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Miskel Spillman/Elvis Costello 

The show was notable for Elvis Costello and the Attractions beginning their song "Less than Zero" about British wartime fascist leader Oswald Mosley then quickly stopping it, with Elvis ... See full summary »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Miskel Spillman ... Herself - Host / Various
Elvis Costello ... Himself - Musical Guest
Al Franken ... Himself (as Franken)
Tom Davis ... Himself (as Davis)
Michael O'Donoghue ... Mr. Mike (as Mr. Mike)
Dan Aykroyd ... Weekend Update Anchor / Various
John Belushi ... Various
Jane Curtin ... Weekend Update Anchor / Various
Garrett Morris ... Various
Bill Murray ... Various
Laraine Newman ... Various
Gilda Radner ... Girl / Helen / Emily Litella
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Franken Joe Franken
Phoebe Franken Phoebe Franken
Steve Nieve ... Himself - Musical Guest (as Elvis Costello and The Attractions)
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Storyline

The show was notable for Elvis Costello and the Attractions beginning their song "Less than Zero" about British wartime fascist leader Oswald Mosley then quickly stopping it, with Elvis announcing "I'm sorry, Ladies and Gentlemen, there's no reason to do this song here". This apparently led to Costello's being barred from SNL for over 10 years. Written by Pete Cook

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Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

TV-14
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Details

Official Sites:

Official Site

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

NBC Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Elvis Costello was told he couldn't perform his song "Radio, Radio" on the show because his record company wanted him to perform a different song off his new album. However, as he performed the beginning of his song "Less Than Zero", he stopped after a few bars and immediately launched into the supposedly banned song. See more »

Quotes

[Elvis Costello and the Attractions start to perform "Less Than Zero"]
Elvis Costello - Musical Guest: [to band] Hold it! Hold it! Hold it!
[the band stops playing]
Elvis Costello - Musical Guest: [to audience] I'm terribly sorry. There's no reason to play this song here. Ready? One, two, three, four!
[Elvis and the Attraction perform "Radio, Radio"]
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Connections

Edited into Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Aria from 'Madame Butterfly'
Music by Giacomo Puccini and lyrics by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Performed by Laraine Newman
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