Saturday Night Live: Season 1, Episode 18

Raquel Welch/Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian (24 Apr. 1976)

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Lorne Michaels tries to lure the Beatles onto the show. Baba Wawa makes her first appearance.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Herself - Host / Jane Russell / Various
Herself - Musical Guest
Himself - Musical Guest
King Ploobis (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Howard Hughes / Various
Joe Cocker / Various
Jessica Antlerdance / Herself / Announcer
Husband / Skip Dixon / Himself / Nurse
Herself / Nurse
Baba Wawa / Colleen Fernman / Various
The Mighty Favog (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Scred (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Alice Tweedy ...
Queen Peuta (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Richard Hunt ...
Wisss (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)


The host for the episode is Raquel Welch, and the musical guests are Phoebe Snow (her second appearance) and John Sebastian. The skits for this episode are as follows: Chevy Chase presents the an award for best performance by a political actor, but becomes angered when he gets handed a card telling him to stop talking and just do the fall already. During Raquel Welch's monologue, she is joined by Joe Cocker in a duet performance of "Superstar". An ad pitches a new Purina pet food for rats. A spokesman from the U.S. Council of Standards and Measures presents a new streamlined metric alphabet. Two sportscasters present the results from the Claudine Longet Ski Invitational, in which every competitor gets 'accidentally' shot by Claudine as they go down the slope. During the weekend update, Laraine Newman looks at the results of the preliminary party elections and Baba Wawa complains about Tom Snyder's hair. Producer Lorne Michaels makes an offer to pay the Beatles $3000 if the come on the... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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24 April 1976 (USA)  »

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Muppets Try to Take on Welch
13 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Raquel is here with Phoebe Snow & John Sebastien. There are some questionable high jinx & one of the low moments of the entire series. That is when Chevy & Jane do the Claudine Longet Ski Shooting Competition. It is not only questionable taste, but a cheaply done sketch as well.

Some of the other stuff is creative. Lorne Michaels sincere pitch to the Beatles seemed funny to the audience at the time but after getting Simon & Garfunkel to reunite earlier this season, his offer was serious. Sadly the Beatles did not take him up on this offer. It would have been an interesting show as the Beatles never did get back together before John Lennon was murdered.

A take off, One Flew Over The Hornets Nest with Raquel as a sexy Nurse Rachett & Belushi as Nicholson is good. This show has some moments, including John Sebastiens appearance where he starts his song "Welcome Back" & gets interrupted by live feedback on the microphone. He then resets and does it again. At least this tells us he wasn't doing lip syn ch like many artists on SNL have done over the years.

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