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George Carlin: First-ever monologue on 'Saturday Night Live'

by Saturday Night Live 3:41 mins

George Carlin: First-ever monologue on 'Saturday Night Live'

by Saturday Night Live 3:41 mins

Happy birthday, George Carlin. The late comedian would have turned 77 on May 12. To honor him, we take a look back at his historic 'SNL' monolgue -- the show's first ever. "Talk about a live show! It's nice to see you, welcome, and thanks for joining us -- live." That’s how the comedy icon started the first "Saturday Night Live," broadcast on Oct. 11, 1975. "It speaks volumes about his prominence as a comedian that the NBC executives turned to him to host the inaugural show," wrote the New York Times after his death in 2008. Watch clips from Carlin's "SNL" appearance, and more.

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