Saturday Night Live: Season 1, Episode 1

George Carlin/Billy Preston/Janis Ian (11 Oct. 1975)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Herself - Musical Guest
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Interviewer (segment 'The Impossible Truth') (voice)
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Themselves (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
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Harvey Morgomaster / Various
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Mrs. Kromer / Various
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Kenny Vorstrather / Various
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Michael O'Donoghue ...
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Valri Bromfield ...
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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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Trivia

The show was originally entitled "Saturday Night" to avoid confusion with ABC's Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell (1975). In an effort to emphasize the live nature of the show, the writers began the tradition of the trademark "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night" line. After ABC's show failed, permission was granted to rename this show, and the first episode to carry the title "Saturday Night Live" was 26 March 1977. The original cast members were known as the Not Ready for Prime-time Players. See more »

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During the "commercial" for the Phone Answering School, when the chalkboard showing the international area codes is shown, the Cook Islands are spelled "Cooks" Islands. See more »

Quotes

Various: [talking into the telephone] What are you wearing right now?
[smiles]
Various: No bathrobe?
[notices the audience, hangs up telephone]
Various: Good evening, I'm Chevy Chase!
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, nearly every name contains the nickname "Bud", (Lorne "Bud" Michaels, Gilda "Bud" Radner, etc.) a nod to the crazy closing credits of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969). See more »

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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Mighty Mouse Theme
(1955)
Written by Marshall Barer, Jimmy Carroll and Philip A. Scheib (as Philip Scheib)
Lipsyncing by Andy Kaufman
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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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