Saturday Night Live (1975– )
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Raquel Welch/Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian 

Lorne Michaels tries to lure the Beatles onto the show. Baba Wawa makes her first appearance.


Dave Wilson, Gary Weis


Herbert Sargent (as Herb Sargent), Chevy Chase | 16 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raquel Welch ... Herself - Host / Jane Russell / Various
Phoebe Snow ... Herself - Musical Guest
John Sebastian ... Himself - Musical Guest
Jim Henson ... King Ploobis (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Dan Aykroyd ... Howard Hughes / Various
John Belushi ... Joe Cocker / Various
Chevy Chase ... Weekend Update Anchor / Various
Jane Curtin ... Jessica Antlerdance / Herself / Announcer
Garrett Morris ... Husband / Skip Dixon / Himself / Nurse
Laraine Newman ... Herself / Nurse
Gilda Radner ... Baba Wawa / Colleen Fernman / Various
Frank Oz ... The Mighty Favog (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Jerry Nelson ... Scred (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Alice Tweedy Alice Tweedy ... Queen Peuta (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Richard Hunt ... Wisss (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)


The host for the episode is Raquel Welch, and the musical guests are Phoebe Snow (her second appearance) and John Sebastian. The skits for this episode are as follows: Chevy Chase presents the an award for best performance by a political actor, but becomes angered when he gets handed a card telling him to stop talking and just do the fall already. During Raquel Welch's monologue, she is joined by Joe Cocker in a duet performance of "Superstar". An ad pitches a new Purina pet food for rats. A spokesman from the U.S. Council of Standards and Measures presents a new streamlined metric alphabet. Two sportscasters present the results from the Claudine Longet Ski Invitational, in which every competitor gets 'accidentally' shot by Claudine as they go down the slope. During the weekend update, Laraine Newman looks at the results of the preliminary party elections and Baba Wawa complains about Tom Snyder's hair. Producer Lorne Michaels makes an offer to pay the Beatles $3000 if the come on the... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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24 April 1976 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The "Claudine Longet Invitational" provoked a legal threat from her estranged husband Andy Williams. One month later, Don Pardo delivered a convoluted apology. See more »


References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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5 Music segments, and none of them are any good
3 September 2013 | by brtndrSee all my reviews

The opening of the show, where Lorne Michaels offers the Beattles $3,000 dollars to reunite and perform on SNL is a classic, and by far the best part of this entire episode. Then it's all down hill after that.

However, one surprising thing about this episode of SNL is that Raqhel Welch opens the show by doing a cover of Karen Carpenter's "Superstar". I didn't even know Raquel Welch could sing until I saw the 18th episode of the 1st season of SNL. And now, I'm absolutely convinced that Requel Welch can't sing. While Raquel's singing isn't horrible to-listen-to. However, her singing voice is very average at best, and instantly forgettable.

On top of that, Pheobe Snow was one of the 2-musical acts booked on the show that night, along with John Sebatian of 'The Loving Spoonfull'. I found Pheobe Snow's singing and song writing so annoyingly awful that even Yoko Ono would walk out of the room. Pheobe Snow was introduced by Raquel as an extremely talented musical genius just before Pheobe's 1st performance. But, does anyone remember hearing a single song by Pheobe Snow on the radio in the 70's, or any other decade? I sure don't.

John Sebatian later performed his hit single at the time "Welcome Back". Which would've been easily the best musical performance of the entire episode. However, unfortunately due to sound problems with his microphone at the beginning of the song, John's live performance seemed uninspired after the rough start.

As for the comedy sketches themselves, other than a running joke about trying to con Raquel Welch into undressing in front of the cameras. Which was pretty funny. The rest of the sketches for the night reminded me of bad high school talent show routines.

Two skits in particular standout in my mind because they at least had a pretty good creative idea behind them like, "One Flew Over the Hornets Nest", a parody of the now classic film "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest" involving the 'Killer Bees'. And, a sketch called, "Howard Hughes New Golden Bra for Jane Russell", featuring Raquel Welch of coarse. However, neither of these 2 sketches ever panned out comedicly, and ended-up once again coming off as rather amateurish in execution by the end.

In my opinion, there's a reason why no skits from the 18th episode of Season-1 are ever included in the Best of SNL broadcasts or DVD releases, because there are no skits or musical performances in this episode worth remembering, other than that awesome opening bit with Lorne Michaels.

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