SNL Transcripts: Matthew Broderick: 10/15/88: The Five Beatles



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88b: Matthew Broderick / The Sugarcubes

The Five Beatles

Albert Goldman…..Phil Hartman
John Lennon…..Matthew Broderick
Paul McCartney…..Dana Carvey
George Harrison…..Dennis Miller
Ringo Starr…..Jon Lovitz
Elvis…..Kevin Nealon
Roadie……Tom Davis

[ open on a series of press publications regarding Albert Goldman’s biography of John Lennon – cut to Goldman speaking to the press ]

Albert Goldman: And I’m telling you, it’s all true.

Reporters: Mr. Goldman! Mr. Goldman!

First Reporter: What about the allegations that you lied?

Second Reporter: Many sources say you misquoted them.

Third Reporter: It almost seems like you had a personal grudge against John Lennon.

Albert Goldman: [ sarcastically ] Oh, alright.. I lied, print it. Albert Goldman is a liar! [ seriously ] I had to do it! Don’t you understand! After what they did to me?

Reporters: What? Did what to you?

Albert Goldman: [ reminiscing ] It all started 25 years ago, back in Liverpool. [ screen ripples, prompting a flashback, but returns to normal ] It was a long time ago.. [ screen ripples again, but still goes nowhere ] Oh, concentrate harder, for goodness sake!

[ screen finally goes into a flashback, fading to black-and-white, outside a nightclub, with superimposed title: “The Cavern, Liverpool, 1963.” Cut to inside the Cavern, where a young audience waits for the Beatles to arrive on stage. ]

Announcer: And now, ladies and gentleman, it’s time for our next act. Please give them a big Cavern welcome: John, Paul, George, Albert Goldman and Ringo, the five Beatles!

[ The Beatles enter onto the stage amidst enthusiastic screams from onlookers ]

Paul McCartney: [ giving the cue ] One two three four! [ band breaks into a rendition of “I Saw Her Standing There,” and the crowd goes wild ] [ singing ]

“She was just seventeen, and you know what I mean,
And the way she looked was way beyond compare,
I’d never danced with another, ooh!
When I saw her standing there.”

[ after the verse, Goldman breaks into a trombone solo, which brings a silence to the room. The music dallies off and Goldman is left hanging on an out-of-tune note. Screams suddenly return with the next verse ]

Paul McCartney: “Well we danced through the night,
and we held each other tight,
And before too long, I fell in love with her,
I’ll never dance with another, ooh!
When I saw her standing there,
When I saw her standing there.”

[ band ends on another note by Goldman, and again the audience turns silent, after which the Beatles leave the stage unenthusiastically ]

Announcer: The five Beatles! John, Paul, George, Albert Goldman and Ringo!

[ cut to backstage – Albert Goldman still looks the same as in the present, and speaks in a distinct American accent ]

Albert Goldman: [ irritated ] Where were you guys on that cue? I mean, come on, please, meet me halfway!

John Lennon: Sorry, Albert.

Albert Goldman: Actions, not words, fellas, comprende? Eh, Ringo? Alright, I gotta go grab some stuff. Nobody touch my horn! [ puts the horn aside and exits ]

Paul McCartney: I think we’ve got to talk about Albert.

George Harrison: Yeah, he’s a real problem.

Paul McCartney: Yeah, John.

John Lennon: Now fellas, fellas.. come on, fellas, he’s a nice guy.

Paul McCartney: Come on, John, don’t be daft. He’s a real drag!

George Harrison: Yeah, he just doesn’t fit in somehow.

John Lennon: Look fellas, we’re the only friends he’s got; we should show him some compassion. Besides his parents were nice enough to buy these amplifiers for us. Least we could do is be supportive.

Paul McCartney: Ringo, what’s your opinion?

Ringo Starr: [ uptight ] Oh listen, I don’t know.. whatever you fellas think. I mean, I’m just happy to be here.

John Lennon: No really, Ringo, tell us what you think.

Ringo Starr: [ hesitating ] Well.. alright then. Well, I think there are several points to consider. For one thing, we must remember this is a business first, and two, if people in the band are unhappy, it will affect the performance, and three, this is a crucial stage in our development, and I think..

Paul McCartney: Alright, alright, Ringo! I think that’s enough!

Ringo Starr: Well, whatever you guys think. I’m just happy to be here.

John Lennon: I just don’t see why you fellas don’t like him. I mean, he’s never had a nasty word for anyone.

[ a Roadie appears at the doorway ]

Roadie: Hello lads, you’ve got a visitor!

[ Elvis enters ]

Elvis: Hello everybody!

Beatles: Elvis!

Paul McCartney: Elvis, we’re your biggest fans!

John Lennon: What are you doing here, Elvis?

Elvis: I was doin’ two movies across the street and I heard your music, and it set my feet a-tappin’! Thought I’d come over to do some investigatin’!

Ringo Starr: Well, did you like it?

Elvis: You bet! Except for one thing – you gotta lose that fat, bald, unattractive guy who plays the horn.

John Lennon: But he’s a good friend!

Elvis: Listen, Lennon, you gotta remember – it’s a business first.

Ringo Starr: That’s what I said.

Paul McCartney: Quiet, Ringo! Elvis is talking!

Elvis: You gotta lose him. So now which one of yous here’s the leader?

Paul McCartney: I’m the leader.

Elvis: Well then, you’re gonna have to tell him.

Paul McCartney: [ retracting ] Oh, the “leeeeader“! Oh, well.. John’s the “leeeeader“!

George Harrison: It has to be done, John. It’s up to you.

John Lennon: [ pauses, then sighs ] Alright, I’ll do it. [ other Beatles get up to leave ]

Paul McCartney: Good for you, John!

George Harrison: Good luck, John!

Paul McCartney: Good luck, John.

Ringo Starr: [ presents a drum to John ] Here, John, take this. It’s me lucky drum. [ John accepts and puts it aside ]

Elvis: Here he comes. I’ll be right back here in case you need me. [ he goes into a hidden corner, off-camera, as Goldman returns ]

Albert Goldman: [ impatiently ] Well, now.. where is everybody? We have another set in five minutes! I told everyone to be here to rehearse “She Loves You, Wah Wah Wah.”

John Lennon: Actually, Albert, there’s no reason to rehearse.

Albert Goldman: [ surprised ] Oh really, Mr. Layabout? Did you hear the same set that I heard? Audience not liking, Beatles dying!

John Lennon: I hate to say this, Albert, but.. you’re out of the group.

Albert Goldman: [ crestfallen ] What?

John Lennon: Please don’t be upset, it’s hard enough as it is.

Albert Goldman: I just don’t get it. Is it because I’m bald and fat?

John Lennon: No.

Albert Goldman: Then why? Whose idea was this?

John Lennon: Everybody’s. Paul, George, Ringo, me..

Elvis: [ coming out of hiding ] And me.

Albert Goldman: [ does a double take in disbelief ] Elvis?!

Elvis: That’s right, son. You got no talent, you look bad. Get out of the business.

Albert Goldman: Well, you’ve got some nerve!

Elvis: And another thing – you oughtta watch your weight. Clean up your act, stay away from that junk food. Remembe – you are what you eat.

John Lennon: Sorry, Albert.

Albert Goldman: [ angry ] You think it’s so easy, don’t you? “Sorry, Albert, no hard feelings!” Well, I’ve got news for you, Mr. Presley, and you, too, Mr. Lennon! I’ll get my revenge! Maybe not soon.. maybe not for some time, because I’m a little scared of you. But some day, I’ll be back! [ shouts hysterically ] I’ll be back! [ storms out of the room ] I’ll be back! [ an echoing, sinister laugh is heard after he leaves. Elvis and John look on ]

Elvis: There goes the grace of God.

John Lennon: It’s a real shame.

Elvis: Come on, let’s go get some health food. [ he and John exit out the doorway ] [ screen fades out of the flashback, back to Goldman and the press ]

Albert Goldman: Well, that’s my story.

Reporter: So what ever happened to Elvis?

Albert Goldman: Oh, well, he became a big.. [a sullen look suddenly appears on his face as he realizes the reporter’s intention ] Who asked that question?! [ Reporters laugh hysterically ] I’ll get you!!!

[ fade to black ]

Submitted by: Rob Holtman

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SNL Transcripts: Matthew Broderick: 10/15/88: Cooking With Monkey




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  Season 14: Episode 2












88b: Matthew Broderick / The Sugarcubes

Cooking With Monkey

Don Winston…..Dana Carvey
Chef Antoine…..Jon Lovitz
Patron #1…..Jan Hooks
Patron #2…..Victoria Jackson
Patron #3…..Dennis Miller

[ Fade in to a kitchen as title card is shown ]

Don Winston: Good afternoon, and welcome once again to “Cooking With Monkey.” I’m your host, Don Winston. Tonight we’ll be making Monkey Casserole Mexicali, a spicy monkey dish from south of the border. [ takes a pot out of the oven ] All right. Mm-mm. [ sets it on the cutting board and lifts the lid ] Huh? The chiles just really wake up the monkey. Heh heh.Now, before we get started, I was at the zoo today, and I noticed something. Maybe you’ve noticed this too. They always put the snack bar right next to the monkey house. It’s true. And you know why, don’t you? It’s because you go in there, you see those monkeys and you get hungry. You walk outside, and there’s the snack bar. Pretty smart I guess, huh? Anyway, just something I noticed.And now, let’s get to our mailbag. [ picks up a letter ] This letter is from Jennifer Carson of Stockton, Texas, and she writes, “Dear Don, recently I served your recipe for Orange Monkey Flambé to my neighbors, but when I wheeled the flaming monkey out into the dining room, I was greeted with stares instead of the applause I was expecting. Did I not follow the recipe correctly?” Probably you followed the recipe, but guests can be intimidated by the sight of a flaming monkey. It’s a little too fancy for a get-to-know-you dinner. A better choice would have been something like … uh, Monkey Loaf with three bean salad, or even just Monkey Pot Pie.Okay, let’s get back to our recipe for Monkey Casserole Mexicali. Mm-mm! The first thing, of course, is good monkey meat. [ displays it in a bowl ] Now, it’s important to use a young monkey. [ holds up a photograph ] This is the monkey we’re preparing today. His name was Pepe and he was less than a year old. I had a little of him this morning and he was so good I couldn’t help but pick at him all day. [ chuckles ] You know what I’m talking about.The second thing you want with monkey meat is freshness. In fact, I had a chance recently to talk about this with the famous French chef Antoine at Monkey House on East 48th Street here in Manhattan. Can we roll that tape, please?[ the tape begins with an outdoor shot of NYC at night ]

Don Winston V/O: The French Monkey House is just an elegant spot for fine monkey dining.

[ fade to Antoine talking to Don ]

Chef Antoine: I cannot emphasize enough how important is ze monkey freshness.

Don Winston: So you wouldn’t use, say, a frozen monkey? [ Antoine scowls, and Don nods. Don notices a monkey habitat behind them ] Hey, um – what, what is this over here, chef?

Chef Antoine: Oh, well, to ensure the freshness, we have ze live monkeys here in ze restaurant, and ze patrons can pick out the monkey they desire, of course, and we have the monkeys in a glass cage, to keep the stink from coming out.

Waiter: Your order, madame?

Patron #1: Oh, I don’t know, [ points ] I think I’ll take that frisky one, the one swinging around up there? [ to husband ] Is that good? [ husband nods, waiter takes another order ]

Waiter: Madame?

Patron #2: I’ll take that one that was riding the tricycle.

[ the waiter nods, walks to patron #3 ]

Patron #3: And I would like the little one that’s clinging to the bigger one.

Waiter: Oui, monsieur.

Don Winston: Chef Antoine, let me ask you a question: what about people who say it’s wrong to eat monkey? … With a rosé? (wine)

Chef Antoine: Rosé? Pphhht! Ha ha ha ha ha! [ Don laughs along with him ] [ fade to another outdoor shot of NYC at night ]

Don Winston V/O: As we bid adieu to the French Monkey House, we say … goodbye … to the French Monkey House.

[ back to Don in the kitchen ]

Don Winston: Well, I’m afraid that’s all the time we have for today. You know, I’m sorry I didn’t get to show you how to prepare Monkey Casserole Mexicali, but once again, here’s how it looks when it’s done. [ lifts the lid off the pot ] Mmmm! Pepe es muy bueno!Now if you’d like a copy of this recipe, plus one of my patented monkey de-boners, please sent $4.98 to [ the address is displayed ] Cooking With Monkey, Top of the Empire State Building, New York, New York. And join us next week, when our recipe will be Monkey in a Blanket. Mm-mm. I’m Don Winston. Bye now.

[ Title card displayed again. Fade to SNL Band ]

Submitted by: G. Gomez

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