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Saturday Night Live

Season 28 2002 - 2003

  • 2002-10-05T22:30:00-05:00 on NBC
  • 90 mins
  • 14 hours, 31 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy

Saturday Night Live aired its twenty-eighth season during the 2002-2003 television season on NBC. Season 28 started on October 5, 2002 and ended on May 17, 2003 having 20 episodes through the season.

Before the start of the season, Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer left the show. The latter gave birth to her baby and went on maternity leave, but decided not to return to the show during her leave. Hired to fill their absences were comedian/musician Fred Armisen and TV writer Will Forte, who both joined the show as featured players.

This would be the final season for Dean Edwards, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan. The latter two would make cameo appearances in many episodes of the following season.

20 episodes

28x01 Matt Damon/Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

  • Season Premiere

    2002-10-05T22:30:00-05:00 — 40 mins

Sketches include: ""Cheney Rides A Missile A La 'Dr. Strangelove'"", ""NRA I: The AFLAC Duck"", ""Brian Fellow's Safari Planet"", ""NRA II: Carrot Top"", ""Boston Teens"", ""Nutri-Quick"", ""Hannibal Lecter Goes To Michigan State"", ""The Real Matt Damon"", ""Versace Pockets"", ""TV Funhouse: The Smurfette Show"", ""The Sex Robot"", ""Dr. Phil"", and ""The War On Iraq""

28x02 Sarah Michelle Gellar/Faith Hill

  • 2002-10-12T22:30:00-05:00 — 46 mins

Live From New York, it's...Chris Parnell Sketches include: ""A Message From Bush and Cheney,"" ""Swiffer Sleepers,"" ""Safety Police,"" ""Trans Am Airlines,"" ""Singing Dentist,"" ""Corona,"" ""Making the Video: Christina Aguilera's 'Dirrty',"" ""Arli$$ DVD/Backstage,"" ""A Man and His Woman,"" ""Merv the Perv at a Sexual Harrassment Seminar,"" ""Saddam Look-Alikes,"" and ""Blame Saddam."" Faith Hill performed ""Cry"" and ""Free.""

28x03 John McCain/The White Stripes

  • 2002-10-19T22:30:00-05:00 — 46 mins

Sketches include ""Iraqi State Television,"" ""Hardball,"" ""The Gillian Woodward Story,"" ""Meet the Press,"" and ""McCain Sings Striesand."" The White Stripes performed ""Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground"" and ""We Are Going To Be Friends.""

28x04 Eric McCormack/Jay-Z

  • 2002-11-02T22:30:00-06:00 — 51 mins

Live From New York, it's...Darrell Hammond's voice Sketches Include: Giuliani's Sponsor Ads, The Bachelor, Crazy Board Game Player, Talarico For Congress, Frankel For Congress, American Morning, Fairness In Negative Campaign Ads, The Bullhorn, Verizon, Joey Mack's Z105, John Hancock's Life Insurance, Reggie's Stories, and Jackass: The Musical Jay-Z performs (with Beyonce Knowles from Destiny's Child): Guns 'n Roses and '03 Bonnie and Clyde

28x05 Nia Vardalos/Eve

  • 2002-11-09T22:30:00-06:00 — 44 mins

Live From New York, it's...Chris Parnell Sketches include: A Message from the President of the United States, Swiffer Sweepers (rerun from the Sarah Michelle Gellar episode of this season), Bloder Brothers, CBS News: School Elections, The Sadistic Bikini Waxer, Ferey Muhtar Talk Show, Missy Elliot's Weight Loss Tape, Falconer, Pier 1 Imports, Goodwin Attorney, and Vasquez

28x06 Brittany Murphy/Nelly

  • 2002-11-16T22:30:00-06:00 — 44 mins

Live From New York, it's...Adam Sandler Sketches include: ""The Hanukkah Song III"", ""Welcome Back, Potter"", ""The Leather Man"", ""Donahue"", ""Jarrett's Room"", ""C-SPAN: Burrell's Statement"", ""Tennis Talk"", ""Astronaut Jones"", ""TV Funhouse: The Religtables"", ""My Big Thick Novel"", and ""The Girl With No Gaydar"" Nelly performs: ""Dilemma"" and ""Hot In Herr""

28x07 Robert DeNiro/Norah Jones

  • 2002-12-07T22:30:00-06:00 — 52 mins

Live From New York, it's...Robert DeNiro Sketches include, ""C-SPAN: Terrorist Warnings"", ""McDonalds Big N' Tasty"", ""Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemmings"", ""Peter Pan Rehearsals"", ""A Department Store Santa and His Wife"", ""U.N. Weapons Inspectors"", ""Judge Horace"", ""A Very Special Versace Hanukkah"", ""Violent Car Salesman"", ""Father Story Time"", and ""Radioactive Bear"" Norah Jones performs: ""Don't Know Why"" and ""Come Away With Me""

28x08 Al Gore/Phish

  • 2002-12-14T22:30:00-06:00 — 44 mins

Live From New York, it's...Tipper Gore Sketches include: Backstage SNL: The Kissing Gores, Al Gore's 'Bachelor', Hardball, Fiesta Politica, Gore Goes Inside 'The West Wing', Jarrett's Room, Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley, Willy Wonka's Accountant, TV Funhouse: A Charlie Brown Christmas 2002, Christmas Eve at the Bar, and The SNL Christmas Song Phish performs: ""46 Days"" and ""Chalk Dust Torture"" The Trans Am Airline commercial from the Sarah Michelle Gellar/Faith Hill episode appears on the E! rerun of this episode.

28x09 Jeff Gordon/Avril Lavigne

  • 2003-01-11T22:30:00-06:00 — 46 mins

Live From New York, it's...the voice of Maya Rudolph translating for Horatio Sanz Sketches include: A Message From Kim Jong-Il, Joe Hetero, Brian Fellow's Safari Planet, Access Hollywood: Diana Ross' Arrest, Joe Caucasian, Career Day, Star Dates: Gary Busey, Joe Not-A-Rapist, Crazy Fish Tank Repairmen, Charlie Rose Interviews Donald Rumsfeld, The Terry Funck Hour, and Stripper Pole. Avril Lavigne performs: ""I'm With You"" and ""Complicated""

28x10 Ray Liotta/The Donnas

  • 2003-01-18T22:30:00-06:00 — 29 mins

Live From New York, it's...Darrell Hammond Sketches include: ""CNN: These Boots Are Made For Walkin'"", ""Live With Regis & Kelly"", ""Fun Friends Club"", ""The Falconer"", ""Global Century Investments"", ""Hannibal's Brain Restaurant"", ""The Hangman"", ""Top O' The Morning"", and ""The Rialto Grande Casino"" The Donnas perform: ""Take It Off"" and ""Who Invited You?"" The E! rerun of this episode adds the TV Funhouse from the Salma Hayek/Christina Aguilera episode where Lorenzo Lamas does an ""Are You Hot?"" show for classic cartoon characters.

28x11 Matthew McConaughey/Dixie Chicks

  • 2003-02-08T22:30:00-06:00 — 41 mins

Live From New York, It's... Chris Parnell & Maya Rudolph Sketches include,""United Nations Debate Lunch"", ""Idiot Blind Date"", ""Nutri-Quick"", ""Jarret's Room"", ""Protest"", ""Club Traxx"", ""Violent Office Stories"", ""Second Time Around"", ""McConaughey's Red Hot Texas Chili""

28x12 Jennifer Garner/Beck

  • 2003-02-15T22:30:00-06:00 — 46 mins

Sketches include: President Bush Address, Clappin', When the Lights Go Down, Wake-Up Wakefield, Osama and Saddam, Devon Steele, Twin Date, Michael Jackson in a Tree, Super Wal-Mart, Big Thick Novel

28x13 Christopher Walken/Foo Fighters

  • 2003-02-22T22:30:00-06:00 — 46 mins

Live from New York...it's Christopher Walken Sketches include: Hardball, Pranksters, The Continental, The Bad Raft Captain, History Channel: African American Archives, Welcome Home Colonel Angus, Cabin Lovers, and The Rialto Grande. Foo Fighters perform: ""All My Life"" (by themselves) and ""Times Like These (One-Way Motorway)"" (with Jim Carrey playing his leg like a guitar).

28x14 Queen Latifah/Ms. Dynamite

  • 2003-03-08T22:30:00-06:00 — 50 mins

Sketches include; 60 Minutes, BET's 106 and Park Top 10 Live, Live with Regis and Kelly, FOX's Who Farted?, VH1's Where Are They Now: The Cherylettes, FOX's I'm a Celebrity: Who Farted?, Give Up The Ham, TV Funhouse: The X-Presidents, A&E's Profiles in Jazz, Don's Apothecary, and Horation Sanz's Mr. Rogers Tribute. Ms. Dynamite sings: ""Dy-Na-Mi-Tee!"" The NBC rerun of this episode removes the first ""FOX's Who Farted?"" sketch and fills up the missing time with a dress rehearsal version of Weekend Update.

28x15 Salma Hayak/Christina Aguilera

  • 2003-03-15T22:30:00-06:00 — 46 mins

Live from New York, it's...Chris Parnell (as George W. Bush)! Sketches include: ""Bush Press Conference,"" ""Top O' The Morning,"" ""TV Are You Hot?"" (cartoon), ""Versace Oscar Special,'""Husband In A Box,"" ""Vote for Frida,"" ""Seduction Class,"" ""Vote Frida to Fight Terrorism,"" ""Channel 5 Late Night Movie: King Kong, theDirector's Cut,"" and ""Vote Frida."" Christina Aguilera performed ""Beautiful"" and ""Fighter.""

28x16 Bernie Mac/Good Charlotte

  • 2003-04-05T22:30:00-06:00 — 47 mins

Live from New York, it's...Chris Parnell Sketches include: ""The Situation in Iraq"", ""Boston Teens At Fenway Park"", ""Brain Busters"", ""Hot Sauce Carrying Purse"", ""Black People Watching 'The Pianist'"", ""The Three Stooges 75th Anniversary Present: The Four Stooges"", ""No Smoking"", ""Second Time Around"", ""Swiffer Sleepers"" (from the Sarah Michelle Gellar/Faith Hill episode), ""Saddam's Briefing"", and ""Don Banks', Kings Of The ""Comedy"" Suits"" Good Charlotte performs: ""Anthem"" and ""Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous""

28x17 Ray Romano/Zwan

  • 2003-04-12T22:30:00-05:00 — 39 mins

Sketches include,"" Message From Saddam"", ""What's The Rush?"", ""Wake Up Wakefield!"", ""The Rialto Grande"", ""CNN"", ""Phone Booth"", ""Access Hollywood"", ""Club Traxx"", ""Uday Hussein For President""

28x18 Ashton Kutcher/50 Cent

  • 2003-05-03T22:30:00-05:00 — 44 mins

Live From New York, it's...Chris Parnell Sketches include: ""Bush Addresses The Nation on the USS Abraham Lincoln"", ""Count Chocula Silver"", ""Jarret's Room: 'Reloaded'"", ""Madonna: An American Life"", ""Plagiarism Class"", ""The Falconer vs. The Muskrateer/Backstage SNL: No 'Punking'"", ""Politics Today"", ""50's Ent."", and ""Global Century Investments"" 50 Cent performs: In Da Club (with G-Unit) and 21 Questions (with G-Unit and Nate Dogg) The ""Mom Jeans"" fake commercial from the episode after this (Adrien Brody/Sean Paul and Wayne Wonder) is added in the E! rerun of this episode

Live From New York, It's...Maya Rudolph Sketches include,""American Idol"", ""Mom Jeans"", ""Brian Fellow's Safari Planet"", ""The Self-Obsessed Man"", ""Live With Regis & Kelly"", ""TV Funhouse: Saddam & Osama"", ""Lensmasters"", ""Ballroom Dance For Beginers"", and ""Velvet Productions"". Sean Paul performs: ""Get Busy"" (after an unplanned introduction by Adrien Brody) Wayne Wonder performs: ""No Letting Go""

28x20 Dan Aykroyd/Beyonce Knowles

  • 2003-05-17T22:30:00-05:00 — 29 mins

Live from New York, it's Darrell Hammond (and back on SNL after 24 years, it's Dan Aykroyd!) Sketches include: Hardball, Top O'The Morning, The Rialto Grande, TV Funhouse: Cokee, The Most Expensive Dog in the World, The Falconer, Donatella Versace's Backyard Barbecue, The Dog Restaurant (La Cuisina Canina), Astronaut Jones, and Dr. Deacon's Haunch Crack Powder Beyonce performs ""Crazy In Love"" (with Jay-Z) and ""Dangerously In Love"" (by herself)