Saturday Night Live: Season 1, Episode 19

Madeline Kahn/Carly Simon (8 May 1976)

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The host for this episode is Madeline Kahn, and the musical guest is Carly Simon. The skits for this episode are as follows: Ronald Reagan attempts to demonstrate that he's in tune with ... See full summary »




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Episode cast overview:
Herself - Host / Pat Nixon / Various
Herself - Musical Guest
The Mighty Favog (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Scred (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Dr. Frankenstein (as Howard Shore and his All Monster Band)
Richard Nixon / Various
Henry Kissinger / Various
Sammy Davis Jr. / Various


The host for this episode is Madeline Kahn, and the musical guest is Carly Simon. The skits for this episode are as follows: Ronald Reagan attempts to demonstrate that he's in tune with modern black culture, only to get punched out by the musician he keeps inadvertently insulting. A preview for the upcoming series, Wilderness Comedian, presents a man who does stand-up comedy for animals. Baba Wawa attempts to interview Marlene Dietrich, but neither can understand what the other is saying. At a slumber party, several girls are disgusted by the thought of how babies are made. A spokesman for impoverished families in Namibia asks people to please donate their fondue sets. The Bride of Frankenstein gets up from her slab and sings "I Feel Pretty". During the Weekend Update, Emily Litella wonders why everyone is upset over violins on television. Pat Nixon drunkenly writes her memoirs about Richard's nervous breakdown during his final days in the White House. Madeline Kahn performs "Lost in ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Mick Jagger was originally going to play cowbell and sing backup vocals during Carly Simon's performance of "You're So Vain". He had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts so Chevy Chase took his place. See more »


Chevy Chase: And now with tonight's commentary; Miss Emily Litella.
Emily Litella: Thank you, cheddar. What's all this talk about violins on tv? I think we need more violins and less of that loud rock music. And furthermore...
Chevy Chase: Uh, excuse me; Miss Litella. It's violence on TV, not violins.
Emily Litella: Oh. Never mind.
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Spoofs Chinatown (1974) See more »

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One of the better episodes from season 1
2 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After watching Episode 19 from season 1 with the late Madeline Kahn guest hosting, you can tell that the original cast and crew from the 1st season of SNL were still struggling a bit to find enough useable material to keep an audience entertained for a full hour-and-a-half on a live late night variety show.

Which makes any episode from the first season interesting to watch whether the episode was good, or not-so-good. Because it's interesting to watch a creative transformation take place that would eventually set a new standard for variety television.

And, of the many hits and misses of the 1st season I think Episode 19 with Madeline Kahn is definitely one of the best, if not the best. After Madeline's really annoyingly unfunny opening monologue, the most memorably best parts of EP19, like Wilderness Comedian with John Belushi, the Baba Wawa with Marlene Dietrich interview, the slumber party, impoverished families in Namibia and The Bride of Frankenstein sings "I feel Pretty", all happened with in the first half hour of the show, leaving a pretty big gap between the strong beginning of the show, and the really strong ending.

The last two skits were the best of the episode, and maybe even the season, where Madeline Kahn and John Belushi turn the movie Chinatown into a light hearted musical. Followed by Madeline Kahn portraying a drunken Pat Nixon writing about Tricky Dicks last days in the White House.

The best skits of episode 19 all seem to have John Belushi either starring, or making some type of contribution in them. John Belushi's 'Wilderness Comedian' was like a cross between Grizzly Adams and Shecky Greene, and a great parody of popular movies and TV programing of the 70's, that were often about people leaving their urban lives behind them, and starting a new life in the great untamed wilderness. Then later, Belushi as Henry Kisinger played the understated straight man to Aykroyd's hilarious Nixon impersonation.

Great episode to watch if you're a fan of Belushi.

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