SNL: S01E01... HOST: GEORGE CARLIN... DATE: OCTOBER 11, 1975

SNL: S01E01... HOST: GEORGE CARLIN... DATE: OCTOBER 11, 1975

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. Michael O'Donoghue tries to teach John Belushi's foreigner character English, only to teach him hilarious nonsense and die of a heart attack at the end.

  2. George Carlin comparing baseball and football in his classic routine. (Clip #2, Clip #3, Clip #4)

  3. This was followed by a fake commercial for New Dad, where Chevy Chase plays one of those 70s lecherous characters that could easily replace a husband and father because a woman just needs a man and it doesn't really matter who.

  4. Billy Preston sings Nothing From Nothing.

  5. A sketch that worried me at first because it was a court case where Chevy Chase was trying to get Jane Curtin to repeat what someone who was trying to sexually assault her. She wouldn't say it, so she wrote it down. It seemed like it was heading down another sexist road, but then Gilda Radner saves the day with a hilarious reaction that accounts for one of my laugh-out-loud moments.

  6. The classic bit where Andy Kaufman sings Mighty Mouse.

  7. Some more Carlin stand-up where he has an interesting bit about airport security and how he could hijack a plane by holding a piece of sheet paper to the stewardess's throat.

  8. Janis Ian sings 17 and does a pretty good job.

  9. John Belushi makes me laugh just looking at him in a sketch about shark attacks.

  10. A fake commercial for a product called Jamitall, a dumb play on words to make a gay joke, but not like a homophobic one, just a bad one. If anything they played their gay characters so straight (no pun intended) that they were just a couple, they didn't play off of one stereotype, but the funny thing is, you can tell they are trying to be shocking which I'm sure it was at the time.

  11. News, which was fun but I was hoping that it would be more topical and less surface level jokes about how Ford is dumb.

  12. The news then broke into a dumb fake commercial for an arthritis pill called Triopenin. I guess I just don't like the dumb play on words from those days.

  13. Back to the news for a real quick bit that was kind of funny.

  14. Then the Muppets were on, these weren't the Muppets we all know and love, but they did have familiar voices. I wanted to like this sketch more than I did but it was more interesting than funny in a way that I wasn't really in the mood for.

  15. This was followed by more Carlin doing more of his classics.

  16. Carlin then introduced a short film by Albert Brooks, this had some interesting political commentary that we are still dealing with to this day. It was cool to see that there was this segment for interesting short films way back then.

  17. It was fun to see the Bees at Bee Hospital, but it was a little on the dull side with not much of a pay-off.

  18. Yet another fake commercial this time it was an ad hiring operators to answer calls for commercials like the one being spoofed. I liked the Meta aspect of this sketch but this point I was a little over the fake ads.

  19. Comedian Valri Bromfield performed. I never knew she was a comedian and a pretty good one at that. Other than Belushi and Radner she was the third person from this episode to get me to laugh out loud.

  20. This was followed by the classic, "Show us your guns America" sketch which is the type of "still the same" satire I was looking for as part of this experiment.

  21. More Carlin.

  22. Billy Preston sings Fancy Lady.

  23. It was around this time that I started to check to see how much time was left because it started to feel like things were winding down and the "toward the end" sketch for a simulated assault and robbery service left me hoping it was the last.

  24. It wasn't the last. Nope, there was one more fake commercial for a three blade razor that didn't seem like a parody at all since their big joke was about how there were three blades. 

  25. Finally, the show wrapped up with Janis Ian singing another song, but I didn't catch the name.

Read More