There are several movies that are almost universally agreed-upon as comedy classics by men of this country. These are flicks that, if we were to have some sort of gigantic country club, would be lauded with “hear, hear” and “quite right"—films like Animal House, Blazing Saddles, This Is Spinal Tap, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and, of course, the ceaselessly quotable sports masterpiece that is Caddyshack. So why would someone send in a sweet, gentle woman, who could easily play spokesperson for a debutante’s etiquette school, to interview the screwball gang of a cast?
Upon the film’s released, back in 1980, the stars—Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, and Ted Knight—sat down with a wonderful person who just had no business interviewing these four goofballs. I don’t know if she thought Caddyshack was a documentary or what, but it’s almost like Madeline Kahn or Alex Borstein’s doing an impression throughout the interview, which starts with Chase’s oddball mutterings and ends with Chase making a quip about having sex with the entire Osmond family.
The interviewer is kind and earnest, for sure. She’d make the world’s greatest antique shop owner, but here, it’s like watching your endearing mother make small talk with your drunk tank of a social circle while you finish up getting ready to cause mayhem with them on a Friday night.
Watch it all unfold soooo sloooowly.