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Saturday Night Live: Richard Pryor/Gil-Scott Heron, Thalamamus Rasulala

Tonight's host is stand up comedian Richard Pryor. Musical Guests are Gil-Scott Heron and actor Thalamamus Rasulala.

Sketches: "The Clumsy Waiters," "Samurai Hotel," "Looks At Books," "New Dad," "Police Line-Ups," "Racist Word Association," "Pong" (film), "When White Family Members Turn Black," "Spud Beer," "Early Suicide Pill," "Ploobis and Scred Get Drunk," "Exorcist II," "Albert Brooks Is Homesick" (film), and "Richard Pryor Stand-Up."

Performances: Gil-Scott Heron performs "Johannesburg" and "A Lovely Day."

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x7
Airdate: Saturday December 13th, 1975

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Guest Stars
Albert BrooksAlbert Brooks
As Himself
Richard PryorRichard Pryor
As Himself (Host)

Musical Guests
Gil Scott-HeronGil Scott-Heron
As Himself

Jacqueline CarlinJacqueline Carlin
As Various
Neil LevyNeil Levy
As Boy Scout
Rosie ShusterRosie Shuster
As Herself
Tom SchillerTom Schiller
As Himself
Kathy McKey (1)Kathy McKey (1)
As Black Mother
Shelley R. BonusShelley R. Bonus
As Herself (as Shelley Pryor)
Episode Notes
Pryor agreed to host the show only if musician Gil-Scott Heron, actor Thalmus Rasulala and Pryor's ex-wife Shelley could perform on the show. Flying back to New York, a frustrated Lorne Michaels said "He better be funny."

This episode was put on a seven-second delay due to Richard Pryor's notoriety for using obscene language in his comedy acts. The seven-second delay would be used in two later episodes hosted by raunchy comedians: Sam Kinison and Andrew "Dice" Clay.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Gil Scott-HeronA Lovely Day 
Gil Scott-HeronJohannesburg 

Warning: Saturday Night Live season 1 episode 7 guide may contain spoilers
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