April 17, 1976
Season 1 episode
SNL Ron Nessen
Episode 17
Season Episode 17
Host Ron Nessen
Musical Guest(s) Patti Smith
Song(s) performed by Musical Guest(s) "Gloria
"My Generation"
Previous Episode March 13, 1976
Next Episode April 24, 1976

The seventeenth episode of Saturday Night Live was hosted by Ron Nessen with musical guest Patti Smith.



 Cold Open   Sketch   Pretaped/Digital Short   Weekend Update   Music Performance   Other 

Title Image Summary
The Dead String Quartet II The-dead-string-quartet-ii-4-17-76 Members of the Dead String Quartet (John Belushi, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris, Chevy Chase) give a silent performance punctuated by their keeling over onto one another.
Ron Nessen's Monologue Ron-nessen-monologue-4-17-76 Ron Nessen comically details his job as President Ford's press secretary, then is promptly fired over the phone by his Commander-in-Chief.
Super Bass-O-Matic '76 Super-bass-o-matic-4-17-76 Pitchman (Dan Aykroyd) advocates an easier way to enjoy the taste of bass.
Ford/Nessen Ford-nessen-4-17-76 Ron Nessen talks President Gerald Ford (Chevy Chase) into allowing him to host "Saturday Night Live" this week.
Jam Hawkers Jam-hawkers-4-17-76 With tasteless and obscene names like Fluckers and Monkey Pus, these have to be the best jams on the market!
Patti Smith Group Performs "Gloria" Patti-smith-group-performs-gloria-4-17-76  
Press Secretaries Through History I Press-secretaries-through-history-4-17-76 Catherine the Great's press secretary, Leonid Pushnev (Ron Nessen), gives a briefing upon her death.
Lie Detector Test Lie-detector-test-4-17-76 Julie Nixon (Gilda Radner) uses a lie detector to test David Eisenhower's (Dan Aykroyd) loyalty to her family.
The New Army The-new-army-4-17-76 Pot-smoking Lt. Col. Scott Shuman (John Belushi) promotes the new Army for today's counterculture youth.
Weekend Update With Chevy Chase Weekend-update-4-17-76 Laraine Newman interviews Generallisimo Francisco Franco's press secretary (Ron Nessen), regarding the current state of his death. Emily Litella (Gilda Radner) discusses "presidential erections".
Up Against The Wallpaper Up-against-the-wallpaper-10-18-75 Jerry Rubin pitches grafitti wallpaper.
Garbage Garbage-4-17-76 Gary Weis explores the world of waste management in New York.
Autumn Fizz Autumn-fizz-4-17-76 Fashionably chic woman (Gilda Radner) uses the carbonated douche.
Tomorrow Tomorrow-4-17-76 Manic Tom Snyder (Dan Aykroyd) interviews Ron Nessen about life in the Ford White House.
Singing At The Urinal Singing-at-the-urinal-4-17-76 A trio of men sing while using the urinals in a film by David Massar.
Press Secretaries Through History II Press-secretaries-through-history-ii-4-17-76 Oedipus' press secretary, Julius Marcellis (Ron Nessen), gives a briefing regarding the new queen.
Supreme Court Spot Check Supreme-court-spot-check-4-17-76 Members of the Supreme Court (John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Al Franken, Tom Davis, Alan Zweibel, Tom Schiller, Garrett Morris, Michael O'Donoghue, Neil Levy) monitor the sexual behavior of a cohabitating couple (Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin).
Press Secretaries Through History III Press-secretaries-through-history-iii-4-17-76 Thomas Jefferson's press secretary, John Quincy Ross (Ron Nessen), gives a briefing regarding Jefferson's non-slaves.
Billy Crystal Stand Up Billy-crystal-stand-up-4-17-76 Billy Crystal performs a stand-up monologue about a jazz musician he knew while growing up.
Try-Hard 1-11 Try-hard-1-11-10-18-75 A battery strong enough to run a pacemaker all night.
Misconceptions Misconceptions-4-17-76 A dramatization proves that too many cooks don't really spoil the broth.
Patti Smith Group performs "My Generation" Patti-smith-group-performs-my-generation-4-17-76  
Goodnights Goodnights-4-17-76
Preceded by:
March 13, 1976
Saturday Night Live episode Followed by:
April 24, 1976

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