Saturday Night Live: Season 4, Episode 11

Cicely Tyson/Talking Heads (10 Feb. 1979)

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The host for the episode is Cicely Tyson, and the musical guest is The Talking Heads. The skits for this episode are as follows: Jane and Gilda run in panic when John comes on the set, ... See full summary »

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Episode credited cast:
Herself - Host / Wilma Bass / Various
Bob Widette / Various
Jeff Widette / Various
Weekend Update Anchor / Betty Widette / Various
Earl Bass / Various
Tammy Widette / Emily Litella / Various
Talking Heads ...
Themselves - Musical Guest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself - Announcer (voice)


The host for the episode is Cicely Tyson, and the musical guest is The Talking Heads. The skits for this episode are as follows: Jane and Gilda run in panic when John comes on the set, thinking he's going to throw a tantrum after learning that his Deng Xiaoping act has been cut. Before Cicely Tyson can give her opening monologue, Garrett Morris comes out dressed as her because he think he's supposed to play all black roles, leading Cicely to berate him for throwing his talent away on degrading parts. Elvis Presley's coat continues to perform to sell-out crowds after its owner's death. The Widettes meet up with another family with similarly large backsides. Receptionist Sherry is now working for the Shah, where she keeps all his visitors waiting. The frontier midwife delivers a baby in front of a room full of men. Nick the lounge singer performs on an auto-train bound for Florida. Garrett invites Cicely to talk about the lack of positive perceptions regarding black characters and black... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Tyson berated the cast and writers because she felt Garrett Morris was given racially demeaning roles to play. See more »


Nick Rails: You know... J, the first place I go down in... Orlando is Disney World, because... it's always new, it's always exciting, it's always alive. What do you do?
Jamarro: I like to get a shoe shine, a haircut, take out my jet-ski, and cruise the beaches for young, some young white girls.
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References Animal House (1978) See more »


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Performed by Bill Murray
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