Bill Murray on Gilda Radner:
“Gilda got married and went away. None of us saw her anymore. There was one good thing: Laraine had a party one night, a great party at her house. And I ended up being the disk jockey. She just had forty-fives, and not that many, so you really had to work the music end of it. There was a collection of like the funniest people in the world at this party. Somehow Sam Kinison sticks in my brain. The whole Monty Python group was there, most of us from the show, a lot of other funny people, and Gilda. Gilda showed up and she’d already had cancer and gone into remission and then had it again, I guess. Anyway she was slim. We hadn’t seen her in a long time. And she started doing, “I’ve got to go,” and she was just going to leave, and I was like, “Going to leave?” It felt like she was going to really leave forever.
So we started carrying her around, in a way that we could only do with her. We carried her up and down the stairs, around the house, repeatedly, for a long time, until I was exhausted. Then Danny did it for a while. Then I did it again. We just kept carrying her; we did it in teams. We kept carrying her around, but like upside down, every which way—over your shoulder and under your arm, carrying her like luggage. And that went on for more than an hour—maybe an hour and a half—just carrying her around and saying, “She’s leaving! This could be it! Now come on, this could be the last time we see her. Gilda’s leaving, and remember that she was very sick—hello?”
We worked all aspects of it, but it started with just, “She’s leaving, I don’t know if you’ve said good-bye to her.” And we said good-bye to the same people ten, twenty times, you know.
And because these people were really funny, every person we’d drag her up to would just do like five minutes on her, with Gilda upside down in this sort of tortured position, which she absolutely loved. She was laughing so hard we could have lost her right then and there.
It was just one of the best parties I’ve ever been to in my life. I’ll always remember it. It was the last time I saw her.”
this is comedy genius right here.
of all the 90s problems, this was THE WORST.
i feel bad for every guy who isn’t jim halpert. he makes it so damn difficult. WAY TO SET THE BAR TOO DAMN HIGH, JIM. *le sigh*
the office is ending next week and i have too many damn feels about this. i’ve loved every moment of it, even the weird transition episodes after michael scott left. these guys got me through some really tough times, always made me laugh, gave me hope, made me realize no matter what else is going on, at least the world can still be funny and people can still be sweet.
ugh, *LE SIGH*.
i need more roy in my life, STAT.
also, maybe it’s because i haven’t had my coffee yet but i’m seriously considering getting a “goddamn these electric sex pants” tattoo on my leg.
The LAGEOS I, Laser Geodynamics Satellite, was launched on May 4, 1976 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The two-foot diameter, 900-pound satellite orbited the Earth from pole to pole and measured the movements of the Earth’s surface relative to earthquakes, continental drift, and other geophysical phenomena.
The mirrored surface of the satellite precisely reflected laser beams from ground stations for accurate ranging measurements. Scientists at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. came up with the idea for the satellite and built it at the Marshall Center.
I take comfort in the fact that back in the 70s, we sent a giant disco ball into space and shot lasers at it. You know, for science.
zomg, THIS CRAZY BITCH. i know exactly where that is and this is fucking terrifying. and also, from a completely logical perspective, how does being upside down affect the picture? she can’t just lay down normally and then… rotate it?