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Ron Nessen/Patti Smith Group 

The host for the episode is press secretary to President Ford Ron Nessen, and the musical guest is Patti Smith. The skits for this episode are as follows: The opening act features a return ... See full summary »

Writers:

Herbert Sargent (as Herb Sargent), Chevy Chase | 15 more credits »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Ron Nessen ... Himself - Host / Various
Patti Smith Group ... Themselves - Musical Guest
Billy Crystal ... Himself (as Bill Crystal)
Dan Aykroyd ... David Eisenhower / Tom Snyder / Various
John Belushi ... Member / Spokesperson / Scott Shuman / Judge / Waiter
Chevy Chase ... Weekend Update Anchor / Gerald Ford / Various
Jane Curtin ... Spokesperson / Herself / Announcer / Rhonda Gwen Phillips
Garrett Morris ... Member / Spokesperson
Laraine Newman ... Member / Consumer
Gilda Radner ... Julie Nixon / Emily Litella / Various
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Toni Basil ... Herself (credit only)
Jim Henson ... King Ploobis (credit only)
Richard Hunt ... King Ploobis's right hand (credit only)
Jerry Nelson ... Scred (credit only)
Frank Oz ... The Mighty Favog (credit only)
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Storyline

The host for the episode is press secretary to President Ford Ron Nessen, and the musical guest is Patti Smith. The skits for this episode are as follows: The opening act features a return of the dead string quartet. Ron Nessen's opening monologue includes a message from the actual President Ford. An ad for the Bass o' Matic promises a new way for viewers to enjoy bass. Nessen asks the president for permission to appear on a new comedy show, then briefs his boss on his daily schedule. A string of jam advertisers pitch products with increasingly disgusting names, since they must taste good to sound so repulsive. A number of skits feature historic figures like Catherine the Great, Oedipus and Thomas Jefferson. During the Weekend Update, Emily Litella becomes upset over presidential erections. Gary Weis presents a film about the dumps that handle New York's garbage, and the men who work there. An ad pitches new Autumn Fizz carbonated douche. Billy Crystal performs a stand-up routine ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

TV-14
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

NBC Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Gerald Ford was the first US president to appear on the show and the first US president to open the show with "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" Ford appeared as a favor to host Ron Nessen, his press secretary. But reportedly, Ford was not happy with Nessen performing in the raunchy skits in this episode. See more »

Quotes

Chevy Chase: Good evening, I'm Chevy Chase and you're not.
President Gerald Ford: [via film] Good evening, I'm Gerald Ford and you're not.
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Connections

References Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967) See more »

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