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Daran Norris to Star in Phil Hartman Biopic ‘Nice Guy Phil’

SNL star and comedy legend Phil Hartman is getting the biopic treatment. According to Variety, Jason Priestley is directing a biopic on the late comedian and actor called Nice Guy Phil written by Jonas Chernick, and Daran Norris has signed on [...]

By Megh Wright

Maura Tierney Shares the Sweetest Phil Hartman Story Ever

"I do remember one thing he said to me. Joe Rogan was being so fucking mean to me one day—and mostly we were all friends, but Joe could be a weirdo—and I was sort of upset about it, so I was just sitting over in the corner. And Phil came over [...]

By Megh Wright

Jack Handey Looks Back on Working with Phil Hartman on ‘SNL’

"Several times since Phil's death, I've had the same dream about him: I am back in the studio, working on Saturday Night Live, and Phil is there! 'Phil,' I say, 'I thought you were dead!' It turns out that it was a mistake that Phil was dead, [...]

By Megh Wright

The Enduring Legacy of Phil Hartman

As much as Phil Hartman's work and influence lives on, the Ontario native has so far escaped the kind of mainstream legacy re-appraisal that so many other late standups and sketch players have enjoyed.

By John Wenzel

‘Grantland’ Profiles ‘SNL’ Legend Phil ‘The Glue’ Hartman

"Here's why it’s difficult to properly appreciate Phil Hartman. Because his characters were 20 percent droid. Because he reminded you more of your dad than your best pal. Because Hartman’s biggest gift was a kind of comedic graciousness, which [...]

By Megh Wright

Phil Hartman’s Comedy Album Is Being Turned Into an Animated Movie

In the late '70s, nearly a decade prior to landing on Saturday Night Live, the late Phil Hartman recorded an album called Flat TV, consisting of him performing various characters and sketches. The album was lost and unreleased until Hartman's [...]

By Bradford Evans

Al Franken Eulogizes Tom Davis

This is beautiful and sad and tough and a bit fun. Franken spends a good bit of the speech talking about the process of writing and making comedy with Tom, focusing on SNL and the famous Julia Child sketch. It's a really great watch. While [...]

By Jesse David Fox

The Lost ‘Simpsons’ Spin-offs

When The Simpsons debuted 25 years ago as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, it was hard to expect that it would become one of the most successful and longest-running franchises in movie and TV history. While The Simpsons spun off [...]

By Bradford Evans

Saturday Night’s Children: Phil Hartman (1986-1994)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 35 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, [...]

By Megh Wright

Phil Hartman’s ‘Simpsons’ Legacy

Later episodes of The Simpsons tend to unfold like Radiohead songs, starting off one way before taking an abrupt left turn. In stark contrast to this style, the plot of Season 2 gem “Bart Gets Hit By a Car” is thrust into motion within its [...]

By Joe Berkowitz