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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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Various
Michael O'Donoghue ...
Various
Valri Bromfield ...
Herself - Stand-up Act
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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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11 October 1975 (USA)  »

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Trivia

It was intended that host George Carlin he would appear in sketches alongside the cast. However, Carlin (who admitted he was "in another world" on cocaine at the time) lost his nerve and backed out of the sketches, forcing the cast to fill in for him. Carlin's appearances were limited to performing excerpts from his stand-up act. See more »

Goofs

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


Soundtracks

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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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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