When I was a kid I watched the movie Wayne’s World every weekend for a year and a half. I would force my babysitter to watch it with me every saturday night while we ate pizza. Sometimes, during the week, I would come home from school and before I did my spelling homework I’d turn it on. Whenever my best friend Jason would come over I would always suggest we watch Wayne’s World. I had that movie memorized. That is not a hyperbole. One day Jason asked me if I had the movie memorized and I said yes and he said prove it and I recited 40 minutes of it before I stumbled. “It’s so nice seeing you Benjamin, you haven’t been to Shakey’s in so long.” That’s the first “real” line after the Noah’s Arcade commercial that starts over black. I did not look that up. Now I’m worried I’m wrong. Just looked it up… I’m mostly right.
So much of what I learned about comedy I learned from Wayne’s World. I grew with that movie. When I first watched it I loved it, but I got maybe 30% of the jokes. I remember the magic of learning something in the real world and then applying that knowledge to the next watching of Wayne’s World and getting a joke I hadn’t gotten before. The Cream of Some Young Guy joke took me years to get. Years. I thought it was just funny sounds, and I thought it was funny that Cassandra got mad at him. I think somewhere in me I knew it was inappropriate but I didn’t know what cum was, much less that it resembled cream in any way shape or form. I discovered masturbation, saw what cum was, then I got the joke in Wayne’s World. That was my life.
As time’s gone by I’ve stopped watching the movie every single week. Mostly because I’m now a Goddamned adult. But also because my love for Wayne’s World lit a fire under my ass at a young age, and made me determined to work in comedy. Since then I’ve gone to college, moved to New York and I’ve been lucky enough to be able to create comedy on a weekly basis in the biggest city in the world. UCB and TCGS are my home now. I’ve stopped having time to watch Wayne’s World every day.
Last week, a day after the announcement was made that The Chris Gethard Show was ordered a pilot presentation from Comedy Central Noah texted me saying Wayne’s World was on comedy central. Only then did I realize that we were in a sense living a real life wayne’s world. We were so busy making this show, so invested in the minutiae that I never actually realized we are a public access getting a shot at something bigger. I forgot that was even the PLOT of Wayne’s World. I thought Wayne’s World was just about the JOKES because I was so invested in the minutiae of that movie too! I am thrown into a real world version of the movie that shaped me as a kid. And I’m like the Phil of that movie! I’m partied out man, again!
There’s no grand significance about this post, but I can’t stop thinking about it. The one promise I need to make to myself and to the TCGS community right now is that this is where Wayne’s World stops. We aren’t sponsored by Noah’s Arcade, our producer isn’t shitty Benjamin. Zach Galifianakis isn’t writing in his planner “buy feeble local public access show, and exploit it” (hopefully). And we aren’t going to spend the first episode holding up cards that say “This man blows goats” (well, I’ll pitch it at least). This is where the comparisons end. But I can’t help but smile knowing that in a small way I’m living the plot of the movie that made me want to get into comedy as a kid.
Thank you for reading this. Party on, TCGS.