Saturday Night Live: Season 2, Episode 1

Lily Tomlin/James Taylor (18 Sep. 1976)

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The host for the episode is Lily Tomlin (her second appearance), and the musical guest is James Taylor. The skits for this episode are as follows: For the opening skit, everyone is waiting ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Herself - Host / Ernestine / Ruth Clusen / Various
Himself - Musical Guest
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 ...
King Ploobis's right hand (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
King Ploobis (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Jimmy Carter / Various
Tom Burke / Paul Rutherford / Himself
Herself / Liz Montgomery / Herself
Himself / Earl Roland / Ralph Hopkins
Himself / Elna Sullivan / Herself
Emily Litella / Various
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cheryl Hardwick ...


The host for the episode is Lily Tomlin (her second appearance), and the musical guest is James Taylor. The skits for this episode are as follows: For the opening skit, everyone is waiting around for Lily Tomlin to arrive, but she shows up late and announces she's not going to bother rehearsing for the show. After Lily's opening monologue, she begins talking about what she really thinks of the show, thinking that her microphone is off. President Ford gets into a strange debate with Jimmy Carter. During the Weekend Update, Laraine Newman reports on an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease and Emily Litella wonders about crustaceans hijacking airplanes. Ernestine the operator talks about why phone service is unreliable and why they don't care. A housewife is persuaded to perform a series of increasingly bizarre stunts. Lily finishes the show performing The Antler Dance with the SNL band. James Taylor performs "Shower the People", "Road Runner" and "Sweet Baby James". Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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18 September 1976 (USA)  »

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This is the final appearance of Jim Henson's Muppets on the show. The writers hated writing the Muppets sketches and they were not popular with viewers. Jim Henson and his staff had created new Muppets especially for the show. These new characters never appeared in another Muppet production again. See more »


Liz Montgomery: Mr President, you've said that the Humprey Hawkins bill will cost a possible 60 billion dollars but isn't it true that the jobs provided by the bill will provide up to one hundred-fifty billion dollars in increased productions. Using Walter Hiller's figure that for every one per cent unemployed there is a resulting thirty-seven billion dollar loss in GNP. Now at the present rate of taxation on GNP of thirty nine per cent doesn't this come to about the same sixty billion dollars in increased ...
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Edited into SNL: 25 Years of Music (1999) See more »


Shower The People
Written and Performed by James Taylor
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