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Lily Tomlin/James Taylor 

The host for the episode is Lily Tomlin (her second appearance), and the musical guest is James Taylor. The skits for this episode are as follows: For the opening skit, everyone is waiting ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Lily Tomlin ... Herself - Host / Ernestine / Ruth Clusen / Various
James Taylor ... Himself - Musical Guest
Frank Oz ... The Mighty Favog (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Jerry Nelson ... Scred (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Alice Tweedy Alice Tweedy ... Queen Peuta (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Richard Hunt ... King Ploobis's Right Hand (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Jim Henson ... King Ploobis (voice) (as Jim Henson's Muppets)
Dan Aykroyd ... Jimmy Carter / Various
John Belushi ... Tom Burke / Paul Rutherford / Himself
Chevy Chase ... Weekend Update Anchor / Gerald Ford / Various
Jane Curtin ... Herself / Liz Montgomery / Herself
Garrett Morris ... Himself / Earl Roland / Ralph Hopkins
Laraine Newman ... Himself / Elna Sullivan / Herself
Gilda Radner ... Emily Litella / Various
Don Pardo ... Himself - Announcer (voice)


The host for the episode is Lily Tomlin (her second appearance), and the musical guest is James Taylor. The skits for this episode are as follows: For the opening skit, everyone is waiting around for Lily Tomlin to arrive, but she shows up late and announces she's not going to bother rehearsing for the show. After Lily's opening monologue, she begins talking about what she really thinks of the show, thinking that her microphone is off. President Ford gets into a strange debate with Jimmy Carter. During the Weekend Update, Laraine Newman reports on an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease and Emily Litella wonders about crustaceans hijacking airplanes. Ernestine the operator talks about why phone service is unreliable and why they don't care. A housewife is persuaded to perform a series of increasingly bizarre stunts. Lily finishes the show performing The Antler Dance with the SNL band. James Taylor performs "Shower the People", "Road Runner" and "Sweet Baby James". Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Comedy | Music




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Release Date:

18 September 1976 (USA) See more »

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NBC Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the final appearance of Jim Henson's Muppets on the show. The writers hated writing the Muppets sketches and they were not popular with viewers. Jim Henson and his staff had created new Muppets especially for the show. These new characters never appeared in another Muppet production again. See more »


Lily Tomlin - Host: I've been reading all about your new show, The Muppet Show.
King Ploobis: They said they don't want us there, that's family entertainment.
Lily Tomlin - Host: Well aren't you family entertainment?
Scred: Hell yes!
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References Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967) See more »


Sweet Baby James
Written and Performed by James Taylor
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