SNL Transcripts: Eric Idle: 04/23/77: Oxxon


 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 2: Episode 20

76t: Eric Idle / Alan Price, Neil Innes


[ open on overhead footage of an elevated oil rig ] [ art card: “Oxxon” ]

Announcer: This… is the biggest prop ever made for a commercial — and Oxxon paid for it. The rising cost of oil advertising is just one reason why your energy costs more. These shots are taken from a helicopter. Do you have any idea how much a helicopter like this costs to rent? And for every little film that you’re watching right now, there’s a hundred feet we didn’t use. That’s a lot of film, expensive film.

[ cut to employees working at a massive control board ]

Look at this set — very expensive. And we have to use ALL union actors, and an all union crew to shoot these things.

[ cut to the employees eating lunch in the cafeteria ]

And we’ve got to feed these people. Not just spaghetti, but meat. Just look at this guy eat!

[ cut back to the elevated oil rig ]

And don’t forget about me, the guy who narrates these things — I get paid, too. And once the commercial’s made, the cost just begins. We’ve got to pay up to $100,000 a minute just so you can see this. So, next time you complain about oil prices, turn on your TV and watch an expensive oil commercial like this one.

[ dissolve to art card: “Oxxon, Energy for a gullible America” ]

Jingle: “Energy for a gullible America”!

[ fade ]

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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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