With Enough Gentle Prodding, Bill Murray Will Do Carl Spackler From “Caddyshack”

With Enough Gentle Prodding, Bill Murray Will Do Carl Spackler From “Caddyshack” (photo)

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I interviewed Bill Murray once, on the red carpet for the premiere of “The Darjeeling Limited” at the New York Film Festival. I would have been intimidated under optimal circumstances; this was Bill freaking Murray, man. Pete Venkman! But you hear these stories about him, that he’s weird, that he’s a tough interview, that if you want to get in touch with him you have to call his 1-800 number and wait for him to get back to you, and you worry. While that last one’s totally true, I think the rest of his bad rep is nonsense: Murray’s an awesome interview. He’s entertaining and he never gives stock answers. Even on that “Darjeeling” red carpet, with paparazzi everywhere and passerbys screaming at him, he was on fire. He reeled off like six great lines in two and a half minutes. Pete Venkman lives.

That said, I didn’t ask him to do Pete Venkman for me. I wanted to more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my life, but I didn’t. But maybe I should have. Turns out, Murray responds favorably to such requests. As proof, take this interview he just did on CNBC’s early morning show “Squawk Box.” The topic is golf and the host, Joe Kernan, spends the entire time trying to coax a Carl Spackler impression out of Murray. He starts quoting “Caddyshack” right off the top — he doesn’t introduce Murray by name but he refers to the “tears in his eyes, I guess” and a “cinderella story” (appropriate, the reference is outta nowhere). As the interview winds down, he tries again and finally Murray — who surely got the hint the first eight times Kernan tried — indulges him, dropping an amazing anecdote about playing the 18th hole at Pebble Beach and being forced against his will to drop some Spackler.

So kudos to Bill Murray, interview extraordinaire, for indulging a fan. Here’s the video:

[H/T The Wrap]

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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