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'Wasn't That Special' Season One Clips Package
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Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor: Word Association
Land Shark II:
Lily Tomlin teaches her students how to catcall:
And you can watch Christian’s “most prescient” sketch, Black Perspectives, here.
Other non-sketch videos:
John Belushi’s SNL audition tape:
Laraine Newman on the First SNL show:
The original SNL cast is inducted into the Television Hall of Fame:
Of course, the media also had plenty to say about both the cast and the show itself. In 1973, the New York Times reviewed “Lemmings,” the show that brought John Belushi and Chevy Chase to New York. It initially did not get a good review, although the paper would later concede it was a big hit.
SNL received its first New York Times review following the Simon and Garfunkel episode (E2), but the reviewer, John O’Connor, concedes he didn’t see the first half of the episode because he was enjoying a particularly good dinner on Long Island:
The first proper review of the show in the NYT came in November, when O’Connor raved about the show, but concluded by wondering whether it could actually last.