George Carlin courtesy NBC George Carlin courtesy NBC

NBC will rebroadcast George Carlin's 1975 Saturday Night Live appearance this weekend (11:30 pm/ET).

Carlin - who died earlier this week at the age of 71 - hosted the very first episode. Executive producer Lorne Michaels credits him with giving the show some early momentum. "You never forget the people who were there at the beginning," he said. "George Carlin helped give Saturday Night Live its start as our first host. He was gracious, fearless, and most important of all, funny."

The episode also features musical guests Janis Ian and Billy Preston and includes a perfomance by comedian Andy Kaufman. - J.R. Whalen

Did you know?: In its earliest days, the show was called NBC's Saturday Night because ABC was already airing Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell. NBC retitled their show once Cosell was cancelled by ABC in January of 1976.