This time on RadioBastard: Thunder Dream, Jeremy and Jason experience Tuscan cuisine and go for a rain water ass-douches at a premium spa that they found on Groupon back when it was still a thing. They also pose for an erotic calendar that should be available in the show store just as soon as we build a show store — out of brick and mortar. #OldSchool
Do you want to know about the topics that will topple under the thrust of our mind force on this week’s episode? Groovy. [read more>>]
Yes, that podcast is back and this time they are bringing hell with them, hell in the form of a pile of trailers in the annual Trailergasam Bowl™ and the return of everyone’s favorite month FebruMurray™. Twenty eight solid days celebrating the celestial thunder that is Bill Murray (trademark on ‘celestial thunder’ pending.) Plus nerd news, TacoTalk and more on this weeks show! [read more>>]
Though Bill Murray was in the running to be on Saturday Night Live’s first season, he didn’t actually join the cast until the second season and he didn’t get off to a blazing start. I don’t want to oversell the importance of this sketch, but when Murray mad a direct appeal to the audience and admitted that he was struggling on the show, some thing was unlocked. Call it charm or whatever, but Murray made a connection with the audience and by the end of his run on SNL, he was considered one of its signature stars and, obviously, someone who would go on to an amazing career. Does that happen if Murray doesn’t dialogue with the SNL moment, pulling back the curtain just a teensy bit? Who knows.
If you want to hear Jeremy’s assessment of this sketch as well, make sure you check out the next episode of the podcast, which should be up within the next couple of days.
So I hate this sketch about a frequent flyer who has a burning need to bother his fellow passengers with recommendations about whatever in-flight services were offered in the 90s when in-flight services were actually offered. I actually thought I liked it when I clicked on it, but nope. So now, at midnight, I find myself worrying that my love of late 1980s and early 90s SNL (which I grew up watching) is really just a nostalgia mirage.
Also, Melanie Hutsell is in this sketch, so good for her. Also, does anything date a comedy sketch more than a hijacking joke? Also, the screenshot that I attached to this article is the best thing ever.
This isn’t a laugh-out-loud sketch, just a great character piece with top notch performances by Bill Murray as his Honker character (this time as a cabbie) and Dana Carvey as a stockbroker/part-time writer whose “everyday” stories aren’t even close to as interesting as his cabbies reclaimed prostitute filled life.
This is the kind of weird, semi-experimental performance piece that the show doesn’t do all that often anymore. Mike O’Brien’s occasional contributions probably come the closest to this kind of thing in tone, I wish I knew who wrote this.
Hello friends, if you’ve been a fan of this podcast over the years, you know that February is a special time when we celebrate our lord and savior, Bill Murray. It’s an annual tradition that we like to call FebruMurray, because the word February blends so nicely with Bill Murray’s last name and because Groundhog Day is in February, and because Monuments Men came out in February, and because back off, man,
In celebration of FebruMurray 2015, each episode of the podcast will be wrapped with Bill Murray affection, concluding in a bit of reflection on one classic Saturday Night Live Bill Murray sketch. Why SNL this year when we usually focus on Murray’s films or his work as an ambassador of fun? Because this is that iconic show’s 40th anniversary year, shut your face it’s still awesome, and because that’s what we wanted to do.
To start things off, we’re giving you two sketches since I didn’t think to do the sketch posting thing until about 40 minutes ago and it’s the second day of the month. Both of these sketches feature Murray in song, and while that shouldn’t be a surprise considering the popularity of Murray’s Nick Winters character, the first one isn’t technically a lounge lizard sketch, but rather, a bit that paired Murray with Chevy Chase on the February 9, 1980 episode (above).
Chase was hosting for his second time since he bolted the show in the second season and reports about his behind-the-scenes scuffle with Bill Murray (who basically replaced him in the cast) had leaked out. Seeking to play with that, Chase and Murray staged a chummy medley of songs. It’s a fun moment, but if you ask me, Murray completely blows Chase off the stage.
The second clip is full Nick Winters, but it’s not from Murray’s heyday in the 70s. Tasked with kicking off the 25th Anniversary Celebration, Murray and Paul Schaffer teamed up for an awesome performance of Bruce Springsteen’s “Badlands” after Murray went through the crowd, teasing Drew Barrymore and some of the other luminaries in attendance. It’s a cool clip, but the story of why Murray wanted to sing “Badlands” is why I chose this clip.
From Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller’s Live From New York oral history:
There’s some lyric in “Badlands” that’s really appropriate for what we did, for what we’d done. It wasn’t “Born to Run” and just doing a classic song, which is what we always used to do; “Badlands” was more about what our experience had been. It was really about us. And Paul was like, “Badlands?” And when we started singing the song, his eyes lit up and he got it. He looked at me and he got it. Marilyn was still arguing and Paul said, “It’s going to be “Badlands”. – Bill Murray
Hopefully Lorne Michaels gives Bill Murray ten minutes, a microphone, and free reign once again when the show celebrates its 40th in two weeks.