SNL Transcripts: Daniel J. Travanti: 04/10/82: Reagan Brand Economics


 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 7: Episode 16

81p: Daniel J. Travanti / John Cougar

Reagan Brand Economics

President Ronald Reagan…..Joe Piscopo
Harry…..Tony Rosato
Wife…..Christine Ebersole


[ INT. KITCHEN – MORNING ] [ A WIFE serves three children gumbo from a pot. She turns to her husbandHARRY whose sitting at the table. ]

Wife: More rat-tail gumbo, darling?

Harry: Oh come on!! This slop again!?!? When can we have some real food!?

[ Wife sits down. ]

Wife: Harry, you haven’t had a job in six months!

Harry: I can’t take this anymore! Everything we worked for has been wiped out!!

[ PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN turns around from kitchen counter. ]

President Ronald Reagan: Hey Harry! Why so tense?

[ President Reagan takes a seat. ]

Harry: Oh… Hi President Reagan.

President Ronald Reagan: Relax.

Harry: I don’t know. I guess it’s this economy. My banker tells me the highinterest rates and tight money are killing me.

President Ronald Reagan: Well, why not try Reagan Brand Economics?

Harry: I only try real economic programs.

President Ronald Reagan: Well, Reagan Brand Economics is real economics. 100%supply-side economics, but with no human compassion whatsoever.

[ President Reagan pulls out an information packet from his jacket and hands it to Harry. ]

President Ronald Reagan: Here. Try some.

Harry: Hey! Wow! This trickle-down theory is really something! Cuts out alot the waste. Doesn’t it?

President Ronald Reagan: Sure! Give it time.

[ TITLE CARD: THREE MONTHS LATER ] [ INT. KITCHEN – MORNING ] [ Harry’s wife is serving President Reagan some gumbo. ]

President Ronald Reagan: Enough rat-tail gumbo for me?

Harry & Wife: I’ll say!

Harry: Thanks to Reagan Brand Economics, two of our children are dead andwe sold the other one.

[ President Reagan laughs it up. ]

President Ronald Reagan: Reagan Brand Economics from Washington — where the D.C.stands for “Don’t Care”!



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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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