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Malcolm McDowell/Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band 

The host for the episode is Malcolm McDowell, and the musical guest is Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band. The skits for this episode are as follows: mother nags at her son to sit up ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Malcolm McDowell ... Himself - Host / Alex DeLarge / John Lennon / Dame Lydia Snoot / Various
Denny Dillon ... Amy Carter / Yoko Ono / Thelma Thunder / Dr. Woofta / Carolyn Parker / Various
Gilbert Gottfried ... Joseph Richman / Dr. Murray Abromowitz / Various
Gail Matthius ... Moondoggy / Nancy Reagan / Various
Joe Piscopo ... Jim Fowler / Carl XVI Gustaf / Various
Ann Risley ... Bingo / Various
Charles Rocket ... Weekend Update Anchor / Marlin Perkins / Ronald Reagan / Prince Charles / Various
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band ... Themselves - Musical Guest
Don Pardo ... Himself - Announcer (voice)


The host for the episode is Malcolm McDowell, and the musical guest is Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band. The skits for this episode are as follows: mother nags at her son to sit up straight as he's strapped into the electric chair. A nature program searches through urban America for the elusive black republican. A spokesman for American tobacco growers explains that lung cancer is actually caused by the lungs themselves, and not by smoking. Two British nobles develop the sport of serf-riding. The Reagans decide to adopt Amy Carter as their own White House daughter. The American Milk Association invites Alex DeLarge to speak on behalf of their product. During the Weekend Update, Charles Rocket reports on the trial of the Gang of Four, the Reagans' first visit to the White House, the seizure of a cargo ship in Miami, and the failure of the movie Heaven's Gate, Charles interviews John Lennon and Yoko Ono, only to find that John has become obsessed with housekeeping, and Joe Piscopo ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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22 November 1980 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gilbert Gottfried would reprise his Dr. Murray Abromowitz character in his 1986 Cinemax comedy special Greetings from Gilbert. See more »


During the Reagan sketch, Gail Matthius, playing Nancy Reagan, can be seen glancing at the cue cards several times, which explains why she often speaking in an exaggerated manner. See more »


Customer: Do you have any Gothic Romances?
Shopkeeper: Well that's all we have.
[clears throat]
Shopkeeper: What exactly were you looking for?
Customer: Well, eh, I was, eh... actually looking for something with, eh... 'Rapture' in it.
Shopkeeper: Oh, I see. Well, eh, we've got "Golden Rapture", "Rapture Woods", "Moment of Rapture", "Hour of Rapture", "Season of Rapture" and "The Rapturous Age".
Customer: I've read all of those.
Shopkeeper: Oh. Have you? Well, let me see, we've got: "Kingdom of Rapture", "Castle of Rapture", "Tower of Rapture", "Bridge of Rapture", "...
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Alternate Versions

In the original live broadcast, the Captain Beefheart performance of "Hot Head" has silence during the tail end of the song, presumably because nobody knew what to think of it. The 60-minute Comedy Central edit dubs canned applause over the silence. See more »


References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »


Hot Head
Performed by Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
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