Saturday Night Live had its thirtieth season on the 2004-2005 television season on NBC. The thirtieth season began on October 2, 2004 and ended on May 21, 2005 with 20 episodes in all.
Before the start of this season, Jimmy Fallon left the show. 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 include Rob Riggle, an improv comedian and U.S. Marine. This would be Riggle's only season on the show. In addition, SNL writer Jason Sudeikis 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 two-woman anchor team.
This season was also notable for Ashlee Simpson's infamous lip-syncing gaffe during her second performance. This season was also home to many sketches focused on the 2004 U.S. Presidential election, but, unlike the 2000 election, there was little to no media coverage about the sketches.
Ben Affleck hosts the season premier with special guest appearances by Alec Baldwin and James Gandolfini.
Oscar nominated actress and musician Queen Latifah hosts.
Oscar nominated actor Jude Law hosts.
Live From New York, it's...Will Forte
Sketches include: Kerry at the Beach, Star Jones' Wedding Night, You Call This A House Do Ya?, Dr. Porkenheimer's Boner Juice (repeat from the Ben Affleck/Nelly episode with slight edit*). The Giant Parrot, Wake Up San Diego, Appalachian Emergency Room, and The Drug Sniffing Dog.
Modest Mouse performs: "Float On" and "Ocean Breathes Salty"
*The Dr. Porkenheimer commercial repeats in this episode, but the ending where it shows Rob Riggle with an exaggerated erection (covered by the bedsheets) is replaced with a scene where Poehler and Riggle are hugging.
Oscar nominated actor Liam Neeson brings some class to SNL.
Old School star Luke Wilson comes by SNL to host.
Golden Globe winning actor Colin Farrell hosts, with a special guest appearance by Lindsay Lohan.
Oscar winning actor Robert De Niro returns to host, with a special guest appearance by Jim Henson's Muppets.
Topher Grace (That 70's Show) jumps to NBC to host SNL.
Sideways star Paul Giamatti goes for some laughs on SNL.
The girl who is famous for being famous, Paris Hilton, hosts.
Arrested Development star Jason Bateman is the host.
Oscar winning actress Hilary Swank hosts.
SNL alum David Spade retruns to host.
Ashton Kutcher comes by once more to host, with a special guest appearance by Demi Moore.
Golden Globe nomineeCameron Diaz hosts with special guest appearances by Drew Barrymore, Justin Timberlake, and Jimmy Fallon.
NFL superstar Tom Brady hosts with a special guest appearance by Martin Short.
A real Jack Ass hosts this week...Johnny Knoxville.
SNL alum turned movie star Will Ferrell comes back to the show that made him famous when he hosts.
Lindsay Lohan brings the 30th season of SNL to a close.