Hugh Laurie hosted the annual Christmas episode (show 1542), which featured the sketches "Wedding Toast" and "Cookies," plus Fred Armisen playing blind New York Governor David Patterson on "Weekend Update." This was the last show for Amy Poehler as a cast member.
Show 1543, hosted by Harris, featured "Save Broadway," Kristen Wiig's one-upper character in "Penelope in Therapy," and the first appearance of the "Today Show" sketch that would be repeated throughout the season.
Another dip in quality for the season, the Rosario Dawson-hosted show 1544 included the sketches "Aladdin," "Guantanamo Bay Closeout," the first appearance of Kristen Wiig's "Gilly" and the digital short "A Couple of Homies."
Show 1545 marked comedian Steve Martin's 15th time hosting Saturday Night Live included the commercial for "Edible Pampers," another installment of "Laser Cats," the first appearance of Abby Elliott's excellent Angelina Jolie impression and the underrated "NFL Films" sketch. Steve Martin also performed the song "Late for School" off his album The Crow
Former pro wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson hosted show 1548, in which he played the president in "The Rock Obama." Other sketches include "Hawaiian Hotel," Kristen Wiig in another "Activia Commercial" and the very funny "To the Lighthouse."
Former cast member Tracy Morgan returned to host SNL for the first time for show 1549, which was heavy on sketches and characters Morgan used to do during his time in the cast. In addition to new installments of "Brian Fellows' Safari Planet" and "Astronaut Jones," sketches include another parody of The View, Kenan Thompson's "Scared Straight" sketch, a funny "Dateline" piece and the digital short "Party Guys."
High School Musical star Efron hosted show 1551, which featured the parody "High School Musical 4," "Cool Bar" (about a bar that serves big-time minors), another Kristen Wiig "Gilly" sketch and repeat appearances by both Angie Tempura: Celebrity Blogger and Bon Jovi cover band Jon Bovi during "Weekend Update."
Season 34 went out with a bang with this Will Ferrell-hosted installment, which featured a ridiculous amount of guest stars. Sketches included "Celebrity Jeopardy," another "Lawrence Welk Show" installment, an appearance by the ghost of Harry Caray on "Weekend Update" and the brilliant and oddly moving "Goodnight, Saigon." Guest appearances were made by Tom Hanks, Norm MacDonald, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Elizabeth Moss, Anne Hathaway, Paul Rudd and Artie Lange