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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Patrick Swayze, comedy star?

Most people remember Patrick Swayze for his butt-kicking role in "Road House" or his fancy dance moves and sensual ceramics skills in "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost," but I tend to skew towards both TV and comedy while remembering the late actor.

TV? Comedy? Swayze?

Believe it.

It's probably already been written about on the blogosphere and the Twitter-verse, but this classic "Saturday Night Live" clip from 1990 is always worth revisiting. In fact, it might be one of the five greatest "SNL" skits of all-time. After all, a shirtless Swayze + a shirtless Chris Farley + Loverboy = comedy gold.

Now, this second clip is much more obscure, but no less inspired. "Mystery Science Theater 3000" fans will recall Patrick Swayze's name used in a classic Christmas carol that no one but Crow T. Robot would ever imagine singing publicly. The brainchild of Ashwaubenon native Joel Hodgson, "MST3K" was a true rarity -- as the following song clearly demonstrates. Technically, Swayze doesn't appear in the clip, but his extreme manliness did inspire the sing-a-long. That's definitely a legacy worth saluting.

-- Thomas Rozwadowski,

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