Bob Dylan Meets Woody Guthrie In Vintage Saturday Night Live Clip


In honor of Bob Dylan being awarded the Medal of Freedom, we’ve dug up this hilarious Saturday Night Live clip from 1980, in which Dylan (cast member Patrick Weathers) visits Woody Guthrie (guest host David Carradine) in his hospital bed. The skit’s central premise, that Guthrie’s influence stretched farther than we realized, is not that implausible.

Folk singer Dan Bern revisited the whole musician-makes-a-pilgrimage-to-see-an-ailing-idol theme in his 1998 song “Talkin’ Woody, Bob, Bruce and Dan Blues.”  Listen to a live version here.