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"Saturday Night Live" Johnny Cash/Elton John (1982)

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Saturday Night Live: Season 7: Episode 17 -- A seasoned train rider (Johnny) waxes nostalgic to a morning commuter (Brian) seated next to him. Tony is conductor.
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Saturday Night Live: Season 7: Episode 17 -- Eddie is so annoyed by a viewer's racist letter, which inquires about Larry the Lobster's health, that he boils and eats Larry.
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Saturday Night Live: Season 7: Episode 17 -- Shake your head over The Man in Black.


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Original Air Date:
17 April 1982 (Season 7, Episode 17)
The host for the episode is Johnny Cash, and the musical guest is Elton John. The skits for this episode... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast)
Mel Brandt ... Himself - Announcer (voice)

Johnny Cash ... Himself - Host / Various

Brian Doyle-Murray ... SNL Newsbreak Anchor / Various

Robin Duke ... Various

Christine Ebersole ... SNL Newsbreak Anchor / Various

Mary Gross ... Various

Elton John ... Himself - Musical Guest

Tim Kazurinsky ... Various

Eddie Murphy ... Various

Joe Piscopo ... Various
Tony Rosato ... Various
Andy Murphy ... Commuter (uncredited)

Clint Smith ... Himself (uncredited)
Akira Yoshimura ... Kenjo Yoshimura (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Dave Wilson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Barry W. Blaustein  writer
Joe Bodolai  writer
Brian Doyle-Murray  writer
Nate Herman  writer
Tim Kazurinsky  writer
Nelson Lyon  writer
Marilyn Suzanne Miller  writer
Pamela Norris  writer
Mark O'Donnell  writer
Margaret Oberman  writer
Tony Rosato  writer
David Sheffield  writer
Rosie Shuster  writer
Andrew Smith  writer
Terry Southern  writer
Bob Tischler  head writer
Eliot Wald  writer

Produced by
Audrey Peart Dickman .... associate producer
Dick Ebersol .... executive producer
Mary Satler .... producer: film
Bob Tischler .... producer
Bob Tischler .... supervising producer
Production Design by
Akira Yoshimura 
Art Direction by
Bill Groom 
Lee Mayman 
Costume Design by
Karen Roston 
Makeup Department
Barbara Armstrong .... makeup artist
Annette Bianco .... hair stylist
Production Management
Joe Hobel .... unit manager
Sally Konowitch .... unit manager
Christoph Lindner .... production manager
Stewart Macgregory .... production manager
Bruce Sparks .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Caminiti .... associate director (as Bob Caminiti)
Art Department
Sidney R. Chomsky .... electronic graphics
Bob Demmler Jr. .... property master
Victoria Paul .... scenic design (as Vicki Paul)
Bob Pook .... graphics
William Shortridge Jr. .... graphics (as Wm. Shortridge Jr.)
Tripp Ulrich .... property master
Sound Department
Bob Liftin .... sound consultant
Scott Schachter .... audio
Jennie Ng Zletz .... sound effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Camoin .... camera operator
Phil Hyms .... lighting (as Phil Hymes)
Jan Kasoff .... camera operator
Gene Martin .... lighting
Mark Mullen .... assistant photographer
Stephen Roskin .... video crew
Maury Verschoore .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lowell M. Detweiler .... assistant costume designer (as Lowell Detweiler)
Margaret Karolyi .... wardrobe
Vel Riberto .... assistant costume designer
Music Department
Lawrence Feldman .... musician
Tom Malone .... musical director
Tom Malone .... musician
Leon Pendarvis .... conductor (as Leroy Leon Pendarvis)
Alan Rubin .... musician (as Alan P. Rubin)
Hal Willner .... music coordinator
Other crew
Edie Baskin .... title sequence
Barry W. Blaustein .... script coordinator
Joe Dicso .... stage manager
Rick Gell .... researcher
Kate Hungerford .... production staff
Neil Levy .... talent coordinator
Patty MacDougall .... production coordinator
Marion McLusky .... production staff
Mark Mullen .... title sequence
Peter Ninivaggi .... facility manager
Bruce T. Paddock .... production staff
Heino Ripp .... technical director
Chip Roraback .... production staff
Roberta Savold .... production assistant
George Scognamillo .... researcher
David Sheffield .... script coordinator
Robin Shlien .... assistant to director
Maureen Smith .... production assistant
Robert Van Ry .... stage manager (as Bob Van Ry)
Liz Welch .... talent coordinator

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lorne Michaels  creator

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Johnny Cash and Elton John perform on Saturday Night Live, 6 August 2006
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

On this April 17, 1982 broadcast, this cold opening has Johnny Cash (nearly four years before daughter Rosanne became an SNL musical guest) singing about the "Man in Black" as he tells a fictional story about himself (with Tim Kazurinsky playing him in inserts). He tells about breaking a window to get a black dress but when a cell mate asks what he did, he, as Kazurinsky plays him, says, "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die!" Opening credits begin as Mel Brandt says, "And now from New York, the most dangerous city in America!" First sketch is The Honeyrooneys with Ralph Kramden as played by Andy Rooney (Joe Piscopo) asking questions like, "Did you ever wonder why the background looks so fake?" or "Did you ever want to send your wife to the moon? Bang! Zoom!" In comes Ed Norton (Eddie Murphy) who, after getting some food from the fridge, delays with the Norton gestures before Kramden/Rooney says "C'mon!" It seems Ralph is complaining to wife Alice (Christine Ebersole) about her mother again and Norton praises his mother-in-law since she got him his first sewer shoes. Sketch ends with Kramden/Rooney saying, "Well, I coulda said 'I got a biiig mouth!' or go 'Hommina, hommina, hommina!" but I think I'll just go (turns to Alice to kiss) 'Baby, you're the greatest'!" Then Elton John sings his tribute to John Lennon, "Empty Garden". Next sketch has death row inmate Eddie Murphy's last request: for Cash to sing "99,000 Bottles of Beer on the Wall". After a few hours, as the song ends, Governor calls inviting Cash for a Bar-B-Que! Murphy then appears as Bill Cosby plugging "my co-star from I Spy, Robert Culp" for the following weeks show with musical guest Charlie Daniels Band. On SNL Newsbreak, correspondent Mary Gross interviews a man (Akira Yoshimura) who saw Lenin's tomb as opposed to the missing Leonard Breznev. Brian Doyle-Murray shows pictures of various world leaders saluting among them Mussolini ("who later became Curly of The Three Stooges") and Generalissimo Francisco Franco ("Still dead after all these years"). At the newscast's end, Eddie Murphy reads a letter about Larry the Lobster's fate on the previous week's show (the audience voted him to live) expressing skepticism saying, "If Larry didn't die from overexposure, surely Eddie Murphy killed and maimed him. (That man is sick. I thought those people didn't like seafood)". Murphy mentions he kept his word but changed his mind after receiving "this racist letter from you. You want to see what Larry looks like now?" before showing Larry on a plate. "I personally boiled Larry ten minutes ago. And to prove we people do like seafood, in the words of Booker T. Washington, 'I do like me some lobster!'" before eating and passing some portions to Brian and co-anchor Christine Ebersole. Those were the show's highlights so I suggest you watch the rest of the show if you want to know more. Definitely seek this out if you're a die-hard SNL fan!

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