Sunday, February 28, 2010

March comes in like a ** and goes out like a *

With the approach of March, we were recalling John Belushi, who tried out many different animal metaphors in place of the asterisks in his great SNL rant as a weatherman who becomes totally unhinged as he explains to Chevy Chase the ins and outs of March around the world.

It was from Belushi that I first heard of the salt marsh harvest mouse, the endangered species that Republicans love to use as a tiny little mammalian scapegoat in their culture wars and political skirmishes with the Democrats. For Belushi, the little critter was just the start.
And there's a country where March hops in like a kangaroo, and stays a kangaroo for a while, and then it becomes a slightly smaller kangaroo. Then, then, then for a couple of days it's sort of a cross between a, a frilled lizard and a common house cat. (Chevy Chase tries to interrupt him)

Wait wait wait wait. Then it changes back into a smaller kangaroo, and then it goes out like a, like a wild dingo. Now, now, and it's not Australia! Now, now, you'd think it would be Australia, but it's not!
Wait, wait, wait! That's not all. There's more. I wish we could see a video clip on the internet. What really makes the performance come alive is Belushi's body language, his comic timing, and especially, the passion that transforms his rants into comic art. They should be on the internet as national treasures, but apparently NBC is protecting its intellectual property; I can't find any video clips. But there are many transcripts of the text floating around -- here's one, so you can enjoy the whole thing.

And what about the salt marsh harvest mouse? Things may finally be looking up.

Image: Paul Kelly/EPA

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