No one wants to hear that one of their comedy idols was secretly (or not so secretly) a total knob. Unfortunately, if Jane Curtin’s John Belushi comments on Oprah are accurate, the famous Blues Brothers star was anything but pleasant to work with…at least if you had two X chromosomes. “They were working against John, who said women are just fundamentally not funny,” Curtin, a member of the original SNL cast in 1975, said of the staff’s female writers. “If a woman writer had written a piece for John, he would not read it in his full voice. He would whisper it. He felt as though it was his duty to sabotage the women writers.”
However, not all of Curtin’s late-night compatriots were quick to agree with her during yesterday’s SNL reunion episode.”I don’t remember that,” said Chevy Chase, also a member of the original cast, while Dana Carvey joked, “Well, he’s got a point of view.” Finally Tracy Morgan leaped in to say, “Tina Fey put me on,” seemingly to point how far things have come in the past three decades. Tina Fey‘s interview with Oprah about her days at the legendary late night show, as well as her new book Bossypants, would seem to suggest that he’s right. He’d better be, or we’ll never be able to watch Animal House without weeping again. This time, it won’t be from hysterical laughter.
Dane Cook has abandoned an attempt to keep his apartment of ten years, despite moaning that the pad, once rented by John Belushi and Steve Martin, is his creative muse as well as the place he keeps a dog that no one cleans up after. According to TMZ, Cook will still pay a couple tens of Gs in shit-related damages despite losing his claim. Softening the blow is the fact that Dane Cook still owns a home worth $7 million. “The new place is perfect,” said Dane’s dog, “perfect…for me to poop on!”
John Belushi‘s hilarious portrayal of Bluto Blutarsky — a whiskey-guzzling, toga-partying frat boy in Animal House — rocked audiences with laughter. But the real-life hard-partying ways of the Saturday Night Live comedian, which led to his OD via speedball at the age of 33, were not so funny.
On the night of March 4, 1982, John went out for some Hollywood debauchery with druggie/groupie pal Cathy Smith and SNL writer Nelson Lyon. Between stops at a restaurant, nightclubs, and ultimately John’s bungalow at the notorious Chateau Marmont, he ingested mass quantities of liquor, cocaine, and heroin. Famous party friends Robert De Niro and Robin Williams stopped by, but left after allegedly being creeped-out by Belushi’s drugged-up state and shady pals. Williams reportedly said, “If you ever get up again, call.” Belushi never did. His trainer Bill “Superfoot” Wallace found his horribly discolored corpse the next morning, curled in the fetal position with his tongue sticking out of his mouth.
Belushi had been battling problems with overeating, nicotine, pills, cocaine, heroin, and alcohol, but Cathy Smith told the National Enquirer that, ultimately, “I killed John Belushi. I didn’t mean to, but I am responsible.” She revealed that she accidentally injected lethal amounts of heroin into his system, at his request, hours before he died. Smith served 15 months in a California prison and John was buried in Martha’s Vineyard below a tombstone that reads, “He made us laugh, and now he can make us think.”