Saturday Night Live: Season 2, Episode 3

Eric Idle/Joe Cocker/Stuff (2 Oct. 1976)

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The host for the episode is Eric Idle, and the musical guests are Joe Cocker and Stuff. The skits for this episode are as follows: A Chevy Chase impersonator attempts to do the opening fall... See full summary »

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Episode credited cast:
Himself - Host / Various
Himself - Musical Guest
Joe Cocker / Ed Ames / Various
Himself (voice)
Ken Norton / Various
Baba Wawa / Various
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Himself - Announcer (voice)


The host for the episode is Eric Idle, and the musical guests are Joe Cocker and Stuff. The skits for this episode are as follows: A Chevy Chase impersonator attempts to do the opening fall. Eric Idle starts to perform a song, but is convinced by Jane Curtain to put it off until the end of the show. A young couple discusses assembling their new child with the help of a geneticist who presents them with bizarre options. A DJ attempts to work two stations simultaneously, maintaining opposite personas for each one. Baba Wawa talks to America about why she's leaving NBC. During the Weekend Update, Jane discusses the Norton-Ali fight, while Garrett Morris reports on the circumcision of Michelangelo's David. The Rutles trick Lorne Michaels into giving them the money for the Beatles reunion. Dan Aykroyd and Eric Idle dress up in drag, only to be told by John Belushi that American audiences don't find it funny. Dan and Eric begin drag racing, running around the studio in women's clothing. ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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A clip was shown from Eric Idle's project Rutland Weekend Television (1975) of his Beatles parody The Rutles. The success of the clip led to Lorne Michaels co-producing the film, All You Need Is Cash (1978), which includes appearances by numerous SNL regulars. See more »


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Great episode
6 June 2010 | by (St Louis, MO, USA) – See all my reviews

A hidden gem among so many performances on SNL's early years. A few highlights from the show which stood out to me: Chevy Chase literally phones it in, kind of acknowledging that he's left the show. Richard Belzer steps in his place for the opening skit. Eric Idle premiers his The Ruttles sketches before American audiences. KLOG's sketch makes fun of AM/FM radio and is Ankroid at his best. Swine Flu jokes are strangely pertinent by the Killer Bees. Joe Cocker sings "You are So Beautiful" with half his shirt unbuttoned, and appears to wildly drunk during the performance.

Until Hulu incorporates more of the old sketches, this is worth watching the full episode. Especially classic skits that time forgets.

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