Saturday Night Live

Season 34 Episode 11

Hugh Laurie/Kanye West

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Dec 13, 2008 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • At the end of Weekend Update, after Seth Meyers said "For Weekend Update, I'm Seth Meyers", Amy Poehler didn't say "And I'm Amy Poehler".

  • Quotes

    • Seth Meyers: Governor, what do you have against New Jersey?
      Gov. David Patterson: Unfortunately, a southern border.

  • Notes

    • Sketches not shown in the 60 minute version: "Bronx Beat," "Lamps!" "Cat Christmas Letter," and both of Kanye West's musical performances.

      The 60 minute version adds a commercial break to the middle of Weekend Update.

    • In Latin America, Weekend Update cut straight to commercials right after Gov. David Patterson (Fred Armisen) stands in front of the camera for the first time.

    • International airdates:
      Latin America: April 18, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television (aka Canal Sony).

    • Shortly after this broadcast, New York Governor David Paterson openly complained about Fred Armisen's portrayal of him, stating that his impression was insensitive to the blind and visually impaired.

    • Maya Rudolph reunited with Amy Poehler for one last "Bronx Beat" sketch, which had not appeared on SNL since November 2007.

    • Sketches cut after dress rehearsal: during war, two soldiers (Hugh Laurie, Fred Armisen) conversation is punctuated by decapitated heads; "Sproingo" (rerun from 11/15/08); Australian men (Fred Armisen, Hugh Laurie, Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte) discuss their lives; a man (Will Forte) tries to calm down his wife (Michaela Watkins) over his sleeping with Joan Cusack (Abby Elliot), brings in Hugh Laurie for damage control; "Gas Rite" (rerun from 12/6/08); the disheveled owner of the stained wedding dress shop (Kenan Thompson) has now moved into used Christmas decorations; a couple (Casey Wilson, Hugh Laurie) discuss the status of their relationship; Bill Hader as spokesman for a Christmas album by a singing duo (Will Forte, Kristin Wiig); and during Weekend Update, elves (Abby Elliot, Andy Samberg) beg for money.

    • Kenan Thompson did not appear in any live sketches.

    • Amy Poehler's last episode.

  • Allusions