Saturday Night Live

Season 1 Episode 11

Peter Cook, Dudley Moore/Neil Sedaka

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Jan 24, 1976 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Live from New York, It's... Chevy Chase! Sketches include "Bomb Squad," "The Lifer Follies," "Don Pardo's Holiday In An Elevator," "Middle American Van Lines," "Table Talk," "The Paramount Novelty Store" (film), "British Sonny & Cher," "No Bees In This Show" (Muppets), "Backstage Banter," "No Commercial Products," "Is The Patient Dead?," and "Interviewing a Shepherd." Neil Sedaka sang "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," and "Lonely Night."moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The first episode with TWO guest hosts in Peter Cook and Dudley Moore! Also joining them is Neil Sedaka for the musical portion.

    This is a historical episode as it is the first time that there have ever been two hosts on Saturday Night Live and they couldn't have started off with a better duo in my opinion. Cook and Moore were known for their hilarious British comedy as they showcased in several films as well like the original "Bedazzled". On with the show!

    Hosts: Peter Cook & Dudley Moore

    Musical Guest: Neil Sedaka

    Cold Open: Bomb Squad (Chase, Morris, Radner)

    --A man (Chase) comes in to a couple's house to diffuse a bomb but receives quite a surprise. They kinda messed up the final gag, but it's still short and sweet.

    Monologue: One Leg Too Few (Cook, Moore)

    --Very funny opening from the two hosts as they tell people a bit about British comedy and then dive into an example of it with their sketch "One Leg Too Few", featuring a one-legged man auditioning to play Tarzan in a film. The sketch is great too.

    Lifer Follies (Cook, Aykroyd, Belushi, Chase, Morris, Radner)

    --A director (Cook) holds auditions at a jail for the play "Gigi". One by one, the inmates tell him why they should get the role and give an example of their talent. This is one of those ensemble sketches that just works on every level. I think Garrett's performance was my favourite, but Chase, Belushi, and Aykroyd's inmate characters were all hilarious too.

    Neil Sedaka sings "Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do"

    --Sedaka sings a pretty decent version of his classic song.

    Commercial: Don Pardo's Holiday in an Elevator (Moore, Aykroyd, Chase, Curtin, Morris, Radner)

    --Yes, you can go to any country you want just by simply climbing into Don Pardo's Holiday in an Elevator! This was amusing, but it wasn't great.

    Weekend Update with Chevy Chase (also: Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, and Gilda Radner)

    --Okay, I'm gonna shorten these Update recaps now. This week, Chevy reaches Angela's roommate (Curtin) instead of Angola, Laraine Newman asks a passerby (Morris) if he would get an abortion, Emily Litella (Radner) reports on "saving Soviet jewelry", and Alan Zweibel (SNL writer) repeats the top story for wet people. Good stuff.

    Commercial: Middle American Van Lines

    --A repeat from the Rob Reiner episode.

    Table Talk (Cook, Moore)

    --Great banter between Cook and Moore highlights this discussion of a frog-and-peach restaurant by its owner (Cook) and the host (Moore). British comedy at its finest.

    Weis Film #4: The Paramount Novelty Store

    --I really don't like this one and it always bores me to tears. Some old woman shows off her novelty store and the stuff that she sells in it. Next.

    The British Sonny & Cher (Cook, Moore)

    --Sonny (Moore) & Cher (Cook) come out to sing a little ditty for the audience. Pretty funny visual.

    No Bees (Radner, The Muppets)

    --Gilda and Scred talk about how Scred's bit was cut. Filler.

    Neil Sedaka sings "Lonely Night"

    --Another decent song from Sedaka here.

    Backstage Banter (Belushi, Curtin)

    --Jane Curtin interviews Sheila Ellington (Belushi), a male impersonator. Belushi is great here at pretending to be a woman pretending to be a man.

    Commercial: No Commercial Products (Chase)

    --I didn't really get this. Anybody know what the point of this was?

    Is The Patient Dead? (Moore, Aykroyd, Morris)

    --Just a really quick sketch with a patient (Morris) that is presumed dead, but then slowly raises his hand to prove that he is living, unbeknownst to the doctors (Moore, Aykroyd). Not bad.

    Shepherd Interview (Cook, Moore)

    --Matthew (Moore) interviews Arthur Shepherd (Cook) about Jesus and such. I just can't do justice to this sketch. It's more British comedy gold.

    Bomb Squad Redux (Cook, Moore, Belushi, Chase)

    --Because of the miscue at the beginning, Belushi and Chase try the ending again under the watchful eye of the hosts. This time they get it right and segue right into the goodnights.

    Hosts: Peter Cook - 8/10

    Dudley Moore - 8/10

    Musical Guest: Neil Sedaka - 7/10

    This was a very different style of show from the others that had already happened. Peter Cook and Dudley Moore appeared with just each other in sketches just as much as with the other castmembers, but I'm not objecting at all. Their comedy with each other was great and the stuff they pull off with the cast holds up as well. Sedaka was a decent musical guest although not memorable in the least, while there was no real room for any cast stand-outs here because they didn't really get many awesome characters. Although I still think Morris was great in "Lifer Follies".

    Rating: 7.5/10moreless
Dudley Moore

Dudley Moore


Guest Star

Neil Sedaka

Neil Sedaka


Guest Star

Peter Cook

Peter Cook


Guest Star

Don Pardo

Don Pardo


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Alan Zweibel

Alan Zweibel

News For The Wet

Recurring Role

Tom Schiller

Tom Schiller


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • John Belushi drops the cream pie intended for Chevy's face during the cold opening. The skit is redone at the end of the show.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Inmate Johnson: (singing) "I'm gonna get me a shotgun and kill all the whities I see / Gonna get me a shotgun and kill all the whities I see / When I kill all the whities I see / Then whitey he won't bother me / Gonna get me a shotgun and kill all the whities I see..."

  • NOTES (3)

    • Peter Cook and Dudley Moore are the first British performers to host.

    • Don Pardo reads the names of the regular cast members during the opening credits for the first time in this episode.

    • This particular broadcast puts bit player (and unofficial cast member) George Coe into good use. Coe appears in two sketches in this episode, "Bomb Squad" and "The Lifer Follies," in which he plays the husband and the warden, respectively. During the end credits, Don Pardo announces his name as "Also Featured In The Cast," as this is one of only four episodes in the entire season where he's credited.