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Saturday Night Live

George Carlin/Billy Preston/Janis Ian (Season 1, Episode 1)
TV-14
TV Episode | 90 min | Comedy, Music

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; ...See moreThe 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 which he presents several shocking news stories. In the maternity ward of a hospital for bees, father bees anxiously wait to find out if their children will be drones or workers. The Academy of Better Careers offers people an exciting new life answering telephones. Valri Bromfield presents a monologue as a volleyball coach giving some very personal advice to her players before a game. In a mock commercial parodying Lark cigarettes, a truck rolls through town asking people to show their guns. A home security system installer breaks into a couple's home and scares them to death to demonstrate how much they need an alarm installed. Finally, another mock commercial presents 3-bladed razors as an absolute household necessity. During the show, George Carlin performs monologues on blue food, religion, baseball vs. football, and other observations. During the Weekend Update, Chevy Chase reports about President Ford blowing his nose and Emperor Hirohito visiting Disneyland. Billy Preston performs "Nothing from Nothing" and "Fancy Lady," while Janis Ian performs "At Seventeen" and "In the Winter". Written by Jean-Marc Rocher See less
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Director
Dave Wilson (as Dave 'Bud' Wilson)
Writers
Anne Beatts (as Anne 'Bud' Beatts) | Chevy Chase (as Chevy 'Bud' Chase) | Al Franken (as Al 'Bud' Franken) | Tom Davis (as Tom 'Bud' Davis) & 8 more
Producers
Lorne Michaels (as Lorne 'Bud' Michaels) | Penelope Spheeris (as Penelope 'Bud' Spheeris) | Gary Weis (as Gary 'Bud' Weis)
Production Designers
Eugene Lee (as Eugene 'Bud' Lee) | Franne Lee (as Franne 'Bud' Lee)
Status
Edit Released
Updated Oct 11, 1975

Release date
Oct 11, 1975 (United States)

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Cast

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41 cast members
Name STARmeter Known for
George Carlin
Himself - Host Himself - Host   See fewer
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Janis Ian
Herself - Musical Guest Herself - Musical Guest   See fewer
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Billy Preston
Himself - Musical Guest Himself - Musical Guest   See fewer
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Albert Brooks
Interviewer (segment 'The Impossible Truth') (voice) Interviewer (segment 'The Impossible Truth') (voice)   See fewer
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The Muppets
Various (as Jim Henson's Muppets) Various (as Jim Henson's Muppets)   See fewer
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Jane Curtin
Phyllis Crawford / Various Phyllis Crawford / Various   See fewer
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Garrett Morris
Harvey Morgomaster / Various Harvey Morgomaster / Various   See fewer
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Laraine Newman
Various Various   See fewer
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Gilda Radner
Mrs. Kromer / Various Mrs. Kromer / Various   See fewer
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Dan Aykroyd
Kenny Vorstrather / Various Kenny Vorstrather / Various   See fewer
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John Belushi
Martin Gresner / Mr. Kromer / Various Martin Gresner / Mr. Kromer / Various   See fewer
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Chevy Chase
Weekend Update Anchor / Various Weekend Update Anchor / Various   See fewer
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George Coe
Various Various   See fewer
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Valri Bromfield
Herself - Stand-up Act Herself - Stand-up Act   See fewer
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Andy Kaufman
Himself - Stand-up Act Himself - Stand-up Act   See fewer
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Richard Belzer
Juror (uncredited) Juror (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jacqueline Carlin
Various (uncredited) Various (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wendell Craig
ABC Spokesman (uncredited) ABC Spokesman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sidney Davis
Triple-Trac Spokesman (uncredited) Triple-Trac Spokesman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Davis
Juror (segment 'The Courtroom') (uncredited) Juror (segment 'The Courtroom') (uncredited)   See fewer
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Audrey Peart Dickman
Show us your Guns woman (uncredited) Show us your Guns woman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Andrew Duncan
Triple-Trac Announcer (uncredited) Triple-Trac Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Clifford Einstein
Man Dating 7-Year-Old (uncredited) Man Dating 7-Year-Old (uncredited)   See fewer
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Al Franken
Caveman (uncredited) Caveman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Elliott Gould
Juror (uncredited) Juror (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rhonda Hansome
Vazh (segment 'The Land of Gorch') (voice) (uncredited) Vazh (segment 'The Land of Gorch') (voice) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jim Henson
King Ploobis (segment 'The Land of Gorch') (voice) (uncredited) King Ploobis (segment 'The Land of Gorch') (voice) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Neil Levy
Juror (uncredited) Juror (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marvin Miller
Narrator (uncredited) Narrator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jerry Nelson
Scred (segment 'The Land of Gorch') (voice) (uncredited) Scred (segment 'The Land of Gorch') (voice) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Oz
The Mighty Favog (segment 'The Land of Gorch') (voice) (uncredited) The Mighty Favog (segment 'The Land of Gorch') (voice) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Don Pardo
Himself - Announcer (voice) (uncredited) Himself - Announcer (voice) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Schiller
Various (uncredited) Various (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rosie Shuster
Various (uncredited) Various (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Simon
Himself (uncredited) Himself (uncredited)   See fewer
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Syreeta
Herself on Fancy Lady (uncredited) Herself on Fancy Lady (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alice Tweedy
Queen Peuta (segment 'The Land of Gorch') (voice) (uncredited) Queen Peuta (segment 'The Land of Gorch') (voice) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gary Weis
Man on the Street (uncredited) Man on the Street (uncredited)   See fewer
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Akira Yoshimura
Student (uncredited) Student (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alan Zweibel
Man on the Street (uncredited) Man on the Street (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.7 / 10 | 309 votes