Fresh from the global phenomenon that was Which. t. extra terrestrial7-year-old actor Drew Barrymore became, and still is, the youngest person ever to host the late-night live and segment comedy show Saturday Night Live. For Barrymore, who has gone on to host SNL several times since its first appearance, Saturday Night Live It became a welcoming place—even if her first foray into the late-night sitcom was made off as a complete revolution.
As the Dick Ebersol years kick off in full, the cold opening sees cast members Brad Hall, Gary Kreuger, Robin Duke, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Eddie MurphyTim Kazurinski, Mary Gross and Joe Piscopo huddled wryly in the host’s empty dressing room, transformed for the occasion into a playroom for little girls full of animals. “It’s disgusting!” Ebersol must be crazy to book her,” Hall complains, as Piscopo piles on their boss by noting how, in the previous episode, the producer had dumped the comedian. Andy Kaufman live on air.
With everyone (except a sympathetic Kazurinsky) hurling abuse regarding the absent 7-year-old’s presence on the show, the sketch introduces the still questionable possibility of a real kid anchoring a show that doesn’t start until 11:30 p.m. (presumably Barrymore’s locker room). Equipped with a comfy baby cot.) “If I see another stuffed animal, I’ll puke,” notes Louis-Dreyfus (he was 22 at the time), while Mary Gross quips that Studio 8H “crawls with social workers and union men to check laws child labor”, and Duke states that the NBC censors decided to cut all forms of sex and violence from the episode, in consideration of the host’s age. “You mean they cut the borderline gynecologist’s drawing?” Blaming Kruger angrily, he takes off the rubber gloves and cowboy hat he was wearing in the room. Murphy complains that he tried to get Ebersol to book Michael Jackson Instead of “That white-bread kid,” as Gross explodes, “This show’s going to be a nightmare!”
That’s when the shy, dizzying little Barrymore gets into bed and curls up on the bed next to Louis-Dreyfus, patiently waiting for the crowd’s applause before apologizing. “I’m sorry, guys,” little Barrymore explains through her still gnashing baby teeth. “I just get the word. There are no bad things or violence in this show.” The cast, shifting into protective sandbox mode, assures Barrymore that there is absolutely no problem, with Barrymore brushing them off by saying, “Ebersol must be crazy to book a 7-year-old to host this show!” (She also pokes fun at Andy Kaufman.) After expressing her distaste for all the toys that grace her dressing room, Barrymore finally declines Kazurinsky’s enthusiastic offer of a glass of milk, downing the drawing with exasperation, “Milk? I’m Barrymore! Bring me a drink and make it double.”
Lots going on here. Barrymore, having charmed audiences like ETMy early Gertie, was already a 7-year-old host Saturday Night Live. Gross’ joke about enlisting social workers on standby to protect the child star’s interests has a different resonance after Barrymore, in her debut autobiography, aptly titled Little girl lost (written with Todd Gold when the actress was just 14), she details how she began using drugs and alcohol after a few years of hosting. SNL. As for her streak about Barrymores and heavy drinking, a peek back through the illustrious names of her acting dynasty family is to witness an entire clan’s legacy of alcoholism and mental illness, both of which would plague Barrymore herself until she emerged as an agreeable adult. Film star and director. But not before multiple stints in rehab and a suicide attempt before the age of 18.
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But watch 1982 SNL Today’s episode is Barrymore’s refreshingly natural vision and still innocent in the hands of a cast far happier at home than the cold blood suggested. throughout the episode (which, to be fair, is lighter in Barrymore than in the show’s long-running stunt that ultimately Kaufman saw banned from the show), Barrymore is constantly being held, hugged and protected by much of the cast. Kazurinsky seemed to be the designated fun uncle of the bunch, coming out to ask the softball audience questions for Barrymore to answer in the monologue, and the pair joking comically through Barrymore’s halting and childishly authentic answers. (Barrymore notes that she initially found the ET A “gooshy” creature, but he’s now a friend, and she’s going to marry a godfather Steven Spielberg If she had to choose someone.)
Earlier, Murphy had poked fun at Kazurinsky’s tenderness of heart towards the night’s host, noting how much he liked working with “children and animals,” and Kazurinski capped off the monologue by surprising a delighted Barrymore with one of his little chimpanzee costumes from his famous “I Married a Monkey” sketches. (As with All About Barrymore Saturday Night Live In the experiment, there’s less of a rosy hue to the gesture, considering how Kazurinski tied his fraught and often dangerous time sharing the stage with supposedly trained primates.)
In her limited selection of later sketches, young orphan Barrymore is happily adopted by Piscopo and Wendy Wiener’s frequent duke. She also found herself sharing the stage with Kazurinsky again (dressing up the obliging cast member ETold lady disguise and make-up) and telling Duke she’d rather watch Eddie Murphy.
On Good Nights (in which Kaufman’s banishment reads viewer-mandated), Barrymore is once again crowded with the cast, exclaiming, “I had such a great time, and I love you all! Bye!” As Kruger and Kazurinski pick it up and rock it to the closing theme.