Thursday, May 4, 2017
Today's Throwback Thursday special takes us back 40 years to the days when Saturday Night Live could be counted on to have an Emily Litella segment featuring Gilda Radner.
Emily Litella was portrayed as an elderly woman with a hearing problem who appeared 26 times on SNL's Weekend Update op-ed segment in the late 1970s. Attired in a frumpy dress, sweater and Lisa Loopner glasses, Litella was introduced with professional dignity by the news anchors, who could sometimes be seen cringing slightly in anticipation of the malapropisms they knew would follow.
Gilda Radner (as Litella) would peer through her reading glasses and, in the character's trademark high-pitched, warbly voice, would read a prepared statement in opposition to an editorial that the TV station had supposedly broadcast. These sketches were, in part, a parody of the Fairness Doctrine, which at the time required broadcasters in the United States to present opposing viewpoints on public issues.
Litella would become increasingly agitated as her statement progressed. Midway in her commentary, it became apparent that she had misheard and/or misunderstood the subject of the editorial to which she was responding.
In this video clip, Weekend Update news anchor Chevy Chase introduces Litella to respond to an editorial about saving Soviet Jewry.
Enjoy...and never mind!
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#Throwback Thursday #TBT