December 6, 2014
 Season 40 episode
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Episode 774
Season Episode 8
Host James Franco
Musical Guest(s) Nicki Minaj
Song(s) performed by Musical Guest(s) "Bed of Lies"
"Only"/"All Things Go"
Previous Episode
November 22, 2014
Next Episode
December 13, 2014

The 774th episode of Saturday Night Live was hosted by James Franco with musical guest Nicki Minaj.


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Cameos by Seth Rogen and Mike O'Brien.

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 Cold Open   Sketch   Pre-recorded   Weekend Update   Music Performance   Other 

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Politics Nation   Al Sharpton (Kenan Thompson) experiences his usual teleprompter flubs during an episode of his show "Politics Nation". With Jay Pharoah and Bobby Moynihan.
Monologue by James Franco   Franco discusses the recent Sony hacking with guest star Seth Rogen.
Peter Pan Live   Tonkerbell (Aidy Bryant) appears on NBC's "Peter Pan Live". With Cecily Strong as Allison Williams, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, and Beck Bennett as the children, James Franco as Christopher Walken, Taran Killam and Kenan Thompson as pirates, and Bobby Moynihan as the bat from "Fern Gully".
The Force Awakens   Commercial for the new movie in the Star Wars franchise, where the actors from the original series are struggling to keep up. With Bobby Moynihan as Carrie Fisher, Taran Killam as Harrison Ford, Jay Pharoah as John Boyega, Beck Bennett as Mark Hamill, Kenan Thompson as Billy Dee Williams, Leslie Jones as Lando's wife. Moynihan's performance as Fisher trended on Facebook for several days following the episode.
Jingle Ballerz   A hip-hop Christmas show. With Pete Davidson as KaTyler Smith, Sasheer Zamata as Rihanna, Taran Killam as Eminem, James Franco, Kenan Thompson as Rick Ross, Kate McKinnon as Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj as Beyonce, and Jay Pharoah as Kanye West.
A Mike O'Brien Picture   Mike O'Brien's pretaped short "Grow a Guy". Stars O'Brien with Vanessa Bayer, Beck Bennett, Pete Davidson, Sasheer Zamata, and James Franco.
Troll Bridge Cathy-ann.png A couple (Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney) are stopped by a troll (James Franco) and his roommate Cathy Ann (Cecily Strong). Strong spelled out the word "cunt" twice as "C-U-N-Thursday"; neither instance was shown in the closed captioning. First appearance of Cathy Ann.
Nicki Minaj performs
Weekend Update with Colin Jost and Michael Che   With Anthony Crispino (Bobby Moynihan), Leslie Jones, and Kim Kardashian (Nicki Minaj).
Overly Full Brain   Pete Davidson's brain becomes too full, requiring his neurons to delete some of his memories. With James Franco, Cecily Strong, Taran Killam, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, Jay Pharoah, Nicki Minaj, Bobby Moynihan, Beck Bennett, Kate McKinnon, and Vanessa Bayer. Taran Killam pulls off a mid-sketch wardrobe change, appearing twice as different characters.
Kid Mayor Recall   James Franco is Tad Rankin, a man who lost a mayoral race to a child candidate, and now wants to see the child recalled. He breaks character mid-sketch.
Nicki Minaj performs
Sunseeker Yachts   Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong return as porn stars turned commercial actresses, filming a commercial for yachts. With James Franco and Seth Rogen.
Preceded by:
November 22, 2014
Saturday Night Live episode Followed by:
December 13, 2014
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