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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
Janis Ian ...
Herself - Musical Guest
Himself - Musical Guest
Interviewer (segment 'The Impossible Truth') (voice)
Various (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Phyllis Crawford / Various
Harvey Morgomaster / Various
Mrs. Kromer / Various
Kenny Vorstrather / Various
Martin Gresner / Mr. Kromer / Various
Michael O'Donoghue ...
Valri Bromfield ...
Herself - Stand-up Act


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 <>

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11 October 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Carlin and director Dave Wilson were childhood friends who attended summer camp together. They would perform comedy on the camp's amateur night show. See more »


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 »


Various: [talking into the telephone] What are you wearing right now?
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 »


At Seventeen
Written and performed by Janis Ian
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God Bless George!
17 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This show was the first of hundreds which was hosted by none other than George Carlin. The sketches were done with the not for ready prime time players. George never appeared in them but he was there to introduce the two musical performers, Billy Preston and Janis Ian who each performed twice themselves. Despite the initial premise, George performed his baseball-football comparisons to the laughter of an audience who should be so lucky to have attended the first night of many on live television. The show was never at outlandish as it is now. The humor was from within. It was nice to see the original players who all became stars on their own. The show evolved and changed. Janis Ian, an American folk singer, sang beautifully and poetically the second time around while Billy Preston was legendary in his performance. It showed that the show took chances in bringing the popular and unpopular performers who should be famous.

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