October 1, 2005
 Season 31 episode
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Episode 586
Season Episode 1
Host Steve Carell
Musical Guest(s) Kanye West
Song(s) performed by Musical Guest(s) "Gold Digger"
"Touch The Sky"(medley)
"Heard Em Say"
Previous Episode
May 21, 2005
Next Episode
October 8, 2005

The 586th episode of Saturday Night Live and the season premiere of Season 31 aired on October 1, 2005. It was hosted by Steve Carell and the musical guest was Kanye West, who performed a medley of "Gold Digger and "Touch The Sky for the first performance and was joined by Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine to perform "Heard Em Say" for the second performance. West also appeared in the Backstage sketch right before his first performance.

Sketches[edit | edit source]

  • White House Press Briefing (Cold Opening)
  • Morgan Stanley (Commercial)
  • Jet Blue Flight 292
  • Anderson Cooper 360 (Show)
  • The Needlers The Couple That Should Be Divorced
  • Girls Gone Wild Katrina (Commercial)
  • Backstage
  • The Lundford Twins Feel Good Variety Hour
  • Fun With Real Audio (A Cartoon By Robert Smigel)
  • Debbie Downer

Cast[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • First episode To feature Bill Hader and Andy Samberg.
  • Tina Fey does not appear in this episode because she was on maternity leave, she is still credited however.
  • Horatio Sanz fills in for Fey as Weekend Update co-anchor alongside Amy Poehler. Sanz is the first Hispanic Update anchor.
  • With this episode Finesse Mitchell and Kenan Thompson have been promoted to repertory status.
  • Former SNL cast member Mike Myers makes a guest appearance during the Backstage sketch spoofing his and West's joint appearance in A Concert for Hurricane Relief.
  • Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine joins West for his performance of Heard Em Say.
  • This is the 2nd appearance of the Needlers.
  • This is the 2nd and final appearance of The Lundford Twins Feel Good Variety Hour.
  • This is the 5th appearance of Debbie Downer.
  • This is the first episode of Saturday Night Live to be broadcast in HD format.
Preceded by:
May 21, 2005
Saturday Night Live episode Followed by:
October 8, 2005
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