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"Saturday Night Live" Michael Phelps/Lil' Wayne (2008)

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Original Air Date:
13 September 2008 (Season 34, Episode 1)
Watch the season premiere of SNL this week with host Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps and Tina Fey as Sarah Palin. (NOTE: edited episode.) | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Fred Armisen ... Various

Will Forte ... Various

Bill Hader ... Various

Darrell Hammond ... Bela Karolyi

Seth Meyers ... Weekend Update Anchor

Amy Poehler ... Weekend Update Anchor / Hillary Clinton / Various

Andy Samberg ... Various

Jason Sudeikis ... Various

Kenan Thompson ... Various

Kristen Wiig ... Various

Bobby Moynihan ... Various

Casey Wilson ... Various

Lil' Wayne ... Himself - Musical Guest

Michael Phelps ... Himself - Host / Various
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tina Fey ... Gov. Sarah Palin
Jared Fogle ... Himself
Debbie Phelps ... Herself

William Shatner ... Himself

Peter Austin Noto ... Various Characters (uncredited)

Don Pardo ... Himself - Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Nick Psinakis ... Space Olympian (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Don Roy King 
Akiva Schaffer (digital shorts)
James Signorelli (segment "Jar Glove")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Doug Abeles  writer
James Anderson  writer
Alex Baze  head writer: Weekend Update
Alex Baze  writer
Jessica Conrad  writer
James Downey  (as Jim Downey)
Steve Higgins  writer
Colin Jost  writer
Erik Kenward  writer
John Lutz  writer
Seth Meyers  head writer
Lorne Michaels  writer
John Mulaney  writer
Simon Rich  writer
Perry Sachs  contributing writer
Andy Samberg  digital shorts (uncredited)
Marika Sawyer  writer
Akiva Schaffer  writer
John Solomon  writer
Emily Spivey  writer
Kent Sublette  writer
Jorma Taccone  writer
Bryan H. Tucker  (as Bryan Tucker)

Produced by
Doug Abeles .... producer: Weekend Update
Ken Aymong .... supervising producer
Michael Bosze .... associate producer
Ayala Cohen .... co-producer
Jennifer Danielson .... associate producer (as Jennifer Taylor Danielson)
Stacey Foster .... coordinating producer
Steve Higgins .... producer
Lyle Jackson .... associate producer
Marci Klein .... producer
Nicholas S. Mallardi .... associate producer
Lorne Michaels .... executive producer
Kevin Miller .... associate producer
Hillary Selesnick Hunn .... co-producer (as Hillary Hunn)
Michael Shoemaker .... producer
Lindsay Shookus .... associate producer
Brian Siedlecki .... associate producer
James Signorelli .... film segment producer
Rhys Thomas .... film associate producer
Scott Weinstein .... co-producer
Film Editing by
Alexander Serpico (segment "Jar Glove")
Costume Design by
Tom Broecker 
Makeup Department
Souraya Hamdi .... makeup artist
Dierdre Harris .... hair stylist
Craig Lindberg .... special makeup effects artist
Amanda Miller .... wigmaker
Katherine O'Donnell .... makeup artist
Bettie O. Rogers .... department head hairstylist
Joseph Whitmeyer .... hair stylist: Kristen Wiig
Cassandra Keating .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Art Department
Abariss Culjak .... properties
Craig Donnelly .... graphic designer
Judyta Rozycka .... scenic artist
Diana Shaller .... scenic artist
Jeannine Jones .... outside props (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Duffy .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Matthew Hemesath .... costumer
Jeriana San Juan .... assistant costume designer (as Jeriana Hochberg)
Paul Thompson .... costumer
Deirdre Wegner .... assistant costume designer
Music Department
Andy Samberg .... music recordist (as The Lonely Island)
Akiva Schaffer .... music recordist (as The Lonely Island)
Asa Taccone .... composer: additional music
Jorma Taccone .... composer: additional music
Jorma Taccone .... music recordist (as The Lonely Island)
Other crew
Paula Pell .... writing supervisor
Kim Smelter .... production coordinator
Justin Ulbrich .... production staff
Adam Nicely .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Christoph Tallerico .... intern (uncredited)
Bernie Brillstein .... dedicatee

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Directed by
Mike de Seve (Mike Judge's "Milton" series) (as Mike DeSeve)
Christopher Guest (film segments) (1984-1985)
Robert Smigel (segment "TV Funhouse") (1996-)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gracie P. Aylward  segment co-writer (as Patty 'Gracie' Aylward)
Steve Bannos  guest writer
Barry W. Blaustein  1980-1983
Beth Cahill  1991-1992
Chris Cluess 
Robert Cohen 
Ian Edwards  guest writer
Spike Feresten  Seinfeld episode
Richard Goteri  Weekend Update
Brad Hall  1982-1984
Stu Kreisman 
Tim Meadows  1991-1993
Lorne Michaels  creator
Dennis Miller  1985-1991 (uncredited)
David Misch  1984-1985
Mike Myers  1989-1993
Andrew Hill Newman 
Gilda Radner  1975-1980
Lue Rennie 
Mike Royce  additional material
T. Sean Shannon  1996-
David Spade  1993-1996 (uncredited)
Peter Tauber 
Scott Wainio  2006
Marc Weiner  1981 (uncredited)
Jim Wise  guest writer (1998)

Produced by
Jim L. Clark .... animation producer: TV Funhouse (episode "Blue Christmas")
Audrey Peart Dickman .... producer (?-2002)
Merritt Duff .... associate producer
Lori Jo Hoekstra .... coordinating producer
Barbara Lieberman .... producer (1981-1984)
Pam Thomas .... producer (as Pamela Thomas)
Original Music by
Michael Z. Gordon 
Charles Moore 
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
Alexander Buono (5 seasons)
Film Editing by
Derek McCants (1985-1986)
Howard Silver 
Makeup Department
Jennifer Aspinall .... makeup department head (1989-1991)
Andy Clement .... makeup artist
Robin Day .... hair stylist (1991-1995, 2000-2003)
Robin Day .... wig stylist (1991-1995, 2000-2003)
Valerie Gladstone-Appel .... hair stylist
Wanda Gregory .... hair stylist
Vivian Maxwell .... makeup artist (2003)
Theo Mayes .... makeup artist (1988-1991, various episodes)
Andrea Miller .... makeup artist
David Presto .... makeup artist
Adina Shore .... assistant hair stylist (1995)
Martel Thompson .... makeup artist
Gigi Williams .... makeup artist (1989-1990)
Louie Zakarian .... key makeup (1997-2002)
Louie Zakarian .... makeup department head (1997-2002)
Michael Marino .... prosthetic makeup artist (1998-2001) (uncredited)
Gabriella Pollino .... hair stylist (1989-1991) (uncredited)
Production Management
Kristian Forland .... assistant production manager
Tanya Ryno .... production supervisor: TV Funhouse/Commercial Parodies (1994-2000)
Will Shepard .... production manager: film unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Bigham .... assistant director
Matthew Laurance .... assistant director (1977-1980)
Art Department
Peter Allburn .... scenic artist
Charles E. McCarry .... set designer (1982-1983)
Todd Rutt .... graphic artist
Robert Saccenti .... property master (segment "Bear City")
Sound Department
Leslie Carangi .... additional adr artist (as Leslie Carangi Kelley)
Kenneth Hunter .... sound recordist: film segments (1976-1977)
Bob Liftin .... sound consultant (1975-1987) (as Robert Liftin)
Daniel McIntosh .... production sound mixer: film segments (2001-)
Scott Schachter .... sound mixer (1975-1985)
Special Effects by
Vincent J. Guastini .... prosthetic makeup artist (1998-2000) (uncredited)
Nancy Ellen Anzalone .... stunt performer
Leslie Carangi .... second unit stunts (as Leslie Carangi Kelley)
Bob Colletti .... stunts
Edward Conna .... stunts
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunt coordinator (multiple episodes)
Cort Hessler .... stunt driver: 2000
Jalil Jay Lynch .... stunts: 1998
Alex Wen .... stunts: 1998
Camera and Electrical Department
Leslie Carangi .... stand-in: on-camera (as Leslie Carangi Kelley)
Marc Karzen .... still photographer (1980-1990 uncredited)
Nate Ranger .... assistant camera
Michael Ruiz .... video controller
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joseph La Corte .... costumer
Editorial Department
Kenneth Hunter .... assistant editor: film segments (1976-1977)
Music Department
Katreese Barnes .... musician: keyboards (2000-)
Thomas Barney .... musician: bass (1983-1985 and 1995-2000)
Ron Blake .... musician: baritone saxophone (2005-)
Lewis Del Gatto .... music arranger (1977-1979 and 1985-2005) (as Lew Del Gatto)
Lewis Del Gatto .... musician: saxophone (1977-1979, 1985-1995 and 1998-2005) (as Lew Del Gatto)
Lukasz Gottwald .... musician: guitar (1997-)
Cheryl Hardwick .... musical director (1986-2000)
Cheryl Hardwick .... musician: keyboards (1975-1980 and 1985-2000)
Howard Johnson .... conductor (1975-1980)
Howard Johnson .... musician: tuba (1975-1980)
Tom Malone .... musician: trombone (1975-1985)
Lou Marini .... musician: saxophone (1975-1983)
The Marketts .... musician
Robert Palladino .... music mixer (1985-1986)
Leon Pendarvis .... musician: keyboards (1980-)
Alan Rubin .... musician: trumpet (1975-1983)
G.E. Smith .... musical director (1986-1995)
G.E. Smith .... musician: lead guitar (1985-1995)
Kenny Vance .... musical director (1980-1981)
Jay Vicari .... music mixer (1986-)
Paul Waterman .... musical contractor
Other crew
Gregory Aull .... senior video (1995-1996)
Chris Bagnall .... assistant to director: film unit (2000-2003)
Keirda Bahruth .... film production unit (1998-1999)
Keirda Bahruth .... film production (1997)
Del Close .... acting coach (1981-1982)
Frank Grisanti .... senior video (1995-1996)
Ken Halsband .... production assistant
Paul Irwin .... location assistant
Daniel Joseph .... production intern (1993-1994)
Raphael Kryszek .... segment producer (E! version)
Ryan Middleton .... production assistant
Soren Miltich .... production assistant
Fred Northup .... assistant to producer (1993)
Jay Rabins .... production assistant
Christine Lisa Racinez .... executive assistant: Lorne Michaels' office
Carol Riggins .... animal trainer
Michael Riley .... title designer
J. Ryan .... production assistant (1996-1997)
Pavun Shetty .... assistant: Mr. Michaels
Rhys Thomas .... production assistant
William Vaccaro .... senior video
Ashley Vuckovich .... freelance production assistant
Production Companies

Additional Details

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Phelps should have rested before SNL but otherwise decent show!, 2 December 2008
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Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps had the great honor of hosting Saturday Night Like like some other athletes in the past like Chris Everett who I thought was the best and the Rock and others. Well, Michael Phelps had just earned 8 Olympic Gold Medals before coming to Saturday Night Live. He was okay but not spectacular and after watching the Anderson Cooper interview on Sixty Minutes the other night. Phelps was clearly exhausted by the coverage and his new life as spokesman as well as maintaining his physiques. I loved the McSwimmy segment of Grey's Anatomy with him wearing nothing but his swimsuit and medals. There was plenty of outside material like the upcoming election. He was also good in a sketch about inbred children of a polygamous cult who are home schooled by a deranged teacher participating in a television game show challenge against public school students. Still, Phelps was not spectacular but he did provide a decent showing. He is not an actor or comedian who usually graces the show but Phelps is a phenomenon today.

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