Banned From SNL

… and why am I not surprised that:

Frank Zappa was banned from the show after his hosting stint on October 21, 1978. His distinct sense of humor made him unpopular with the cast and crew. During his performance, he made a habit of reading cue-cards and mugging for the camera, and many cast members (save for John Belushi) deliberately stood far from him during the goodnights.

Via Cynical-C

6 Responses to “Banned From SNL”

  1. beepee says:

    Ya, word is Frank played it straight during dress rehearsel and then went on to blindside everybody by doing the cue card thing, etcetera.
    No wonder they done got pissed. However, it turned out to be a great episode so maybe Frank did them a favor. A tape of the dress rehearsel exists but we will never see it.

  2. BillyDaMt says:

    Andy Kaufman also got banned from SNL.
    Good company if you ask me.

  3. jim says:

    Heh heh heh hee … oh yes, I still remember “Night On Freak Mountain” … guess they had a rough time with having someone FOOL AROUND on a COMEDY SHOW – & hey, whaddaya know, SNL is now a synonym/barometer for “unfunny” – coincidence???

  4. scott says:

    If you watch “The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing” from Frank’s appearance on SNL, you can see that Frank is playing to the cameras.
    on either side of him.
    The director, however, does not play along.
    Maybe the director was coked out and STONED.

    I’m sure that Frank could be difficult to work with
    sometimes, but WTF??? He was the fukkin’ MAESTRO!!!

  5. urbangraffito says:

    You cannot script brilliance.

  6. Ohhrrr says:

    Banned is always good, an artist that is not is probably not a real artist:

    There is also a Youtube video of this artist.

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