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Elliott Gould/Kid Creole & the Coconuts 

The host for the episode is Elliott Gould (his sixth appearance), and the musical guest is Kid Creole & The Coconuts. The skits for this episode are as follows: Elliott Gould wakes up in ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Himself - Host / Tom Morris / Mark Doyle / Scott Bockman / Various
Herself / Amy Carter / Pinky Waxman / Various
Himself / Leo Waxman / Barry Crosscup / Referee / Officer
Gail Matthius ...
Herself / spokesperson / Vickie / Gail
Himself / Jimmy Carter / John Anderson / Sergeant Steve Brick / announcer
Ann Risley ...
Herself / Rosalynn Carter / girlfriend / Sharon Malone / Susan
Himself / Weekend Update Anchor / Corporal Peter Thomas / James Walker / Chuck LeVinto / Various
Kid Creole and The Coconuts ...
Themselves - Musical Guest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself - Announcer (voice)


The host for the episode is Elliott Gould (his sixth appearance), and the musical guest is Kid Creole & The Coconuts. The skits for this episode are as follows: Elliott Gould wakes up in bed with the rest of the cast, and tells them what it was like working with the old SNL team. For his opening monologue, Eliott starts showing some of his old underwear to the audience, and ends up trading lingerie with Denny Dillon. To help educate Americans in their cars, a new program puts works of classic literature on billboards along the highways. After President Carter loses the 1980 election, Rosalyn tells him that now he's free to do whatever he wants. A couple receives a singing billy-gram from the woman's disapproving parents. A topless spokeswoman for the American Cancer Association demonstrates how to self-examine for breast cancer. During the Weekend Update, Charles Rocket reports on Ronald Reagan's planned appointments to his cabinet and proposed budget measures, Gail Matthius tries to ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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15 November 1980 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Elliott Gould had agreed to host this episode assuming he would be working with the old cast. However, he was shocked when he reported to the studio and said it was a different group of performers. See more »


Jimmy Carter: These last four years have robbed me of any lustful thoughts.
Rosalynn Carter: Don't you see, darlin', that's why we had to lose - it was either the election or the erection.
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Edited into Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost & Found (2005) See more »


There But For The Grace of God Go I
Performed by Kid Creole and The Coconuts
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The beginning of an era
14 February 2017 | by (Chicora, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

In May 1980, producer Lorne Michaels had announced he was leaving SNL to pursue other projects and needed a break. He originally was going to make frequent featured player Al Franken producer when he left, but after he made playful, but offensive jabs at NBC president Fred Silverman, Franken's future job as producer was flushed down the toilet.

Enter Jean Doumanian, the show's talent coordinator and later associate producer, who got the job forced on her. She should soon find out that nobody on the staff and even her colleagues would not be on her side. Her budget for $600,000 (half of what Lorne was paid on the show) for her search of a new cast and a new group of writers was very limited and the quest started during the summer of 1980.

The new cast consisted of Denny Dillon, who had actually appeared in the third episode of SNL with Rob Reiner in a small role. Comedian and then-unknown Gilbert Gottfried, sans his signature high-pitched squeaky voice, Gail Matthius, the stereotypical attractive valley- girl type, eventual fan-favorite Joe Piscopo, Woody Allen protégé Ann Risley, and the most infamous cast member Charles Rocket (more on that, later).

The first episode had aired on November 15, 1980 and was hosted by Elliott Gould. Reportedly, Gould was not aware that Michaels and the original cast had left and was shocked to see a new cast. It's clear Gould was trying hard to gel with the new cast members throughout the episode, but I feel Gould was underused for this broadcast. Most of the sketches are hit or miss, with the Accordion Killer sketch a mere highlight and good musical performances by Kid Creole and the Coconuts and some short films.

NBC had vowed never to air any repeats from this season because of its dreadfulness, but it did gain some new life when Comedy Central reran them throughout the 1990s in 60-minute form, although the Gould episode had never aired apart from a 1995 broadcast in its original 90- minute version.

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