The live sketch/variety show Saturday Night Live started in October of 1975. The first few episodes featured stand-up from George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Andy Kaufman, music from Paul Simon, Randy Newman, ABBA, and Gil Scott Heron, short films by Albert Brooks, the (poorly received) first appearances of Jim Henson's Muppets, and sketch comedy from (among others) John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, and Chevy Chase.
Chase famously portrayed Gerald Ford as a clumsy, inept oaf - a reputation Ford never lived down. Chases impressions probably influenced the 76 elections (which Ford lost to Jimmy Carter).
Saturday Night Live - Kissinger visits Ford -... by ClassicPL
A.V. Club review
Confessions of an SNL Junkie.