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Paul Simon/Randy Newman/Phoebe Snow 

The host for the episode is Paul Simon, and the musical guests are Randy Newman and Phoebe Snow. The skits for this episode are as follows: former Chicago Seven member Billy Rubin pitches ... See full summary »

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The host for the episode is Paul Simon, and the musical guests are Randy Newman and Phoebe Snow. The skits for this episode are as follows: former Chicago Seven member Billy Rubin pitches graffiti wallpaper. The Bees are informed by Paul Simon that their skit has been cut from this week's show. Albert Brooks presents a film of failed Candid Camera-style stunts. A mock commercial demonstrates the strength of Try-Hard batteries in a head-to-head contest powering pacemakers. During the Weekend Update, Chevy Chase reports about President's Ford's car accident and Muhammad Ali's newest name change, while Marv Albert reports on a basketball game between Paul Simon and Connie Hawkins.Paul Simon performs "Still Crazy After All These Years," "Marie," "My Little Town," "American Tune," "Loves Me Like a Rock" (with Jesse Dixon), "The Boxer" (with Art Garfunkel), "Scarborough Fair" (with Art Garfunkel), and "Gone at Last" (with Phoebe Snow and Jesse Dixon). Randy Newman performs "Sail Away". Art ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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18 October 1975 (USA)  »

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This would be the first time Chevy Chase would do his signature pratfall that would open the show for the entire time he was a cast member See more »

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Edited into SNL: 25 Years of Music (1999) See more »

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Sail Away
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Written and performed by Randy Newman
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Not bad if you like music
7 December 2006 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

I've been watching the amazing box set they put out of the first season of Saturday Night Live and this episode totally confused me. I still can't really understand it.

To summarize, while this was technically the second ever episode of Saturdy Night Live (known then as "NBC's Saturday Night" to avoid conflict with another sketch comedy program run on ABC called "Saturday Night Live" and starring, of all people, Howard Cosell), the cast members barely appear in the program at all apart from two brief cameos. This episode features, almost entirely, the music of Paul Simon and his guests -- one of whom is Art Garfunkel.

Now you have to wonder what the network executives were thinking when they planned this show, because it doesn't really make sense in any way.

First of all, you have what is ostensibly a sketch comedy show. The producer of the show, Lorne Michaels, has proved himself in a variety of different venues already. You have a talented cast which has also proved itself (Chevy Chase, John Belushi, and Dan Ackroyd in particular were well known from Second City and the National Lampoon Radio Hour). Additionally, you have a well-known talent like Michael O'Donahue as the head writer. You basically have a really strong team, and on their second show, instead of giving them a chance to spread their wings and show what they are capable of, you basically ignore them all in favor of an musical show which contains almost no comedy.

This is not to belittle Paul Simon either. He picked some great acts to perform with on the show. His public reconciliation with Art Garfunkel was also pretty amazing to watch (I believe that this was their first performance together since their break-up). So, you basically have a strong musical show planned by one of the top talents of the day, and instead of giving it a prime-time spot, you air it late at night in a spot you had previously reserved for a sketch comedy show which you didn't think was going to make it.

This was an episode which was unfair to both the comedians and the musicians. The musicians should have had a venue better suited to their talent, and the comedians should have been given the chance to perform.

I give it a five because I was wanting comedy, and I got nothing but music.


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