On January 24, 1976, "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels made an offer on live television of $3,000 to The Rutles to appear on the late-night comedy show. The camera then zoomed in for a close-up of a $3,000 check from NBC made payable to The Rutles. Having had no response from the pre-Fab Four, a month later, on February 22, 1976, Michaels upped the ante to $3,200 - an extra $50 each!
Nasty did show up to perform Cheese and Onions on the show on April 23, 1977 when the show was hosted by professional Dirk McQuickly and Melvin Hall impersonator Eric Idle. The show was a great success but it did nothing to further a reunion of the group.