SNL: S08E08... HOST: THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS... DATE: DECEMBER 4, 1982

SNL: S08E08... HOST: THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS... DATE: DECEMBER 4, 1982

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show starts with a parody of The Tonight Show where Tommy Smothers looks the part of Johnny Carson even though his impersonation is a little off. I can't tell who's playing Ed because whoever it is, wears a bizarre looking fat mask. The first guest is Eddie as Bill Cosby who rambles on about something. Then they bring out Dick Smothers who breaks the bit when "Johnny" is only interested in discussing Dick's famous brother who is actually himself. The sketch ends with a brotherly bickering fight before they both announce, "Live from New York..."

  2. The Smothers Brothers then officially open the show by skipping the monolog to sing the Man Of La Mancha theme song complete with The Smothers Brother brand of comedic banter strategically placed throughout the performance.

  3. We then got a repeat of the Thank You, Ronald Reagan ad where we see trickle-down economics at work.

  4. Eddie Murphy then plays a man on the ledge of a building who is threatening to jump while Mary Gross plays his wife who is trying to talk him down. Where it turns out he is going to jump because of her racist behavior which the guilt causes her to jump instead. His boss is the next to try to talk Eddie out of jumping which ends with white guilt causing him to take his life as well. Tommy Smother them comes around the corner, but it turns out he's just a fellow jump and quickly leaves to find his own ledge. This is followed by a priest who also ends up jumping due to his guilt which causes Eddie to realize with all of these stressors now out of his life, the future is looking okay.

  5. We then get a Safe Sex PSA that advises viewers to use condoms after seeing Tommy Smothers struggle to keep up with the rules of a children's See-And-Say type of toy.

  6. We then go to a man on the street interview segment where the question is asked, "If you were a homosexual, who would you find attractive?" For such a traditionally homophobic time it's funny how quickly these people come up with answers.

  7. Next is a sketch that takes place at a truck stop diner where we get a song and dance devoted to the Truck Driving Woman which is also the name of the song.

  8. We then went to a group of friends watching TV when all of a sudden they lose the picture which causes everyone in the room to see the world as it really is minus the distractions caused by technology. Once the novelty of reality wears out, they instantly start to jump down each other's throats and then fall back into a trans the second the TV returns. Replace TV with the internet, and this totally could be from today.

  9. Once again, Brad Hall gives us the news. This week, "Ted Kennedy" checks in to explain why he doesn't plan to run for president. The CEO of PBS also drops by to rebut the sketch from a couple episodes again where they joked that the channel wasn't stuffy anymore because he wants to reassure the audience that PBS hasn't changed and is still as stuffy as ever. Robin Duke plays a cop who advises tourist on how to avoid New York scams, and Sweetchuck drops in as Gandhi's former best friend to share his line of Guru style ramblings.

  10. Laura Branigan then takes to the stage to perform Gloria.

  11. Solomon And Pudge then return for another visit where they pretty much do the same routine as every other visit, but I still like this combo of characters.

  12. Dick Smothers then does a "Magic Act" he turns a handkerchief into an origami bow that also could look like a bra which "offends" Tommy Smothers who starts to apologize on behalf of his brother who easily distracts him with a song.

  13. The Inside Story is a show that shares the insights of a woman who made a lot of money by selling the story rights of her serial killer boyfriend.

  14. Handsome Men With Big Noses is a talk show where Brad Hall and Gary Kroeger complement one another on their big noses which leads the two to point out every single flaw on each other's face ending on the compliment that when put together these flaws make them look wonderful which barely relieves the passive-aggressive tension.

  15. Laura Branigan then returned to the stage to perform Living A Lie.

  16. Finally, The Smothers Brothers close out the show but thanking the audience and saying their goodnights, which is then followed by everyone jumping off the ledge from the Eddie Murphy suicide sketch.

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