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Some not-live shorts from SNL's past - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 19th 2007 12:01PM

mr. billThe Saturday Night Live digital shorts created by the Lonely Island fellas have helped draw some new attention to the series, but they're certainly not the first previously-filmed inserts to be included on the late night comedy show. In fact, the commercial parodies that have been a part of the show since the beginning have almost always been pre-taped.

Below, I've placed two videos from Saturday Night Live in the '70s. The first is a classic "Mr. Bill" episode, and the second is a video for the Barnes and Barnes novelty song "Fish Heads" ("eat them up, yum"). The "Fish Heads" video, according to Popwatch, was directed by Bill Paxton. Why Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video is always considered one of the best music videos of all time and "Fish Heads" never even gets recognition is beyond me. I find it quite charming and provocative, actually. Plus, no one can argue that fish heads "are never seen drinking Cappacino in Italian restaurants With Oriental women."

Oh yeah, and one half of Barnes and Barnes just happened to be actor Bill Mumy of Lost in Space (and a few classic Twilight Zone episodes).

Yes, back in those carefree days all we needed was Play-Doh and dead fish for our comedy. Enjoy:

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Adam Finley


Nick: those commercials were created by Walter Williams, who is also the creator and voice of Mr. Bill.

May 23 2007 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nick

Does anyone by any chance remember the old Pizza Hut commercials with the talking slice of pizza?


Somehow this reminded me of that.

May 23 2007 at 7:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Seth

My favorite old school SNL short was just this bizarre short piece with a guy in a gas mask or something running around an abandoned drive-in theatre.

No intro, no explanation.

I've always considered it the standard bearer of the difference between the early seasons and everything that came after.

May 20 2007 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

"Plus, no one can argue that fish heads "are never seen drinking Cappacino in Italian restaurants With Oriental women.""

... Yeaahhhhhhhhhhhh.

Sorry, I can never stand to see the 'Yeah' hanging. =)

May 20 2007 at 12:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Buns and Chou Chou

we sound like mr. bill and had him in mind when we started up a year ago:

http://www.rabbitbites.com/archive/alecbaldwin.html

May 19 2007 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kevin Little

We're the non "live" Saturday Night Live skits really bothering fols.

http://www.ebizmba.com

May 19 2007 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tess Capra

Oops! I'd swear that Mumy paragraph wasn't there originally!

May 19 2007 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tess Capra

Also of note: Child actor Bill Mumy is one half of Barnes and Barnes.

May 19 2007 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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