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Rudy Giuliani, when asked by Lorne Michaels if the show can be funny, September 29, 2001

Season 27 started on September 29, 2001, shortly after the September 11 attacks. The first episode opened with a moving tribute featuring New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, Paul Simon, and members of the New York City police and fire departments. As the show continued to entertain, four new cast members were hired and one would be re-hired midseason. Poehler was upgraded to repertory status of January 12, 2002 episode. This season was the final one for Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer. Ferrell missed from a number of episodes because he was filming Old School. The season ended on May 18, 2002.



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  • Amy Poehler promoted to repertory player as of January 12.
  • Chris Parnell was fired at the end of the previous season, and was rehired mid-season. His first episode back was March 2.


Preceded by:
Season 26
Season 27
(2001— 2002)
Followed by:
Season 28