SNL Transcripts: Eric Idle: 10/02/76


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  Season 2: Episode 3

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Special Guests:


Bit Players:

October 2nd, 1976

Eric Idle

Joe Cocker



Richard Belzer

Howard Shore

Lorne Michaels

Neil Innes

Neil Levy

Tom Davis

Tom Schiller

Alan Zweibel

Anne Beatts

Michael O’Donoghue

Paul Shaffer
The Real Chevy ChaseSummary: An impostor (Richard Belzer) attempts to replace a still-hospitalized Chevy Chase.

Bio: Richard Belzer (1944-). Comedian/writer/actor; once a member of the comedy group, Channel One; served as audience warm-up comedian during SNL’s first season; featured player on the National Lampoon Radio Hour, 1973-75; on television, has portrayed Det. John Munch on “Homicide: Life on the Street” (1993-99) and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1999-).

Other Appearances: 77o, 79t.


Eric Idle’s MonologueSummary: Jane Curtin interrupts Eric Idle’s screaming version of “Here Comes The Sun.”

Bio: Eric Idle (1943-). English comedian/actor; writer/performer on “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” (1969-74) and its subsequent film releases.

Also Hosted: 76t, 78h, 79b.

Cameos: 76b, 86f.


Genetic CounselorSummary: A genetics counselor (Eric Idle) offers an expecting couple (Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner) their choice of wild personality traits in their child.


KLOG RadioSummary: Disc jockey Kenneth Wardell (Dan Aykroyd) simultaneously hosts morning shows on AM/FM sister stations.


Killer BeesSummary: Eric Idle ruins a Killer Bees swine flu innoculation sketch by using his natural British dialect.

Recurring Characters: Bees.

Joe Cocker performs “You Are So Beautiful”Bio: Joe Cocker (1944-). Singer; partnered with Chris Stainton in 1966 to form The Grease Band; as a solo artist, he frequently performed cover versions of Beatles hits; his intense stage movements were often lampooned by John Belushi.

Also Performed: 82l.

Baba Wawa’s FarewellSummary: Before leaving NBC, Baba Wawa (Gilda Radner) explains the reasoning for her departure.

Recurring Characters: Barbara Walters.


Weekend Update with Jane CurtinSummary: Amateur drawings recount the boxing match between Ken Norton and Mohammed Ali. Garrett Morris reports on a prank circumcision of Michelangelo’s David. A Johnny Carson clip shows Ed Ames (John Belushi) attacking the silhouette.

EpifixSummary: A druggist (Dan Aykroyd) uses the injection to relieve his headache.

The RutlesSummary: Lorne Michaels reports that a lying Eric Idle tricked him out of the money intended for The Beatles. He offers as a substitute video, a documentary of British pop group The Rutles.

Nazi SpiesSummary: A pair of spies (Eric Idle, Dan Aykroyd) discuss their plans to assassinate Hitler while hunched over a table in a Nazi hangout.

Joe Cocker & Joe Cocker (John Belushi) perform “Feelin’ Alright”Recurring Characters: Joe Cocker.

DragnetSummary: Joe Friday (Dan Aykroyd) and his companion, Saturday Morning (Eric Idle), wear women’s clothing at the precinct, until John Belushi finally explains that British drag humor doesn’t work in America.


Drag Racing TodaySummary: Still dressed in women’s clothing, Eric Idle and Dan Aykroyd race on foot.


Stuff performs “Foots”Bio: New-York based jazz funk band assembled for Joe Cocker’s 1975 album, “Jamaica Say You Will”; members: Gordon Edwards, Richard Tee, Eric Gale, Cornell Dupree, Steve Gadd, Chris Parker.

The Undersea World of Jacques CousteauSummary: The voice of Jacques Cousteau (John Belushi) narrates a journey within the depths of what turns out to be a goldfish tank. From above, Eric Idle drops cheesecake, wine, coffee, and other items into the tank as demonstration that fish enjoy people food.

Ken NortonSummary: Ken Norton (Garrett Morris) insists that he’s a better boxer than Mohammad Ali.

Cufflinks Of The Gods?Summary: Erica Viedonagen (Laraine Newman) explores the possibility of an alien comic existence.


PongSummary: While playing Pong, Al Franken and Tom Davis relay the answers to a tough Math problem.



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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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