SNL Transcripts: Eric Idle: 10/20/79


 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 5: Episode 2

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Air Date:


Musical Guest:

Special Guests:


Bit Players:

October 20th, 1979

Eric Idle

Bob Dylan


Buck Henry

Andy Kaufman

Bob Zmuda

Peter Aykroyd

Mitchell Laurance
Eric is SickSummary: Buck Henry begs Lorne Michaels to let him host the show in place of a near-death Eric Idle.


MontageNote: Don Pardo introduces SNL’s newest performer by saying, “And a little of Harry Shearer.”

Eric Idle’s MonologueSummary: Confined to a stretcher, Eric Idle performs a new breed of medical impressions that require little movement.


Hotel-Motel Art FairSummary: Pitchman Tom Clay (Harry Shearer) promotes the exquisite art treasures being sold at the acclaimed Hotel-Motel Art Fair.

Recurring Characters: Tom Clay.


Shoe StoreSummary: A shoe salesman (Eric Idle) complicates his customer’s (Bill Murray) simple request for a size 10 and-a-half pair of brown shoes.


Bob Dylan performs “Gotta Serve Somebody”

Prince Charles Tells You How To Pick Up Girls!Summary: Prince Charles’ (Eric Idle) new book demonstrates the best methods for picking up girls.

Recurring Characters: Prince Charles.

Weekend Update with Jane Curtin & Bill MurraySummary: Political correspondent Gerald Hacker (Harry Shearer) reports on a presidential straw vote held in England. Economic advisor Roseanne Roseannadanna (Gilda Radner) wanders from discussing the increase in mortgage rates to social gaffes by designer Yves St. Laurent.

Recurring Characters: Roseanne Roseannadanna.


Hardcore IISummary: A teenager (Laraine Newman) searches for her long-lost father (Bill Murray), who’s now working as a transvestite stripper.

Bob Dylan performs “I Believe in You”

Andy KaufmanSummary: Andy Kaufman wrestles a random female audience member.


Heavy SarcasmSummary: Joan Face (Jane Curtin) is extra sarcastic towards her guests (Eric Idle, Bill Murray) on her show’s final broadcast.

Recurring Characters: Joan Face.


Ask ElvisSummary: Psychic Dorothy Haagen (Laraine Newman) channels the spirit of Elvis Presley (Andy Kaufman) to offer advice to her troubled viewers.


Bob Dylan performs “When You Gonna Wake Up”


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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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