Saturday Night Live

Season 2 Episode 14

Live from the Mardi Gras

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Feb 20, 1977 on NBC
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Live from the Mardi Gras
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Live from the Mardi Gras, it's Saturday Night on Sunday!

The cast of SNL participate in the annual festivities in New Orleans. Jane Curtin and Buck Henry (try to) provide commentary on the Bacchus parade, while Randy Newman performs four times. Penny Marshall appears with the Mystic Krewe of Apollo drag ball, and Eric Idle gets a cushy cameo reporting where nothing is happening. (See recap for sketch details.)moreless

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    Henry Winkler

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    Cindy Williams

    Cindy Williams

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    Penny Marshall

    Penny Marshall

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    Buck Henry

    Buck Henry

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    Eric Idle

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    • NOTES (6)

      • Laraine Newman's shot in the opening montage is in slow motion on the DVD release to remove the VTR glitch present in the live broadcast.

      • The Meters were bumped from the live broadcast; they appeared later in the season.

      • Along with the December 20, 1975 episode and at least one dub of the May 21, 1977 episode, the audio on this show is of the lo-fi (low fidelity), "pinched," phone line-transmitted 50 Hz-5 kHz frequency response that viewers in most of the country heard on network feeds (not only NBC, CBS and ABC, but also PBS) up to early 1978. In addition, the closing credits, along with a crawl seen in the "Garrett Morris Sings Fats Domino" sketch, were typeset in an early computer-generated type font called Vidifont 28, which was ubiquitous in many television stations in the U.S. and some other countries throughout the 1970's. It is conceivable that Vidifont was the overlay typeface in use then by WDSU-TV (Channel 6), the NBC affiliate in New Orleans both at the time of this show and today.

      • This episode has never re-aired because of the general chaos surrounding its production; however, clips of the show resurfaced on the 2005 NBC special, "Live from New York: The First Five Seasons of Saturday Night Live". By popular demand by SNL fans, the special appeared as an extra on the Season 2 DVD set released in 2007.

      • This broadcast was, suffice to say, a disaster in the making. During the broadcast, a partygoer was killed when he was run over by a float. Also, the rowdy partygoers were too hard to handle for the cast and crew. Randy Newman was expected to perform three songs, but the ruckus outside the theater forced him to play an encore.

      • The only episode of "SNL" not broadcast in New York.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Jane Curtin: Mardi Gras is simply a French word meaning "no parade."
        Buck Henry and Jane Curtin were at a reviewing stand all night, hoping to cover the Bacchus parade. It didn't start during the broadcast, due to the fatal accident mentioned in the Notes.

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