From BBC2, here’s an episode of the American Saturday Night Live, probably around the time that Wayne’s World made the UK a bit more interesting. This is the first show in the 18th season, hosted by Nicholas Cage.
His opening monologue consists of him talking about how attractive all his co-stars have been, and it’s quite uncomfortable until he’s interrupted and asked to go backstage to talk to producer Lorne Michaels, and you realise it’s part of a bit.
Cage: “They probably think I’m the biggest jerk who’s ever been on the show.”
Michaels: “No no, that would be Steven Seagal.”
The first sketch is one about Woody Allen, with Dana Carvey as Allen, bumping into Mia Farrow, Tony Roberts and Frank Sinatra in the movie queue.
And as if the taint of disgraced celebrities wasn’t already in the air, musical guest is Bobby Brown, a man not without an unsavoury past.
One of the regulars on this season is Adam Sandler. Here he is giving a news update as Opera Man.
And a fleeting appearance by Cher.
These shows do feel horribly truncated, though. SNL runs for something like 90 minutes in the US, so 27 minutes of highlights must be leaving out half the show.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 8th November 1992 – 00:25
Switching to Sky One for the next episode, and there’s the end of an episode of COPS.
Then, more SNL, starting with a segment of Wayne’s World. Chevy Chase is the host.
Dana Carvey does George Bush Sr, with the much missed Phil Hartman as his campaign manager.
Musical guest is Robbie Robertson.
Chris Rock talks about Martin Luther King Day.
After this episode, recording continues, with the start of an episode of Hill Street Blues, but then switches to the end of Claire’s Knee.
Then, more SNL, presented by Tim Robbins.
Sinead O’Connor is the musical guest
Susan Sarandon is in the audience and gets flowers for her birthday.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 15th November 1992 – 00:45
Back to Sky One for an episode from a different season, as John Goodman presents.
Musical guest was Garth Brooks, but I’ve cut out his performance. I guess I’m not a little bit country.
After this, recording stops, and underneath, there’s some pages from Ceefax, and then BBC2 wakes up again, for the Australian Grand Prix from Adelaide. Steve Ryder introduces, and shows the title sequence for the Grand Prix from Australian TV, which consists entirely of crashes. This predates the death of Ayrton Senna – he’s number 2 on the grid for this race – which might explain why such glee for destruction was deemed OK.
The tape ends during the race.
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