John Belushi would have been 57 today

133913__belushi_lI’m inspired to put my Cranky Old Man hat and bib on today because, at a time when…

-the funniest thing on Saturday Night Live is Drew Barrymore making fun of her own wardrobe malfunction

-the most successful actor-turned-soul-singer is Jamie Foxx

-movie comedies’ obsession with bodily fluids makes the once-raunchy Animal House look like The Chronicles of Narnia

-Jim Belushi is a beloved sitcom star

-Dan Aykroyd’s most successful creative venture is a blues-themed restaurant chain

-the U.S. Senate appears so corrupt that ”Senator John Blutarsky” actually sounds like a good idea

…I miss John Belushi.

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  • JKS

    Ain’t it the truth. Try reading the recent “Belushi” book by his widow, Judy. Of course, it’ll probably make you miss him more.

  • mike

    This years SNL has been awful. They must have lost some writers or something. I know between Will Farrell and Jimmy Fallon leaving in consecutive years, they lost a lot of good characters. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler seem to be trying too hard on Update. Last week, the better sketches were in the last half hour instead of the first. E isn’t running the original episodes. Is anyone else?

  • Charlie

    No coke, cheeburger.

  • Tim

    I miss Phil Hartman and John Candy, too. Two comic geniuses.

  • Tommy G

    Comedy – it ain’t what it used to be, that’s for sure. Happy Birthday, John – wherever you are.

  • Ep Sato

    Must be something in the water, twice today Gary Susman and I are the same wavelength!
    For years it’s torn me up inside that we lost John Belushi while his no-talent brother continues to soil the Belushi name.
    Jamie Foxx is alright as a singer, but he ain’t no Kanye. Check out Jamie’s first album, done before he got cool. Great grooves, great songs, someone even asks “Wasn’t he Wanda?”
    Could Chevy Chase, Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Gene Wilder get together with Eddie Murphy to make something funny already? These guys used to make us laugh.
    Speaking of which, looks like SNL needs another shot in the arm. Horatio Sanz was good, but when the highlight is a set of oversized boobies, maybe it’s time for some new material.

  • I say

    we get rid of all of congress, give complete control over the music industry to Fiona Apple and Death Cab for Cutie,send all of todays best filmmakers to television, force all television industries to sell all their stock to HBO, give Hollywood over to all of todays geniuses that have already dropped out of film college out of total frustration (because lets be honest, those who make it through film college loose their edge, scorsese and arronofsky are no exception, and those who don’t, spielgerg, become the greatest filmmakers in history. until, that is, they to college, sigh), and arrest everyone and anyone that had any thing to do with Fox News, including family, friends, ect. .. at least, I think that’s what Belushi would have wanted… sigh…

  • Deborah

    For Xmas my husband gifted me with the SNL Best of John Belushi and Gilda Radner…and it was like he gave me diamonds! John Belushi still makes me laugh until I can’t breathe. Miss you much, Samurai!

  • MJ

    You forgot OVERPRICED blues-themed restaurant chain. $7 for a lousy order of fries!!!

  • Chris McBrien

    I tuned in to SNL last week and I realized just how special Belushi was. The show back in the late 70’s was the epitome of the underground comedy scene of that day. Those guys (and girls) changed the face of comedy. Their influence can still be felt 30 years later.
    John Belushi was by far the most talented of the bunch, too. Whether Bluto from “Animal House” or Souchak from “Continental Divide”, John delivered the goods.
    He is the single reason I wanted to become an actor. Happy Birthday John.

  • eric

    I thank my parents all the time for having the good sense to video tape Saturday Night Live for me and my brother back in the day. Yes, we were probably too young when were 7 or 8, but we woke up every Sunday to incredible stuff. SNL has never been as good as it was the first few years. It might have something to do with the newness but it really isn’t and hasn’t ever been what it was.

  • 42man

    I miss him too. (Toga, toga, toga!!!!)

  • Ira

    I actually have always enjoyed Jim Belushi’s Jackie Gleason inspired” know-it-all-husband in a fog” routine. His “guy who thinks he’s cool” (a single guy or action hero who is actually “a bit of a jerk and is also in a fog” routine)is also funny.BUT I find him a “One Trick Pony” unlike brother John who created his own fleshed out characters and was a more multidimensional performer.I do ,however,like Jim’s self deorecating manner and can watch him do his one trick over and over-much as I could watch “Dean Martin” play “Dean Martin” for 50 years.-Ira.

  • Stephanie

    Phil Hartman was the best SNL performer hands down because he showed intelligence. However, Belushi made physical humor and sarcasim fun. He is missed dearly.

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