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1Funny moments from years 1975-1979 of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. For the main index, see [[Funny/SaturdayNightLive here]].'''As a Moments subpage, all spoilers are unmarked [[Administrivia/SpoilersOff as per policy.]] Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned.'''----* [[ "Jane, you ignorant slut."]] "Dan, you pompous ass."* From the original cast, [[ the Ronco Bassomatic '76 commercial.]]* Creator/LorneMichaels trying to bribe Music/TheBeatles to come on the show...with $3,000. "You can split up the money however you want. If you want to give [[Music/RingoStarr Ringo]] less, that's fine."** Turned into a really lost opportunity when you find out that Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/JohnLennon were in Lennon's New York apartment that night watching the show, and seriously considered taking a taxi down to Rockerfeller Plaza and taking Lorne up on his offer.** In a second-season episode, Music/PaulSimon opened the show by performing "Still Crazy After All These Years" in a turkey costume, but stopped mid-song and left the stage because it was too silly. As he walks backstage, the camera catches Lorne Michaels talking to musical guest Music/GeorgeHarrison, explaining that [[BrickJoke the money was for all 4 of the Beatles]], and that he wouldn't be able to cash in alone.** ''Sixteen years later,'' during an episode hosted by Creator/AlecBaldwin, this brief exchange between Lorne and that night's musical guest:-->'''Lorne Michaels:''': I just assumed George would have given you the money.. -->'''Music/PaulMcCartney:''' No, I-I never even heard from George.. -->'''Lorne Michaels:''' I mean, I can't be responsible for that. I mean, he said that he would take care of the band..* The classic Creator/RichardPryor-Creator/ChevyChase [[ racist word association sketch]] - taking RefugeInAudacity to a whole new level and forever cementing ''SNL'''s reputation as the edgy late-night show where anything can happen (scripted or otherwise).* From 1978, it's the new live entertainment sensation -- ''Music/ElvisPresley's Coat''! See his coat live on stage and hear the legendary songs! You may have seen those imitation coat shows but this is the real deal! (This ParodyCommercial is also HilariousInHindsight; in addition to the Elvis merchandising, tribute shows, and so on that persist to this day, the ''Los Angeles Times'''s review of ''Theatre/MichaelJacksonTheIMMORTALWorldTour'' compared its approach to this skit's premise.)* "The Last Voyage of the Starship 'Enterprise'". A hilarious takeoff on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', as the crew faces their greatest threat: cancellation by Creator/{{NBC}}. Features Creator/ChevyChase as Mr. Spock, Creator/DanAykroyd as [=McCoy=] (and the voice of Scotty), and Creator/JohnBelushi as Kirk.* From season two: in an episode aired in January, 1977 (hosted by Fran Tarkenton[[note]]The first sports star ever to host the show; Tarkenton was a football player for the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants[[/note]]), "Weekend Update" opens with Creator/JaneCurtin reading a letter from a female viewer who complains that Curtain doesn't have the sex appeal of her predecessor, Chevy Chase. Curtin replies that she thought viewers were interested in good journalism, rather than sex and lowest common denominator entertainment, but that she was evidently wrong. She closes her reply with, "All I can say is, ''try these for size Connie Chung''!", ripping open her blouse and showing her bra. As the audience roars, she adds, "If it's raw thrills you want, it's raw thrills you're going to get!" And she spends the rest of the segment throwing suggestive glances at the camera between stories.* From Season four: in an episode aired in November, 1978, host Music/BuckHenry gives his monologue, talking about how much he appreciates being asked back to host and how the people on the show appreciate him. While he's talking, a roller caption informs the audience that Buck's wrong. Actually, the writers were exhausted after working hard on the previous show, hosted by Creator/SteveMartin. By comparison, Buck is so low key that his show is like having a week off. Then, the caption notes that Creator/CarrieFisher would host next week's show and that the writers had seen ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' several times in preparation. They then start running the gunport sequence from the movie, followed by a list of a few ideas they're working on (like "Star Whores" and "Car Wars"). All the while, Buck continues his monologue without a break. [[RunningGag This was the second time they'd run captions over Buck's monologue]], and they'd do a variation of the gag when he returned for the season's finale.* From season two: Creator/JohnBelushi doing an editorial on "the luck of the Irish". He quickly turns it into a speech about the "''bad'' luck of the Irish", which then turns into an extended rant about his friend Dan Sullivan, a "drunken, Irish junkie", with Jane Curtin trying in vain to calm him down. As with his other editorials, it escalates until he collapses in apoplexy.* From season 4, "[[ The Pepsi Syndrome]]." Despite running 14(!!!) minutes long, it's one of the, if not the only, long sketches to have a hilarious pay-off. ** This was included in a 1992 compilation special tying in to that year's Presidential election, since Jimmy Carter is one of the characters in it. Amusingly, the length issue was handled by Dana Carvey's Ross Perot coming out to fast-forward past some extraneous banter, explaining that while the skipped part was funny, "It's not hee-haw funny".* "Samurai Hotel", the first Samurai Sketch, featuring John Belushi and Creator/RichardPryor as feuding hotel-clerk samurai. two words: YO MAMA-SAN!* From the 1979 episode hosted by Creator/MichaelPalin. "The Adventures of Miles Cowperthwaite" A sketch similar to an episode of Palin's ''Series/RippingYarns'' series. It is purportedly based on a 19th century novel about a British orphan(Palin) who becomes a cabin boy on a ship "The Raging Queen".* Creator/DanAykroyd as "Fred Garvin, Male Prostitute".* Garrett Morris as frequent Weekend Update commentator Dominican baseball player Chico Esquela when he tried to go back to spring training with his old team the Mets despite being 41 and having written a tell-all book about them. And when he says his CatchPhrase. "Basa-ball been berry, berry good to me."* Creator/SteveMartin dressed as and singing about "King Tut".* There's a season four episode where Franken and Davis perform a skit about male beauty pageants. Davis's dance for the talent portion must be seen to be believed.* Desi Arnaz displaying various other concepts that were trotted out for ''Series/ILoveLucy'', like one where Lucy never actually appears and Ricky just brags about seeing her, Ricky being an abusive husband, or just professing his love for asparagus. What really makes it work is his utterly stone-faced explanations for each one, really selling the concept that these were somehow genuine pitches.* Another great Richard Pryor moment comes when he plays Father Karras in a parody of ''Film/TheExorcist''. Demanding the levitating bed be on the floor has the obvious result: "The bed is on my foot!"* The [[ Lifer Follies]] skit, in which prison inmates perform the songs they've composed as part of an outreach program with a local theater group:--> '''Inmate''': ''(singing)'' "I'm gonna get me a shotgun and kill all the whities I see! I'm gonna get me a shotgun and kill all the whities I see--" ''(guards drag him away)''----


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