SNL Transcripts: Steve Buscemi: 12/03/11


 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 37: Episode 8

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December 3rd, 2011

Steve Buscemi

The Black Keys


Maya Rudolph


Emily Spivey

A Message from the President of the United StatesSummary: President Barack Obama (Fred Armisen) lists all the people and institutions who are actually more powerful than he is.

Recurring Characters: President Barack Obama.



Steve Buscemi’s MonologueSummary: Steve Buscemi tackles questions from audience members who work as stereotypical character actors but would like to evolve their craft into lead roles.


Frozen Mexican DinnerSummary: When a musician (Paul Brittain) admits to being constipated, fellow band member (Fred Armisen) offers him a solution with a single dose of a frozen Mexican dinner.

Note: This ad parody had been cut from multiple dress rehearsals throughout the season.

The Miley Cyrus ShowSummary: Miley Cyrus (Vanessa Bayer) welcomes fellow pothead Jeff (Steve Buscemi) to the show, until Billy Ray Cyrus (Jason Sudeikis) brings in Whitney Houston (Maya Rudolph) to perform an intervention.

Recurring Characters: Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Whitney Houston.

An SNL Digital ShortSummary: Commissioner Jim Gordon (Steve Buscemi) is repeatedly flustered by Batman’s (Andy Samberg) unannounced appearances in his personal affairs.


DatelineSummary: Keith Morrison (Bill Hader) revels in the misery of the Mystery of the Chopped Up Guy.

Recurring Characters: Keith Morrison.

Coach BertSummary: Central University’s Head Coach (Jason Sudeikis) makes it clear that basketball coach Bert (Steve Buscemi) is not a pedophile, but it’s hardly a ringing endorsement.


The Black Keys perform “Lonely Boy”

Weekend Update with Seth MeyersSummary: Herman Cain (Kenan Thompson) announces that he’s suspending his presidential campaign and makes excuses for his marital indiscretions. Drunk Uncle (Bobby Moynihan) gives advice on how to deal with family members during the holidays.

Recurring Characters: Herman Cain.

SurpriseSummary: Playskool manager (Steve Buscemi) wants to surprise Sandra (Vanessa Bayer) with a promotion, but can co-worker Sue (Kristen Wiig) hold herself together without spoiling the surprise?

Recurring Characters: Sue.

“Sex” Ed Vincent’s Couples Workshop Sex IntensiveSummary: Ed Vincent (Paul Brittain) hosts a three-day symposium on sex to help couples spice up their marriage in the bedroom and in the kitchen.

Recurring Characters: “Sex” Ed Vincent.


The Black Keys perform “Gold On The Ceiling”

OrnamentsSummary: A man (Steve Buscemi) shows off his favorite Christmas ornaments, while ditZy Sheila (Kristen Wiig) decorates the tree.



Dress Rehearsal Cuts

A Message From Newt GingrichSummary: Newt Gingrich (Bobby Moynihan) addresses his sudden, unexpected lead in the primary polls.

Recurring Characters: Newt Gingrich.

TVLandSummary: Technical errors ruin the production of a TVLand presentation.

Love CultSummary: A hideous man (Steve Buscemi) encounters only rejection when he joins a love cult.

SleepoverSummary: A little girl’s (Bobby Moynihan) sleepover has disastrous results.

Headz UpSummary: The text-based app that clues people to their surroundings and keeps them out of danger while their eyes are glued to their tech devices.

Note: This ad parody will eventually air on the episode hosted by Daniel Radcliffe.

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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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