Saturday Night Live: Season 3, Episode 1

Steve Martin/Jackson Browne (24 Sep. 1977)

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The host for the episode is Steve Martin (his third appearance), and the musical guest is Jackson Browne. The skits for this episode are as follows: Burt Lance, President Carter's budget ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Himself - Host / Various
Himself - Musical Guest
Mr. Arkansas (as Franken & Davis)
Baliff / Brad Gutner (as Franken & Davis)
Bert Lance / Himself / judge / Roy Orbison / contestant
Himself / rapist / Confessor / contestant / driver
Himself / Attorney / Manager / Contessant
Herself / Alice Sloan
Barb / Mrs. Kudzurki / Mrs. Cantor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Cranshaw
Cheryl Hardwick
Howard Johnson
Bert Jones


The host for the episode is Steve Martin (his third appearance), and the musical guest is Jackson Browne. The skits for this episode are as follows: Burt Lance, President Carter's budget management director, pitches the National Express charge card after being asked to resign. During his opening monologue, Steve Martin promotes his new album and confesses that his cat has been embezzling from him. An ad introduces a watch so complex that it requires two people to operate it. The wild and crazy Festrunk brothers try to pick up two girls in their apartment rec room. A defense attorney berates a rape victim on the witness stand, then chuckles about it afterward. A great moment in rock history is commemorated: Roy Orbison standing completely still while singing in sunglasses. An ad promotes the Royale Deluxe II, a sedan that rides smoothly enough for a rabbi to perform a circumcision in the back seat at 40mph. Jackson Browne performs "Runnin' on Empty" and "The Pretender". Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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This is the first appearance of the Festrunk Brothers, "two wild and crazy guys", portrayed by Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin. See more »


During the end credits, Don Pardo erroneously announces Barry Humphries to be one of the musical guests on the next show instead of a guest comedian. See more »


Georg Festrunk: You know.. you American girls have such big breasts all the time.
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Features The Deep (1977) See more »


Runnin' on Empty
Written and Performed by Jackson Browne
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