SNL Transcripts: Dyan Cannon: 05/15/76


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  Season 1: Episode 20

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May 15th, 1976

Dyan Cannon

Leon & Mary Russell



Paul Shaffer

Neil Levy

Alan Zweibel

Season 1: Order Now!free website hit counter Chevy’s Fall, Take TwoSummary: Chevy Chase has performed the weekly opening fall, but learns that the show wasn’t yet on the air and that he’ll have to do it all over again.



Dyan Cannon’s MonologueSummary: Dyan Cannon shyly introduces herself to the audience, then tels them about an unfilled dream to be whisked away by a man on a white horse. Pianist Paul Shaffer picks Dyan up and carries her off the stage, but this isn’t what she had in mind.

Bio: Dyan Cannon (1937-) was Oscar-nominated for her performance in the 1969 film, “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.” Mother of actress Jennifer Grant, a result of Cannon’s short-lived marriage to film legend Cary Grant.


ZingSummary: Ms. Elaine Szigeti (Laraine Newman) participates in a diet soda taste test, and chooses sugar-free Zing over a glass of phlegm.

Hearing TestSummary: Participants (Garrett Morris, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin) in a hearing test fail to realize that thugs (John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd) have entered the room and taken the teacher (Dyan Cannon) hostage during a wild police shootout.

The AffairSummary: When a husband (Dan Aykroyd) comes home early and discovers a strange man (Chevy Chase) lying on top of his wife (Dyan Cannon) on the couch, he demands an explanation. They feed him a series of lies ranging from a broken lamp and the swine flu, and he falls for it.


Vacationland AdventureSummary: Head of Bulgarian Tourist Bureau (John Belushi) shows Jane Curtin the film “Bulgaria Dis Vintor” to promote American tourism in Bulgaria.

Dyan’s Dream ISummary: A hoarse-sounding Dan Aykroyd has interpreted Dyan Cannon’s monologue dream to involve a man with a sore throat.


Leon & Mary Russell perform “Satisfy You”Bio: Leon Russell (1942-) collaborated with practically every big name in the music business before opening his own recording studio in 1967. He married singer Mary McCreary in 1975, and they recorded an album together the following year.


Next WeekSummary: Laraine Newman thinks next week’s host, Buck Henry, is disgusting.


Weekend Update with Chevy ChaseSummary: Correspondent Laraine Newman interviews a Nevada gas station attendant (Garrett Morris) who claims to have an alternate copy of Howard Hughes’ will. Chevy Chase’s weather report is documented through a crude series of artist’s renderings. Garrett Morris again repeats the top story for the hard-of-hearing.


Florida Orange JuiceSummary: Anita Bryant (Jane Curtin) promotes natural Florida orange juice while being held hostage in war-torn Beirut.

Recurring Characters: Anita Bryant.


The FuneralSummary: While giving the eulogy at a funeral, a priest (Chevy Chase) suffers through a disruptive bout of the hiccups.

Dyan’s Dream IISummary: Acting as a pimp, Garrett Morris has interpreted Dyan Cannon’s monologue dream to involve a pair of white prostitutes (Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman).

Gary Weis FilmSummary: Gary Weis’ film crosscuts interviews of newlyweds and marital infidelity investigators.

Bathwater Of The StarsSummary: Pitchman Roy Waddmaker (Dan Aykroyd) promotes the bottled bathwater of giggly Cindy Cleavage (Dyan Cannon) and other celebrities.


Marine CorpsSummary: Private Rick Duncan (Chevy Chase) is abused by his sergeant (Dan Aykroyd) when his verbal gaffes demand multiple takes for a Marine Corps commercial.

Leon & Mary Russell perform “Daylight”Recurring Characters: Joe Cocker.


Johnny AngelSummary: Teenaged Dyan (Dyan Cannon) is dying to make an impression on “Johnny Angel”, whom her parents (John Belushi, Gilda Radner) are horrified to learn are three members of the Hells Angels (Garrett Morris, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase). As Dyan bursts into song, the Hells Angels tear the house apart and tie her parents up with rope.


Cresk ToothpasteSummary: Pharmacist (John Belushi) recommends Cresk toothpaste for housewife’s (Gilda Radner) dead son.


Dyan’s Dream IIISummary: John Belushi rides onto the stage on his friend Horace’s (Alan Zweibel) back, having misinterpreted Dyan Cannon’s monologue dream.

“The Hub-Cap Thief”Summary: This week’s home movie is a Nugent Rasero Fitzgerald Production, in which a hapless hubcap thief doesn’t complete his task in time and is rolled around town by an unsuspecting driver.


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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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