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Candice Bergen/Esther Phillips 

The host for the episode is Candice Bergen, and the musical guest is Esther Phillips. The skits for this episode are as follows: President Ford gives an accident-laden introduction to the ... See full summary »

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Dave Wilson

Writers:

Rosie Shuster (as Rosie Apple), Anne Beatts | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Candice Bergen ... Herself - Host / Various
Little Esther Phillips Little Esther Phillips ... Herself - Musical Guest (as Esther Phillips)
The Muppets ... Various (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Albert Brooks ... Bob (segment 'NBC Super Season')
Andy Kaufman ... Foreign Man
Dan Aykroyd ... Husband / Bookkeeper / Brody / Dennis X
John Belushi ... Bee / Matt Hooper / Anthony Q / King
Chevy Chase ... Gerald Ford / Land Shark / Weekend Update Anchor
Jane Curtin ... Land Shark Victim / Jane Curtin
Garrett Morris ... Garrett Morris / Jehovah's Witness
Laraine Newman ... Wife #1 / Land Shark Victim / Teller
Gilda Radner ... Land Shark Victim
Michael O'Donoghue ... Caller
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The host for the episode is Candice Bergen, and the musical guest is Esther Phillips. The skits for this episode are as follows: President Ford gives an accident-laden introduction to the show. Candice Bergen is interrupted during her monologue by one of the Bees. A commercial informs viewers of the opportunities for wealth by becoming an ambassador. A man demanding to see his CIA file is faced with a seemingly insurmountable pile of disarray. A special on intelligent animals profiles the dangerous land shark. A gay man has fond memories of dressing in his mother's clothes. Catherine Deneuve endorses Chanel perfume. Andy Kaufman's foreign man character attempts to entertain the audience, but bombs terribly. Albert Brooks presents previews of new shows for the coming TV season, including an over-dramatic medical series, a show about a frustrated man living with two women, and a Vietnam vet who becomes a veterinarian. A strange man makes a crank call to an airline and begins talking ... 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:

8 November 1975 (USA) See more »

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NBC Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The "Long Distance" commercial parody, which featured a gay man reminiscing about dressing in his mother's clothes, angered The Gay Activists Alliance. It has been edited out most of the repeats. See more »

Connections

References The Mickey Mouse Club (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

What a Diff'rence a Day Makes
Performed by Little Esther Phillips (as Esther Phillips)
Written by Stanley Adams and María Grever
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Kaufman, Brooks & Bergen
13 June 2011 | by highclarkSee all my reviews

The clumsy folded chair kicking opener aside, this episode's recurring show bits hit the spot effectively. The 'Bee's' were relegated to just John Belushi invading the host's monologue and the film by Albert Brooks was great, but the best performance of the night belonged to Andy Kaufman...again. Kaufman's "little foreign guy" character (which would be used to tremendous effect later on the television show Taxi) stole the spotlight away from a real solid performance from host Candice Bergen.

Most of the sketches on the show never really hit hard. Only the Jaws spoof of the New York City land-shark carried any weight whatsoever. However, what this episode did feature was a tremendously infectious vibe, mainly due to Bergen's acceptance to give herself entirely over to the cast, in putting trust into them to make her look good and to help bring out her comic sensibilities. Bergen and Radner talking about female insecurities may have been born out of filling time for the show, but the improvised chat session came off as a breath of fresh air and it certainly aided to the great vibe of the show.

The cast coming on stage at the end of the show was the start of a tradition that has lasted decades, though not every host has been showered with roses as Bergen was.


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