Saturday Night Live

Season 34 Episode 1

Michael Phelps/Lil' Wayne

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



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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.

    • Sketches cut after dress rehearsal: a spoof of websites with Will Forte playing the spokesman; a meeting of superheroes ends in the purging of Aquaman (Michael Phelps) from the precedings; Larry King (Fred Armisen) tries in vain to get an interview with Bob Woodward (Darrell Hammond); a bridal shop owner's (Kenan Thompson) discount store sells stained gowns, and Katy Perry (Casey Wilson) of "I Kissed A Girl" fame sings about other things she did. (The Katy Perry skit was recycled for the Anne Hathaway/The Killers episode.)

    • Sen. Barack Obama was scheduled to appear in this season opener; however, he cancelled at the last minute due to Hurricane Ike.

    • This broadcast was dedicated in the memory of legendary TV producer/agent Bernie Brillstein, who passed away a month before this aired. Brillstein played an invaluable part in helping put SNL on the air in the mid-1970s.

    • This is the second consecutive year and third time overall (Michael Jordan/Public Enemy from September 1991) that a season premiere has featured an athlete as host and a rapper as musical guest.

    • Bobby Moynihan's first episode.

  • Allusions

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