S01E02: Paul Simon/Randy Newman/Phoebe Snow/Art Garfunkel
I can’t do a highlights for this episode because they’re all pictured above. I have a passing interest in Simon and Garfunkel (because I have smoked pot before, and also because Art and I share a birthday) but I cannot watch an entire episode dedicated to music you’ve heard in your dentist’s waiting room. I’m embarking on this endevor because I’m interested in comedy history, not history of easy listening.
Now, to the show itself: there are 3 appearances by anyone in the cast: Chevy once again delivers the Live From New York tag, coming in with a lovely pratfall from stage right. Paul Simon has the cast out as The Bees and informs them that the skit was cut due to poor response the week prior. Chevy mans the anchor desk and gives fantastic mugging faces to the camera when his jokes land. He cuts to a pre-taped sequence that involves Paul Simon (who was the host of this musical episode) which marks the first time (in two entire episodes!) that the host does any sort of segment that doesn’t involve his main profession. Carlin in the previous episode didn’t interact with anyone at all.
In skipping the rest of this episode I happily did not watch The Muppets (these jokes do not land and seem entirely out of place though I do appreciate them as a precursor to TV Funhouse) and another short film from Albert Brooks.