Traveling ‘SNL’ Exhibit to Set Up Shop in Chicago Next Month
By Bill Tressler on September 10, 2017. The Interro Bang.
Saturday Night Live: The Experience is coming to Chicago! The 500-artifact museum exhibition, which was previously stationed in New York City last year, will be on display for 14 months at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications beginning on October 21st.
The exhibit contains decades of history from the beloved New York City mainstay. Chris Farley’s Matt Foley costume, Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri’s Spartan cheerleading outfits, Dana Carvey’s church lady dress, Justin Timberlake’s “Dick in a box” getup, complete with crotch-attached gift box, the Wayne’s World basement and so much more can be experienced up close and personal in this unprecedented look at the vast collection of artifacts from SNL’s past. In addition to the costumes and set pieces on display, attendees can also check out video interviews from writers and players, past and current, giving behind-the-scenes looks at the all of the turning cogs that help the weekly production go down smoothly.
The goal of the exhibit is not only to provide a history of one of broadcast’s most long-standing shows, but to also demonstrate how important the creativity of Chicago’s comedy scene was to SNL’s success. The exhibit’s layout provides a running narrative that shows the close ties between the NYC establishment and Chicago’s sketch/improv comedy scene; many of SNL’s biggest stars, like John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Chris Farley and more, were alumni of Chicago’s Second City theater, and were integral to the success of the show, a proud legacy for the Windy City.
“It’s a story that we want to tell,” said museum president/CEO Bruce DuMont. “The museum’s mission has always been to remind people that significant things were nurtured in Chicago or produced here.”
Tickets went on sale Friday for $25, and can be purchased at the http://snltheexperience.com (exhibit’s website). You can check out a glimpse of the tour in the video below:
The Art Gallery of the Ibercaja Cultural Center. (C/ San Antón, 3, Logroño - La Rioja, Spain) has announced an exhibit featuring the work of local artist JOSU NOGUEIRA. The exhibit will feature favorite pieces from his extensive collection of pencil portraits and artwork of the late John Belushi. It is scheduled for May 3rd to May 30th of 2018.
Josu has been intrigued by John since he was a young boy, and this project is the result of his passion for combining portraiture and inspiration.
JOSU NOGUEIRA was born in Irún, Guipúzcoa, Spain, in 1975. He is a self proclaimed illustrator, graphic artist and "working man" who has had art exhibitions in Logroño, Spain, the town where he now lives, since 1994. Josu studied in the School of Arts in Logroño, where he indulged and refined his skill in creating portraits. His last exhibition, "Joe Holden Blues" was part of the "Actual '16" National Cultural Festival, the most successful opening in the history of the Ibercaja Art Gallery, where it took place.
Josu says this project, approved and encouraged by Judith Belushi, represents the "dream of his life come true."
"These portraits and images are my way to give thanks to this great actor, for the inspiration and joy he has brought to generations of people. John was a genius, and I feel honored and happy to dedicate my artwork to this great man".
First interview in Spain.
http://www.larioja.com/culturas/201701/24/regreso-john-belushi-20170124003324-v.html Below are a few drawings of John, by Josu
May 23, 2016
The first authorized documentary about comic legend John Belushi will head to Showtime and begin production this fall. For the feature-length film, director R.J. Cutler and producer John Battsek secured the cooperation of the comedian's widow Judith Belushi Pisano, who provided never-before-seen photos from her private collection for the documentary. It's the first time Belushi Pisano has authorized or cooperated in a film about the late Blues Brother.
Belushi was one of my very first heroes. At a time when film, television and music were undergoing tectonic shifts within American culture, he was at the center of it all," Cutler said in a statement. "At that moment, he had the number one show on television, the number one film at the box office and the number one record on the charts. We plan to explore his unique genius and how his creative influence is still making an impact to this moment."
Cutler previously helmed the docs The September Issue and The World According to Dick Cheney, while Battsek's Passion Pictures worked on the Oscar-winning Searching For Sugar Man and The Tillman Story. Longtime Belushi collaborator Sean Daniel also serves as executive producer on the documentary.
"John Battsek and I have been discussing the possibility of making this film for over a decade,” Judith Belushi Pisano said in a statement. "I'm thrilled to finally embark upon that journey together with him and director R.J. Cutler. Passion Pictures is poised to make the definitive documentary on John Belushi – a man who not only had a profound effect on the comedy landscape of America, but also made an indelible mark on the social fabric of his time which continues to reverberate today."
An authorized biopic about Belushi based on his widow's oral history Belushi: A Biography was announced in 2013, with actor Emile Hirsch cast in the lead role and Dan Aykroyd on board to produce. However, that project has since stalled.
John Belushi’s secret hideaway near Wick Airport
Colin Bruce, aged 15, with John Belushi at Wick Airport and wearing the Walkman gifted by the star
Comedian and actor John Belushi was at the height of The Blue Brothers craze when he hid out in a Caithness castle, mingled with the locals, went fishing for mackerel and bought a new set of hats from a shop in Wick.
It was summer 1980 and The Blues Brothers had already smashed the box office on its opening in the United States.
Mr Bruce’s son Colin clearly remembers when Belushi rocked up the area - and the summer holidays when he befriended a Hollywood star.
Colin, 50, who now lives in Canada, spent several days touring the local area with Belushi - completely unaware of his fame - and was even gifted his loaded Walkman before he departed from Wick Airport.
Mr Bruce, said: “The main reason the Belushis selected Caithness was for the anonymity. He kept commenting on the fact that no one recognised him, He found that strange but loved the friendliness of all the people he met without any complications. There were no autograph hunters after him.”
Colin said he remembered how at ease his late father had been with Belushi and his Freswick host, Captain Gerald Newell of Staffa, with Mr Bruce taken aback by the amount of luggage the couple had - which took two trips to the airport to collect.
Colin added: “One day, we took the Belushis to Wick and we walked around the town, again they could not believe no one recognised them but most people said hello.
“They needed bodyguards with them at all times back in the States. John bought hats in Fred Shearers and Mowat’s the drapers, as well as a tweed type jacket. He couldn’t get over that this small town had hats that fitted him off the peg as in LA he had to get them made to order.”
Next stop on the tour of Wick was the North Baths and the Trinkie - both outdoor swimming pools.
“They could not get their heads round the fact that people could swim in such cold water,” Colin said.
They loved the harbour and they wanted to buy fish for their dinner, but my dad knowing most of the fishermen, got them a ‘fry’ which was a bag of haddock from one of the boats that were landing fish at the time. Once more they could not believe that.
“Next stop was Taco Nolff’s fishing tackle shop to hire fishing rods for the next day’s adventure.”
Next morning, Colin went with his dad to pick up Belushi - considered one of America’s greatest comedians made famous by Saturday Night Live and Animal Farm - before heading on to John O’ Groats, where a small creel boat was waiting for them.
Colin said: “Before long John and I were out in the Pentland Firth with the creel boat owner and his mate fishing for mackerel, my dad wasn’t much of a sailor so didn’t come.
“I remember the sea was fairly choppy and after about three mackerel being landed John started to feel quite sick, so we headed for shore, we could only have been out for an hour and a half at the very most.
“He was glad to get off and took a few minutes to get himself together before getting back in the car.”
Next day was deer stalking, “with a camera not rifle” but after about an hour of “tramping through the heather” Belushi was “knackered” and the group headed back,
However, on the way back to Freswick, Belushi got a shot of three roe deer grazing in a field.
A few days later, it was time for Belushi and his wife to head to London and the star asked Mr Bruce if Colin could come to the airport to see them before they left.
Colin said; “ That was very nice I thought.
“We sat in the terminal and he was asking if I was into music and what I wanted to be when I left school, things like that.
“He had a Walkman with him at all times during his stay. I asked him what the film was that he was in and he said it was going to be a big hit, the Blues Brothers. He asked if we got Saturday Night Live on television here, I’d never seen the show, he said he was on it occasionally.
“So just before their flight was called he gave me the Walkman with two tapes, an Atlantic Masters compilation and an Eagles tape, the Long Run. He also said he would have his record company send me the Blues Brothers first album and the soundtrack from the film.“He insisted that if dad or I were ever in LA we should look them up - like that was ever going to happen.
“After about 6 weeks I’d forgotten about the albums he promised but came home from school one day and there was a package from Atlantic records addressed to me with the two albums he’d promised complete with an Atlantic records compliments slip.”
They were rare momentos of a rare school holiday in Caithness.
“I still have all the things he gave me to this day,,,somewhere. He was such a nice guy that meeting him is still something I am very proud of, ” Colin said.
Sadly, Belushi died from a drugs overdose in Los Angeles less than two years after his trip to Wick, aged just 33.
In 2004, Belushi was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But For some, he will always be remembered as the happy man who wandered the streets of Wick, delighted with the ease of it all - and delighted to be unknown.
By ALISON CAMPSIE
YEAR 34 SINCE JOHN BELUSHI
LAST TRAVERSED OUR WORLD.
John Adam Belushi, the son of a Chicago Albanian-American restaurateur in Chicago, once said, "I owe it all to little chocolate donuts". In under a decade, John traveled from the the Second City stage to the stage and airwaves of the National Lampoon and on to the world of Saturday Night Live, Animal House, and ultimately, the multi-media world of the The Blues Brothers. Chevy Chase called him "one of the most intrinsically funny men I have ever known".
The accomplishment of which Belushi was most proud was the imagining and execution of the Blues Brothers characters, Jake and Elwood. Created by Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the late 1970s, the Blues Brothers first appeared before a national audience as musical guest on Saturday Night Live. With musical guidance (and keyboards) from Paul Shaffer -- and a kick-ass band composed of Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Steve Jordan, Blue Lou Marini, Tom "Bones" Malone, Al Rubin and Tom Scott -- the Blues Brothers rapidly evolved into a worldwide phenomenon encompassing touring, multi-platinum record albums and a timeless 1980 feature film directed by John Landis.
In March of 2012, Aykroyd told WKCC 91.1 FM Radio: "I had eight incredible years with John. We had a friendship. It was love at first sight. It was hard for me to process his death... I miss him every day. Especially when I go into the House of Blues. He was really an artist, you know. Much more an artist than a mercantilist. If he had lived, he would be directing plays and musicals. He would be one of the premier directors on Broadway."
We at the Blues Brothers Official Site and Belushi.com would like to take a moment to give thanks for the incredibly wonderful years which Brother Belushi gave to the cause. And, in his memory, we ask that you take time today to reflect on that for which you are grateful.
Now get out of here and get on your good foot.
March 5th 2016
Happy 42, Saturday Night Live!
The premiere airing of Saturday Night Live, 42 years ago on October 11th this month on NBC, marked the moment that set in motion a revolution in the composition of both late night television and the American comedy scene. It is also the night millions of Americans were first introduced to John Belushi — undeniably the ringleader of the movement.
The program, which at first had a myriad of elements in a variety show model, would quickly become known for the amazing cast assembled under its banner: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, ChevyChase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris and Laraine Newman. The show rapidly shot up the TV ratings scale to land as the highest-rated program on late-night television, delighting audiences with the inclusion of favorite stars of the day as guest hosts and introducing an amazing array of new musical act with the top performers of the era as musical guests.
The show has had its slumps, but over the years it has been a steadfast reflection of our cultural, social and political atmosphere. But through all the years, the original cast has remained a favorite, and John continues to be heralded for his work on the show, being rated the #1 SNL cast member by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2015.
What better way to celebrate the Anniversary than a look at the very first moments the audience experienced SNL? Although the look is dated (filmed in 1975), there is an undeniable timelessness to the scene which resonates today.