Saturday Night Live: Season 3, Episode 12

O.J. Simpson/Ashford & Simpson (25 Feb. 1978)

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The host for the episode is O.J. Simpson, and the musical guest is Ashford & Simpson. The skits for this episode are as follows: Gilda Radner opens the show by answering questions ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Himself - Host / Various
Ashford & Simpson ...
Themselves - Musical Guest
Himself (as Franken and Davis)
Himself (as Franken and Davis)
Samurai Futaba / Various
Hank Aaron / Sherman Helmsley / Anwar Sadat / Ahmad / Woobie / Leon Spinks
Grandma / User / Debbie Boone / Lynn / Herself / daughter / Christy Christina / Teller / Sandy Duncan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bert Jones ...
Himself - Announcer (voice)


The host for the episode is O.J. Simpson, and the musical guest is Ashford & Simpson. The skits for this episode are as follows: Gilda Radner opens the show by answering questions supposedly from the audience. O.J. Simpson gives him opening monologue dressed as a Conehead. Samurai Futaba goes to a disco. Babe Ruth promises a dying child that he'll hit a home run for him, and then fails to do so. A pitchman touts the advantages of a hair clipper made especially for Mohawks. Al Franken attempts to tell jokes despite suffering from a brain tumor. E. Buzz Miller presents several clips of animals having sex, and gets increasingly turned on by them. O.J. reprises his famous Hertz car rental ad. Ashford & Simpson perform "So, So Satisfied", and "Don't Cost You Nothing". Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Laraine Newman: [rounding up her locker room interview] Well thanks for being so open with us, O.J. I'm very excited to be here and,
[glancing down again]
Laraine Newman: from the looks of things it seems the feeling is mutual. Laraine Newman reporting, back to you Dan.
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Edited into Saturday Night Live: The Best of John Belushi (2005) See more »


Don't Cost You Nothing
Performed by Ashford & Simpson
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Best skit ever
12 April 2007 | by (Danville, Virginia) – See all my reviews

This episode of Saturday Night Live features the very best skit ever to air on the show. The Samurai Night Fever skit was a fantastic Samurai take off on Saturday Night Fever. The Samurai character was a reoccurring one from time to time, Belushi would insert the Japanese Samurai character into various situations in New York City. John Belushi (in Samurai outfit)plays Tony, the role John Travolta made famous, and as much as I hate to say it, guest host OJ Simpson plays his brother the priest,who is tired of being black. Don Novello (Father Guido Sarducci), Garrett Morris, Bill Murray all add the the skit. The skit concludes with Samurai dancing the night away at the local Brooklyn disco. The laughs keep on coming in this skit, and you really hate to see it end. After almost 30 years, it remains the funniest skit ever on SNL!

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