Sunday, June 29, 2008

LIVE FROM NEW YORK: Fairly quietly, last night, NBC reaired the first ever episode of NBC's Saturday Night, which was hosted by the late George Carlin, as a memorial to Carlin. It's fascinating to see how much the show has changed--Carlin delivers some stand-up at various points during the show, but doesn't really feature in the remainder of the show, musical guests are interpersed with the show, and the infamous and bizarre Andy Kaufman/Mighty Mouse bit appears. Fascinating to see how a show that began as a challenge to the institutions of television has itself become a television institution.

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