Saturday Night Live: Season 1, Episode 4

Candice Bergen/Esther Phillips (8 Nov. 1975)

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The host for the episode is Candice Bergen, and the musical guest is Esther Phillips. The skits for this episode are as follows: President Ford gives an accident-laden introduction to the ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Herself - Host / Catherine Deneuve
Little Esther Phillips ...
Herself - Musical Guest (as Esther Phillips)
Various (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Bob (segment 'NBC Super Season')
Husband / Bookkeeper / Brody / Dennis X
Bee / Matt Hooper / Anthony Q / King
Land Shark Victim / Jane Curtin
Garrett Morris / Jehovah's Witness
Wife / Land Shark Victim / Teller
Land Shark Victim
Michael O'Donoghue ...


The host for the episode is Candice Bergen, and the musical guest is Esther Phillips. The skits for this episode are as follows: President Ford gives an accident-laden introduction to the show. Candice Bergen is interrupted during her monologue by one of the Bees. A commercial informs viewers of the opportunities for wealth by becoming an ambassador. A man demanding to see his CIA file is faced with a seemingly insurmountable pile of disarray. A special on intelligent animals profiles the dangerous land shark. A gay man has fond memories of dressing in his mother's clothes. Catherine Deneuve endorses Chanel perfume. Andy Kaufman's foreign man character attempts to entertain the audience, but bombs terribly. Albert Brooks presents previews of new shows for the coming TV season, including an over-dramatic medical series, a show about a frustrated man living with two women, and a Vietnam vet who becomes a veterinarian. A strange man makes a crank call to an airline and begins talking ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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8 November 1975 (USA)  »

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The cast appears with the host during the good nights for the first time. See more »


Edited into Saturday Night Live 25 (1999) See more »


I Can Stand a Little Rain
Performed by Little Esther Phillips (as Esther Phillips)
Written by Jim Price
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Kaufman, Brooks & Bergen
13 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The clumsy folded chair kicking opener aside, this episode's recurring show bits hit the spot effectively. The 'Bee's' were relegated to just John Belushi invading the host's monologue and the film by Albert Brooks was great, but the best performance of the night belonged to Andy Kaufman...again. Kaufman's "little foreign guy" character (which would be used to tremendous effect later on the television show Taxi) stole the spotlight away from a real solid performance from host Candice Bergen.

Most of the sketches on the show never really hit hard. Only the Jaws spoof of the New York City land-shark carried any weight whatsoever. However, what this episode did feature was a tremendously infectious vibe, mainly due to Bergen's acceptance to give herself entirely over to the cast, in putting trust into them to make her look good and to help bring out her comic sensibilities. Bergen and Radner talking about female insecurities may have been born out of filling time for the show, but the improvised chat session came off as a breath of fresh air and it certainly aided to the great vibe of the show.

The cast coming on stage at the end of the show was the start of a tradition that has lasted decades, though not every host has been showered with roses as Bergen was.

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