The Pips

March 9, 2009

I heard Midnight Train to Georgia, today and was reminded of that old Saturday Night Live skit which had the Pips singing back up, without Gladys Knight. It was one of the funniest bits I’ve ever seen. So much so that I still remember it. I’ve been trying to find a video clip online, but no success so far.

so I posted another vintage clip, Steve Martin’s Jeopardy skit. The heydey of SNL was the early 1970s, for sure. Back when Steve Martin was really, really funny. Or maybe it was the drugs we did, I don’t know. He always was a little screwy, but he fit better back then.

Anyway, this is a fun look at what they thought 1999 might be like, in 1979….some of it’s not that far afield.

7 comments on “The Pips
  1. Anonymous says:

    I found your page looking for that same clip…of “and the pips” from SNL. I can’t find it either. It was a hilarious sketch!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Me, too! I wanted to share that one with my husband. I do usually see the humor, but after 30+ years, I still giggle when I think of the skit! Hopefully, it will appear one day soon.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ditto here! That had to be one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on TV. Would love to find a clip. It’s just not the same when you try to tell someone about it. Guess you had to be there. Of course, I was in college at the time so I’m sure the beer helped!

  4. Todd says:

    Don’t recall SNL doing one, but the Richard Pryor show did “and the Pips” without Gladys – might be what you are thinking of. His show was very funny but short lived. Someone was kind enough to put up the video on Youtube just recently!

  5. Ryan says:

    Found what you’re looking for. I’m 18 and was listening to the original around my house, my dad started cracking up about that old sketch. I couldn’t find it anywhere. If this is the one you’re thinking of, it’s actually from the Richard Pryor Show. 1977. Hilarious.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Saw that Richard Pryor clip, but that’s not the one.

    The SNL sketch had the Pips singing “Midnight Train to Georgia”–absolutely stupendous.

    If anyone know of this, please post.

  7. Ed b says:

    It was THE best. Still looking for a clip.

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