Once again, Mel is in my head. This is why she’s our den mother — she’s in everybody‘s head. She just gets people. She sees the gestalt of the puzzle while I’m still gathering the edge pieces.
With very little to go on, Melissa wins Round 4 of Lori’s Childhood Trivia. The category was Entertainer. The clues were “Unprepared” and “Infertile.” Future clues were going to be “NBC,” “Newswoman-gymnast-substitute teacher,” and “Mrs Wilder.” I could also have said, “ovarian cancer” and “SNL.”
I tuned into the Not Ready (get it? unprepared?) for Prime Time Players on Saturday Night Live just before the group dissolved. I became aware of Gilda Radner in high school, and once I found her, I listened to my Gilda Live! cassette tape until it eventually unraveled, some years later in college. Her song about Mick Jagger (Gimme Mick) and on the FDA’s banning of a synthetic sweetener (Goodbye, Saccharin) still make my cheeks hurt from laughing.
Remember Roseanne Roseannadanna (“It’s alllllways something!”, clip #2, below)? How about Babwa Wawa? Or Miss Emily Litella (“Nevermind,”clip #3). Or her Nadia Comenici (clip no longer available)?
For the sketch referred to in my title, click on the first clip, below (but — important! — make sure no kids, bosses, clients, or uppity or dignified people are around).
You 40-something readers, enjoy these memories of one of the finest comediennes of all time. You 30-something readers, discover something you may have missed. Everyone else, delurk and let me know you read.
Gilda Radner died in 1989 from ovarian cancer (this week, as a matter of fact). Prior to her illness, she and her husband, Gene Wilder, tried unsuccessfully to have children.
Her gravestone reads: Gilda Radner Wilder – Comedienne – Ballerina 1946…1989.
I love that she included ballerina.