January 15, 1977
 Season 2 episode
Episode 35
Season Episode 11
Host Ralph Nader
Musical Guest(s) George Benson
Song(s) performed by Musical Guest(s) "This Masquerade"
"Gonna Love You More"
Previous Episode
December 11, 1976
Next Episode
January 22, 1977

The 35th episode of Saturday Night Live was hosted by Ralph Nader with musical guest George Benson. This marked the first episode for Bill Murray, who temporarily replaced an injured John Belushi, who only appeared via telephone.

Cast[edit | edit source]

The Not Ready For Primetime Players[edit | edit source]

Sketches[edit | edit source]

 Cold Open   Sketch   Pre-recorded   Weekend Update   Music Performance   Other 

Title Image Summary
Ralph's New Image Ralphs-new-image-1-15-77.jpg Ralph Nader shows up at Studio 8H ready to cut loose and have a good time, even in spite of various safety harzards he encounters while having his make-up applied.
Ralph Nader's Monologue Ralph-naders-monologue-1-15-77.jpg Ralph Nader experiences technical difficulties after he discusses some of RCA's wrongdoings.
Long Distance Long-distance-1-15-77.jpg Chess-loving grandfather (Bill Murray) badmouthes his ingrate grandson while waiting for his call.
Televised Execution Rehearsal Televised-execution-rehearsal-1-15-77.jpg A manic director (Bill Murray) runs through the dress rehearsal for the televised execution of convincted murderer, Dean Slydell (Tom Schiller).
Baba Wawa Talks To Herself Baba-wawa-talks-to-herself-1-15-77.jpg Baba Wawa (Gilda Radner) promotes her upcoming special, in which she only talks to herself.
George Benson Performs "Masquerade" George-benson-performs-masquerade-1-15-77.jpg
Carter's Confederate Takeover Carters-confederate-takeover-1-15-77.jpg Ralph Nader imagines that Jimmy Carter (Dan Aykroyd) has taken over the country.
Weekend Update With Jane Curtin Weekend-update-1-15-77.jpg A hospitalized John Belushi phones in to complain that no one has mentioned his injury. Bill Murray reports on Rosalyn Carter's looks. Texxon representative, Mr. Rigg (Nader), explains the conditions of their solar energy deal. Emily Litella (Gilda Radner) comments that she's against making Puerto Rico a "steak".
Andy Kaufman Andy-kaufman-1-15-77.jpg The less-than-stellar impressions of Foreign Man (Andy Kaufman) lead up to the ultimate Elvis impersonation.
The Coneheads At Home The-coneheads-at-home-1-15-77.jpg Beldar (Dan Aykroyd), Prymaat (Jane Curtin), and Connie Conehead (Laraine Newman) are alien beings who claim to come from France, and spend their days adjusting to their new life on Earth. Tonight, Beldar and Prymaat meet Connie's new boyfriend, Ronnie (Bill Murray).
Inflatable Doll Testing Inflatable-doll-testing-1-15-77.jpg Ralph Nader conducts safety "tests" on a pair of blow-up dolls.
Garbage Garbage-4-17-76.jpg Gary Weis explores the world of waste management in New York.
George Benson Performs "Gonna Love You More" George-benson-performs-gonna-love-you-more-1-15-77.jpg
Youth Asks The Questions Youth-asks-the-questions-1-15-77.jpg Students ask Ralph Nader less-than-intelligent questions.
Ambassador Training Institute Ambassador-training-institute-10-25-75.jpeg A commercial spokesman (Andrew Duncan) explains how you can apply to become a U.S. ambassador for a foreign country, aptly mixing work with play.
Goodnights Goodnights-1-15-77.jpg

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This episode marked the first appearance of the popular SNL sketch The Coneheads.
  • John Belushi broke his leg the week before, where he wouldn't return until February.
Preceded by:
December 11, 1976
Saturday Night Live episode Followed by:
January 22, 1977
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