Saturday Night Live Transcripts


  Season 35: 2009-2010

















Starring:

  • Fred Armisen

  • Will Forte

  • Bill Hader

  • Seth Meyers

  • Andy Samberg

  • Jason Sudeikis

  • Kenan Thompson

  • Kristen Wiig

    Featuring:

  • Abby Elliott

  • Bobby Moynihan

  • Nasim Pedrad

  • Jenny Slate


  • Writers:

  • Doug Abeles

  • James Anderson

  • Alex Baze

  • Jessica Conrad

  • Jim Downey

  • Steve Higgins

  • Colin Jost

  • Erik Kenward

  • Jessi Klein

  • Rob Klein

  • John Lutz

  • Seth Meyers

  • Lorne Michaels

  • John Mulaney

  • Paula Pell

  • Simon Rich

  • Marika Sawyer

  • Akiva Schaffer

  • John Solomon

  • Emily Spivey

  • Kent Sublette

  • Jorma Taccone

  • Bryan Tucker

  • Episodes
  • 09/17/09: Weekend Update Thursday 1

  • 09/24/09: Weekend Update Thursday 2

  • 09/26/09: Megan Fox / U2

  • 10/01/09: Weekend Update Thursday 3

  • 10/03/09: Ryan Reynolds / Lady Gaga

  • 10/10/09: Drew Barrymore / Regina Spektor

  • 10/17/09: Gerard Butler / Shakira

  • 11/07/09: Taylor Swift

  • 11/14/09: January Jones / Black Eyed Peas

  • 11/21/09: Joseph Gordon-Levitt / Dave Matthews Band

  • 12/05/09: Blake Lively / Rihanna

  • 12/12/09: Taylor Lautner / Bon Jovi

  • 12/19/09: James Franco / Muse

  • 01/09/10: Charles Barkley / Alicia Keys

  • 01/16/10: Sigourney Weaver / The Tings Tings

  • 01/30/10: Jon Hamm / Michael Buble

  • 02/06/10: Ashton Kutcher / Them Crooked Vultures

  • 02/27/10: Jennifer Lopez

  • 03/06/10: Zack Galafianakis / Vampire Weekend

  • 03/13/10: Jude Law / Pearl Jam

  • 04/10/10: Tina Fey / Justin Bieber

  • 04/17/10: Ryan Phillippe / Ke$ha

  • 04/24/10: Gabourey Sidibe / MGMT

  • 05/08/10: Betty White / Jay-Z

  • 05/15/10: Alec Baldwin / Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


  • Summary
    On the surface, "Saturday Night Live" ended its extended and election-heavy 34th season with a bang, thanks to a hosting stint by Will Ferrell and a slew of unexpected celebrity cameos. Even more unexpected, following a record fourteen seasons, it was apparent that Darrell Hammond would finally be leaving the cast. Most unexpected of all was the firing of featured performers Casey Wilson and Michaela Watkins. While Wilson's firing might not have seemed surprising in light of her low visibility all season, newcomer Watkins had gained a secure following among fans with a small handful of characters and impressions which she'd performed all season. Nevertheless, both women were let go and replaced by newcomers Nasim Pedrad and Jenny Slate.

    Like Watkins, Pedrad gained a strong following almost immediately, while Slate struggled to find her voice on the show after accidentally dropping the F-bomb on the season premiere. Still, despite the potential of their fresh talent, Kristen Wiig would dominate the season as the alpha female of the late night institution, portraying a limited variety of over-the-top characters with hardly any growrth potential. Unfortunately, the same could be said for just about any cast member this season, where consistent reoccurrences of mildly popular characters became the norm, even with newer sketches and characters that played more successfully as one-time concepts.

    Ultimately, the season would define itself by its greatest success -- landing the legendary Betty White as a host after four decades of pleading and begging. It took a cheap stunt in the form of a Facebook fan campaign to finally coax her on, but it also resulted in return appearances by former female cast members so they could trot out even more overexposed recurring characters of days gone past.

    All in all, a rather mediocre and forgettable season for "SNL" to celebrate 35 years on the air.


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