SNL Transcripts: Mardi Gras Special: 02/20/77


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  Season 2: Mardi Gras Special

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February 20th, 1977

Randy Newman

Randy Newman

Buck Henry

Eric Idle

The New Leviathan Fox Trot Orchestra

Penny Marshall

The Meters

Cindy Williams

Henry Winkler

Roberts Batson

Mayor Moon Landrieau

Paul Shaffer

Michael O’Donoghue
President Carter at Mardi GrasSummary: President Jimmy Carter (Dan Aykroyd) addresses the crowd from the tail end of the Andrew Jackson statue in Jackson Square.

Recurring Characters: President Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter.



Randy Newman performs “Louisiana 1927”Note: Randy Newman performs at the Theater of the Performing Arts, located in Armstrong Park at 801 North Rampart Street.


The Bacchus ParadeSummary: Buck Henry and Jane Curtin comment on the crowd waiting for the Bacchus parade to arrive, then turn their attention to the “Let’s Hit Al Hirt (John Belushi) in the Mouth with a Brick” contest.

Note: The contest refers to an incident seven years earlier when Al Hirt was injured while riding in a Mardi Gras parade. It was believed that Hirt was hit in the mouth by a brick thrown from a parade reveler.


QuarrySummary: The all-rock cereal that’s chock full of minerals.

Note: Repeat from 76h.

The Wild Bees Motorcycle ClubSummary: In their desperate search to meet men at the Mardi Gras, Rhonda Weiss (Gilda Radner), Sherry (Laraine Newman) and Penny Marshall meet the rowdy members of The Wild Bees Motorcycle Club (Bill Murray, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd).

Recurring Characters: Rhonda Weiss, Sherry, Bees.


Fats Domino As Sung By Garrett MorrisSummary: Garrett Morris’ version of Fats Domino’s songs all feature the same set of piano notes.


Randy Newman performs “Marie”Transcript

CemeteriesSummary: In a film by Gary Weis, a a man who paints above-ground cemetery tombs for a living discusses his career.


TomorrowSummary: Tom Snyder (Dan Aykroyd) interviews a bouncer named Honker (Bill Murray) and Pink Lady topless dancer, Velocity (Cindy Williams).

Recurring Characters: Tom Snyder, Honker.


Baba Wawa at LargeSummary: Baba Wawa (Gilda Radner) interviews this year’s King of Bacchus, Henry Winkler.

Recurring Characters: Barbara Walters.


Mussolini Re-CreationSummary: Ricky Mussolini (John Belushi) re-creates his grandfather’s 1940 visit to New Orleans.


Crowd ReactionSummary: Eric Idle reports on the crowd reaction to the Bacchus parade at an empty outdoor cafe.


Gary Weis Down SouthSummary: A film by Gary Weis displays a montage of Dixie signs throughout New Orleans.


The New Leviathan Oriental Fox Trot Orchestra performs “Rebecca Came Back From Mecca”Lyrics

Krewe of Apollo BallSummary: Penny Marshall reports on the proceedings at the Krewe of Apollo ball, which extensively features men in drag.


Stella!Summary: Stanley Kowalski (John Belushi) yells for “Stella!” outside what he believes to be his apartment.


The Antler DanceSummary: Mr. Mike (Michael o’Donoghue) performs the Antler Dance from atop a balcony, as Paul Shaffer sings the lyrics.


Weekend Update with Jane Curtin & Buck Henry!Summary: Mayor Moon Landrieau presents Garrett Morris with the combination to the city. Laraine Newman interviews a man (John Belushi) who carries on a tradition of taping live mice to his eyebrows. Emily Litella (Gilda Radner) interviews a “liverboat” captain (Bill Murray).

Recurring Characters: Emily Litella.


Randy Newman performs “Kingfish”Transcript

Jean LafitteSummary: Jean Lafitte (Bill Murray) goes to great lengths to make the point that he is not a pirate.


Krewe of Apollo Ball IISummary: Penny Marshall and — finally — Cindy Williams reports on the coronation at the Krewe of Apollo ball.


Randy Newman performs “Sail Away”Transcript

GoodnightsSummary: With the realization that the broadcast is over and the Bacchus parade isn’t going to show, Randy Newman, Buck Henry and Jane Curtin say “Good night.”

Note: The Bacchus parade never showed at Buck and Jane’s location on time because a street reveler was run over by one of the floats near the beginning of the route. The parade eventually resumed, though it had to be rerouted to make up for lost time.


Dress Rehearsal Cuts

The Meters perform “Hey Pocky A-Way” and “Mardi Gras Mambo”Note: The Meters were originally to close the broadcast while performing these local favorites, but ended up cut from the show entirely. They did get a chance to play on SNL a month later, though, by that time, keyboardist Art Neville had already left the group.

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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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