Backstage Seance


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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