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
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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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Cicely Tyson tried to work without cue cards for most of the week. She finally relented late Friday night, much to the dismay of cue card men who worked well into the night writing her lines down. See more »


Announcer: [voice over] Join us next week on 'Frontier Midwife, when Frontier Midwife delivers her own baby.
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Spoofs Porgy and Bess (1959) See more »


Take Me To The River
Written by Al Green and Teenie Hodges
Performed by Talking Heads
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