Saturday Night Live - Season 34 Episodes

Saturday Night Live - Season 34

Saturday Night Live - Season 34

The thirty-fourth season of the variety series Saturday Night Live began airing in 2008 and concluded in 2009 on NBC. This season of Saturday Night Live consisted of 22 episodes, in an attempt to compensate for episodes lost during the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. This made it the longest season since the show's second season.

The season began on September 13, 2008 on NBC, with Olympic swimming gold medalist Michael Phelps as host and Tina Fey appearing as Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, alongside Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton, and rapper Lil Wayne as the musical guest. The show scored its highest-rated premiere since September 2001 and is the second most-watched SNL ever. The season premiere date of September 13 was earlier than the premiere date for previous seasons, which typically have started during the final weekend of September or in early October. However, a month later, the show drew its highest ratings in over 14 years when the real Sarah Palin appeared. SNL had 17 million viewers during its first half-hour.

Before the start of the season the cast remained mostly unchanged except for the addition of Bobby Moynihan. Moynihan came to SNL as a performer with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater; in season 33, Moynihan and Wilson were among the group of Upright Citizens Brigade performers SNL auditioned mid-season while the show was looking for a new cast member to join after the writers' strike in early 2008. Moynihan did not make the cut in his season 33 audition, but instead ended up being invited back for another audition shortly before this season started. Wilson remained a featured player.

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Presidential Bash 2008

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Sports Extra

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Just Shorts

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Episode 1

Michael Phelps/Lil Wayne

Michael Phelps hosts SNL.

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Episode 2

James Franco/Kings of Leon

James Franco hosts SNL.

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Episode 3

Anna Faris/Duffy

Anna Faris Hosts SNL

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Episode 4

Anne Hathaway/The Killers

Anne Hathaway hosts SNL.

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Episode 5

Josh Brolin/Adele

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Episode 6

Jon Hamm/Coldplay

Jon Hamm Hosts SNL.

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Episode 7

Ben Affleck/David Cook

Ben Affleck hosts SNL.

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Episode 8

Paul Rudd/Beyonce

Paul Rudd hosts SNL.

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Episode 9

Tim McGraw/Ludacris/T-Pain

Tim McGraw hosts SNL.

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Episode 10

John Malkovich/T.I.

John Malkovich hosts SNL.

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Episode 11

Hugh Laurie/Kanye West

Hugh Laurie

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Episode 12

Neil Patrick Harris/Taylor Swift

Neil Patrick Harris hosts Saturday Night Live.

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Episode 13

Rosario Dawson/Fleet Foxes

Rosario Dawson hosts Saturday Night Live.

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Episode 14

Steve Martin/Jason Mraz

Steve Martin hosts Saturday Night Live.

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Episode 15

Bradley Cooper/TV on the Radio

Bradley Coopers hosts Saturday Night Live.

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Episode 16

Alec Baldwin/Jonas Brothers

Alec Baldwin hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest Jonas Brothers

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Episode 17

Dwayne Johnson/Ray LaMontagne

Dwayne Johnson hosts Saturday Night Live.

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Episode 18

Tracy Morgan/Kelly Clarkson

Tracy Morgan hosts Saturday Night Live.

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Episode 19

Seth Rogen/Phoenix

Seth Rogen hosts Saturday Night Live.

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Episode 20

Zac Efron/Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Zac Efron hosts Saturday Night Live.

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Episode 21

Justin Timberlake/Ciara

Justin Timberlake hosts Saturday Night Live.

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Episode 22

Will Ferrell/Green Day

Will Ferrell hosts Saturday Night Live.