SNL Transcripts: Dennis Hopper: 05/23/87


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May 23rd, 1987

Dennis Hopper

Roy Orbison


Roy Orbison, “Crying”

  • Easy Rider

    Wyatt (Dana Carvey) and Billy (Hopper) survived their southern shooting.

  • Dennis Hopper’s Monologue

    Hopper says it’s great to be clean and sober.

  • Church Chat

    Hopper and Church Lady (Dana Carvey) discuss wilder days.

    Recurring Characters: Church Lady, Jenny Baker.

  • Roy Orbison performs “Crying” and “Pretty Woman”

  • Frank Booth’s What’s That Smell?

    Contestants must inhale odors and guess the correct smell.

    Recurring Characters: Robin Leach, Tammy Faye Bakker.

  • Weekend Update with Dennis Miller

    Tommy Flanagan (Jon Lovitz) lies about client Oliver North’s innocence.

    A. Whitney Brown demonstrates juggling act for the Class of ’87.

    Recurring Characters: Tommy Flanagan.

  • Problem Drinkers From Outer Space

    Drunken aliens (Hopper, Phil Hartman) give press conference on Earth.

  • This Week with David Brinkley

    Sam Donaldson (Kevin Nealon) distracts panel discussion by leaning back in chair.

    Recurring Characters: David Brinkley, George Will, Sam Donaldson.

  • Cannibal Job Interview

    Cannibalism questions are raised during Hal McGowan’s (Hopper) job interview.

  • Roy Orbison performs “In Dreams”

  • Last Chance Gas Station

    Small town car mechanic (Hopper) argues with businessman (Phil Hartman).

  • Sweeney Sisters

    Liz (Nora Dunn) and Candy Sweeney (Jan Hooks) sing “goodbye” medley.

    Recurring Characters: Liz Sweeney, Candy Sweeney.

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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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