Saturday Night Live (1975– )
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George Carlin/Billy Preston/Janis Ian 

The host for the episode is George Carlin, and the musical guests are Billy Preston and Janis Ian. The skits for this episode are as follows: an ESL teacher gives increasingly bizarre ... See full summary »

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(as Dave 'Bud' Wilson)

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(as Anne 'Bud' Beatts), (as Chevy 'Bud' Chase) | 10 more credits »
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Himself - Host
Janis Ian ...
Herself - Musical Guest
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Himself - Musical Guest
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Interviewer (segment 'The Impossible Truth') (voice)
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Various (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
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Phyllis Crawford / Various
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Harvey Morgomaster / Various
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Various
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Mrs. Kromer / Various
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Kenny Vorstrather / Various
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Martin Gresner / Mr. Kromer / Various
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The host for the episode is George Carlin, and the musical guests are Billy Preston and Janis Ian. The skits for this episode are as follows: an ESL teacher gives increasingly bizarre sentences to his student, who repeats his every word; until the teacher suffers a fatal heart attack, and the student dutifully acts out an identical "death". New Dad Insurance offers bereaved families a new father to take the place of their deceased one. A distraught rape victim in a courtroom describes the attacker's words in writing, which then confuses an inattentive jurist. Andy Kaufman sings along with a Mighty Mouse record. A reporter interviews the victim of a shark bite who, despite his claims to the contrary, obviously still has all his limbs. Two men, claiming to be a married couple, discuss the benefits of a new vitamin product called Jamitol. A mock ad for pain-reliever Triopenin plays up the product's child-proof caps. Albert Brooks presents a documentary titled "The Impossible Truth," in ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Comedy | Music

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TV-14
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11 October 1975 (USA)  »

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Trivia

On the premiere edition of "Weekend Update", Chevy Chase closes with the now-famous ending line, "Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow," which would also go on to be used by Jane Curtin from 1976 to 1980 and by Tina Fey from 2000 to 2006. It is likely that this phrase was loosely based on the closing line, "Good night, and a good tomorrow," as used by John Daly as the sign-off for his ABC nightly newscasts from 1953 to 1960. See more »

Goofs

Don Pardo accidentally announces the cast as The Not For Ready Prime Time Players. See more »

Quotes

[talking about the phrase "jumbo shrimp"]
George Carlin - Host: It's like "military intelligence." The two words don't go together.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, Don Pardo says "The Not For Ready Primetime Players", rather than "Not Ready for Primetime Players". See more »


Soundtracks

Nothing from Nothing
Written by Billy Preston & Bruce Fisher
Performed by Billy Preston
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Live from New York!
26 January 2006 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Incidentally (or coincidentally) the very first episode of "Saturday Night Live" debuted on October 11th, which is the same day of the month as my own birthday. I've always felt it was appropriate that my favorite show shares its birthday with me! Of course, in recent years it hasn't been my favorite show as much...with guest hosts like Paris Hilton and a cast of untalented dimwits like Tina Fey, it's a real shame the show has fallen as far as it has. I remember that skit David Spade did once about Eddie Murphy: "Look children! It's a falling star!" Well, the tables have turned.

This first episode is classic, though, and although it's very different from the way the show became in later years, it's very fun.

Unfortunately "SNL" hasn't been released in season box sets on DVD yet (fingers crossed for HD-DVD or Blu-Ray releases), but if you can track down this first episode from 1975 you'll be in for a treat (it airs on E! sometimes).


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