Saturday Night Live (season 36)

Saturday Night Live Season 36
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The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 36th season.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original channel NBC
Original run September 25, 2010 – May 21, 2011
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Saturday Night Live aired its thirty-sixth season during the 2010–2011 television season on NBC. This season began on September 25, 2010 with former cast member Amy Poehler serving as host and Katy Perry as the musical guest,[1] and ended on May 21, 2011 with Justin Timberlake serving as host and Lady Gaga as musical guest.

Prior to the start of the season, many cast changes occurred. Will Forte, who had been with the show since 2002 (a total of 8 seasons), announced on August 26, 2010 that he would be leaving the show.[2] Featured player Jenny Slate was let go from the show after only one season.[3] Abby Elliott and Bobby Moynihan were promoted to repertory status, becoming the first featured players to be promoted since 2006.

The show hired four new cast members: Chicago improvisers Vanessa Bayer and Paul Brittain from ImprovOlympic; stand-up comic/impressionist Jay Pharoah; and comedic actor Taran Killam of The Groundlings, who, like Jeff Richards was a former cast member on SNL's rival sketch show, MADtv (Killam was the show's youngest cast member at 19 years old).[4]

This season also debuted a new animated feature voiced by former SNL cast members, called "Greetings from American America", created by former SNL head writer Fred Wolf.

Long-time announcer Don Pardo announced that he would pre-record his parts from his home in Arizona rather than performing live in New York City.[5]


bold denotes Weekend Update anchor


In August 2010, Michaels hired Second City Theater writers Tom Flanigan and Shelly Gossman.[6] Heather Anne Campbell, a performer from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles, was also added to the writing staff.[7] Sarah Schneider, a regular writer and performer for CollegeHumor, was a guest writer for the last five episodes of the season before joining full-time for season 37.[8]


Saturday Night Live season 36 episodes
No. # Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original airdate Ratings/Share
6811 Amy Poehler Katy PerrySeptember 25, 20105.3/13

Vanessa Bayer, Paul Brittain, Taran Killam, and Jay Pharoah's first episode as cast members.

Amy Poehler reprised her roles as Betty Caruso and Amber.

Katy Perry performed "California Gurls" and "Teenage Dream", and appeared in Bronx Beat and the SNL Digital Short.

Back-up dancer Kherington Payne appeared in both performances.

Justin Timberlake, Rachel Dratch, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Peter Sarsgaard, and Maya Rudolph made cameo appearances.

New York Governor David Paterson appeared in Weekend Update alongside Fred Armisen's portrayal of Paterson. 
6822 Bryan Cranston Kanye WestOctober 2, 20104.8/12

Kanye West performed "Power" and "Runaway". Pusha T performed with him on the second song.

Morgan Freeman and Ernest Borgnine made cameo appearances in the sketch "What Up with That."

Helen Mirren appeared in the Digital Short. 
6833 Jane Lynch Bruno MarsOctober 9, 20104.8/12

Bruno Mars performed "Just the Way You Are" and a medley of the songs "Nothin' on You" and "Grenade".

Kristen Wiig received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for this episode. 
6844 Emma Stone Kings of LeonOctober 23, 20104.5/11

Kings of Leon performed "Radioactive" and "Pyro".

SNL writer John Mulaney appeared on a Weekend Update segment called "I Love It". 
6855 Jon Hamm RihannaOctober 30, 20104.6/11

Rihanna performed "What's My Name?" and "Only Girl (In the World)" and appeared in the Digital Short.

The episode's final segment featured David Spade as the voice of a chihuahua in an animated short by former SNL writer Fred Wolf. 
6866 Scarlett Johansson Arcade FireNovember 13, 20104.7/12

Arcade Fire performed "We Used to Wait" and "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" and appeared in the Digital Short. Owen Pallett played violin during both of Arcade Fire's performances.[9]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner played the synthesizer during Arcade Fire's second performance.[10] 
6877 Anne Hathaway Florence + the MachineNovember 20, 20104.7/12
Florence + the Machine performed "Dog Days Are Over" and "You Got the Love". 
6888 Robert De Niro Diddy-Dirty MoneyDecember 4, 20105.0/12

Diddy-Dirty Money performed "Coming Home" and "Ass on the Floor". Diddy also appeared in the "Blizzard Man" sketch.

Swizz Beatz performed with Diddy-Dirty Money for their second song.

Robin Williams made a cameo in "What Up with That".

Ben Stiller made cameos in the "Movie Fan" and "It's a Living" sketches.

The episode's final segment featured Dana Carvey as the voice of a hippie in an animated short by former SNL writer Fred Wolf. 
6899 Paul Rudd Paul McCartneyDecember 11, 20105.3/13

Paul McCartney performed "Jet", "Band on the Run", a medley of "A Day in the Life" and "Give Peace a Chance", and as an encore, "Get Back", replacing the extended good-byes. He appeared in the opening monologue, SNL Digital Short, and Weekend Update.

Chef Mario Batali appeared in the Digital Short. 
69010 Jeff Bridges Eminem and Lil WayneDecember 18, 20104.9/12

For the first set, Eminem and Lil Wayne performed "No Love". For the second set, Eminem performed "Won't Back Down" and Lil Wayne performed "6 Foot 7 Foot".

David Rudman played Cookie Monster in the opening monologue. Cookie Monster started his own campaign on Facebook, similar to that of Betty White, to audition for SNL the month before, though he did not get the part.

Akon, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, John McEnroe, Blake Lively, and Jessica Alba along with Andy Samberg appeared in the SNL Digital Short
69111 Jim Carrey The Black KeysJanuary 8, 20117.8/18

The Black Keys performed "Howlin' for You" and "Tighten Up".

Jim Carrey reprised his Charles Bronson impression from In Living Color.

The start of this broadcast was delayed 20 minutes due to the Colts-Jets AFC Wild Card game running long. 
69212 Gwyneth Paltrow Cee Lo GreenJanuary 15, 20115.1/12

Cee Lo Green performed "Forget You" and "Bright Lights Bigger City", appeared in the opening monologue, the bar mitzvah sketch and the "Forget You" sketch.

Pee-wee Herman and Anderson Cooper appeared in the SNL Digital Short
69313 Jesse Eisenberg Nicki MinajJanuary 29, 20115.1/12

Nicki Minaj performed "Right Thru Me" and "Moment 4 Life" and appeared in the SNL Digital Short and the "Bride of Blackenstein" sketch.

Mark Zuckerberg appeared in the opening monologue.

Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, and John Waters appeared in the SNL Digital Short
69414 Dana Carvey Linkin ParkFebruary 5, 20115.6/13

Linkin Park performed "Waiting for the End" and "When They Come for Me".

Mike Myers appeared in the cold open to reprise his role as the title character in a Wayne's World sketch and introduced Linkin Park's second number.

Jon Lovitz appeared in the opening monologue and introduced Linkin Park's second number.

Justin Bieber appeared in Church Chat and a pre-taped SNL Movie Trailer Re-Cut parody of The Roommate.

Carvey reprised his characters of Garth Algar and The Church Lady, as well as his impressions of Mickey Rooney and Regis Philbin
69515 Russell Brand Chris BrownFebruary 12, 20115.0/12
Chris Brown performed "Yeah 3x" and "No BS".[11] 
69616 Miley Cyrus The StrokesMarch 5, 20115.4/13
The Strokes performed "Under Cover of Darkness" and "Life is Simple in the Moonlight". 
69717 Zach Galifianakis Jessie JMarch 12, 20114.8/12

Jessie J performed "Price Tag" with B.o.B and "Mamma Knows Best".

Seth Meyers ended Weekend Update by encouraging viewers to donate to Red Cross relief for the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[12]

Seth Meyers made an appearance in the "The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Tour" sketch as comedian Boston Powers. According to Seth, it was his first appearance in a sketch in two years.[13]

Zach Galifianakis received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for this episode.[14] 
69818 Elton John Elton John and Leon RussellApril 2, 20115.0/12

Elton John and Leon Russell performed "Hey Ahab" and "Monkey Suit" and perform an encore performance of "The Bitch Is Back" after the show was over.[15]

Will Forte cameoed in the ESPN Classic sketch to reprise his character Greg Stink.

Tom Hanks cameoed in the ESPN Classic sketch, the Knights of the Realm sketch, the SNL Digital Short, and introduced John's first musical number.

Carmelo Anthony cameoed in the ESPN Classic sketch, the SNL Digital Short and introduced John's second musical number.

Jake Gyllenhaal cameoed on Weekend Update. 
69919 Helen Mirren Foo FightersApril 9, 20114.7/12
Foo Fighters performed "Rope" and "Walk". Additionally, Dave Grohl appeared in the SNL Digital Short and the Bongo's Clown Room sketch. 
70020 Tina Fey Ellie GouldingMay 7, 20115.3/15

Ellie Goulding performed "Lights" and "Your Song".

Maya Rudolph appeared in the opening monologue, the pregnancy class sketch, and the Googie Rene sketch.

Darrell Hammond appeared as Donald Trump in the GOP Debate sketch.

Tina Fey reprised her impersonation of Sarah Palin in the GOP Debate sketch.

Michael Bolton, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer appeared in the SNL Digital Short.

Tina Fey received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for this episode.[16] 
70121 Ed Helms Paul SimonMay 14, 20114.9/12

Paul Simon performed "Rewrite" and "So Beautiful or So What" and appeared in What Up with That.

Chris Colfer and Lindsey Buckingham appeared in What Up with That.

Jon Hamm, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell appeared in the live-action segment of TV Funhouse
70222 Justin Timberlake Lady GagaMay 21, 20117.0/17

Lady Gaga performed a medley of "The Edge of Glory" and "Judas" and "Born This Way" and appeared in the Liquorville sketch, the SNL Digital Short, and the "What's That Name?" sketch.

Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson appeared in the SNL Digital Short, reprising their roles from the "Motherlover" Digital Short.

Bradley Cooper appeared on Weekend Update.

Jimmy Fallon reprised his role as Barry Gibb in the Barry Gibb Talk Show sketch.

Justin Timberlake won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for this episode.[14]

Director Don Roy King won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction of a Comedy Series for this episode as well. 


# Special Original airdate
1 "The Women of SNL" November 1, 2010

A collection of past and present sketches highlighting the best work from SNL's female cast members, shown as a parody of The Real Housewives reality series.

Rachel Dratch, Nora Dunn, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Jan Hooks, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Laraine Newman, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon and Kristen Wiig appeared in new material made exclusively for the special.[17]

Andy Cohen made a cameo during the special.

Originally this special was supposed to air in the previous season but was scrapped and replaced with a special about the history of Saturday Night Live in the 2000s
2 "Saturday Night Live Backstage" February 20, 2011[18]

A documentary showing the creation of a typical Saturday Night Live episode.

Originally a special celebrating the 35th anniversary of the show was planned but was scrapped and replaced with this special instead.[19][20] 


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