Newsradio, Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Phil Hartman, Joe Rogan, Maura Tierney, Khandi Alexander, Phil Hartman

My Favorite Scene: Newsradio Season 2 (1996) “Bill’s Cane”

One of the most tragic celebrity deaths of my lifetime has been the senseless murder of Phil Hartman.  Of the Saturday Night Live alums to die far, far before their time, I believe Hartman was actually the most talented.  He wasn’t as explosive as Belushi, but his talent for mimicry and his comedic timing were peerless.  After he left SNL, he was the anchor for the most underrated sitcom of the 1990’s: Newsradio.  The cast has nearly all gone on to star in other shows (and also Joe Rogan and Andy Dick were there).

My favorite episode is in the second season when for no reason whatsoever, Bill McNeil (Phil Hartman’s egotistical anchorman) decides to adopt a cane as an affectation, slowly driving the station manager (Dave Foley) completely insane.  It always makes me laugh and makes me remember what a comedic gift Hartman was to us for the time we had him.

Newsradio, Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Phil Hartman, Joe Rogan, Maura Tierney, Khandi Alexander, Phil Hartman

3 thoughts on “My Favorite Scene: Newsradio Season 2 (1996) “Bill’s Cane””

  1. I was heartbroken when Hartman died, and the Newsradio episode that acknowledged his death is my favorite episode of its kind, on any show. But remember how certain you were about Heaven, and human beings, and stories. Hartman is up there right now, putting on shows with Belushi, Farley, and Radner. I have no doubt.

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    1. I have no doubt. I stopped watching the show after that goodbye episode, which was superbly done. I can’t stand Jon Lovitz and I know he stepped in because he was a close friend of Hartman’s but I’ve just never cared for him and I wanted the show to remain Bill’s in my mind. The cane thing just destroys me to this day. It’s so stupid and so random, but it’s just the kind of thing that happens in offices and makes people go crazy.

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