SNL Transcripts: Eric Idle: 04/23/77


 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 2: Episode 20

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April 23rd, 1977

Eric Idle

Alan Price

Neil Innes

Jeanette Charles


Neil Levy

Anne Beatts

Al Franken

Tom Davis

Mitchell Laurance

Marilyn Suzanne Miller

Tom Schiller

Rosie Shuster

Alan Zweibel

Michael O’Donoghue

Jim Downey
Irish InterrogationSummary: A British soldier (Eric Idle) decides there’s only one way to make an Irishman (Bill Murray) talk.



Eric Idle’s MonologueSummary: Eric Idle and Queen Elizabeth II (Jeanette Charles) host a telethon to Save Britain.

Recurring Characters: Queen Elizabeth II.


American Dope Growers UnionSummary: Homegrown marijuana is here to stay.


The Nixon InterviewsSummary: David Frost’s (Eric Idle) lengthy interview session with Richard Nixon (Dan Aykroyd) proves to be a tiresome effort.

Recurring Characters: Richard Nixon, Pat Nixon, Julie Nixon.


Alan Price performs “Poor People”

Body LanguageSummary: Eric Idle narrates a Gary Weis film that gives a primer on the subject.


Weekend Update with Jane CurtinSummary: Bill Murray delivers an editorial on spanking and recalls some bad memories. Emily Litella (Gilda Radner) sings “I Will Swallow Him” for Tom Snyder.

Recurring Characters: Emily Litella.


OxxonSummary: Oxxon keeps oil prices high by filming costly commercials like this one.


Heavy Wit ChampionshipSummary: Boxers Ray Grimwade (Eric Idle) and Mohammed Stallion (John Belushi) seek laughs from the audience.

Ron Nasty performs “Cheese & Onions”Notes: Ron Nasty is Rutles member, Neil Innes.

The Battle of BritainSummary: A low-budget British war film.

Neil Innes perform “Shangri-La”

Plain TalkSummary: Eric Idle and Dan Aykroyd seem to understand one another’s gibberish language.


Trans Eastern FlightSummary: Flight attendant Sherry (Laraine Newman) acts cooperatively toward gun-toting passengers.

Recurring Characters: Sherry.


Alan Price performs “In Times Like These”

Save Great Britain TelethonSummary: To help raise more money, Bill Murray attempts to chug a full bottle of grape juice.

Recurring Characters: Queen Elizabeth II.



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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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