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George Carlin/Billy Preston/Janis Ian 

The host for the episode is George Carlin, and the musical guests are Billy Preston and Janis Ian. The skits for this episode are as follows: an ESL teacher gives increasingly bizarre ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Carlin ... Himself - Host
Janis Ian Janis Ian ... Herself - Musical Guest
Billy Preston ... Himself - Musical Guest
Albert Brooks ... Interviewer (segment 'The Impossible Truth') (voice)
The Muppets ... Various (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Jane Curtin ... Phyllis Crawford / Various
Garrett Morris ... Harvey Morgomaster / Various
Laraine Newman ... Various
Gilda Radner ... Mrs. Kromer / Various
Dan Aykroyd ... Kenny Vorstrather / Various
John Belushi ... Martin Gresner / Mr. Kromer / Various
Chevy Chase ... Weekend Update Anchor / Various
George Coe ... Various
Michael O'Donoghue ... Various
Valri Bromfield ... Herself - Stand-up Act


The host for the episode is George Carlin, and the musical guests are Billy Preston and Janis Ian. The skits for this episode are as follows: an ESL teacher gives increasingly bizarre sentences to his student, who repeats his every word; until the teacher suffers a fatal heart attack, and the student dutifully acts out an identical "death". New Dad Insurance offers bereaved families a new father to take the place of their deceased one. A distraught rape victim in a courtroom describes the attacker's words in writing, which then confuses an inattentive jurist. Andy Kaufman sings along with a Mighty Mouse record. A reporter interviews the victim of a shark bite who, despite his claims to the contrary, obviously still has all his limbs. Two men, claiming to be a married couple, discuss the benefits of a new vitamin product called Jamitol. A mock ad for pain-reliever Triopenin plays up the product's child-proof caps. Albert Brooks presents a documentary titled "The Impossible Truth," in ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Comedy | Music




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Release Date:

11 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

George Carlin/Billy Preston/Janis Ian See more »

Filming Locations:

Briarcliff Manor, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

NBC Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


George Carlin wanted to wear a T-shirt, but network executives wanted him to wear a suit. As a compromise, Carlin wore a vest and jacket over his T-shirt. See more »


Don Pardo accidentally announces the cast as The Not For Ready Prime Time Players. See more »


[talking about the phrase "jumbo shrimp"]
George Carlin - Host: It's like "military intelligence." The two words don't go together.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, Don Pardo says "The Not For Ready Primetime Players", rather than "Not Ready for Primetime Players". See more »

Alternate Versions

Original airings of this show credited Dick Ebersol as "Executive Producer for NBC", and the credit was removed from subsequent airings and home video release by NBC because of an on-air policy that prohibited any NBC executives from taking any on-air credit for programming. The credit was reinstated for the SNL Season 1 DVD release. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Halsey (2019) See more »


Nothing from Nothing
Written by Billy Preston & Bruce Fisher
Performed by Billy Preston
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God Bless George!
17 July 2008 | by SylSee all my reviews

This show was the first of hundreds which was hosted by none other than George Carlin. The sketches were done with the not for ready prime time players. George never appeared in them but he was there to introduce the two musical performers, Billy Preston and Janis Ian who each performed twice themselves. Despite the initial premise, George performed his baseball-football comparisons to the laughter of an audience who should be so lucky to have attended the first night of many on live television. The show was never at outlandish as it is now. The humor was from within. It was nice to see the original players who all became stars on their own. The show evolved and changed. Janis Ian, an American folk singer, sang beautifully and poetically the second time around while Billy Preston was legendary in his performance. It showed that the show took chances in bringing the popular and unpopular performers who should be famous.

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