Saturday Night Live

Season 2 Episode 5

Steve Martin/Kinky Friedman

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Oct 23, 1976 on NBC
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  • Steve Martin begins his record hosting streak. The music is provided by Kinky Friedman

    7.0
    With this episode, Steve Martin starts on the road to a record streak of hosting appearances. A record that stood for decades until it was broken by Alec Baldwin. However there are other reasons why this episode is significant. One such reason is the "Jeopardy 1999" sketch. I think it's safe to say that nobody realized how accurate the answer that was a shot at Chevy Chase was. Speaking of Chevy, he once again delivers another solid "Weekend Update" edition here. This episode began on a high note with the very clever opening sketch. It is then followed by Steve Martin's very funny opening monologue. Nobody rocks the banjo like Steve Martin! "Ted Baxter Kills Mary Richards" is another highlight. I could go on and on with the reasons why this episode is worth seeing, but I would not want to spoil it for you. Make time to see this very entertaining episode.
  • Steve Martin hosts for his first of 14 times and brings along Kinky Friedman for the musical guest! How well did the "wild and crazy guy" do in his first stint?!

    8.5
    Steve Martin and Saturday Night Live. The two seemed to go hand-in-hand for quite a while and Steve is still to this day a friend of Lorne Michaels and a frequent visitor to the show. The time here though is October 1976. This is a time when Martin wasn't as huge as he was in the 90s or now and he was just starting out as one of those wacky goofball comedians that was on the rise. It wouldn't be long before he was guest hosting the Tonight Show and making it real big, but this was one of his first launching pads. His guest, Kinky Friedman, was one of the great country singers at the time and was a good choice. It seems that Saturday Night at the time had a real love of country music. Here we go!

    Host: Steve Martin
    Musical Guest: Kinky Friedman

    Cold Open: Yankees Loss (Aykroyd, Belushi, Chase, Morris) (:50)

    --The coach (Aykroyd) apologizes to his team for their huge loss, before one player (Chase) kicks the stool out from under him, causing him to hang. Chevy says the line and doesn't take the fall this week! Change of pace.

    Monologue: Goofing Around (Martin) (6:20)

    --Steve comes out and gets the crowd riled up with his hilarious, outlandish comedy that got him to be as popular as he is today. He even then goes to the banjo-playing for a bit as well and does his trademark "Excuuuuuuuuuuuse me!". Great opening.

    Commercial: Speak Out For Milk (Chase) (1:52)

    --Chevy speaks out for milk, but continuously adds negative aspects of milk making them yell "Cut!" every time. Short and sweet.

    Jeopardy 1999! (Martin, Aykroyd, Chase, Newman) (7:14)

    --Art F114 (Martin) hosts this future-themed Jeopardy show with three contestants (Aykroyd, Chase, Newman). Even though this may seem dated because of its outlook on 1999, the questions and answers are hilarious particularly when they poke fun at Chevy Chase about to leave the show. More great stuff.

    Kinky Friedman sings "Dear Abbie" (3:25)

    --Kinky sings a somber country song that is quite soothing as a matter of fact. Nice performance.

    Weekend Update with Chevy Chase (also: Jane Curtin) (6:32)

    --Chevy makes a pretty clever joke by inserting the Ken Norton controversy into a Ford joke, which is probably the highlight. We also get an artist's rendering showing Rubin Carter drinking water and sitting in court with no sound, a commentary from Jane Curtin on fluorocarbons while Chevy makes faces behind her back, and writer Al Franken reading a story over Chevy's shoulder to his annoyance. Better than last week's edition for sure.

    Commercial: Fido-Flex (Martin, Radner) (1:18)

    --Steve advertises the Fido-Flex, which is an actual digital watchdog. Meh, it was a one-joke premise.

    The Beatniks (Martin, Aykroyd, Belushi, Chase, Curtin, Morris, Newman, Radner) (11:44)

    --A large ensemble sketch featuring the entire cast and Steve Martin as poets and singers rebelling against the establishment in an underground bar called "Plato's Cave" in the 1950s. Doesn't sound like it would be funny, eh? You're right. It's hilarious. With Chase as an inept guitarist, Martin as a ridiculous "artsy" poet, Morris as a blind harmonica and guitar player, Belushi as a paranoid comedian, Newman as a strange poet/interpretive dancer, and Aykroyd as the gritty-voiced announcer, it's hard to pick a favourite but I'll go with Steve.

    Looks At Books (Martin, Curtin) (3:46)

    --Jane Curtin interviews Dr. Lloyd Kaufman (Martin), who talks of the correlation between sports and sex and talks of sex having a negative impact on performance in sports. There's a few funny sight gags, but this is only okay.

    Weis Film #19: Autumn in New York (1:55)

    --Gary Weis talks of Autumn in New York and then we see several people around the city lip-synching to the song that plays over the video. This is definite filler.

    Dead Mary Richards (Martin, Aykroyd, Belushi, Curtin, Newman, Radner) (6:57)

    --Mary Richards' (Newman) boss Ted Baxter (Martin) finds her dead in her chair and it turns out that Baxter poisoned Mary by putting Drain-O in her coffee for a joke. It starts getting more ridiculous as Rhoda (Radner), Murray (Aykroyd), Sue Ann (Curtin), and Lou Grant (Belushi) find her as well and convince Ted to admit what he did on the air. Another terrific ensemble sketch with great performances from everyone.

    Mysteries in Medicine (Martin, Aykroyd, Belushi, Curtin, Newman) (5:00)

    --Dr. Paul Cone (Martin) is featured on "Mysteries in Medicine" for his ideas on weight loss diets as he gives one woman (Curtin) a Blog Diet, which involves putting her out in a log cabin where she must live off fish that she hides from Blog (Belushi). Quite bizarre, but funny.

    Ramblin' Steve (Martin) (5:16)

    --Steve comes back out for some more stand-up of sorts and does his "Ramblin' Man" character to the delight of the audience, which includes doing things like telling himself his shoes are untied and then tricking himself. More greatness from Mr. Martin.

    Even the goodnights are humourous as the cast has their backs turned and waves the wrong way while Steve Martin waves adios to the audience.

    Best segment: A tie between Jeopardy 1999! and The Beatniks
    Worst segment: Autumn in New York

    Host: Steve Martin - 9/10
    Musical Guest: Kinky Friedman - 7.5/10

    Steve Martin sure made a lasting impression by hosting this episode of Saturday Night. He also made the best of his opportunity and definitely showed that he was quite a gifted actor/comedian that would certainly go places in the future. His performances in the sketches he's involved in were wondeful and his stand-up comedy was off-beat and hilarious. Kinky Friedman only did one song, but it was a goodie and really set a nice tone. The cast was all so good as a whole on this episode so it's really hard to pick a stand-out. Congrats to everyone on this terrific episode.

    Rating: 8.5/10
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