Saturday Night Live

Season 7 Episode 8

Bill Murray/The Spinners, Yale Whiffenpoofs

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Dec 12, 1981 on NBC
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Bill Murray/The Spinners, Yale Whiffenpoofs
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Sketches include "The Phone Company," "Tales of the Unlikely," "Washed-Up Tom Snyder," "MX-5 Tampons," "Designer Fairy Tales," "Father Sarducci's Predictions," "At Home With The Psychos," "The Economics of Christmas," and a guest performance by Michael Davis. The Spinners perform "Then Came You," "I'll Be Around," and "I'll Be Working My Way Back to You"; The Yale Whiffenpoofs perform a medley of Christmas songs.moreless

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    The Spinners

    The Spinners

    Themselves

    Guest Star

    Yale Whiffenpoofs

    Yale Whiffenpoofs

    Themselves

    Guest Star

    Don Novello

    Don Novello

    Father Guido Sarducci

    Guest Star

    Bill Murray

    Bill Murray

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    • QUOTES (2)

      • Brian Doyle-Murray: Our top story tonight: This man, Libyan leader, Col. Moammar Kadaffi, has been the study of intense news coverage this week by every major news origanization in America. However, every time his name appears in print, it has a different spelling. The Chicago Tribune spells it K-H-A-D-A-F-Y; The Los Angeles Times spells it K-A-D-A-F-I; Newsweek Magazine, K-A-D-D-A-F-I; Time Magazine, G-A-D-D-A-F-I; The Wall Street Journal, Q-A-D-H-A-F-I; The Washington Post, Q-A-D-D-A-F-I; The New York Times, el-Qaddafi. My personal favorite is from the comic book publishers - Kadaffy Duck.

      • Bill Murray: Welcome. It's going to be a great show tonight! We have some increible, incredible guests - starting with this man. Ladies and gentlemen, Santa Claus! (Santa walks out and is hugged by Bill) I love this guy! I want to tell you something about this man. Santa's schedule this time of year is almost as hectic as mine. I mean... I call him up, though, and I said, "Chris, I'm hosting Saturday Night Live. Can you be here?" He said, "Billy, two things: What time, and what do I wear?" The guy is a saint! A legitimate Christian holy man. You know what I'm saying? I mean, everyone knows, around Christmas, the guy is working. What they don't know is the Kringle does this 365 a year. True story: Glen Campbell Invitiational Golf Tournament. The nut - Claus - shows up, gives Rolex watches to everybody. (holds up his arm) I haven't taken it off! It's incredibly expensive! [ turns to Santa ] I love you, man! [ hugs Santa ] Is he gorgeous? Can we hear a round? He's gonna be back later! We'll be right back! I am very excited!

    • NOTES (6)

      • The second of two instances where Bill Hanrahan filled in for Mel Brandt.

      • Bill Murray delivers a short monologue about Santa, and introduces "Saint Nick," making his show one of the only episodes this season to feature the traditional opening monologue.

      • During the goodnights, Bill Murray appears quite emotional as he says "Our hearts should be with, and they are with, the good people of Poland, God bless them." This is in reference to Polish Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruszelski having just declared martial law in the country, even though Novello's rememberence in "Live From New York" attributes this to Ebersol telling Murray to announce that Russia had invaded Poland.

      • After this broadcast, Dick Ebersol held a meeting with the cast members. Michael O'Donoghue, though uninvited, showed up, and attacked the actors' paltry performances to such an extent that even friend Bob Tischler gave up on him. Tischler and Dick met with O'Donoghue's manager (not Mr. Mike, mind you) to agree on a settlement that relieved O'Donoghue of his duties on January 17, 1982.

      • This episode featured the sketch "At Home with the Psychos" about a family who lived near a nuclear power plant. One of the characters belived too much radiation would cause humans to develop a "blow hole." The props department had designed a blow hole model, but Standards refused to allow it on because the prop looked like "a [vagina] with ears."

      • Bill Murray is the only person to have a family member in the cast at the time of his hosting.

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