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Saturday Night Live (season 30)

The thirtieth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between October 2, 2004, and May 21, 2005.

Saturday Night Live (season 30)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes20
Original networkNBC
Original releaseOctober 2, 2004 (2004-10-02) –
May 21, 2005 (2005-05-21)
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List of Saturday Night Live episodes


This season was notable for a lip-syncing gaffe by Ashlee Simpson during her second performance (on the episode hosted by Jude Law). This season was also home to many sketches focused on the 2004 U.S. Presidential election, but, unlike the 2000 election (and later, the elections for 2008 and 2016), there was little to no media coverage about the sketches.

A minor change was made to the show's logo this season: The SATURDAYNIGHTLIVE text, while in the same typeface, had the words spaced separately.


Before the start of this season, Jimmy Fallon left the show.[1] In the wake of his departure, Fred Armisen was promoted to repertory status, while Finesse Mitchell and Kenan Thompson remained feature players.

New cast members this season included Rob Riggle, an improv comedian (at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater) and U.S. Marine (making him the first and, as of 2019, only SNL cast member to serve in the Marines). This would also be Riggle's only season on the show. In addition, SNL writer Jason Sudeikis (who appeared in many bit roles before joining the cast) joined the cast as a featured player for the last three episodes of the season.

With Fallon gone, Amy Poehler became Tina Fey's co-anchor on Weekend Update, making Fey and Poehler the first (and, so far, only) two-woman anchor team.

Cast rosterEdit

bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor


Near the end of the season, writer Jason Sudeikis left the writing staff to join the cast.


No. in
HostMusical guest(s)Original air date
5661Ben AffleckNellyOctober 2, 2004 (2004-10-02)

5672Queen LatifahQueen LatifahOctober 9, 2004 (2004-10-09)

  • Queen Latifah performs "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh" and "Hard Times".
  • Chris Kattan introduces Queen Latifah's second performance.
  • The episode features a tribute to Rodney Dangerfield, who had died earlier in the week.
5683Jude LawAshlee SimpsonOctober 23, 2004 (2004-10-23)

  • Ashlee Simpson performs her hit single "Pieces of Me" without incident. When she comes back a second time, her band starts to play, and the first lines of her singing "Pieces of Me" can be heard again. She holds the microphone at her waist at the time. Simpson looks momentarily confused as the band plows ahead with the song and the vocal is quickly silenced. A flustered Simpson makes some exaggerated hopping dance moves before walking off the stage in embarrassment. After a few moments showing the band playing without their singer, the director cuts to a commercial. Following her performance and negative publicity, Simpson claimed it was simply a back-up track due to an attack of her acid reflux. Simpson also appears in the opening monologue.
  • The Donnas were scheduled to be the musical guest, but had to cancel.
5694Kate WinsletEminemOctober 30, 2004 (2004-10-30)

  • Eminem performs "Mosh" and "Just Lose It" with Proof.
  • Johnny Damon appears on Weekend Update.
  • For reasons unknown, this episode is not included on Netflix and Hulu streaming. However, the official SNL app does have some sketches that appeared in this episode.
5705Liam NeesonModest MouseNovember 13, 2004 (2004-11-13)

5716Luke WilsonU2November 20, 2004 (2004-11-20)

5727Colin FarrellScissor SistersDecember 11, 2004 (2004-12-11)

5738Robert De NiroDestiny's ChildDecember 18, 2004 (2004-12-18)

5749Topher GraceThe KillersJanuary 15, 2005 (2005-01-15)

57510Paul GiamattiLudacris featuring Sum 41January 22, 2005 (2005-01-22)

57611Paris HiltonKeaneFebruary 5, 2005 (2005-02-05)

57712Jason BatemanKelly ClarksonFebruary 12, 2005 (2005-02-12)

  • Kelly Clarkson performs "Since U Been Gone" and "Breakaway". Additionally, Clarkson appears in the "Subway Performers" and "Rap Night" sketches.
57813Hilary Swank50 CentFebruary 19, 2005 (2005-02-19)

57914David SpadeJack JohnsonMarch 12, 2005 (2005-03-12)

58015Ashton KutcherGwen StefaniMarch 19, 2005 (2005-03-19)

58116Cameron DiazGreen DayApril 9, 2005 (2005-04-09)

58217Tom BradyBeckApril 16, 2005 (2005-04-16)

58318Johnny KnoxvilleSystem of a DownMay 7, 2005 (2005-05-07)

  • System of a Down performs "B.Y.O.B. and "Aerials".
  • Paula Abdul appears in the cold open and introduces System of a Down's second performance.
  • Patti Forte, Will Forte's mother, appears on Weekend Update.
  • Jason Sudeikis' first episode as a cast member.
58419Will FerrellQueens of the Stone AgeMay 14, 2005 (2005-05-14)

58520Lindsay LohanColdplayMay 21, 2005 (2005-05-21)


TitleOriginal air date
"The Best of Cheri Oteri"September 4, 2004 (2004-09-04)
Sketches include: "Spartan Cheerleaders", "Nadeen at the Burger Castle", "The Zimmermans", "20/20", "The View", "Monica's Interviewers", "Collete at the Pharmacy", "Morning Latte", "Judge Judy", "Rita Snowed In", "The Office Flirt", "Halloween in New Hampshire", "Rita on Halloween", "Old French Whore!", "Puff & Jennifer in Therapy", "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire", "Always & Forever", "Athena in the Cockpit", "Leg Up", and some Weekend Update clips.
"The Best of Jon Lovitz"September 25, 2004 (2004-09-25)
Sketches include: "Tommy Flanagan," "The Peoples' Court," "Portrait of the Artist," "The Night Hanukkah Harry Saved Christmas," "Dunkin' Donuts Commercial," "Plug Away," "Johnny's Finished," "Girl Watchers on 49th Street," "ABC Campaign '88," "The Five Beatles," "Wimbledon Loss," "A Betty Ford Straight Arrow Christmas," "The Tonight Show," "Tales of Ribaldry," "Chick Hazzard, Private Investigator," and some Weekend Update clips.
"The Best of Jimmy Fallon"October 16, 2004 (2004-10-16)
Sketches include: "Mick & Mick," "Celebrity Jeopardy," "Jarret's Room", "The Barry Gibb Show," "Donnie's Party," "Cork Soakers," "2001 Season's Greetings From SNL," "Summer Nights," clips of Fallon's most memorable celebrity impersonations and Weekend Update moments.
"Presidential Bash 2004: The Great Debates"November 1, 2004 (2004-11-01)
This special featured some of SNL's mock presidential debates. Darrell Hammond hosted the special while impersonating Bill Clinton. Sketches include: "Debate '76," "Presidential Debate '88," "The First Presidential Debate," "The Second Presidential Debate," "Debate '92," "Perot and Stockdale Car Trip," "The Presidential Odd Couple," "First Presidential Debate 2004," and "Second Presidential Debate".
"The Best of Tom Hanks"November 6, 2004 (2004-11-06)
Sketches include: "Steve's Fantasy," "The Stand-Ups," "Girl Watchers on 49th Street," "Calgary 1988," "Mr. Short-Term Memory," "Jew, Not a Jew," "Wayne's World Meets Aerosmith," "Tales of Ribaldry," "Sabra Price Is Right" and "Wilson the Volleyball with Tom Hanks".
"Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live"February 20, 2005 (2005-02-20)
Topics discussed include the creation of the show, the cast coming together, NBC fighting with Lorne over the show's creation, the first few episodes, the show's rise to popularity, Chevy Chase leaving the show, the disastrous Mardi Gras special, Bill Murray joining the show, several backstage fights and feuds, the creation of Weekend Update, the first crop of recurring sketches and characters, the hosts who appeared on the show, how the show struggled in its fifth season with the departure of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, and the end of the "Not Ready for Primetime" era after the last episode of season five. Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Tom Davis, James Downey, Al Franken, Elliott Gould, Buck Henry, Eric Idle, Penny Marshall, Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Don Pardo, Tom Schiller, Rosie Shuster, Paul Shaffer, Lily Tomlin and Alan Zweibel gave insight in the special.
"The Best Of Alec Baldwin"May 28, 2005 (2005-05-28)
Sketches include: "Greenhilly," "French Class," "Soap Opera Digest," the infamous "Canteen Boy Goes Camping," "Buckwell's Follies," "Delicious Dish," "Brasky's Buddies at the Bar," "Inside the Actors Studio," "Gay Voicemail," "The Tony Bennett Show," "Zinger vs. Burns," and "Prince Charles' Secretary".


  1. ^ "Jimmy Fallon signs off from 'Saturday Night Live'". Today. NBC News. May 18, 2004. Archived from the original on April 16, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  2. ^ "Grace Replaces Garner On Snl". Ltd. 12 January 2005.
  3. ^ "Bill Hader's First Meetingwith SNL Creator Lorne Michaels". theoffcamerashow. 20 March 2018.

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