Saturday Night Live: 1978-1979


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  Season 4: 1978-1979

The Complete Fourth Season on DVD


  • Dan Aykroyd
  • John Belushi
  • Jane Curtin
  • Garrett Morris
  • Bill Murray
  • Laraine Newman
  • Gilda Radner
  • Episodes

  • 10/07/78: The Rolling Stones
  • 10/14/78: Fred Willard / Devo
  • 10/21/78: Frank Zappa
  • 11/04/78: Steve Martin / Van Morrison
  • 11/11/78: Buck Henry / The Grateful Dead
  • 11/18/78: Carrie Fisher / The Blues Brothers
  • 12/02/78: Walter Matthau / (none)
  • 12/09/78: Eric Idle / Kate Bush
  • 12/16/78: Elliott Gould / Peter Tosh
  • 01/27/79: Michael Palin / The Doobie Brothers
  • 02/10/79: Cicely Tyson / Talking Heads
  • 02/17/79: Rick Nelson / Judy Collins
  • 02/24/79: Kate Jackson / Delbert McClinton
  • 03/10/79: Gary Busey / Eubie Blake & Gregory Hines
  • 03/17/79: Margot Kidder / The Chieftains
  • 04/07/79: Richard Benjamin / Rickie Lee Jones
  • 04/14/79: Milton Berle / Ornette Coleman
  • 05/12/79: Michael Palin / James Taylor
  • 05/19/79: Maureen Stapleton / Linda Ronstadt & Phoebe Snow
  • 05/26/79: Buck Henry / Bette Midler
  • Summary   Here’s a season that decided to go over the top and push the boundaries of good taste as much as possible. In one season alone, the writers and performers of “Saturday Night Live” made fun of child molesting, people with big butts, a bleeding Julia Child, nuclear meltdowns, and the pondering of Superman as a Nazi.

       On the lighter side, making his debut this season is “SNL” writer DonNovello’s alter ego: Vatican reporter Father Guido Sarducci, who frequents the “Weekend Update” set with humorous anecdotes about news on the religious front. Whether it be his thoughts on the Papal Election, or an analysis of the bill for the Last Supper, Father Sarducci always manages to get the audience to laugh at religion. Not to mention, providing yet another opportunity for critics to hate the show.

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    Author: Don Roy King

    Don Roy King is directing his fourteenth season of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him nine Emmys and thirteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for thirteen DGA Awards and won in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Mr. King is also the creative director of Broadway Worldwide which brings theatrical events to theaters. The company has produced Smokey Joe’s Café; Putting It Together with Carol Burnett; Jekyll & Hyde; and Memphis, all directed by Mr. King. He completed the screen capture of Broadway's Romeo & Juliet in 2013. - LinkedIn

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