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Media giant Oprah Winfrey hosts this 1986 episode. Selected sketches and segments include A Color Purple take-off in the Cold Opening, "Cute Shop," "The Wart Hog," and "Craig Sundberg: ... See full summary »


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James Downey (head writer), A. Whitney Brown | 14 more credits »


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Episode credited cast:
Joan Cusack ... Various
Robert Downey Jr. ... Himself / John Cougar Mellencamp / Jimmy Chance / Various (as Robert Downey)
Nora Dunn ... Pat Stevens / Craig Sundberg / Ashley Ashley / Various
Anthony Michael Hall ... Himself / Various
Jon Lovitz ... Tommy Flanagan / Various
Dennis Miller ... Weekend Update Anchor / Various
Randy Quaid ... The Wart Hog / Various
Terry Sweeney ... Various
Danitra Vance ... Cabrini Green Jackson / Various
Oprah Winfrey ... Herself - Host / Various
Joe Jackson Joe Jackson ... Himself - Musical Guest
A. Whitney Brown ... Himself / Detective
Don Novello ... Detective
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Pardo ... Himself - Announcer (voice)


Media giant Oprah Winfrey hosts this 1986 episode. Selected sketches and segments include A Color Purple take-off in the Cold Opening, "Cute Shop," "The Wart Hog," and "Craig Sundberg: Idiot Savant." For clearance reasons, episodes have been edited from their original version.

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Comedy | Music




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12 April 1986 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joe Jackson was under a four-minute time limit for his second musical performance. He kept a stopwatch on his piano and as he reached his limit he blows a whistle and says "That's it, four minutes". See more »


Jimmy Chance: Well, smoking is such a major part of emotion.
Ashley Ashley: Emotion is a major part of smoking.
Jimmy Chance: And smoking is such a major part of acting.
Ashley Ashley: Smoking is acting. I mean the ultimate thing in acting is to draw the audience in and blow them out.
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References Dynasty (1981) See more »


I Play The Maids
Performed by Danitra Vance
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Joe Jakson
30 August 2014 | by sheila167See all my reviews

This episode introduced me to this 'weird',yet 'Awesome' musical artist.

My very favorite song is "soul kiss" followed by "right and wrong". Upon seeing him perform these two songs, I remember rushing to the record store to buy his "world tour" album. Whenever I turn my friends on to his music, I ask: you heard of 'Joe Jackson' , right? Most of them think I mean "Micheal Jackson's" dad, also named Joe Jackson!! Usually I need to play the song "step'in out" by him, before they know who I mean. Boy, talk about the "banana boat" !! Duh.. Not long ago,(perhaps a year or two), I saw Joe Jackson perform a song playing

piano, on " Jimmy Fallon's" late night talk show, and he's still got it!!

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