In her debut performance on Saturday Night Live this weekend, comedian Jenny Slate became a member of a surprisingly exclusive club: people who have dropped the infamous "F-Bomb" on the show (here's the clip, which obviously contains strong language). Here's a quick list of 10 other slips of the tongue that have occurred during the show's 35 year, 659 episode run.
1. March 15, 1980: Paul Shaffer, David Letterman's band leader for the last hundred years, was supposed to say "floggin" during a sketch about a Medieval band rehearsing a song, but it didn't come out that way. When the audience heard the mix-up, they gasped in surprise, but nothing more really came from the incident.
2. February 21, 1981: The f-word made two appearances in this episode. Musical guest Prince played his song "Partyup," and included the uncensored line, "Fightin' war is such a f***in' bore." The show also featured a Dallas parody playing off the iconic "Who Shot J.R.?" storyline, which featured SNL cast member Charles Rocket as the Texas oil baron. As the cast and crew were saying goodnight to the audience at the end of the show, the host, Dallas star Charlene Tilton, asked Rocket how it felt to be shot. He replied, "Oh, man, it's the first time I've ever been shot in my life. I'd like to know who the f*** did it." Tilton and the rest of the cast were shocked at the slip-up, but laughed it off as the credits rolled. NBC execs, however, weren't laughing, and the event influenced their decision to let Rocket go as part of a massive round of layoffs after the season. (Watch Rocket's clip here.)
3. January 28, 1989: In the sketch, "Da Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts presents Da War of da Woilds," guest-host Tony Danza and regulars from the show said "fonking" in their dialog. Jon Lovitz, on the other hand, was not, and his blatant disregard for censoring himself brought about the most laughs from the audience.
4. February 17, 1990: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler performed to promote their new album Pump (the same episode with the infamous Wayne's World sketch when the band debates the fall of Communism in Wayne's basement.) During the song "Monkey on My Back," Tyler sang the uncensored lyrics, "get the f***ing monkey off my back"
5. October 29, 1990: During a performance by Morris Day and The Time, there was a brief interlude in the song "Chocolate" when the music stops and Day shouts out, "Where the f*** this chicken come from? I thought I ordered ribs!"
6. May 14, 1994: Janet Jackson slipped an f-bomb into her performance of "Throb" from her hit album, Janet.
7. November 12, 1994: R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe performed "What's the Frequency Kenneth?"—a song whose last line reads, "I never understood. Don't f*** with me." While Stipe did sing the line, he did so with his back turned to the audience, so it wouldn't be clearly interpreted.
8. December 10, 1994: The Beastie Boys performed their classic hip-hop song "Sure Shot," which featured Ad Rock yelling the lyric, "Never quittin', so won't you f***in' listen?"
9. April 12, 1997:Norm MacDonald was running the Weekend Update desk at the time and, after trying to read from the teleprompter, got his words jumbled. Flabbergasted, he asked "What the f*** was that?" After the audience laughter died down, Norm nervously laughed himself and said, "My farewell performance." At the end of his bit, he concluded with, "Maybe I'll see you next week, folks." Audiences did see Norm next week as the incident reportedly received only three complaints. (Click here and skip ahead to the 0:49 mark.)
10. May 7, 2005: Daron Malakian, guitar player for the metal band, System of a Down, screamed out "F*** yeah!" at the end of the band's performance.
Ben Hawkey is best known for playing Hot Pie, Arya Stark’s Direwolf bread-baking companion on Games of Thrones. The actor recently got the chance to demonstrate his baking skills in the real world with the opening of You Know Nothing John Dough, a pop-up London bakery inspired by the HBO series.
A venture between Hawkey and the UK-based food delivery service Deliveroo, You Know Nothing John Dough launched for Deliveroo members on July 17, to coincide with the series' seventh season premiere. The menu consisted entirely of Direwolf-shaped loaves made with whole wheat cornbread and orange zest. According to Digital Spy, the treats were meant to be eaten warm with soft butter.
"It's brilliant that we have been able to help Ben realize his dream of opening a real-world bakery, bringing a classic piece of on-screen cuisine to the real world," a spokesperson for Deliveroo told Digital Spy of the culinary collaboration.
Fans snatched the treats up quickly, which was no surprise considering that they were selling for just £1 (about $1.30) a pop. That’s a bargain compared to some Game of Thrones-themed desserts. While the bakery was meant as a one-time tie-in to the new season premiere, don't be surprised to see it pop up again; you can keep an eye on its Deliveroo page here.
ChapStick, llamas, and tater tots are just a few things that appear in Napoleon Dynamite, a cult film shot for a mere $400,000 that went on to gross $44.5 million. In 2002, Brigham Young University film student Jared Hess filmed a black-and-white short, Peluca, with his classmate Jon Heder. The film got accepted into the Slamdance Film Festival, which gave Hess the courage to adapt it into a feature. Hess used his real-life upbringing in Preston, Idaho—he had six brothers and his mom owned llamas—to form the basis of the movie, about a nerdy teenager named Napoleon (Heder) who encourages his friend Pedro (Efren Ramirez) to run for class president.
In 2004, the indie film screened at Sundance, and was quickly purchased by Fox Searchlight and Paramount, then released less than six months later. Today, the film remains so popular that last year Pedro and Napoleon reunited for a cheesy tots Burger King commercial. Here are 10 sweet facts about the ever-quotable comedy.
1. DEB IS BASED ON JERUSHA HESS.
Jared Hess’ wife Jerusha co-wrote the film and based Deb on her own life. “Her mom made her a dress when she was going to a middle school dance and she said, ‘I hadn’t really developed yet, so my mom overcompensated and made some very large, fluffy shoulders,’” Jared told Rolling Stone. “Some guy dancing with her patted the sleeves and actually said, ‘I like your sleeves … they’re real big.’”
Tina Majorino, who played the fictional Deb, hadn’t done a comedy before, because people thought of her as a dramatic actress. “The fact that Jared would even let me come in and read really appealed to me,” she told Rolling Stone. “Even if I didn’t get the role, I just wanted to see what it was like to audition for a comedy, as I’d never done it before.”
2. NAPOLEON'S FAMOUS DANCE SCENE MANIFESTED FROM THE SHORT FILM.
At the end of shooting Peluca, Hess had a minute of film stock left and knew Heder liked to dance. Heder had on moon boots—something Hess used to wear—so they traveled to the end of a dirt road. They turned on the car radio and Jamiroquai’s “Canned Heat” was playing. “I just told him to start dancing and realized: This is how we’ve got to end the film,” Hess told Rolling Stone. “You don’t anticipate those kinds of things. They’re just part of the creative process.”
Heder told The Huffington Post he found inspiration in Michael Jackson and dancing in front of a mirror, for the end-of-the-movie skit. But when it came time to film the dance for the feature, Heder felt “pressure” to deliver. “I was like, ‘Oh, crap!’ This isn’t just a silly little scene,” he told PDX Monthly. “This is the moment where everything comes, and he’s making the sacrifice for his friend. That’s the whole theme of the movie. Everything leads up to this. Napoleon’s been this loser. This has to be the moment where he lands a victory.” Instead of hiring a choreographer, the filmmakers told him to “just figure it out.” They filmed the scene three times with three different songs, including Jamiroquai’s “Little L” and “Canned Heat.”
3. FANS STILL FLOCK TO PRESTON, IDAHO TO TOUR THE MOVIE’S LOCATIONS.
In a 2016 interview with TheSalt Lake Tribune, The Preston Citizen’s circulation manager, Rhonda Gregerson, said “every summer at least 50 groups of fans walk into the office wanting to know more about the film.” She said people come from all over the world to see Preston High School, Pedro’s house, and other filming locations as a layover before heading to Yellowstone National Park. “If you talk to a lot of people in Preston, you’ll find a lot of people who have become a bit sick of it,” Gregerson said. “I still think it’s great that there’s still so much interest in the town this long after the movie.”
Besides the filming locations, the town used to host a Napoleon Dynamitefestival. In 2005, the fest drew about 6000 people and featured a tater tot eating contest, a moon boot dancing contest, boondoggle keychains for sale, and a tetherball tournament. The fest was last held in 2008.
4. IDAHO ADOPTED A RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE FILMMAKERS.
Jerusha and Jared Hess
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In 2005, the Idaho legislature wrote a resolution praising Jared and Jerusha Hess and the city of Preston. HCR029 appreciates the use of tater tots for “promoting Idaho’s most famous export.” It extols bicycling and skateboarding to promote “better air quality,” and it says Kip and LaFawnduh’s relationship “is a tribute to e-commerce and Idaho’s technology-driven industry.” The resolution goes on to say those who “vote Nay on this concurrent resolution are Freakin’ Idiots.” Napoleon would be proud.
5. NAPOLEON WAS A DIFFERENT KIND OF NERD.
Sure, he was awkward, but Napoleon wasn’t as intelligent as other film nerds. “He’s not a genius,” Heder told The Huffington Post. “Maybe he’s getting good grades, but he’s not excelling; he’s just socially awkward. He doesn’t know how much of an outcast he is, and that’s what gives him that confidence. He’s trying to be cool sometimes, but mostly he just goes for it and does it.”
6. THE TITLE SEQUENCE FEATURED SEVERAL DIFFERENT SETS OF HANDS.
Eight months before the theatrical release, Fox Searchlight had Hess film a title sequence that made it clear that the film took place in 2004, not in the ’80s or ’90s. Napoleon’s student ID reveals the events occur during the 2004-2005 school year. Heder’s hands move the objects in and out of the frame, but Fox didn’t like his hangnails. “They flew out a hand model a couple weeks later, who had great hands, but was five or six shades darker than Jon Heder,” Hess told Art of the Title. “If you look, there are like three different dudes’ hands—our producer’s are in there, too.”
7. THE MOVIE MESSED UP NETFLIX’S ALGORITHMS.
Beginning in 2006, Cinematch—Netflix’s recommendation algorithm software—held a contest called The Netflix Prize. Anyone who could make Cinematch’s predictions at least 10 percent more accurate would win $1 million. Computer scientist Len Bertoni had trouble predicting whether people would like Napoleon Dynamite. Bertoni told The New York Times the film is “polarizing,” and the Netflix ratings are either one or five stars. If he could accurately predict whether people liked the movie, Bertoni said, then he’d come much closer to winning the prize. That didn’t happen for him.
The contest finally ended in 2009 when Netflix awarded the grand prize to BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos, who developed a 10.06 percent improvement over Cinematch’s score.
Heder got his hair permed the night before shooting began—but something went wrong. Heder called Jared and said, “‘Yeah, I got the perm but it’s a little bit different than it was before,’” Hess told Rolling Stone. “He showed up the night before shooting and he looked like Shirley Temple! The curls were huge!” They didn’t have much time to fix the goof, so Hess enlisted Jerusha and her cousin to re-perm it. It worked, but Jon wasn’t allowed to wash his hair for the next three weeks. “So he had this stinky ‘do in the Idaho heat for three weeks,” Jared said. “We were shooting near dairy farms and there were tons of flies; they were all flying in and out of his hair.”
9. LAFAWNDUH’S REAL-LIFE FAMILY STARRED IN THE MOVIE.
Shondrella Avery played LaFawnduh, the African American girlfriend of Kip, Napoleon’s older brother (played by Aaron Ruell). Before filming, Hess phoned Avery and said, “‘You remember that there were no black people in Preston, Idaho, right? Do you think your family might want to be in the movie?’ And that’s how it happened,” Avery told Los Angeles Weekly. Her actual family shows up at the end when LaFawnduh and Kip get married.
10. A SHORT-LIVED ANIMATED SERIES ACTED AS A SEQUEL.
In 2012, Fox aired six episodes of Napoleon Dynamite the animated series before they canceled it. All of the original actors returned to supply voices to their characters. The only difference between the film and the series is Kip is not married. Heder told Rolling Stone the episodes are as close to a sequel as fans will get. “If you sit down and watch those back to back, you’ve got yourself a sequel,” he said. “Because you’ve got all the same characters and all the same actors.”