Monday, September 15, 2008

Phish's SNL Ratings Record Broken

File this under the list of things I didn't know until today. Until Tina Fey broke out her dead-on Sarah Palin impression on NBC's Saturday Night Live two nights ago, Phish (as well as another Vice-President) held the series' rating records.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

With a little help from Tina Fey doubling as Sarah Palin and from guest host Michael Phelps, "Saturday Night Live" logged its best season premiere since 2001.

It was also the most-watched "SNL" for any date since December 17, 2002, when former vice president Al Gore was the guest host and jam band Phish was the musical guest.

That night, Phish played Chalkdust Torture and 46 Days. They also appeared in an installement of the long-running skit "Jarrett's Room." After allegedly running over one of Jarrett's friends, Phish agrees to visit his dorm room and hold a jam session, but in the end, it turns out that the kid who got run over mistook Trey for Chuck Norris. Hilarity ensues.

So wishing I could find a video of Al Gore saying "Ladies and Gentlemen, PHISH!" right about now.

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