Summary: SNL's inaugural sketch features a teacher (Michael O'Donaghue) tutoring English to an immigrant student (John Belushi). Eager to learn, the immigrant mimics his teacher down to the finest detail. Chevy Chase appears as a stagehand at the end.
Note: Don Pardo accidentally misannounces the cast as The Not For Ready Prime Time Players.
George Carlin's Monologue
Summary: After entering the stage through the audience, Carlin recites "Baseball and Football" from his new album "An Evening with Wally Londo, Featuring Bill Slazso".
Note: Carlin wanted to wear a t-shirt, but the network wanted him to wear a suit. As a compromise, Carlin wore a vest and jacket over his t-shirt, and hosted the show while reportedly stoned out of his mind.
Note: Carlin only appears on stage to perform stand-up or introduce the evening's musical guests.
Bio: George Carlin (1937-2008). Comedian; SNL's first-ever host; performed "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" routine on 1972 comedy album, "Class Clown".
Summary: A rape victim (Jane Curtin) testifies in court, but can't bare to repeat the lewd suggestion posed by her attacker. Instead, the pertinent evidence is written on a piece of paper and passed among the jury.
Summary: Kaufman at first appears nervous, then calmly turns on a recording of the "Mighty Mouse" theme song and lip-syncs a single key lyric.
Note: With the show running long at dress rehearsal, it was suggested that Lorne Michaels cut Kaufman's performance. He chose to cut a stand-up routine from Billy Crystal instead. Though peeved, Crystal did return later in the season to do another stand-up act.
Bio: Andy Kaufman (1949-84). Comedian; performed eccentric bits that often involved playing with his audience's heads; on television, he played mechanic Latka Gravas on "Taxi", 1978-83; portrayed by Jim Carrey in the 1999 bio-pic "Man on the Moon."
Note: The Muppets account for one of the strangest periods in SNL history, their appearance on the show a result of Jim Henson trying to shop out his puppets to adult audiences prior to producing "The Muppet Show." They were generally disliked by the cast and writers, often dumped upon Al Franken, Tom Davis and Alan Zwiebel to be written for. When referring to the Muppets, Michael O'Donaghue was often quoted as saying, "I won't write for felt."
Summary: Albert Brooks reports unlikely news items in his short film.
Note: Albert Brooks was offered the opportunity to host SNL every week. Because he wanted to write and produce short films instead, he suggested that the show use a different host each week. Being from California, Brooks failed to see the merit of doing a live show, suggesting instead that they tape the show twice without stopping tape earlier in the day, and playing the best of both performances in the show's time slot. Though the show is filmed live each week, the dress rehearsals and live performances would often be edited together for repeats aired later in the season.
Summary: Upon birth, bee fathers are informed of their newborns' ranks in the hive.
Recurring Characters: Bees.
Note: There was little audience reaction to the sketch, which writers blamed on a faulty PA system. Even though the network advised no more Bee sketches, Lorne Michaels thought the bit was funny and original and insisted on bringing the Bees back each week, making them SNL's first recurring characters.
Summary: Comedian Valri Bromfield mimics a teacher and a volleyball player in her routine.
Bio: Valri Bromfield (1949-). Comedienne; partnered as a comedy team with Dan Aykroyd before they joined the first Toronto company of the Second City; later produced "The Kids in the Hall" for Lorne Michaels.