Saturday Night Live

Season 33 Episode 4

Brian Williams/Feist

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Nov 03, 2007 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • In most cases, the host thanks all the other guests; however, Brian Williams didn't thank Al Roker, Bono, or Matt Lauer.

    • The newspaper articles seen after the "Drexel University Debate" sketch were fully written (though satiric and including childish insults about all the candidates) and readable in the high-definition broadcast.

    • In the "Deleted Gay Scenes" from the Harry Potter films, Prof. McGonagall refers to Lord Voldemort by name. In the books as well as the movies, only Harry and Prof. Dumbledore refer to Voldemort by name, with all other characters being terrified simply by the mention of his name.

  • Quotes

    • Brian Williams (to Democratic presidential candidates): Gentlemen, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to run. I have a 15-minute pre-debate interview with Senator Clinton. We're going to ask her about her plans for her first 100 days in office. I wish you all good luck tonight, although we, again, in the media have pretty much made up our minds to go with Senator Clinton.

    • Larry King: Well, you heard it here first from J.K. All wizards are gay.
      J.K. Rowling: Larry, there aren't really wizards.
      Larry King: Well, that's a whole 'nother show. Stick around. Things are gonna get hotter. Coming up, the sexiest woman alive- Ann Margret is here so stay tuned.

    • John Edwards: Hillary, thank you so much for throwing this Halloween party.
      Hillary Clinton: John Edwards, I'm so glad you came. I just thought it would be good for all of us Democrats to get together after Tuesday's debate. (laughs)
      John Edwards: Agreed.
      Hillary Clinton: Yeah, because even though things can get heated, come next November, we all have to support the Democratic nominee - no matter who she may be.
      John Edwards: And may I just say, that is a great witch costume.
      Hillary Clinton: I'm actually a bride.

    • Brian Williams: You know, when I agreed to host "SNL", I believed I was following in this long tradition of newsmen who have appeared on this show. Icons, heroes of mine. Like Walter Cronkite, Ted Koppel, Peter Jennings. It wasn't until rehearsal this morning that I was told those were not the actual newsmen, but cast members doing impressions of them. The newscasters never risked their own careers and reputations by coming here.

    • Brian Williams: Good evening, I'm Brian Williams and that's how I roll.

    • Seth Meyers: Alex Rodriguez announced Sunday that he would opt out of his contract with the Yankees to become a free agent, making him a perfect fit for teams with money to burn but hate winning.

    • Seth Meyers: During the Democratic debate Tuesday night, Senator Joe Biden criticized Republican candidate Rudy Giuliani, saying that 'there's only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, a verb and 9/11' Giuliani later responded, saying, 'Joe Biden sucks 9/11.'

    • Amy Poehler: Pat Philbin, the man who staged a fake news conference on the California wildfires last week, has lost his promotion because of the event. Which begs the question, what does it take to actually get fired from FEMA?

  • Notes

    • Sketches not shown in the 60 minute version: "Maybelline for Men," "Riley's Way," "Publisher's Clearing House," "Larry King Live," "Democratic Nominees Backstage," "IPhone," and Feist's performance of "I Feel It All."

    • Sketches not shown in the 60 minute version: "Maybelline for Men," "Riley's Way," "Publisher's Clearing House," "Larry King Live," "Democratic Nominees Backstage," and "IPhone."

    • Maya Rudolph's last episode.

    • This was the last live broadcast before the WGA strike that started on November 5, 2007.

    • Brian Williams is the very first network news anchor to host SNL, and the second NBC News reporter to host the show (following Ron Nessen).

    • The NBC rerun cuts the I-Phone ad spoof, which featured Fred Armisen talking about his various uses for the product, that appeared in the live show and replaces it with a different I-Phone ad spoof that was cut after dress rehearsal. It features Jason Sudiekis as a man who likes to use his I-Phone to punch policemen.

    • Sketches cut after dress rehearsal: while traveling the highways, Willie Nelson (Will Forte) and Julio Iglesias (Brian Williams) discuss and sing about water; A vegetable grower (Brian) admonishes his son (Andy Samberg) for not watering his vegetables while he was away; a pedophile (Forte) goes trick-or-treating much to the disgust of one of the houses (Brian) he visits; Dennis Kucinich (Amy Poehler) talks about his increased popularity, though its due to his wife (Kristin Wiig); and a man (Jason Sudiekis) likes to use his iPhone while punching policemen.

  • Allusions