Saturday Night Live: Season 1, Episode 12

Dick Cavett/Jimmy Cliff (31 Jan. 1976)

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The host for the episode is Dick Cavett, and the musical guest is Jimmy Cliff. The skits for this episode are as follows: Garrett Morris uses voodoo to get Chevy to fall down. Commercials ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
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Dwayne Christiansen
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Lowell Brock / Various
Betty Ford / Various
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The host for the episode is Dick Cavett, and the musical guest is Jimmy Cliff. The skits for this episode are as follows: Garrett Morris uses voodoo to get Chevy to fall down. Commercials attempt to draw students into The Dick Cavett School of Auto Refinishing and The Dick Cavett School of Hydroplane Operation. An accounting firm talks about just how far they'll go to lower their customers' tax bills. Dick Cavett does his version of "Our Town" about New York City, a swell place where crime is rampant and nothing works. Betty Ford gives a personal advice talk where she compares life's problems with dancing. Gary Weis presents a film about a tailor and a plastic surgeon altering each other. An author pitches his new book about pimping in Nebraska. For the Weekend Update, one of the reporters finally reaches Angola, where she is accosted by horny mercenaries, and Emily Litella expresses her displeasure over the Eagle Rights Amendment. Jimmy Cliff performs "The Harder They Come," "Many ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Dick Cavett appears in only one sketch with a show cast member, "Looks at Books" with Chevy Chase. Cavett appears by himself for the rest of his sketches in this episode. See more »


References Deep Throat (1972) See more »

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4 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the weaker episodes of the first season. Not that there is anything wrong with it in total, but after watching it, this fell into a trap of trying to let the host Dick Cavett dominate the show. Cavett has a very dry sense of humor & it is on display here very much.

That is the problem here too. What should have been done is Cavett should have been written in as a straight man for Belushi, Morris, & the other players more, with a smaller dose of his humor. To make a direct comparison, when Desi Arnez is host, he plays a straight man to John Belushi in one sequence that is now a classic that makes you wish the two of them had done more. Desi is a more experienced straight man than Cavett having done a lot of it with Lucy.

I feel though that if Cavett had been used as a straight man more often, this episode could have been much better. This one is more for big fans of Dick trying to do comedy though at least the Week End Update is good as Chase is getting more in the groove with each episode.

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