Thursday, December 16, 2010

Classic Comedy: Gilda Radner as "Rhonda and the Rhondettes" Bemoans the FDA Ban on Saccharine (video)

Long, long ago, in a decade far, far away (the 70's), the FDA banned the artificial sweetener, saccharine, as a cancer causing agent. Apparently, if you feed what would be the human equivalent of 10 lbs. a day of the stuff to lab rats, they get cancer. Shortly after, the EPA listed saccharine as a hazardous material. 

In the devastating aftermath, millions of weight-conscious single women nationwide took to their beds and gave up on ever landing a husband.

After a few years, the FDA cleared saccharine and returned it to the market and the single females of America rejoiced. They still got fat after Haagendas and Ben and Jerry's hit the market in the 80's, but at least they once again had their saccharine-laced diet sodas to wash it all down with. 

After more than three decades, this week the EPA finally took saccharine off its list, so you no longer need to don a haz-mat suit to clean it up when you spill some on the counter. In honor of this momentous event, I bring you the comic genius of Gilda Radner, one of the original Not Ready For Prime Time Players from SNL. This clip is from her one woman Broadway show, Gilda Live.  Yes, that's Letterman's side kick, Paul Schaeffer, as rock promoter Don Kirschner. 

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