Saturday Night Live

Michael Phelps/Lil' Wayne

Season 34, Ep 1, Aired 9/13/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Live from New York, it's... Tina Fey and Amy Poehler! Sketches include "A Non-Partisan Message from Governor Palin and Senator Clinton," "Quiz Bowl," "Jar Glove," "Swim Team Pep Talk," "Stacia and Cousin Craig," "The Charles Barkley Show," "T-Mobile," "Space Olympics 3022" (Digital Short), "Mark Payne," and "The Michael Phelps Diet." Lil' Wayne performed "Got Money" (featuring Mack Maine) and "Lollipop."

  • Cast & Crew
  • Don Roy King

  • Kristen Wiig


  • Bobby Moynihan


  • Will Forte


  • Darrell Hammond


  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • Congratulations, Nancy Kerrigan. You are no longer the worst athlete-host in SNL history. Way to go, Nance.

    By HelloStuart, Sep 14, 2008

  • And I can see Russia From My House!

    By whoaitsconner, Sep 14, 2008

  • I don't think Michael Phelps will be invited back.

    By timmer82, Jan 24, 2009

  • I like this episode. Decent opening episode.

    By happysadfun, Dec 07, 2008

  • Phelps was a terrible host (not even a bronze for him), the writing was pretty tired (already). Not a very auspicious debut for the season.

    By FarleyRules, Nov 09, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Hillary Rodham Clinton: In conclusion, I invite the media to grow a pair. And if you can't, I will lend you mine.

    • Seth Meyers: A freshman at Michigan State University was randomly assigned to the same dorm room his father occupied in 1978. A fact that will no doubt cross his mind every time he masturbates.

    • Seth Meyers: O.J. Simpson's trial for kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon started Monday. Man, you know you've lived a crazy life when a trial for kidnapping, armed robbery and assault isn't your most interesting trial.

    • Sarah Palin: You know, Hillary and I don't agree on everythi -- Hillary Rodham Clinton: (cutting in) ON ANYTHING!! I believe that diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy. Sarah Palin: And I can see Russia from my house! Hillary Rodham Clinton: I believe that global warming is caused by man. Sarah Palin: And I believe it's just God hugging us closer! Hillary Rodham Clinton: I don't agree with the Bush Doctrine... Sarah Palin: laughs ... and I don't know what that is!

    • Hillary Rodham Clinton: I didn't want a woman to be president, I wanted to be president... and I just happen to be a woman.

    Notes (10)

    • The Food Network's Guy Fieri can be seen seated next to William Shatner during the monologue.

    • Sketches not shown in the 60 minute version: the Alaska Pete segment on Weekend Update, "Mark Payne at Pizzeria Uno," "Space Olympics" (Digital Short), "Craig & Stacia," "Quiz Bowl," and Lil Wayne's performance of "Lollipop."

    • The opening presentation is the same, but with one minor altercation; some shots are in color, some in black and white, and some in black and white but with one object in color (like in the movie Sin City).

    • International airdates: Latin America: February 7, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television (aka Canal Sony).

    • The media buzz the preceding week helped push this episode to its highest rating score since 2001 and the most-watched episode (10.2 million viewers) since Al Gore/Phish in December 2002.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Mark Payne (the Uno's waiter) wears a t-shirt that features the anime character Sanosuke Sagara from the series Rurouni Kenshin.

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