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Stump the King - Mike Myers

by Paul Goebel, posted Jun 16th 2008 5:05AM

Party On, Wayne!So this week, NBC aired The Best of Mike Meyers and it brought back a lot of memories for me. When I was in my twenties, Meyers was the man. Wayne, Dieter and Simon were some of my favorite topics to discuss on Sundays. More importantly, he was one of the few SNL alums to make the move to the big screen successfully.

For those of you who have been living in a cave, while wearing a blindfold with your hands over your ears, the special was clearly just a way for Meyers to promote his new film, The Love Guru. Even though, the movie looks like crap, it's nice to see Meyers making another try at a film franchise.

Wayne's World was the first SNL-inspired movie to achieve the TV to cinema success since The Blues Brothers. Unfortunately there were some residual effects.

Once Lorne Michaels saw how much money he could make by recycling sketches, he forced the public to sit through a collection of the worst movies ever put on film.

Superstar, Night at the Roxbury, The Ladies Man and It's Pat were all bad ideas. The amazing part is that the only star of those movies to have any kind of film career is Will Ferrell, who has managed to make a movie out of characters who weren't much more than one joke characters in the first place.

I was a fan of the first two Austin Powers films and I respect Meyers for realizing that he couldn't make a decent film out of Dieter, so I wish him luck with Love Guru and hope he can get back to the business of funny.

Now for this week's question...

Who is the only person to appear on SNL as a musical guest, host and cast member?

Congratulations to Bill and Ben. Dan Aykroyd and Michal Mckean are both correct.

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Skapig

I don't think that the Best Of show could have been much drier. The pacing was completely shattered by lifeless banter between sketches that dragged on for way too long. Each one a transparent plug for either the Love Guru or for the current SNL cast.

With all the filler, there ended up being only a few sketches shown. Some it seemed for star-powered cameos more so than actual comedic value. Most of these have not held up well to the test of time. These definitely portray Myers as having a very narrow range.

June 16 2008 at 5:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MERVE-THE-PERVE

Christopher Guest

June 16 2008 at 10:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ben Reich

Good call about Ferrell, but unlike McKeon and Aykroyd he was not in the group/band.

June 16 2008 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Don't forget Will Ferrell, who performed as Gene Frenkel with Queens of the Stone Age.

June 16 2008 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Philip

Not to be nitpicky or anything, but it's MYERS, not MEYERS...

June 16 2008 at 8:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric

Actually, Dan Akroyd AND Michael McKean accomplished that. They both appeared as musical guests, hosts, and cast members.

June 16 2008 at 8:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ben Reich

I think McKean (Spinal Tap) and Aykroyd (Blues Brothers) are both right.

June 16 2008 at 8:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DALE ADAMS

Steve Martin

June 16 2008 at 7:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ben Reich

Dan Aykroyd

June 16 2008 at 7:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MERVE-THE-PERVE

Eddie Murphy

June 16 2008 at 7:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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