Wayne’s World, 1992
Party-hearty! Welcome to another episode of Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers! Your most excellent hosts, J. Blake and Dion Baia are heading back to their early teenage years and celebrating a film that turned 25 on Valentine’s Day, and became a vehicle that propelled two character’s from a skit on Saturday Night Live into the urban lexicon, becoming a world-wide phenomenon. It was so influential that it introduced several sayings and phrases that have been imprinted in our collective brains for decades now. That’s right, it’s time to party-on because this week the boys are talking Wayne’s World, from 1992.
That’s right, it’s (Saturday) Night, it’s 10:30, and it’s time to party. Dion and Blake start off my reminiscing about their shared history of making home-movies growing up, specifically genre installments for Blake and sketch comedy influenced by Saturday Night Live, for Dion. They discuss SNL as it was for them growing up, and Dion laments about the huge impact the show had on him, specifically as an adolescent, watching it religiously from 1989 up until the early 2000’s. They discuss the memories they had from the show and the several now-famous moments they remember with the cast members of the era. The boys debate the popularity of SNL back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and get into a gentleman’s disagreement about what demographic this feature film, Wayne’s World, was actually trying to target. The fellas go into the history of the Wayne’s World skit, and it’s origins that predate Saturday Night Live entirely. They also explain the seemingly forgotten Rob Lowe sex tape controversy from the 1989. They may even break news and connect Chris Farley‘s cameo in this film and his win at the inaugural Borgnine Night in New York City, both of which occurred 25 years ago, in February of 1992. They also chart the rise of this film and examine it’s release and serendipitous timing, coming out exactly at the most perfect time it could have, becoming engrained in our collective consciousness. So how was the energy onset; were the rumors true of the difficulty working with comedian Mike Myers? What music group’s career did this movie help completely reinvent? What music group did the studio actually want, which Myers threated to leave the film if his wish’s weren’t followed? And does Myers actually hate this film? Well buckle yourselves in, because we’re heading back to 1992 and reliving a visual time capsule of that era, in this most-excellent edition of Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers! Party on!!!
Check out the origins of Wayne’s World, specifically the original skit(s) that evolved into what we know them as today, from 1987 on It’s Only Rock and Roll, called Wayne’s Power Minute!
Have a look at the first Wayne’s World skit on Saturday Night Live, from 1989!
Take a look at this rare teaser trailer for the original Wayne’s World.
Discussed in the podcast, here’s a look at the tie-in book called Wayne’s World: Extreme Close-up.
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I saw this come up in my podcasts on ITunes and I almost screamed while in the office! Yes yes YES! This is one of my favorite movies!
I’m doing something out of the ordinary and writing this before I listen to the episode, that’s how excited I am.
I absolutely loved Wayne’s World on SNL when I was a kid. It was the reason I stayed up so late on Saturdays. When I found out there was a moving coming out I literally begged my parents to take me to see it. For weeks and weeks I bugged them, trying everything I could to get them to take me. Finally, one Monday night, my dad took me after we all had dinner. This might have been the night of that year’s Oscars, I’m not sure. But when the movie started I was so excited. To my surprise we both loved it. My dad was cracking up almost as much as I was. And even better, I got it on VHS the following Christmas.
I also have a fondness for this movie because of my best friend in Elementary School named Matthew. He and I would pretend to be Wayne and Garth (I was Wayne, he was Garth…though in hindsight maybe we should have reversed) It was something we loved. Sadly, Matthew is no longer with us, but when I see the movie, I think of him.
And like I said on the comments for the last episode, I got to see this at the Nitehawk in Brooklyn a couple of years ago with my sisters. Kurt Fuller was there and they brought him up to talk about the movie a little bit. When he appeared in the movie the audience cheered extra loud.
So glad you guys are doing this episode. As you can see, it’s brought up a lot of fond memories. Can’t wait to listen to the episode itself. I’ll have more to say then. Thank you as always for being the bright spots on tough Fridays at work!
Hey Jose, thank you so much for dropping us a line, even before you give it a listen, ha! Great memories, and we’re so sorry about your friend, but it is nice than to have these kind of films that let you remember fonder memories, of those glorious, exciting days of being a kid. How we miss all that. Hope you like this installment and it lives up to your podcasting standards. And, we’re always glad to alleviate some of that Friday boredom. Thanks again. And as always, you the man.
So I got to listen to the episode and I LOVED it! It’s also great that you guys both appreciate Dana Carvey and all the little things he did in the movie.
A couple of recommendations I’d love to make for both Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey would So I Married an Axe Murderer and Clean Slate. Both were those great fun finds in between Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2 when I was a kid. My dad showed me So I Married an Axe Murderer on PPV when I was a kid cause Mike Meyers was in it and after seeing the commercials, I got my uncle to take me to see Clean Slate the weekend it came out and I was visiting him. That movie is a fantastic showcase of how good Dana Carvey is.
Hey Jose! Yes, we love some Dana Carvey and I absolutely love So I Married an Ax Murderer. Great film. Ha! Thanks again for your support and reaching out to us. You the man! -Dion