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Saturday Night Live: Paul Rudd/Beyonce

Actor Paul Rudd hosts; Beyoncé performs "If I Were a Boy" and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)."

Sketches include "A Message from Vice President-Elect Joe Biden," "Sproingo Commercial," "The Kissing Family," "Scared Straight," "Digital Short: Everyone's a Critic," "Musical Duo Tom and Tanya," "Road Trip," "Weekend Update" with guests Snagglepuss and Justin Timberlake, "Single Ladies Video Shoot," "Suicidal Jumper," "Gay Marriage," and "Clearing the Air."

Episode Info  

Episode number: 34x8
Airdate: Saturday November 15th, 2008

Director: Don Roy King

Guest Stars
Justin TimberlakeJustin Timberlake
As Himself

Guest Hosts
Paul RuddPaul Rudd
As Himself

Musical Guests
Beyoncé KnowlesBeyoncé Knowles
As Herself
Main Cast
Bobby MoynihanBobby Moynihan
As Various
Kenan ThompsonKenan Thompson
As Various
Abby ElliottAbby Elliott
As Various
Casey WilsonCasey Wilson
As Various
Andy SambergAndy Samberg
As Various
Bill HaderBill Hader
As Various
Kristen WiigKristen Wiig
As Various
Jason SudeikisJason Sudeikis
As Various
Fred ArmisenFred Armisen
As Various
Will ForteWill Forte
As Various
Seth MeyersSeth Meyers
As Various
Darrell HammondDarrell Hammond
As Various
Don PardoDon Pardo
voiced Announcer
Episode Notes
This is Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins' first episode as featured players.

The final sketch, a short film called "Clearing the Air", was directed by independent filmmaker, Noah Baumbach.

Even though this is Abby Elliot's and Michaela Watkins's first episode, the two hardly appeared in this episode. Abby Elliot had two non-speaking roles in two filmed sketches (the Digital Short "Everyone's a Critic" and the short film "Clearing the Air"). Michaela Watkin appeared in "Everyone's a Critic" (as the Italian woman who slits her throat after seeing Paul Rudd's portrait of Andy Samberg) and the Beyonce Music Video sketch (as one of the stage managers), and on both of those occasions, she only had a few lines.

Episode Goofs
In the "Beyonce Video Shoot" sketch, Beyonce has three back-up dancers (Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg, and Bobby Moynihan in leotards and heels). In the real video for "Single Ladies" and the live performance in this episode, there are only two back-up dancers.

In the first "Scared Straight" sketch (on the Shia LaBeouf/My Morning Jacket episode from season 33), Jason Sudeikis' character's name was Officer Matthews, but in this episode (and the next two "Scared Straight" sketches on the Tracy Morgan/Kelly Clarkson episode and next season's episode hosted by musical guest Taylor Swift), Officer Matthews' last name is now Sikorsky.

Don Pardo mispronounces Michaela Watkins' last name as "Watson" and misses his cue in announcing Paul Rudd's name. This has been fixed in the NBC reruns.

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