Party on, Garth! Party on, Wayne! Earlier this week, “Wayne’s World” turned 21, meaning that one of our favorite SNL sketches-turned-movie is now legally allowed to party. To celebrate the momentous, beer-chugging occasion, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a.k.a. the people who give out the Oscars, hosted not a kegger, but a cast reunion and screening of “Wayne’s World.” The movie’s stars Mike Myers and Dana Carvey were joined onstage by producer Lorne Michaels, director Penelope Spheeris, and Rob Lowe, who you may recall played the film’s villain, Benjamin Kane and earned the best line of the movie,”Benjamin is nobody’s friend. If Benjamin were an ice cream flavor, he’d be pralines and dick.” Co-stars Brian Doyle-Murray, Lara Flynn Boyle and Tia Carrere were also in attendance. Why was the staid Academy willing to open their doors to “Wayne’s World” even though the movie (wrongly!) didn’t win a single award? Turns out that the President of the Academy, Hawk Koch, is a big fan of “Wayne’s World,” because he was a producer on the movie.
We’ll admit that we’re a little hurt that we weren’t invited. In the words of Wayne, “Am I supposed to be a man? Am I supposed to say, ‘It’s OK, I don’t mind, I don’t mind’? Well, I mind! I mind big time! And you know what the worst part is? I NEVER LEARNED TO READ.” Luckily they recorded the full panel (and we did learn to read) so we can all watch the magic happen.