Backstage Seance

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Backstage Seance

…..Garrett Morris
…..Jane Curtin
…..Gilda Radner
…..Laraine Newman
…..John Belushi


[ open on Laraine Newman, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris and Gilda Radner sitting around a crystal ball in a back room of the studio ]

Garrett Morris: [ clutching a smoking cigarette ] Look, this is the 100th show, right? And, you know the psychic world works on the decimal system. It’s the perfect time! Now, there’s a lot of magic in the air.

Jane Curtin: Garrett, you don’t really beleive that, do you?

Garrett Morris: I don’t have to believe it – I know it! Now, there are spirits in the studio, and they have something to tell us.

Gilda Radner: What spirits, Garrett?

Garrett Morris: Spirits of those who are no longer with us.

Gilda Radner: You mean, like Francisco Franco?

Garrett Morris: No.. he’s dead, he’s dead. Laraine, turn off the lights. [ Laraine turns off the lights ] I feel.. the presence.. of another spirit. Now, everyone try to concentrate, okay?

[ Jane begins to convulse, the spirit of Mr. Mike speaking through her ]

Laraine Newman: Jane, are you okay..?

Garrett Morris: Shhh! Leave her alone. Spirit! Are you speaking through Jane? Huh? Spirit, are you speaking through Jane?

[ John Belushi’s face appears in the crystal ball ]

John Belushi: You know, I wanted to come back and do a scene with a little class, you know? A little diginity – Joe Cocker, Samurai, a Bee, a Cheeseburger scene. Something that was good, something that was well-written. But no-o-o-o-o-o! I have to come back and do a, do a cheap seance sketch!

Garrett Morris: John.. John.. is there anything else you have to say to us?

John Belushi: “Live.. from New York.. it’s Saturday Night!”

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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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