Saturday Night Live/Season Thirty

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Season Thirty
Saturday Night Live
Season Thirty
Season Premiere October 2, 2004
Season Finale May 21, 2005
Episode Count 20 + 7
Notable Episodes Jude Law/Ashlee Simpson
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Season Thirty of Saturday Night Live premiered on October 2, 2004. The only new cast member to join at the beginning of the season was Rob Riggle, a former marine and occasional Upright Citizens Brigade member who replaced Jeff Richards as a featured player. Riggle was largely resigned to typical featured player bit parts and left at the end of the season. Jason Sudeikis, a writer hired in the previous season, was also added to the cast towards the end of the season.

What the season is remembered for, however, is the scandal that took place during the third episode of the season. During the second performance of the evening, Ashlee Simpson intended to sing "Autobiography," but because of technical malfunction the backing track for her first song began playing and she was exposed as having lip-synced the earlier song. In the following days, Simpson's father and manager explained that her voice was weak that night from acid reflux disease and the ailment necessitated prerecorded vocals. All the while, 60 Minutes was filming backstage for a segment on the comedy show and caught the immediate fallout for its episode.

Also considered notorious in this season was the ill-fated Paris Hilton episode. The writers booked Hilton in hopes that she would have a sense of humor about herself and be willing to cooperate with sketches. The complete opposite turned out to be true and many, including Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, consider her to be one of the most difficult hosts to work with because of her penchant for locking herself in her dressing room whenever things weren't going her way.

Despite these rough patches, the season also saw the creation of Bear City, a series of popular short films which paved the way for SNL Digital Shorts in the future. Other recurring sketches which debuted this season include The Art Dealers, Gays in Space and The Needlers. Also notable was the return of the Muppets who, before their cameo appearance, hadn't appeared on the show since the first season.

Cast

Main Cast:

Featuring:

Episodes

# # Title Airdate
SP13 The Best of Cheri Oteri September 4, 2004
SP14 The Best of Jon Lovitz September 4, 2004
569 1 Ben Affleck/Nelly October 2, 2004
570 2 Queen Latifah October 9, 2004
SP15 The Best of Jimmy Fallon October 16, 2004
571 3 Jude Law/Ashlee Simpson October 23, 2004
572 4 Kate Winslet/Eminem October 30, 2004
SP16 Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2004 November 1, 2004
SP17 The Best of Tom Hanks November 6, 2004
573 5 Liam Neeson/Modest Mouse November 13, 2004
574 6 Luke Wilson/U2 November 20, 2004
575 7 Colin Farrell/Scissor Sisters December 11, 2004
576 8 Robert DeNiro/Destiny's Child December 18, 2004
577 9 Topher Grace/The Killers January 15, 2005
578 10 Paul Giamatti/Ludacris f/ Sum 41 January 22, 2005
579 11 Paris Hilton/Keane February 5, 2005
580 12 Jason Bateman/Kelly Clarkson February 12, 2005
581 13 Hilary Swank/50 Cent February 19, 2005
SP18 Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live February 20, 2005
582 14 David Spade/Jack Johnson March 12, 2005
583 15 Ashton Kutcher/Gwen Stefani March 19, 2005
584 16 Cameron Diaz/Green Day April 9, 2005
585 17 Tom Brady/Beck April 16, 2005
586 18 Johnny Knoxville/System of a Down May 7, 2005
587 19 Will Ferrell/Queens of the Stone Age May 14, 2005
588 20 Lindsay Lohan/Coldplay May 21, 2005
SP19 The Best of Alec Baldwin May 28, 2005

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