Jimmy Fallon reprised his role as Barry Gibb for another installment of "The Barry Gibb Talk Show".

Justin Timberlake won an Emmy for hosting this episode.
658 22 Will Ferrell Green Day May 16, 2009

Darrell Hammond, Michaela Watkins, and Casey Wilson's final episode as castmembers.

Green Day performed "Know Your Enemy", "21 Guns" and, in a cut performance, "East Jesus Nowhere", during which Will Ferrell played cowbell. The band also appeared in Goodnight Saigon.

Tom Hanks played himself in Celebrity Jeopardy!, and in "Goodnight Saigon".

Norm Macdonald appeared in Celebrity Jeopardy! as Burt Reynolds, and in "Goodnight Saigon."

Amy Poehler returned to co-anchor Weekend Update, and she accompanied Will Ferrell on a triangle for "Goodnight Saigon".

Maya Rudolph reprised her character Glenda Goodwin in the funeral sketch and sang with Will Ferrell for "Goodnight Saigon."

Paul Rudd, Artie Lange, Elisabeth Moss, and Anne Hathaway also appeared in "Goodnight Saigon".

Will Ferrell reprised his impersonations of George W. Bush, Alex Trebek, and Harry Caray.

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