|Hartman was always pitch perfect on SNL|
They sure think so over at SiriusXMCanada where all this month of April has been declared Phil Hartman month. Hartman's many hilarious comedy recordings have been in high rotation on the satellite station, especially on "Laugh Attack." (Listen to a Laugh Attack WOF pitch for Phil here.)
I was always a big Phil Hartman fan, from his early work as Popeye-like Cap't Karl on Pee-wee's Playhouse through his glory days on Saturday Night Live. The best Simpsons episodes, in my opinion, always featured Hartman, so good there as smarmy attorney Lionel Hutz and has-been actor Troy McClure. The producers of The Simpsons, to their great credit, never featured those characters again after Hartman's tragic death in 1998, with his final appearance on the 10th season episode "Bart the Mother" ending with a dedication to the actor.
|Lionel Hutz. A Troy McClure feature was in the works|
In short, he was one of Canada's greatest comedy exports ever.
His brother, Paul Hartmann, has been lobbying since 2007 to get Phil inducted onto Canada's WOF and has a Facebook site dedicated to the cause. Plenty of people have rallied tot he cause, including Jerry Seinfeld and Will Ferrell. A member of Parliament even stood up and called for Hartman's induction in 2010.
If you want to see Hartman so enshrined, you can do something about it now. Go to the WOF site and nominate Phil Hartman for induction. It only takes a second and you can do it right here.
Russell Peters was inducted last year, Eric McCormack the year before that. Hell, Howie Mandel, the Kids in the Hall and Pamela Anderson are in the Canadian WOF and Hartman is not? There are significant parts of Anderson that aren't even Canadian!
I had the pleasure of interviewing Broadfoot last year for Air Farce: 40 Years of Flying by the Seat of Our Pants, and found him to be a sharp and savvy as ever. Check out this brief video clip of our conversation.
Now 86, Broadfoot deserves to take his proper place at the next WOF induction. So vote for Broadfoot as well as Hartman. You have a few days left to get both their names into the mix. Nominations close May 1.