Saturday Night Live Transcripts
Season 2: Episode 11
Ralph Nader’s Monologue
… Ralph Nader
Don Pardo: Ladies and gentlemen, Ralph Nader!
Ralph Nader: [enters from the audience to stand athome base, acknowledges the applause, and puts on hiseyeglasses] I– Thank you very much, of course. I feela slight loss of innocence doing this show tonight.After all, this television studio’s in the RCABuilding in midtown Manhattan, the heart of CorporateAmerica. I had my doubts about working here. But Imust say that everybody here’s been very friendly andhelpful. To be honest, I didn’t really expect thismuch cooperation — especially since my researchgroups have been investigating the RCA corporation,which owns NBC, for a number of corporate abuses.[Although his voice continues, Nader’s imagedisappears, replaced by a graphic that reads: NETWORKTROUBLE TEMPORARY]
We’re concerned about their hazardous workingconditions, alleged price fixing, bribes to foreignofficials and too much television violence.[Nader’s image returns.]
I could go on and on but this is a night forentertainment, a night for fun! And I must say againthat the people here at NBC have treated mewonderfully. They’ve really been terrific consideringthe fact that we’ve just sued them for ten milliondollars for deceptive advertising.
In any case, we have a challenging show tonight andwe’ll be right back after this message.[Camera pans back to a grinning Nader and returns tofocus as the audience applauds.]