Phil Hartman. What a sad loss. I can't begin to imagine what he would have gone on to do, that will never be.
I thought I'd share one of my favorite scenes from News Radio. But you have to see it to really appreciate it.
The scene begins with the station's receptionist, Beth, wanting to know if a nude Poloroid, that she's taken of herself with a bag over her head, is "sexy enough" to send to her boyfriend overseas. She decides to ask Bill (Hartman), for his opinion without letting on to him that she is the woman in the photo.
BETH: Bill, what do you think of this photo?
BILL: (with no reaction) Who is that?
BETH: Oh, it's a friend of mine who's doing a thesis at NYU... it's a Fine Arts program thing.
BILL: Uh huh. Well, it's an interesting commentary on the objectification of the female form...and of course, uh... the masks that women are forced to wear in our society. If I were the NEA, I'd give her five... six grand.
BETH: (becoming frustrated) Well Bill, do you think it's sexy?
BILL: Well, I don't think that's really germane to a discussion of the... statement the artist is trying to make.
BETH: (rolling her eyes) Thanks Bill. (walks away)
BILL: (Immediately walks over to Matthew (Andy Dick), who's sitting at his desk. Bill leans in close to him and quitely says...) Beth's showing nudey photos of herself with a paper bag over her head....check it out.