SNL Transcripts: Hugh Laurie: 12/13/08


 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 34: Episode 11

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December 13th, 2008

Hugh Laurie

Kanye West


Maya Rudolph


Blagojevich HearingSummary: Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (Jason Sudeikis) testifies and curses before the Senate Banking Committee for his own financial bailout.

Recurring Characters: Rod Blagojevich, Robert Byrd, Evan Bayh, Christopher Dodd, Elizabeth Dole.



Hugh Laurie’s MonologueSummary: In order to avoid copyright infringement laws, Hugh Laurie sings a medley of three-second excerpts from his favorite Christmas songs.

First Hosted: 06d.


Bronx BeatSummary: Betty Caruso (Amy Poehler) and Jodi Deitz (Maya Rudolph) chatter with Jeffrey Billings (Hugh Laurie).

Recurring Characters: Betty Caruso, Jodi Deitz.

Sarcastic Christmas DinnerSummary: Members of a family (Hugh Laurie, Casey Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, Kristen Wiig) make sarcastic remarks to one another over a tense Christmas dinner.


Wedding ToastsSummary: Offbeat members of the Culhane family continuously interrupt the emcee (Jason Sudeikis) at the wedding reception of David (Andy Samberg) and Tina (Abby Elliott).


Kayne West performs “Love Lockdown”First Performed: 05a.


Weekend Update with Amy Poehler & Seth MeyersSummary: New York Governor David Paterson (Fred Armisen) comments about ousted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and mocks New Jersey. Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler ask “Really!?!” following Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s scandal. Amy Poehler’s announcement that she’s really leaving “SNL” is interrupted by a wandering Gov. David Paterson (Fred Armisen).

Magical LampsSummary: A trio of singing lamps (Hugh Laurie, Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig) take their shopkeepers (Fred Armisen, Michaela Watkins) hostage, shoot a grandfather clock (Will Forte), and star in a new Broadway musical.

The Cat’s Christmas LetterSummary: An exasperated husband (Hugh Laurie) types up the family’s Christmas letter in their dead pet cat’s voice, as dictated by his nutty wife (Kristen Wiig).

An SNL Digital ShortSummary: As the boss (Hugh Laurie) announces impending company layoffs, employee Marcus (Fred Armisen) can’t keep his hands off what he thinks are delicious cookies.


Kayne West performs “Heartless”



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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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