Here, as a kind of warm-up, are a dozen of her best comedy moments. As Emily Litella, a cranky spinster with a hearing impairment, Gilda provided the editorial reply on "Weekend Update," weighing in on such issues as "the deaf penalty" and "violins on television. Recalling the SNL send-up of her speech impediment, Barbara Walters said, "Gilda was the first person to make fun of news anchors Walters, so go ahead and laugh at this sketch, in which Baba Wawa ridicules Henry Kissinger John Belushi and his "silly, silly accent," challenging him to repeat a tongue-twister: "Can you say this: 'I am a weally, weally bad woly-poly diplomat'? But nobody forgot to laugh when a repairman Dan Ackroyd stopped by the house to fix the broken fridge. As consumer affairs reporter on "Weekend Update," she had trouble staying on topic.
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Gilda Radner, the Emmy Award-winning comedian who created the nasal-voiced broadcaster Roseanne Roseannadanna, the nerdy teen-ager Lisa Loopner and the bumbling complainer Emily Litella for the television show ''Saturday Night Live,'' died of cancer early yesterday at a hospital in Los Angeles. She was 42 years old. And even when she's tasteless you don't wince. There's something very gentle and sweet in Gilda that comes through. As a guest editorialist on ''Saturday Night Live's'' parody of the weekend news, Miss Radner, in the character of Miss Litella, would rail against broadcasters for paying too much attention to ''endangered feces. Besides her standard ''Never mind,'' Miss Radner coined the catch phrase for the scatterbrained Roseanne Roseannadanna, ''It's always something,'' which became the title of a book she wrote detailing her fight with ovarian cancer. By Her Side. Miss Radner, whose illness was diagnosed two and a half years ago, died in her sleep about A. Her husband of five years, the actor and filmmaker Gene Wilder, was at her side.
Emily Litella is a fictional character created and performed by comedian Gilda Radner in a series of appearances on Saturday Night Live. Emily Litella is an elderly woman with a hearing problem who appeared 26 times on SNL's Weekend Update op-ed segment in the late s. These sketches were, in part, a parody of the Fairness Doctrine , which at the time required broadcasters in the United States to present opposing viewpoints on public issues.
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