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America Discovers The Rutles

In October of 1975, NBC premiered its late-night comedy show NBC's Saturday Night. The show became a surprise smash hit, particularly among the same college students that were huge fans of Monty Python's Flying Circus, which had only started showing on American public broadcasting stations a year or so earlier.

It was a natural fit, then, to have a member of the Monty Python troupe host an episode of Saturday Night. Eric Idle blazed the trail on October 2, 1976, hosting the third show of the second season. Here, Jane Curtain is doing her best to convince Idle not to perform his stunning version of "Here Comes the Sun."

Eric Idle and Jane Curtain on NBCs Saturday Night

We have to go back a few months, though, to see the other roots of The Rutles' debut in America.

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