chad and phil...
"This picture deserves an explanation. No, I'm not auditioning Phil
Hartman as a replacement for Jeremy. No, that is not a wig. He actually
did run around with that hairstyle in the late seventies.
Yes, we were writing a song. It's
featured on the "Flat TV" CD."
"Phil's older brother, John, was Chad & Jeremy's agent at the
William Morris agency, so I'd known him ever since he was a high school
student. After the usual teenage jobs, he ended up working for his
brother's management company as a designer. (He was a really talented
artist - several famous album covers for his brother's clients were
designed by Phil, Poco and America among them.)"
"He was a chameleon. He could be gentle, quiet and reflective,
but at the drop of a hat, he would become any one of a boxful of
characters. I think my favorite memory is of a photo session (he was a
photographer too) with Jeremy in 1978. We were recording demos at
Spoiled Brat Studios when Phil walked in. He had never met Jeremy before
and you would expect a hand shake and some sort of greeting, but that
wasn't Phil's style. He was carrying a small tape recorder on which he
had pre-recorded his dialogue. He then proceeded to lip-sync (badly) to
the recording. "Hi! I'm Phil! You must be Jeremy! I've heard so much
about you!" etc. etc. We were
in stitches. It was one of the funniest things I've ever seen in my
"Phil and I used that bit in some of my solo performances. He
became a robot who answered questions from the audience. Of course all
the answers were pre-recorded and always completely wrong!"
"Until now, I've never had the opportunity to say publicly how
much I miss him. I know I'm not the only one, not by a long shot. His
death was a huge loss to all of us and to the world of comedy as well.
Chad Stuart, August 2002
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