Saturday Night Live

Season 2 Episode 15

Steve Martin/The Kinks

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Feb 26, 1977 on NBC

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  • Steve Martin hosts for the second time with legendary musical guests the Kinks! Also, Lily Tomlin shows up to promote her broadway special.

    Steve Martin's first hosting stint was quite an awesome debut for the up-and-coming comedian, which led to great things for him as he went on to guest-host the Tonight Show and became more well-known to the public. That led to this episode, where the cast wanted to work with Steve again and thus, he came back. This time, the Kinks are the musical guests and they were quite a huge act to acquire for the show. The Kinks, of course, are responsible for some real greats like "You Really Got Me Now", "Lola", and many others. Lily Tomlin also was credited as a special guest on this episode to promote her upcoming Broadway show. Would this dynamic duo of host and musical guest result in another classic episode for Saturday Night or would it fall short?

    Host: Steve Martin
    Musical Guest: The Kinks

    Cold Open: Nobody Likes Steve (Martin, Belushi, Morris, Murray, Radner) (2:48)

    --Steve runs into Gilda, who brings up their previous fling and so Steve just acts all pompous and tells her he'll see her at 3am. The guys (Belushi, Morris, Murray) give him hassle about it as well until he does the opening. Good start.

    Monologue (Martin) (5:01)

    --Steve goofs around as per usual including taking a picture of himself, coming down with a sudden case of "happy feet, and singing one of his favourite tunes to name some of what he does. Another hilarious monologue from Steve.

    The Coneheads At Home (Martin, Aykroyd, Curtin, Newman) (5:43)

    The second appearance of the Coneheads with Connie (Newman) preparing for a Peter Frampton concert by decorating her cone. Eli Turnbull (Martin) from the IRS then comes over and witnesses their strange food consumption while he conducts an interview with them about their taxes. This is an absolute classic.

    Garrett Morris sings "Nur Wer Die Sehnsucht Kennt" (2:49)

    --Garrett dons himself in a Jamaican-style silk shirt and sings a German song, while a scroller explains the reason behind it. I liked these 'Garrett sings a foreign song' bits.

    Celebrity Weightlifting (Belushi, Murray, Radner) (3:37)

    --A reporter (Murray) introduces a weightlifting competition between Vasselai Alexev (Belushi) and Jackie Onassis (Radner), which results in an injury for Onassis of course. Decent one-joke bit.

    The Kinks perform a medley of "You Really Got Me Now", "All Day and All of the Night", "Well-Respected Man", and "Lola" (4:39)

    --The Kinks perform parts of four of their classics in one big medley, with "Lola" getting the most time at the end. Excellent performance by the legendary rock group.

    Weekend Update with Jane Curtin (also: Dan Aykroyd and Laraine Newman) (5:46)

    --Jane reports on everything from an Anita Bryant sex change to Carson going live this week after saying that she wouldn't repeat last week's opening because "she has a headache." Laraine Newman reports from the executive command's flying post and interviews General Robert Lazette (Aykroyd) on how the system works, who is then at a loss when Laraine questions him on its effectiveness. Good, if not a little too short, edition.

    Commercial: Dr. Breadloaf Quick-Loss Diet Book (Radner) (1:53)

    --Dr. Breadloaf (Radner) presents her diet book, which just tells you to eat the pages. Amusing stuff from Gilda.

    Broadway Baby (Martin, Curtin, Newman, Radner + Lily Tomlin) (3:58)

    --Lily tells Steve of her history with Jane, Laraine, and Gilda on her history in broadway and then sings "Broadway Baby" with the three female Not Ready For Primetime Players. Not really flat-out hilarious, but a well-done musical performance.

    Accidentally Pull The Plug (Martin, Belushi, Curtin, Murray) (3:52)

    --A couple's (Curtin, Murray) son, Buddy (Belushi), is in a coma as the doctor (Martin) tells them that he can "accidentally" pull the plug before Buddy suddenly makes a recovery. Steve gets to deliver his "EXCUUUUUUUUUSE ME" line and that is probably the highlight in this otherwise middling sketch.

    Film: Buster Holmes' Restaurant (1:45)

    --Buster Holmes shows off his soul food restaurant. Yeah, that's it.

    Hollywood Bingo (Martin, Aykroyd, Belushi, Curtin, Morris, Murray, Newman, Radner + Lily Tomlin) (4:06)

    --Gern Blanston (Martin) introduces the contestants, which include Charo (Radner), Vincent Price (Aykroyd), Farrah Fawcett-Majors (Tomlin), and Sammy Davis Jr. (Morris) to name but a few. The introductions are hilarious and most of the impressions are terrific as well.

    Home Movie: From the Big Orange to the Big Apple (Lily Tomlin) (3:28)

    --Submitted by "the friends of Lily Tomlin", this film shows a whole bunch of Lily's characters interacting with each other as they take a road trip. Pretty funny bit if you like Lily's comedy, which I do.

    Roots II (Martin, Aykroyd, Belushi, Morris, Murray, Newman) (5:30)

    --Alex Haley (Morris) presents the second part to his "Roots" mini-series after being convinced by NBC with $3 million to find some more ancestors. In this one though, the slave owner (Martin) own the white slaves (Belushi, Murray) and auctions them off. Pretty clever parody.

    The Kinks sing "Sleepwalker" (3:41)

    --The gang come back out to sing another one of their classics.

    Singles Bar (Martin, Radner) (3:11)

    --Two people (Martin, Radner) that meet at a singles bar share all kinds of weird coincidences after meeting at a singles bar. Great performances by both of them with some terrific chemistry as well.

    Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, and the cast wave goodbye for the night and do their usual spiel on stage.

    Best segment: The Coneheads At Home
    Worst segment: Buster Holmes' Restaurant

    Host: Steve Martin - 8.5/10
    Musical Guest: The Kinks - 9/10

    Steve brings the goods once again and turns in another wonderful performance as the host, which is the reason he kept getting invited back so damn often. This episode also showed that Steve can do straight man (as in the Coneheads sketch) and be wild and crazy (like Hollywood Bingo), but is always believable. The Kinks also brought out the big guns in their hugely entertaining medley of their hit songs as well as their delightful performance of their other tune, "Sleepwalker." Lily Tomlin was a fun addition as well as she got to perform a Broadway tune with the Saturday Night ladies, show her film, and also do a hilarious impression. For the cast, I am going to go with Gilda Radner as the dominant one in this episode for her wonderful presence and great performances. Solid episode to say the least.

    Rating: 8/10