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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O.J. Simpson is the only living former host who was not invited to Saturday Night Live 25 (1999). Ten years earlier, he had presented a segment on Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary (1989). See more »


Laraine Newman: [O.J. is only wearing a towel around his neck as Laraine Newman interviews him a male locker room] O.J. I don't know much about football, but I know what like. Eh Jane, I swear I've never seen anything like this before. I don't really have any questions prepaired, O.J., but, eh, how long do you think you'll continue to play the game?
O.J. Simpson: Well Jane, I mean Laraine...
[Laraine glances skeptically at the camera]
O.J. Simpson: I'm not quite ready to quit now. I really plan on having a 10 to 12 year career.
Laraine Newman: [...]
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Edited into Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary (1989) 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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