Friday, October 29, 2010

Gilda

NBC will air a special ‘The Women of Saturday Night Live’ this coming Monday at 9 PM – EST.

When I saw the promo I got to thinking back to my favorite SNL days. The old days. The original shows.

Then it took but a moment to think of Gilda …


The incomparable Gilda Radner, gone far too soon.

Gilda’s characters live on.

There’s Emily Litella. The hard of hearing commentator who had concerns such as …

Too much violins on television
What’s all this I hear about Soviet Jewelry
Endangered feces
Making Puerto Rico a steak
Campaigning for the presidential erections

Thanks to Emily ‘Never Mind’ will always be the best way to shrug off being confused.

Roseanne Roseannadanna – who came from a large family. There was …

her aunt Pollyanna Roseannadanna
her "musically happening cousin’,Carlos Santana Roseannadanna
her religious aunt Hosanna Roseannadanna - and …
her singing cousin Lola Falana Roseannadanna

Roseanne told the most wonderul stories …

Did you ever stub your big toe on the car or drop something heavy on your foot and the toenail on the big toe turns different colors like purple and brown and green and then it hangs there and falls off in your sock? And you're left with a toe with no nail and a sock that has a nail in it.

Did you ever find a thing between your teeth and you don't know what it is? You look at it and you play with it on your fingers. And you say, "What is this thing? I don't remember eating that." And then you flick it away or wipe it under the chair.

You know what roughage is? That's the food that goes right through you like a fast train and drags other stuff along with it so they don't hang around too long to rot and stink up your insides. Imagine, if you could, the inside of your body as a big, long curving pipe like under a sink, with all these ugly germs and pieces of red meat and diet soda and Twinkies and monosodium glutamate and stuff sittin' there clogging up everything. But then this roughage stuff, like a piece of carrot, comes along just like a can of Liquid Plumr and it cleans out everything.

Let me ask you this: Did you ever eat a hamburger and there's a hard thing in it? It's like a toenail. You know it's not part of the hamburger, but you separate the meat and the lettuce and the pickle all on one side of your mouth and finally on your tongue you get this little thing. And it's like a bone...but it's not a bone. I keep asking myself, Roseanne Roseannadanna, if they can make a coffee I like without caffeine, how come they can't make a hamburger I like with no toenails?

I’m hoping Monday’s show allots enough time to Gilda and the other original women of SNL. And if they don’t well – as Roseanne and Gilda would say – “it’s always something




24 comments:

Ron said...

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing about the special, Dianne!

LOVE Gilda Radner!

She was one of my favorite people on SNL. In fact, the whole cast at that time, was the BOMB! There was nothing I enjoyed more, than sitting down with some friends on Saturday night; watching these talented people LIVE!

I just recently watched the movie "The Woman in Red" with she and Gene Wilder. Hysterical!

"The incomparable Gilda Radner, gone far too soon."

You said it, dear lady!

Again, thank you for posting this.

X ya!

Daryl said...

She was an amazing comedienne ... someone I would have loved to have hung out with ..

Jay Simser said...

And what was so neat about her was that she did not put anybody down in her comedy. I sent an e-mail to Craig Ferguson telling him that I was going to turn off his show the minute the first "gay" joke was told from now on. (It will be posted on Bailey tomorrow morning) - I think humor has a place but humor which puts a group down (and his does) belongs buried in the deepest pit. Thanks for the Gilda post. I did not watch much SNL bui I appreciated her.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Thanks for the alert about the new show!

"Gone too soon" for sure.

Frank Baron said...

Ah, I loved that girl. But then again, so did everybody.

Thanks for the heads-up about the show, Dianne. And many thanks for the memories. :)

DJan said...

I cried so hard when she died. It was a huge loss to the world. It's been long enough now that I can laugh at your reminiscences. She was one of a kind. Thank you for the heads up about the show, I'll watch it.

Sylvia K said...

She was the best, still miss her and the original Saturday Night Live! Great post, Dianne, thanks for it and the heads up!

Sylvia

Real Live Lesbian said...

Oh wow....thanks for the heads up! I loved her! And I can't wait for the special!

Mike said...

Don't forget to call me and remind me Monday.

kenju said...

Gilda (and her many faces) was my favorite on SNL of all time. NO one will or can replace her!!

ellen abbott said...

I still quote Gilda in her many persons.

Cindy said...

Wonderful post. I used to think she was the funniest!

Kitty said...

Gilda was the first celebrity I can remember truly missing.

To Gilda.

Knight said...

Oh Gilda was fantastic! I'm off to youtube any videos of her I can find.

Scott Oglesby said...

You brought back so many fantastic memories of growing up Dianne! I was allowed to stay up for SNL every Saturday night from the time I was 7 or 8, if you can believe that!

RIP Gilda!

Granny Annie said...

Thank you for this stroll down Gilda Radner memory lane. Gone too soon is right.

Hilary said...

Lots of wonderful memories here. I hope I remember to watch. Thanks for this.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

She was my very favorite of all those Original Women. I thought she was "an Original" in every way. Soooo very talented! I loved that Kinetic Child Character, too...It was Hilarious!
Thanks for including some of the wriring, my dear....One forgets how truly brilliant Gilda was....In the Promo's that I have seen, they haven't mentioned her, which I am hoping was an oversite-blip....!

Patti said...

I also love Gilda Radner. She was sooo funny. Her characters were great.

Endangered feces..classic.

The original shows were indeed the best. Ah, the 70s...

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

Back when SNL was actually funny...

HermanTurnip said...

Wow...talk about taking a walk down memory lane. It's hard to watch SNL and not wish for the old cast back.

Now, if only they'd have a Mr. Bill retrospect...

Jay said...

Those were the GREAT old days of SNL. I loved Gilda and every week I was hoping for a Roseanne Roseannadanna update.

nitebyrd said...

Gilda was the best. There has never been another SNL woman that could match her. Even Tina Fey.

CrystalChick said...

Gilda was WONDERFUL! This post brought back memories. I loved those characters and remember her fondly.