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PostPosted: October 15, 2005 4:40 PM 

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.

Bad Breaker Upper

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PostPosted: October 15, 2005 8:48 PM 

Yeah man...He was funny as hell...Probably saved SNL from being a COMPLETE waste of time in his era. Whenever I get caught in a situation where I don't know what to say, I still resort to..."Ladies and Gentleman, I'm just a caveman". Probably the only non-Seinfeldian line I still use on a regular basis.

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PostPosted: October 15, 2005 8:49 PM 

Could go on about him for hours- he was never jejune (jejune being a direct reference to one of his works!).

Cockeyed Optimist

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PostPosted: October 17, 2005 11:58 AM 

His dead on Sinatra impression killed me every time. And News Radio was one of the most underrated shows of all time. They used to air it on A&E but I don't think they air it anymore anywhere. A travesty. Still remember summer vacation lunch with two episodes of News Radio, followed by Law & Order then The Equalizer and big bowls of Oodles of Noodles. That was life.

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PostPosted: October 17, 2005 12:24 PM 

I used to love those truck-driving school commercials during reruns of Gomer Pyle.

J. Chiles

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PostPosted: October 17, 2005 12:45 PM 

Awww, gee, Duke.

Pensky Material

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PostPosted: October 17, 2005 9:48 PM 

I aways remember the little Korean kid that took Sgt. Carter and Gomer for an all-day joy ride (ball games, etc...). Sgt. Carter busted his ass the whole show struggling to communicate with him, only to find out in the end, that he spoke perfect English.

Those were the good ol' days when lousy television was tolerable.

J. Chiles

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PostPosted: October 17, 2005 11:12 PM 

Jimmy's recollection remind Jackie of a Mickey Mantle story. Seems the Yanks were playing some exhibition games in Japan and Billy Martin tells Mickey that he can say anything he pleases to the umpire, as he speaks no English.

First pitch: Ump rings a strike
"You stupid no-good @#!@#!@#% bastard," says Mickey.

Second pitch: Ump rings another stike
"You f'ing blind @#$@#!* idiot," howls Mickey.

Third pitch: Ump rings Mickey up with strike three
"Why you ignorant, slant-eyed, m-f'ing piece of shit, that was inside," yells Mickey on the way to the dugout.

"Gee, I thought that one was a strike for sure, Mickey," cries the umpire.

Meanwhile, the Ynakees are falling of the bench laughing at Mantle.

Pensky Material

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PostPosted: October 17, 2005 11:22 PM 

Ouch! Laughing

Bad Breaker Upper

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PostPosted: October 18, 2005 4:09 PM 

Whenever I saw Hartman's Sinatra imitation, I always recalled Joe Piscopo's rendition of Old Blue Eyes singing "The Flinstones" and "Woody Woodpecker" theme songs. "I'm laughing, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Pecker Song!.... All right, allright, cut the cartoon crap, it's Christmastime here." Hysterical. Especially for a so-called comedian who otherwise wasn't funny.

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PostPosted: October 26, 2005 3:59 PM 

Phil Hartman was an amazing actor. Saturday Night Live, News Radio, movies, he did it all, and he did it all very well. Not to mention my favorite role of his, Lionel hutz on The Simpsons. Everything I have seen him in was great. The Simpsons, News Radio, SNL, Houseguest, Sgt. Bilko, Jingle All the Way was good for a childrens kind of movie.

On a side note, Sgt. Bilko is a great movie, quite underrated though.

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