Ready For Prime Time Players Part VIII: The Pepsi Syndrome

By 1978 New York was changing – The city was broke – Billy Martin got fired – Studio 54 was making more money than the mafia.

While down at Studio 8H things were changing for our “Not Ready For Prime Time Players” – in fact they weren’t even called that anymore, as the show that had started just 3 years earlier was now the launching pad for some of Hollywood’s biggest and most bankable stars like Chevy Chase, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

Even superstar acts like The Rolling Stones used Saturday Night Live to reinvent themselves as the 1970’s were coming to a close. 

Season 4 while not the final year of the golden age of SNL would prove to be our last with most of the cast together – after Season 4 this group would never again work together – no more Tuesday all-nighters, no more after parties, no more Blues Bar, no more living on couches – after Season 4 things would never be the same again. 

So, let’s take the trip together one last time to the Olympia Cafe, a final visit with the Festrunk Bros, The Bees, one more infomercial from Ron Co, and of course sayonara Samurai Futaba.  

The bright lights are calling so it’s time to sit back and relax Mom and Dad won’t be back for at least an hour and Welcome To The Latch Key Kids Present “Ready For Prime Time Players Part VIII – The Pepsi Syndrome”

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