SNL Transcripts: Shelley Duvall: 05/14/77: Baba Wawa At Large

 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 2: Episode 21

76u: Shelley Duvall / Joan Armatrading

Baba Wawa At Large

Baba Wawa…..Gilda Radner
Richard Burton…..Bill Murray

[ title card: “Baba Wawa At Large” ]

[ dissolve to Baba Wawa, seated on stage next to Richard Burton ]

Baba Wawa: Hewwo! I’m Baba Wawa, and wewcome to “Baba Wawa at Wawge”! Continuing with my vewy pewsonal and weveawing in-depth intewviews with the wenowned! It’s my pweasuh to give a Baba Wawa hewwo to the man who was mawwied wongest to Wiz Taywuh — Mistuh Wichud Buhton!

Richard Burton: Thank you, BABA! I truly, truly mean this, from the DEPTHS of my heart when I tell you that I LOVE your show and I watch you ALL the time!

Baba Wawa: [ she giggles ] Well, thank you, Wichud!It’s so wonduhfuh to heaw the sounds that woll ovuh yuh wywics! Uh, to heaw — to heaw them revuhbuhwate thwough a cwowded theatuh or bwake wite buhbs with that wich, wich tweet!

Richard Burton: BABA! Would you please get out of my WRETCHED life? You’re much too KIND! But, you see, this is just my STAGE voice, which I use for PROJECTION purposes! What my REAL voice is, is sort of a southern Great Lakes/Midwestern, uh, sort of voice, sort of like THIS: [ with a nerdy tone ] “Hey, girls? Where’s the cast party?”

Baba Wawa: [ she chuckles ] Ohhhh, Wichud! Wet’s get down to bwass tacks. Uh — a wot of peopuh awe cuwious to know: are you stihh a wush who dwinks wike a jewwyfish?

Richard Burton: No, I haven’t touched a DROP of John Barleycorn for FIVE weeks!

Baba Wawa: [ she chuckles ] Oh, well, that’s a wemawkabuh achievement for, uh — a, uh — wituhwee wefowmed ahcohowic!

Richard Burton: [ he laughs ] Well, I was in a COMA for the first FOUR weeks! [ he laughs ] No, I was just KIDDING about that! Make that PERFECTLY clear, I’m KIDDING about that COMA! A lot of VICIOUS stories get started that way!

Baba Wawa: Well, uh — Wichud, what do you think about the, uh, weedicuwous stowwies that awe witten about you?

Richard Burton: I think that the PEOPLE who WRITE them are SPINELESS PARASITES!! They are CREATURES who just make their living off of SUCKING off of other people’s LIVES!! [ Baba wipes a glob of Burton’s spit from her eye ] Uhhh — this month, for example. Uh, a story DEFAMED me in the pages of Teen Time magazine! THEY had nothing good to say! Uhhh — Tiger Beat magazine TRASHED me! Uhh — Sixteen magazine claimed I like to get DRUNK and fly upside-down in my private plane!

Baba Wawa: Weawwy?

Richard Burton: They HATE me! They DESPISE me! And just because I’m a PARTY ANIMAL!! I like to PARTY! PARTY! PARTY! And they DON’T!!

Baba Wawa: [ she chuckles ] Well, Wichud… you wed and wuvved Ewizabeth Taywuh — uh, you showuhed huh with emwahds and wubies and gave huh the wahget WOCK in the WOHWD! What was Wiz wiwwy wike, Wichud?

Richard Burton: Elizabeth Taylor was not only a very INTELLIGENT woman, in addition to being a very TALENTED actress.. but she’s also a very HOT tomato, if you know what I mean. [ he pulls out his wallet from his back pocket ] You ought to take a look at these PICTURES I’ve got of her — it’s UNBELIEVABLE! [ pulls pictures of Liz Taylor from his wallet ] Look at THIS — look at THIS! You believe THAT?!

Baba Wawa: Oooohhh, weawwy!

Richard Burton: Yeah, here she is! SWIMSUIT! You see what I see!

Baba Wawa: Yes!

Richard Burton: I used to be MARRIED to THAT! Do you believe that? Every night! Whenever I want it! I was MARRIED to it! I HAD her! I threw it away! [ a beat ] Oh, am I STUPID! [ Baba chuckles as Murray falls back into his own voice ] Really! Maybe I’m losing my accent again, but I really BLEW it that time! [ he puts his wallet away ]

Baba Wawa: Wichud! Wichud! Cawm down! Befaw you go, wood you do us a favuh? Wood you wecite something faw us?

Richard Burton: BABAAAA!! It would be a privilege! [ he begins ] “Each evening… from December to December… before you drift to sleep upon your cot… think back upon all the tales you remember… of Camelot.”

Baba Wawa: Ohhhh! That’s fwum “Camewot”!

Richard Burton: No, that’s “Cam-e-LOT”!

Baba Wawa: Ohhhhh, I WUV that show! I have the ahbum, and I know ahh the songs by hawt! [ singing ] “If evuh I wood weeeeave yooooouuuuu!” [ she stops ] But, Wichud… I’ve heawd “Camewot” a wot! Uhhh — can you, uh — don’t you know any thing ewse?

Richard Burton: By HEART?

Baba Wawa: Yes.

Richard Burton: [ thinking ] No! Just THIS: “Each evening… from December to December… before you drift to sleep upon your cot –“

Baba Wawa: [ to the camera ] Wadies and gentuhmen… I know it sounds a bit bizaww… but we’ve wun out of time! I’d wike to thank Wichud Buhton! [ she giggles ]

Richard Burton: Thank YOU, BABAAAAA!!!

Baba Wawa: This is Baba Wawa saying… good night!

Richard Burton: Bye, BYYYYE!!

[ fade ]

SNL Transcripts

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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