Is this the same episode where Paul and John Lovitz are shackled in a jail
cell, and they try to convince the guard to let them out for good behavior by
smiling "real big"? I was crying I laughed so hard!
The elevator in this skit is supposed to be in the Brill Building which makes
it even funnier.
I think the songs played on the muzac were, Mrs. Robinson, Feeling Groovy and
50 Ways. The skit with Paul and Jon Lovitz shackled was hilarious, too. I
loved it when Paul tried to grab the cop that came in......that was funny,
because he looked so tiny.
Has anyone else seen the episode in which he guest starred and Robin Williams
was the host? There was one sketch where he remembered everyone. For
instance, this woman comes up to him and says "Remember me? I saw your concert
in central park." Paul says, "Oh yes, you were sitting under the elm tree. I
see you've changed your hair. It looks wonderful." (or something to that
effect). There a bunch more; a sessionman, a person who had a scratch on his
record, and them Art Garfunkel goes up to him and Paul is completely blank and
can't remember who he is. "Garfunkel?" Art- "Remember Paul? We were duo for a
long time, Simon and Garfunkel?" Paul- "A duo?" "Simon and Garfunkel?"
"We close our eyes and dream,
And the world has turned around again."
"We were partners for eleven years, Paul, eleven years!"
That's the only SNL I've seen him on- I taped it. He gives an absolutely
haunting performance of Late Great Johnny Ace, a voice and a guitar and
a spot light on a dark stage. Ladysmith appears as well, and Simon gets
a part in nearly every sketch (/me giggles at the memory of Robin
Williams improvising Hamlet, Paul as a theater critic, grinning).
I believe that he was on three SNLs with the original cast alone. He
hosted the first one, sang "Still Crazy" in a chicken suit on another,
and briefly reunited with Art on still another.
p.s. As I recall, the "fake Art" was Charles Grodin.
>The best SNL skit i remember is Paul playing
>basketball (wearing number .02) one on one against Connie Hawkins, if
>serves correctly. He came up to the guys waist. It was hysterical. At
>point he goes under the legs of the basketball star to score. Great stuff.
Yes, that was hilarious. It was to the tune of Me & Julio. Paul ended up
outscoring the basketball player.
I also remember one (may have been the same show) where they did a take off
of Billy Jack with Paul as Billy Paul.
I don't have the book, but I remember the one where he reunited with Artie,
the one (or ones) we mention above, the chicken suit one singing Still Crazy
(may have been one of these?), one much later with Ladysmith BM singing
Diamonds...etc. , and the one with his excellent memory when he couldn't
remember Artie. I don't think I saw the elevator one. Wasn't he also on the
25th Anniversary special?
The first PS concert I went to was the Homecoming for Southern Illinois
University at Carbondale (anyone remember the year of his first solo tour?) I
remember him making a joke about his being invited to play there but the
invitation got sent to the wrong Paul Simon. Ticket prices were like, $2.50 &
I think it depends on if they host or not. He's in more sketches when he hosts
as well as performs. It WAS a turkey costume, not a chicken. There are an
number of commercially available "Best of SNL" that have some of Paul's
If you watch the Thanksgiving show closely you can see Paul's brother, Eddie in
the front row cracking up. In a couple of the shows Art was actually in the
audience as well.
>I read in an issue of TV Guide a few years back that Paul holds the record
>SNL for the most appearances as a host...51. I thought that was a high
>Don't know if he still holds that record, or if it was an accurate number.
51 does sound high for number of times he hosted. Is there any chance that
that's the number of sketches he's been in?
I also found a site where you can buy videos with some, but not all, of
Paul's appearances: http://www.snlvideo.com. Just search for Paul Simon, and
it will tell you which videos have sketches or bits in which he appears. It
includes the infamous Turkey sketch and the one where he can't remember Art.
Also, I had forgotten about the one where he and Robin Williams sing "Alone
Again, Naturally" as two old Jewish men. LOL!