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UPDATE!! SWEEPS DAY 10!! Tom Hanks Hosts His First SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Since Sept. 28, 1996!!

I am – Hercules!!

UPDATE!! Our spy on set says not to expect Mr. Short-Term Memory:

expect some da vinci code stuff in the monologue...

Not a lot of recurring sketches...maybe Poehler's Kaitlin.


Tom Hanks was inducted into the five-timers club way back in 1990 – but, incredibly, subsequently hosted “Saturday Night Live” only twice more.

The last time Hanks hosted, Sept. 28, 1996, Norm Macdonald and David Koechner were still in the cast, “That Thing You Do!” was about to hit cinemas, and Harry Knowles had just a few months earlier launched a “website” called “Ain’t It Cool News.”

Look!! A press release!!


SNL Finishes Its Season with Tom Hanks on May 6, Julia Louis-Dreyfus May 13 and Kevin Spacey on May 20

Musical Guests include Red Hot Chili Peppers and Paul Simon's Record-Extending Seventh Appearance.

NEW YORK - May 2, 2006 - SNL closes out its 31st season with a pair of two-time Oscar winners and an Emmy winner for its last three shows.

Headlining the May 6 episode is two-time back-to-back Oscar winner Tom Hanks, who is returning for his eighth hosting stint. Hanks, who will star in the eagerly awaited summer blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code," is one of the world's most admired and respected actors. His credits run the gamut from comedies ("Splash," "A League of Their Own" and "Big") to his award winning dramatic work in "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump," as well as acclaimed roles in "Saving Private Ryan," "Apollo 13," "Cast Away," "The Green Mile," "Catch Me If You Can" and "The Polar Express," to name a few. He executive produced award-winning epic miniseries "From The Earth To The Moon" and "Band Of Brothers," and wrote and directed the feature film "That Thing You Do!"

Joining Hanks are Red Hot Chili Peppers who will perform from their forthcoming double record "Stadium Arcadium" which the Los Angeles Times has already hailed as "a double dose from a band at the top of their game" and the UK's Q magazine has predicted it will be "the biggest album of 2006 - and the most ambitious." "Stadium Arcadium" is the ninth studio album from the L.A.-based Chili Peppers and their first since 2002's "By The Way," which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Throughout their long career, the band has sold over 50 million albums and scored eight No. 1 Modern Rock hits. The first single "Dani California" is no exception; it debuted at No. 1 on the Modern Rock chart and has stayed there for the last three weeks.

The following week, on May 13, "SNL" alumnus and actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns to Studio 8H and to the show where she got her start. Louis-Dreyfus, an "SNL" cast member from 1982-1985, will make her "SNL" appearance since she was a cast member. She earned worldwide acclaim and recognition for her portrayal of Elaine Benes on NBC's "Seinfeld," for which she received an Emmy, Golden Globe, five Screen Actors Guild Awards and four American Comedy Awards during the landmark comedy's nine years on the air. She is currently starring in the comedy series "The New Adventures of Old Christine" after a critically praised recurring role on "Arrested Development." Louis-Dreyfus' film credits include, "A Bug's Life," "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Deconstructing Harry."

Rock legend Paul Simon - and four-time "SNL" host - returns to "SNL" for the record seventh time as musical guest. Simon's last appearance was his poignant performance of "The Boxer," opening "SNL's" first show after September 11, 2001. Simon returns to perform songs from his new record "Surprise" which teams Simon with producer Brian Eno, which many are saying, contains some of Simon's best songwriting and performances since his seminal "Graceland" album.

Finally, the season finale on May 20 will feature another double Oscar winner: Kevin Spacey with a musical guest to be announced later. Spacey returns to the screen this summer in another eagerly anticipated epic: "Superman Returns" in which he'll play the villainous Lex Luthor. Spacey won an Oscar for Best Actor for his work in "American Beauty" and a Supporting Actor trophy for "The Usual Suspects." Known for playing enigmatic and complicated characters, Spacey's other film credits include: "L.A. Confidential," "Se7en," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Swimming With Sharks," "The Negotiator" and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." Most recently he wrote, directed and starred in "Beyond the Sea," a biopic on entertainer Bobby Darin. He has earned kudos for his stage work; most notably his Tony Award-winning performance in "Lost in Yonkers" and a nominated turn in "The Iceman Cometh." Continuing his devotion to the theater, Spacey is currently serving as artistic director of London's legendary Old Vic Theater Company.

"Saturday Night Live," which premiered on October 11, 1975, is from SNL Studios in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels. Steve Higgins produces. Marci Klein and Mike Shoemaker are producers. Beth McCarthy Miller directs.

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  • May 6, 2006, 3:08 a.m. CST


    by Toby Wan

    Hanks is good. Peppers is good.

  • May 6, 2006, 3:17 a.m. CST

    SUPER! Tom Hanks is a NATURAL at sketch comedy!

    by Shermdawg

    Can't wait. Maybe we'll see a skit of the western cook he was doing on Letterman the other night. My only real hope though, is that the newbs are front and center for this one. So it's gonna be Hanks, Elaine, and WRONG!!! finishing the season? Thats kinda lame. WHERE IN THE HELL WAS WALKEN THIS YEAR???

  • May 6, 2006, 3:23 a.m. CST

    One more thing...

    by Shermdawg

    What was the point of Maya coming back only to vanish from the cast once again? Hopefully the reason was not because of her baby, but a Wakeup Wakefield flick with her and Dratch. (I doubt we'd ever be that lucky though) Sheldon FTW!!!

  • May 6, 2006, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Every time I see anything with 'Arrested Development'

    by The Wrong Guy it makes me feel a little bit sad, even when it's just the phrase and the context has nothing do with the show. AD was the Fawlty Towers of the 00's, only with 40+ more episodes.

  • May 6, 2006, 5:43 a.m. CST

    do we think spacey will address the gay rumours?

    by jrcash

    Maybe a sketch about someone being "mugged" in the park at 4AM?

  • May 6, 2006, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Can't Wait to Catch Up with Mr. Short-Term Memory

    by BoyNamedSue

    And PLEASE tell me we'll see him again. I think Tom Hanks should do a Mr. Short-Term Memory movie......He's THAT GOOD in that role!

  • May 6, 2006, 7:09 a.m. CST


    by ILK

    oh yeahhhhhh... wouldn't give me the time of daaaay... not in a million years... din't even acknowledge my presence...

  • May 6, 2006, 7:16 a.m. CST

    What's with Hanks' long ass wig?

    by I Dunno

    Anyway, this will be the first musical guest I'll actually watch in a long ass time.

  • May 6, 2006, 7:22 a.m. CST


    by Dashl

    Hanks will be funny, and when the last time (I think only time) Spacey hosted was one of the funniest ever. The auditions for Star Wars was great. Where the hell is Christopher Walken!!?

  • May 6, 2006, 7:45 a.m. CST

    OMG, you're Tony Randall!

    by chrth

    Tom Hanks had some great SNL skits back in the day. *Insert too bad the current cast sucks comment here*

  • May 6, 2006, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Kevin Spacey is a Incredible Mimic!!!

    by Sequitur

    Here's hoping for a night full of his impressions!!

  • May 6, 2006, 9:41 a.m. CST


    by The_Comedian

    I didn't believe it was a rumor anymore, I thought it was publicly known Spacey is gay.

  • May 6, 2006, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Tom Hanks

    by Wolfman57

    Yes, we get an entire hour and a half to look at Tom Cruises shitty hair. His bit on the Oscars just wasn't enough!

  • May 6, 2006, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Spacey being gay (not that there's anything yada yada)

    by chrth

    Kevin Spacey has been quoted as saying (paraphrased) "I'm glad people think I'm gay because it means I have more women trying to 'convert' me" ... however, that was several years (maybe even 10) ago, so who knows what's changed since then.

  • May 6, 2006, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Mr.Short term memory has to return!!!

    by BigTuna

    It was hilarious. None of the cast could keep a straight face.

  • May 6, 2006, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Julia Louis-

    by DanielKurland

  • May 6, 2006, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Sigh...Julia Louis-Dreyfus has become hot as hell...

    by DanielKurland

    And Seinfeld reruns have held up remarkably well. I have seen every episode dozens of times, I know what the next line coming will be, and yet I STILL laugh out loud. It's amazing. If only Arrested Development were airing every day in syndication...

  • May 6, 2006, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Hanks - Slapstick (Of Another Kind) Haircut

    by Orionsangels

    Damn what an ugly haircut. I swear it looks like hair from that awful movie, Slapstick (Of Another Kind)

  • May 6, 2006, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the first female alum to host

    by zool43

    She wasn't the best female cast member but it's pretty cool to be the first to host. And she was on Ebersol's SNL no less.

  • May 6, 2006, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Seinfeld will always hold up well...

    by BigTuna

    It's like a time capsule. It never relied on jokes from the day, it was humour from everyday stuff that will still be funny and relatable generations from now.

  • May 6, 2006, 6:08 p.m. CST

    comedy central is a stupid dummy

    by damagedinc

    the only thing that kept me caring about saturday night live was the barrage of reruns that comedy central would have on each day. when the reruns switched to E!, they took too long before they aired consistantly and even now it's not on the hours where i care. put the seasons out on dvd. in waves. '75, '80, '86, '90, '97 released on the first wave, then build from there. it can't lose.

  • May 6, 2006, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus was pretty good on SNL

    by Flim Springfield

    And she was so young then! Her and Eddie Murphy must have been two of the youngest cast members ever.

  • May 6, 2006, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Anthony Michael Hall. youngest SNLer.

    by HypeEndsHere

  • May 6, 2006, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Appreciate the love for Mr. Short Term Memory!!!!

    by Thunderballs

    Mr. Short Term Memory was a great bit. "Nurse, NURSE!!!!" I really hope they do it again, and if they do, they should use the EXACT SAME opening theme music and credits with young Hanks. THAT would be hilarious, and exactly why they WON'T do it!!!

  • May 6, 2006, 7:32 p.m. CST

    The Letterman apperance reminded me Hanks came from...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    comedy, and he still has some very well developed comedic chops. Pity Hollywood is so incapable of creating a quality comedy that isn't juvenille or over-the-top (not that those are automatically bad things, but they wouldn't be a 50 year old Hanks thing). Love to see the man in a well developed comedy piece.

  • May 6, 2006, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Whatever his sexuality, Spacey is cool in my book.

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    He's not public about whether he's gay, but he keeps his private life, whatever it is, private. Unlike a certain, borderline psychotic, control-freak superstar actor with his own summer movie blockbuster who keeps insisting that he loves women.

  • May 6, 2006, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Ah, but here's the difference

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    Spacey is a fine actor while Cruise is nothing but an attention whore.

  • May 6, 2006, 9:14 p.m. CST

    No Mr. Short Term Memory!! NOOOOOOOO!! Wait what?

    by zool43

    Mr. Short Term ruled but since they haven't done it the last 2 times Hanks hosted I'm not surprised.

  • May 6, 2006, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Tom Hanks has the biggest head next to Jay Leno.

    by Shermdawg

    "Look at that melon, It's frickin' HUGE!"

  • May 6, 2006, 10:43 p.m. CST

    His eyes have gotten a lot squintier too, shermdawg.

    by zool43

    So with the big head and squinty eyes it's safe to say Hanks is looking pretty creepy.

  • May 6, 2006, 10:51 p.m. CST

    It's weird..

    by zool43

    Somehow Tina Fey looks less hot as a blonde with no glasses.

  • May 6, 2006, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Ok that Wheel of Fortune sketch was brutal.

    by Shermdawg

    Somewhat decent Sajak impression though.

  • May 6, 2006, 10:52 p.m. CST

    I'd like to buy a number

    by needermier

    LOL. Fucking funny stuff right there!

  • May 6, 2006, 10:55 p.m. CST

    I bet anything that Rick is related to...

    by Shermdawg

    Hanks Aerosmith roadie character! I was actually thinking about this earlier today.

  • May 6, 2006, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Wow that bitch can talk with a lisp

    by wingman321

    Let's give her a lead role on SNL. Good lord this is terrible.

  • May 6, 2006, 11 p.m. CST

    Ok, I was wrong.

    by Shermdawg

    *sigh* Oh look, Sanz almost cracked up....AGAIN! I can't blame him though, Poeler is funny as all hell in these skits.

  • May 6, 2006, 11:05 p.m. CST


    by needermier

    Maaaaa....GOD THIS SUCKS!

  • May 6, 2006, 11:06 p.m. CST


    by AngelCordy


  • May 6, 2006, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Maaaaaaaa is weak but...

    by zool43

    The spidey-beetlejuice parade was funny.

  • May 6, 2006, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Don't cut my testicles / Ma!

    by Shermdawg

    Good stuff. I lolz'd.

  • May 6, 2006, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Does this song remind you of Last Dance of Mary Jane?

    by Shermdawg

    Decent song, but weak when it comes to the Peppers.

  • May 6, 2006, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Kiedis just did a mule kick off the drums! lol

    by Shermdawg

  • May 6, 2006, 11:15 p.m. CST

    John Belushi?

    by needermier

    Whats up with that??

  • May 6, 2006, 11:16 p.m. CST

    I liked this song better on the album

    by SpikeZoft

    Just wasn't the same live.

  • May 6, 2006, 11:16 p.m. CST

    I heard a little 'last dance" in there too.

    by zool43

    Thanks Shermdawg, I couldn't place where that riff was from. I like the chili peppers enough but that song didnt do much for me.

  • May 6, 2006, 11:18 p.m. CST


    by BenjaminGrimm

    So far, only the testicles thing has risen above mildly amusing. And the Chili Peppers are starting to remind me of the Rolling Stones circa 1982.

  • May 6, 2006, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Chili peppers should wrote more songs about California

    by Orionsangels

    Must be easy writing songs when they're all about california. gotta give props to flee though for what he had written on his chest. all i gotta say about that is - TOGA! TOGA! TOGA!

  • May 6, 2006, 11:23 p.m. CST

    liked the chili peppers

    by mrtorrance

    i liked the pearl jam on snl a couple weeks ago too

  • May 6, 2006, 11:26 p.m. CST


    by needermier

    Yah yah yah yah MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA yah yah yah yah yah MAAAAAAAAA yah yah yah yah MAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • May 6, 2006, 11:27 p.m. CST


    by Shermdawg

    Do a sketch, involving the Bird Flu hitting the U.S. and have a mock documentry showing the origins of it......which turns out to be a STD from Mark McKinney's Chicken Lady. :P Oh, and Will Forte rules!!!

  • May 6, 2006, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Just how do you spell

    by needermier


  • May 6, 2006, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Holy Crap, I didn't notice

    by Shermdawg

    Maya and Kristin working out next to them. Niiiiiiicccceee. Why couldn't they have got in some shots?

  • May 6, 2006, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Hanks teabagging Dratch was hilarious!!

    by zool43

    The Ballsack. HA

  • May 6, 2006, 11:38 p.m. CST

    This COULD be good

    by needermier

    But will it be...

  • May 6, 2006, 11:41 p.m. CST

    "You got my check?"

    by zool43

    Sanford and Son theme song is always funny.

  • May 6, 2006, 11:43 p.m. CST


    by needermier

    Alas, It wasn't!

  • May 6, 2006, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Colin's Place = Embarrassing

    by Shermdawg

    And was there a bleep after Maya said "Sucka"? I thought I heard one.

  • May 6, 2006, 11:46 p.m. CST

    I heard that too

    by needermier

    I thought it was a CHOKE sound.

  • May 6, 2006, 11:48 p.m. CST

    That sound after "sucka"sounded likan audience member.

    by zool43

  • May 6, 2006, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Cool an oldie!!

    by zool43

    "You do a little dance and ya drinka little watahh."

  • May 6, 2006, 11:53 p.m. CST

    I see kiedis has cultivated the Bruce Dickinson look

    by zool43

    With that hair and the gloves its lookin like the "Powerslave" tour all over again.

  • May 6, 2006, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Wow, Hanks has some nice boobs.

    by Shermdawg


  • May 6, 2006, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Yabba dabba yabba dabba dabba doo now.

    by symphy


  • May 6, 2006, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Hader&#39;s like if general grievous played tennis

    by zool43

  • May 6, 2006, 11:59 p.m. CST

    And to think

    by needermier

    I stayed sober for this shit! Wish I wudda been drunk, may have been funny!

  • May 7, 2006, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    by Cheif Brody

    I&#39;m from Tampa...and immediately the opening bit got my attention when they mentioned Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay...I live, like two miles from there...but I couldn&#39;t believe an NBC/Universal show would promote a theme park that&#39;s a direct competitor of Universal Studios!! Then came the assinine "MAAAHHHH!!" sketch with Hanks/Armistad in line at the Back To The Future ride at Universal. God, I had to sit through that weak ass open promoting Busch Gardens...Just to have the show sell out to Universal Studios for yet another uninspired skit? Seriously...Screaming "Ma" for three and a half minutes? That&#39;s funny? Try annoying...I would have rather they promoted Universal in the opening skit and done away with the "Ma" skit altogether. BTW...The Mummy Returns Ride is an INDOOR roller coaster...They would not have been able to even see "Ma" on the ride. Good God, what a horrible outing. The RHCP, the yoga sketch, and MAYBE the testicles song were the only reason to watch. Again...Why is Horatio still on this mess?

  • May 7, 2006, 1:44 a.m. CST

    SUCK-O-RAMA! Go for the PIE.

    by Uncle Stan

    I&#39;m glad I could fast forward through this waste of time. Did you know there was a PIE documentary on the Food Channel? It fist-fucked SNL&#39;s ass.

  • May 7, 2006, 2:44 a.m. CST


    by HK_Cavalier

    That was probably the weakest Digital Short yet. The "Ma" sketch was abyssmal, the Chili Peppers are old and boring, and referencing Sanford and Son is akin to referencing My Three Sons. What is the target demographic for this show anyway?

  • May 7, 2006, 2:45 a.m. CST

    "Colin&#39;s Place" was no more racist than "Sanford & Son"

    by Flim Springfield

    Come on, Condi Rice as Aunt Esther? That&#39;s funny stuff!

  • May 7, 2006, 2:48 a.m. CST


    by HK_Cavalier

    I am drunk. Didn&#39;t help a titch. Tried torching up the pipe, didn&#39;t help either. Now I&#39;m drunk, high, and paranoid that they&#39;ll continue making this crap.

  • May 7, 2006, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Love me some Tom Hanks

    by Biowolf

    I liked the opening remarks with the questions from audience members and the yoga bit was hilarious. Sorry to say that the rest of the show was....meh......

  • May 7, 2006, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Weakest since Antonio Banderas episode.

    by deadguy76

    Weekend Update was cool as usual but most of the scenes with Tom Hanks blew. The Chili Peppers tore it up. Man, John Fruciante was in the zone!!

  • May 7, 2006, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Weak by SNL Standards in General...

    by Hokeybutt

    ...but actually not too bad for this season. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss... uh, why? Does Lorne still owe her a favor? I hope Spacey can pull off a good show... good choice for a season ender.

  • May 7, 2006, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Julia wasn&#39;t on during Lorne&#39;s run. so, no.

    by HypeEndsHere

    as for why she&#39;s hosting: she has a hit sitcom (that I admittedly do not watch) currently on CBS, was on the greatest sitcom ever, was a former SNL cast member, and is hot.

  • May 7, 2006, 3:46 p.m. CST

    I&#39;d forgotten Julia Louis-Dreyfuss was on Larry Sanders

    by Hercules

    hey now

  • May 7, 2006, 4:20 p.m. CST

    What a horrificly disappointing episode.

    by mr_macphisto

    I really had high hopes for this one. Hanks was great, as usual, but the writing was just abysmal. Oh well. Two more episodes to go, and then maybe they can clean it up for next year.

  • May 7, 2006, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Oh, and I forgot to mention...

    by mr_macphisto

    ...that "Hey Ma" skit may well have been the worst thing the show has ever done. Not only was it not funny, it was fucking LONG. Yikes.

  • May 7, 2006, 7:44 p.m. CST

    You know how I know Spacey&#39;s gay ?

    by Itchy

    Because he had a teenage Mena Suvari with her shirt off begging to be banged and didn&#39;t close the deal. I don&#39;t care if it was a movie - you force the writers to change the script and let you hit that. Oh ... he also macramaed himself a pair of jean shorts.

  • May 7, 2006, 9:20 p.m. CST

    I still haven&#39;t seen that damn movie.

    by Shermdawg

  • May 8, 2006, 3:34 a.m. CST


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  • May 8, 2006, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Kevin Spacey has a romantic abnormality

    by Borgnine JR

    that revolves around fish. Anyone for the Aquarium?

  • May 8, 2006, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus...

    by teedadawg

    has always been hot. In the latter seasons of "Seinfeld," she&#39;s a stone cold stunner. And she&#39;s married to frigging Brad Hall, so there&#39;s hope for us all, bitches!

  • May 8, 2006, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Spacey did one of the best SNLs from the last 15 years

    by ScreamingPenis

    ...and finally he&#39;s coming back. nevermind i suggested the idea to have him host again in an earlier talkback.

  • May 8, 2006, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Weak Episode

    by jimmy_009

    Hanks is game for much better material. Or at least he used to be. That &#39;MAAAA, MAAA&#39; sketch was downright painful. Why not have Jon Lovitz make a special apperance and have him and Hanks play those losers at a reunion again? That would have been hilarious. Instead, only painfully unfunny sketches.

  • May 8, 2006, 7:49 p.m. CST

    The "MA!" sketch wasn&#39;t funny, but...

    by Flim Springfield

    Rachel Dratch did a great job of capturing that confused, wandering Mom that we all know and love. :)