Saturday Night Live: Season 4, Episode 8

Eric Idle/Kate Bush (9 Dec. 1978)

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The host for the episode is Eric Idle (his third appearance), and the musical guest is Kate Bush. The skits for this episode are as follows: The telepsychic takes questions from callers ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Himself - Host / Various
caller / Herself / The Deaconess of Detroit / Candy Slice / Diane / student
Kate Bush ...
Herself - Musical Guest
Father Guido Sarducci (as Father Guido Sarducci)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself - Announcer (voice)


The host for the episode is Eric Idle (his third appearance), and the musical guest is Kate Bush. The skits for this episode are as follows: The telepsychic takes questions from callers about the future, giving each one the same answer. Julia Child demonstrates how to prepare a roast chicken and proceeds to slice her hand open and bleed to death in the studio. A game show host explains the convoluted rules of the show using sound effects. During the Weekend Update, Jane Curtain reports on serial killers, Christmas shopping and the Nobel Peace Prize, Bill Murray interviews Valerie Harper who claims her show was canceled because of anti-Semitism, after which Jane proposes a grass-roots movement to build support for ERA by withholding oral sex. Father Guido Sarducci relates his experiences at a nude wrestling club. A studio manager is waiting for a drugged-out punk rocker to show up for a recording while her handlers try to keep everyone patient and high. Joan Face interviews Irwin ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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In addition to being Kate Bush's only appearance on American TV, it is widely believed that Mick Jagger and Paul Simon were in the audience during her musical performance. See more »


Weekend Update Anchor: Earlier this October, Congress extended the period for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Yet, since then not one additional state legislature has ratified this most basic affirmation of human rights. It is time we women took action. As a spokesperson for Weekend Update, I am therefore calling on the women of America to place a moratorium on the act of performing oral sex on any male until the ERA is the law.
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Edited into The Best of Dan Aykroyd (1986) See more »


Performed by Eric Idle, Bill Murray, Laraine Newman & Jane Curtin
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Important Episode, But Impossible to Find Uncut
10 February 2007 | by (Nashville) – See all my reviews

This was a great episode, but the Number 1 reason some people seek it out has been left off of the home video. It's for that reason I gave it a lower rating than I would have if it were available in its entirety.

As one website put it, almost every Kate Bush fan in the US knows where they were December 9, 1978. That was the evening of Bush's sole US appearance in her entire career. American audiences had never seen anything like the young woman sitting on Paul Shaffer's piano in a gold body stocking, or her two dramatic performances ("The Man With the Child In His Eyes" and "Them Heavy People").

For unknown reasons, her numbers were scrubbed from the video that was later sold. A total shame because Kate Bush became a tremendous influence on some of the most important female musicians to emerge in the nearly-thirty years since that appearance.

Still, the comedy of the night was fantastic.

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