Chevy Chase
Emmy Award Winning American Comedian, Writer, and television and film actor
Chevy Chase
Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase is an American comedian, writer, and television and film actor. Born into a prominent New York family, Chase worked a plethora of odd jobs before moving into comedy acting with National Lampoon. He quickly became a key cast member in the inaugural season of Saturday Night Live, where his Weekend Update skit soon became a staple of the show.
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Mike Pence's New Neighborhood Gets Plastered With 'Trust Women' Signs
Huffington Post - about 2 months
DC-area NARAL members have a simple message for vice president-elect @Mike_Pence: This neighborhood trusts women. pic.twitter.com/pDne9YqrDY — NARAL (@NARAL) December 22, 2016 Vice President-elect Mike Pence recently rented a home in DC’s Chevy Chase neighborhood. Soon after he moved in, residents of the area began hanging rainbow flags in his neighborhood in solidarity with the LGBGTQ community. (Pence has a notable history of supporting legislation that results in LGBTQ discrimination.)  Now the neighborhood has embraced another symbol of quiet resistance by putting up “This neighborhood trusts women” signs, supplied by reproductive rights organization, NARAL Pro-Choice America. The signs target Pence’s decidedly anti-abortion, anti-woman record. During his time in elected office, Pence has led the charge to defund Planned Parenthood, voted against both the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, co-sponsored a federal anti-abortion bill t ...
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Fake News and the Winds of Hate Roil the U.S.
Huffington Post - about 2 months
There is an ill wind blowing across the nation. Sometimes it is a foul gale, other times just a smelly zephyr. But it is as evil as it is nauseating, as noisome as it is cruel. It blights good fellowship, throttles reasonable discourse, and brings threatening clouds for the future. Lies, insinuations, fabrications and distortions are not new to politics, but now they have an awesome delivery system: fake news on the Internet. Fake news likely inspired a man to storm into the public library in Barrington, RI, on Nov. 10, and verbally attack a young patron. Wearing a Trump hat and T-shirt emblazoned with "Racist Cracker 88," he approached her, chanting, "Obama is out! We control this place now!" The librarians called the police, and the man was escorted out." To this buffoon, literacy was akin to elitism, liberalism and moral decay. A fringe of the already fringy alt-right believes that the election victory of Donald Trump established a new order of self-righteous bigotry, as t ...
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Veteran Journalist and Author James M Perry dead at 89
Huffington Post - 3 months
James M. Perry was a WWII Marine veteran who began his career at Leatherneck Magazine (Marine Corps), and then worked for thirty-five years covering politics for the National Observer and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Perry was influential in furthering the careers of other journalists who crossed his path, and was among those who helped shape the political-writing beat of a generation. As part of his work, Mr. Perry often traveled the world with Presidents to cover their journeys abroad. He was with President John F. Kennedy's entourage when the President was assassinated in Dallas, TX. He is the author of a number of books, including, Arrogant Armies: Great Military Disasters and the Generals Behind Them (2008), A Bohemian Brigade: The Civil War Correspondents Mostly Rough, Sometimes Ready (2000), The New Politics: The Expanding Technology of Political Manipulation, (1968), and Barry Goldwater: A New Look at a Presidential Candidate, National Observer, (1964). In 1997 ...
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A 'Safe Space' For White People, Otherwise Known As 'The Two-State Solution,' or 'Disunion As Solution'
Huffington Post - 3 months
It's time, America. It's either a two-state divorce, or "Heil, Trump" will be coming to your neighborhood as it has already come to mine. We are in a civil war. Not very hot -- yet -- but in which tension is building daily. Neo-Nazis party in my neighborhood of Chevy Chase, unnoticed by the Leader, while he attacks the cast of Hamilton instead. Clinton keeps racking up votes, now with a 2,000,000+ vote lead, while no one is yet auditing the states that swung the Electoral College (itself a vestige of slavery). Liberals are turning in on themselves, while conservatives stand stunned, buried at the foot of the wreckage of the Republican party while the kakistocracy takes shape. All this because a few hundred thousand Rust Belt citizens, repeatedly fed misinformation and disinformation in our era of Big Data, decided to first destroy the Republican Party, which had betrayed then for forty years (fool me once...), and then take down the entire country in a fit of pique for an encore. ...
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An American Anabasis -- Reflections On Our Election
Huffington Post - 3 months
It has been an excruciating week for many of us Hillary supporters. My friends are struggling to make sense of last week's election. My teenagers wonder how a man with such open hostility and disregard for women, immigrants, and the disabled has been elected president. And I, a first time voter, am stunned and left pondering the consequences of this new reality both domestically and internationally. The widespread alienation and rejection felt across the country is palpable and makes me question my place in the United States. It reminds me of my teenage years in post-revolutionary Iran, a period of high anxiety and disconnectedness for families like mine that felt no allegiance to the new ruling party, its ideology or its principles. That uneasy knot in your stomach and the vulnerability it creates, as well as the sense of estrangement from government -- and in this case the people who elected it into office -- is a taxing load to bear. The only calming proposition I can offer is ...
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The strange, sad tale of a president who was never elected
Yahoo News - 4 months
Editor's note: This is the 38th entry in the writer's project to read one book about each of the U.S. Presidents in the year prior to Election Day 2016. Follow Marcus' progress at the @44in52 Twitter account and the 44 in 52 Spreadsheet . Man, poor Gerald Ford. That's all I could think after completing Douglas Brinkley's book on Ford for the American Presidents Series — one of the few biographies available on a man generally seen as a caretaker president.  SEE ALSO: The fevered dreams of a paranoid president Ford was in an unenviable position. He ascended to office in the wake of the biggest scandal in the history of the presidency, and had to figure out whether to pardon his predecessor's criminal acts. Meanwhile America was reeling from the loss of a war for the first time (in Vietnam), not to mention a slumping economy and rising inflation. This man was basically handed a tire fire and told to put it out. And, yet, most of what I know of him  — as is the case with most of my generat ...
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Why Are People So Excited About SNL's Toothless Trump?
Huffington Post - 4 months
When it comes to “Saturday Night Live” ― NBC’s flagship sketch comedy and variety show, which began airing in October of 1975 ― it seems as though audiences speak in hyperbole or not at all. If “SNL” enters the conversation on a Sunday morning, it will either be to assure readers and internet perusers that the show has unveiled some sort of devastating piece of political satire, or that once again the program is a 90-minute tire fire that its parent network should have extinguished right after Chevy Chase signed an eight picture contract with cocaine. There’s rarely an in between. Modern-day “SNL” is either an essential and vital part of the comic landscape or a disappointing shadow waiting to be euthanized. Luckily for Lorne Michaels and company, the tenor of discussion in the past few weeks has tended more towards the former than the latter. With the debut of Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump impersonation (replacing Darrell Hammond), NBC’s old faithful has found its way back into Fac ...
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Chevy Chase enters rehab for the second time
CNN - 6 months
Chevy Chase has checked into rehab, according to a rep for the actor. The "National Lampoon" star has entered Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota to deal with an alcohol-related issue.
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Chevy Chase is back in rehab for an alcohol-related 'tune-up'
LATimes - 6 months
Chevy Chase has checked into a Minnesota addiction center for an alcohol issue, according to his rep.  “Saturday Night Live’s” original “Weekend Update” host checked into the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center recently, his publicist confirmed Tuesday. “He is there for an alcohol-related tune-up...
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Md. congressional primary features largest self-funder ever
Yahoo News - 10 months
CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) — A Maryland congressional primary contender has broken the record for what a self-funded House candidate has poured into a single campaign, as wine superstore owner David Trone has uncorked more than $12 million of his own amid a crowded Democratic field.
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Police: Driver hits gazebo featured in Chevy Chase movie
Yahoo News - about 1 year
TOWNSHEND, Vt. (AP) — Vermont state police say a drunken driver drove across a town common and struck a gazebo that was featured in the 1988 Chevy Chase movie "Funny Farm."
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5 Shower Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Skin
Huffington Post - about 1 year
By Lindsey Murray You probably don't put too much thought into your daily shower--it's just something you do every day to get clean and, depending on your routine, wake up or wind down. But certain habits may actually be leaving you with dry, itchy skin, or even prone to a raging infection. Nix these sudsy saboteurs before you lather up next. Your water is too hot Dry, itchy skin? Scalding showers might be to blame. "If there is tons and tons of steam coming out, then that's a sign that your shower is too hot," says Melissa Piliang, MD, dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. In addition to drying out your skin, Dr. Piliang warns that hot showers can cause eczema to flare up. You don't have to give up steamy showers entirely. To get the same soothing effect, Dr. Piliang recommends letting the steam build up before you step under the water. "First turn on your shower as hot as you want it," she explains. "Let it get nice and steamy and warm in there, and after it's all heate ...
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The Transfer Problem: The Case for Private Colleges
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In November, the Edvance Foundation released a report titled, "Strengthening the Transfer Pathway," that identified opportunities for private colleges and universities to accept a much more robust stream of transfer students. Among the findings, the report noted that the transfer pathway is full of potholes. The directional signage is inconsistent and contradictory along this path. Part of this problem stems from the decentralized nature of private colleges. They lack the scale of large state universities and state systems in the public sector. Most two-year colleges are public and fall under common state political jurisdictions with their public four-year and graduate and professional counterparts. It is often easier to imagine a public solution to improve dismal transfer rates. It is hardly surprising that politicians and policy makers should look to the public sector for a solution to the transfer crisis facing American higher education. And in fairness to public four-year ...
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Razzie Nominations 2016 Include Adam Sandler, '50 Shades Of Grey,' And 'Jupiter Ascending'
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9 Things You Never Knew About 'Christmas Vacation'
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"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" hit the big screen 26 years ago. The movie was an instant success, pulling in $71.3 million at the box office and securing a place on television screens forever. And with that, the Griswolds' name and famous phrases soon became synonymous with family and festivities over the holidays.  As you count down the hours until Christmas, here are a few facts about Clark and the gang that you might not know about the film. Enjoy!  1. Chevy Chase's favorite part of the movie is in the credits.  In a recent video, WhoSay, filmed Chase watching "Christmas Vacation" with his family in the Hollywood Hills. He revealed that his favorite part of the film is when his name comes up ABOVE the title of the movie, which he said is "the definition of star."    2. The actress that played Aunt Bethany also voiced Betty Boop. Actress Mae Questel was amazing at doing impressions and voices. She voiced Betty Boop in countless animated shorts and ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chevy Chase
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    He entered Minnesota's Hazelden Clinic in September 2016 for treatment of an alcohol-related issue.
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  • 2010
    In 2010, he said that his drug abuse had been "low level".
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    In 2010, he appeared in the film Hot Tub Time Machine, as well as a short online film featuring the Griswold Family, and in the Funny or Die original comedy sketch "Presidential Reunion", where he played President Ford alongside other current and former SNL president impersonators.
    More Details Hide Details Chase has appeared in a number of television commercials, including Dollar Rent-a-Car (1996), Doritos (1996), History Channel (1999), a series of commercials for AAMI Insurance (Australia, 1999), Aflac (2003), Cola Turka (2003), T-Mobile (2009) and Chase Manhattan Bank (2010). Chase has three daughters: Cydney Cathalene (born January 4, 1983), Caley Leigh (born January 19, 1985), and Emily Evelyn Chase (born September 29, 1988). He lives with his third wife, Jayni (née Luke), in Bedford, New York.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Chase starred in the NBC sitcom Community, as aging moist-towelette tycoon Pierce Hawthorne, starting in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details However, Chase left the show in 2012 after completing the majority of the episodes of Season 4. He returned for a cameo appearance in the Season 5 premiere. Though he had sometimes been involved in public disputes with creator Dan Harmon over the direction of the show, the role was nevertheless his most prominent in many years.
    In 2009, Chase and Dan Aykroyd provided voices for the Family Guy episode "Spies Reminiscent of Us".
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  • 2006
    Chase guest-starred as an anti-Semitic murder suspect in "In Vino Veritas", the November 3, 2006 episode of Law & Order.
    More Details Hide Details He also guest-starred in the ABC drama series Brothers & Sisters in two episodes as a former love interest of Sally Field's character. Chase appeared in a prominent recurring role as villainous software magnate Ted Roark on the NBC spy-comedy Chuck.
  • 2005
    In 2005, Chase was the keynote speaker at Princeton University's Class Day, part of commencement activities.
    More Details Hide Details On March 20, 2012, Dan Aykroyd announced through his Facebook page that he is working with Chase on a script for a new comedy that would star the two actors. In 2015, Chase reprised his role as Clark Griswold in the fifth Vacation installment, simply titled Vacation. Unlike the previous four films in which Clark is the main protagonist, he only has a brief though pivotal cameo appearance. In spite of largely negative critical reception, the film itself has proven to be a financial success grossing over $104 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing entry to date.
  • 2004
    Following the 2004 elections, Chase criticized President George W. Bush during a speech at a People For the American Way benefit at the Kennedy Center, referring to the President as an "uneducated, real lying schmuck" and a "dumb fuck".
    More Details Hide Details Event organizers and several Bush detractors present at the event distanced themselves from Chase's comments, with Norman Lear remarking, "He'll live with it, I won't."
    Chase is an active environmentalist, charity fundraiser, and political liberal. He raised money and campaigned for Bill Clinton in the 1990s and John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential Election.
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  • 2002
    He was roasted by the Friars Club for a Comedy Central television special in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details This roast was noted for being unusually vitriolic. The only cast members of Saturday Night Live's first season who appeared at the roast were Laraine Newman (one of the actors on the show), Al Franken, a bit player and writer on the show and eventually a US Senator, and Paul Shaffer (a band leader on SNL in the 1970s and the host of the roast).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    After having starred with Farrah Fawcett in the relatively successful Man of the House in 1995, he received Harvard Lampoon's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.
  • 1993
    Chase was Hasty Pudding's 1993 Man of the Year, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994.
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    In September 1993, Chase hosted The Chevy Chase Show, a weeknight talk show, for the Fox Broadcasting Company.
    More Details Hide Details Though it had high commercial expectations, the show was cancelled by Fox after only five weeks. Chase later appeared in a commercial for Doritos, airing during the Super Bowl, in which he made humorous reference to the show's failure.
  • 1991
    Chase had three consecutive film flops: 1991's Razzie award-nominated Nothing but Trouble, 1992's Memoirs of an Invisible Man, and 1994's Cops & Robbersons.
    More Details Hide Details The three releases had a combined gross of $34 million in the U.S. Even the durable Vacation series ground to a halt, following 1997's Vegas Vacation installment. Some of the more recent movies starring Chase (e.g., Vacuums, Rent-a-Husband, Goose!) have not been widely released in the United States. He returned to mainstream movie-making in 2006, co-starring with Tim Allen and Courteney Cox in the comedy Zoom, though it was both a critical and commercial failure.
    Later in 1991, he helped record and appeared in the music video "Voices That Care" to entertain and support U.S. troops involved in Operation Desert Storm, and supported the International Red Cross.
    More Details Hide Details Chase's career took a downturn in the early 1990s.
    He played saxophone onstage at Simon's free concert at the Great Lawn in Central Park in the summer of 1991.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Chase hosted the Academy Awards in 1987 and 1988, signing on to the proceedings in 1987 with the opener, "Good evening, Hollywood phonies!" Chase filmed a sequel to Vacation, 1985's National Lampoon's European Vacation and then a third, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, in 1989, which, thanks to its holiday theme, has become one of his more durable films, airing on NBC every December.
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  • 1986
    In 1986, Chase was admitted to the Betty Ford Clinic for treatment of an addiction to prescription painkillers.
    More Details Hide Details His use of these drugs reportedly began after he experienced ongoing back pain related to the many pratfalls he took beginning with his Saturday Night Live appearances.
    He appeared alongside Paul Simon, one of his best friends, in Simon's 1986 second video for "You Can Call Me Al", in which he lip-syncs all of Simon's lyrics.
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    Chase joined SNL veterans Steve Martin and Martin Short in the Lorne Michaels-produced comedy ¡Three Amigos! in 1986, declaring in an interview that making ¡Three Amigos! was the most fun he had making a film.
    More Details Hide Details The trio hosted SNL that year, the only time the show has had three hosts on one show. At the height of his career in the late 1980s, Chase earned around US$7 million per film and was a highly visible celebrity.
  • 1983
    He married Jayni Luke in 1983, and in 1985, he starred in Fletch, the first of two films based on Gregory Mcdonald's Fletch books.
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    Chase continued his film career in 1983's National Lampoon's Vacation, directed by Ramis and written by John Hughes.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Chase narrowly escaped death by electrocution during the filming of Modern Problems in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details During a sequence in which Chase's character wears "landing lights" as he dreams that he is an airplane, the current in the lights short-circuited and arced through Chase's arm, back, and neck muscles. The near-death experience caused Chase to experience a period of deep depression, as his marriage to Jacqueline had ended just prior to the start of filming.
    Chase followed Foul Play with the successful Harold Ramis comedy Caddyshack, in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he also reunited with Foul Play co-star Goldie Hawn for Neil Simon's Seems Like Old Times and released a self-titled record album, co-produced by Chase and Tom Scott, with novelty and cover versions of songs by Randy Newman, Barry White, Bob Marley, the Beatles, Donna Summer, Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Troggs, and the Sugarhill Gang.
  • 1976
    Chevy's first marriage to Jacqueline Carlin was formalized on December 4, 1976.
    More Details Hide Details After 17 months, his marriage to Carlin was dissolved through a divorce. During this period, Chase's daily cocaine consumption was reportedly more than two grams (.07 oz.), and the side effects of such drug use were megalomania, paranoia, and incoherence.
    In late 1976, in the middle of the second season, Chase became the first member of the original cast to leave the show.
    More Details Hide Details While he landed starring roles in several films on the strength of his SNL notoriety, he asserted that the principal reason for his departure was his girlfriend Jacqueline Carlin's reluctance to move to New York. Chase moved to Los Angeles, married Carlin, and was replaced by Bill Murray, although he made a few appearances on the show during the second season. Chase later hosted SNL eight times through 1997. He appeared on the show's 25th anniversary special in 1999, and was interviewed for a 2005 NBC special on the first five years of SNL. Later appearances included a Caddyshack skit featuring Bill Murray, a 1997 episode with guest host Chris Farley, as the Land Shark in a Weekend Update segment in 2001, another Weekend Update segment in 2007, and in Justin Timberlake's monologue in 2013 as a member of the Five-Timers Club, where he was reunited with his Three Amigos co-stars Steve Martin and Martin Short. He also participated in the 40th anniversary special in February 2015.
  • 1975
    In a 1975 New York magazine cover story which called him "The funniest man in America", NBC executives referred to Chase as "The first real potential successor to Johnny Carson" and claimed he would begin guest-hosting The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson within six months of the article.
    More Details Hide Details Chase dismissed chatter that he could be the next Carson by telling New York, "I'd never be tied down for five years interviewing TV personalities." In fact, Chase did not even appear on the program until May 4, 1977, when he was promoting a prime time special for NBC. Carson later said of Chase; "He couldn't ad lib a fart after a baked bean dinner". Chase acknowledged Ernie Kovacs' influence on his work in Saturday Night Live, and he thanked Kovacs during his acceptance speech for his Emmy award. In addition, Chase spoke of Kovacs' influence on his work in an appearance in the 1982 documentary called Ernie Kovacs: Television's Original Genius.
    Chase was one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live (SNL), NBC's late-night comedy television show, beginning in October 1975.
    More Details Hide Details During the first season, he introduced every show except one by saying, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night! " The remark was often preceded by a pratfall, known as "The Fall of the Week". Chase became known for his skill at physical comedy. In one comedy sketch, he mimicked a real-life incident in which President Gerald Ford accidentally tripped while disembarking from Air Force One in Salzburg, Austria. This portrayal of President Ford as a bumbling klutz became a favorite device of Chase and helped form the popular concept of Ford as being a clumsy man. In later years, Chase met and became friendly with President Ford. Chase's physical stunts led to at least one self-injury. Chase was the original anchor for the Weekend Update segment of SNL, and his catchphrase introduction, "I'm Chevy Chase... and you're not" became well known. His trademark conclusion, "Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow" was later resurrected by Jane Curtin and Tina Fey. Chase also wrote comedy material for Weekend Update. For example, he wrote and performed "The News for the Hard of Hearing". In this skit, Chase would read the top story of the day, aided by Garrett Morris, who would repeat the story by loudly shouting it. Chase claimed that his version of Weekend Update would later be the inspiration for other mock-news shows such as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. (Weekend Update was later revived as a segment on The Chevy Chase Show, a short-lived late-night talk-show produced by Chase and broadcast by Fox Broadcasting Company.)
  • 1973
    Chase made the move to comedy as a full-time career by 1973, when he became a cast member of The National Lampoon Radio Hour, a syndicated satirical radio series.
    More Details Hide Details The Lampoon Radio Hour also featured John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, and Brian Doyle-Murray, all of whom later became "Not-Ready-For-Prime Time Players" on NBC Saturday Night (later retitled NBC's Saturday Night and finally Saturday Night Live). Chase and Belushi also appeared in National Lampoon's off-Broadway revue Lemmings, a sketch and musical send-up of popular youth culture (in which Chase also played the drums during the musical numbers). He appeared in the theatrical release The Groove Tube which was directed by another co-founder of Channel One, Ken Shapiro, and which featured several Channel One sketches.
  • 1970
    He also wrote a one-page spoof on Mission: Impossible for Mad Magazine in 1970 and was a writer for the short-lived Smothers Brothers TV show comeback in the spring of 1975.
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  • OTHER
  • 1967
    Chase was a member of an early underground comedy ensemble called Channel One which he co-founded in 1967.
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    Chase transferred to Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where he studied a pre-med curriculum and graduated in 1967 with a BA in English.
    More Details Hide Details Chase did not enter medical school, which meant he would be subject to the military draft. Chase was not drafted; when he appeared in January 1989 as the first guest of the just-launched late-night Pat Sajak Show, he said he had convinced his draft board he deserved a 4-F classification by "falsely claiming, among other things, that he had homosexual tendencies". Chase played drums with the college band The Leather Canary, headed by school friends Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. Chase has called the group "a bad jazz band"; Becker and Fagen later founded the successful group Steely Dan. Chase has absolute pitch. He played drums and keyboards for a rock band called Chamaeleon Church, which recorded one album for MGM Records before disbanding in 1969. To give the album a more soft-rock sound, producer Alan Lorber made several alterations in the mixing, including the muting of Chase's bass drum, and Chase was reportedly incensed when he heard the final mix. Before fame, Chase worked as a cab driver, truck driver, motorcycle messenger, construction worker, waiter, busboy, fruit picker, produce manager in a supermarket, audio engineer, salesman in a wine store, and theater usher.
  • 1962
    Chase attended Riverdale Country School before being expelled. He ultimately graduated from the Stockbridge School in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He then attended Haverford College during the 1962–63 term, where he was noted for slapstick comedy and an absurd sense of physical humor (including his signature pratfalls and "sticking forks into his orifices").
    More Details Hide Details During a 2009 interview on The Today Show, he ostensibly verified the oft-publicized urban legend that he was expelled for harboring a cow in his fourth floor room, although his former roommate David Felson asserted in a 2003 interview that Chase left for academic reasons.
  • 1943
    Born on October 8, 1943.
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