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The Office and 40 Year Old Virgin star Steve Carell hosts. Musical guest Kanye West performing hit songs from his second album "Late Registration."
Sketches: "Bush Addresses the Nation," "MorganStanley," "Jet Blue Crisis," "Anderson Cooper 360," "The Couple That Should Be Divorced," "Girls Gone Wild Katrina," "Kanye Backstage," "The Lundford Twins Variety Hour," "Fun With Real Audio" (cartoon), and "Debbie Downer."
Performances: Kanye West performs "Gold Digger" and "Heard Em Say" with Adam Levine.
Starting with this episode, hosts appear in 7 or 8+ live sketches an episode (not counting the monologue.)
Kenan Thompson and Finesse Mitchell are updated to contract players.
This is Bill Hader and Andy Samberg's first episode as featured players.
Maya Rudolph appears on the show despite being eight months into her pregnancy. Maya gave birth to Pearl Bailey Anderson on October 15, 2005.
Tina Fey is on maternity leave and does not appear in this episode. Horatio Sanz fills in for her on Weekend Update.
This is the first SNL broadcast shown in HDTV.