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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 life."

"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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