October 18, 2005

Rocket Dead

(No, not Roger Clemens.)

News came on Monday that Charles Rocket, the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member who was infamously fired from the show in 1981 after he cursed on the air, has committed suicide by cutting his own throat. Oddly enough, the day before Rocket's death was announced, there aired an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," also dealing with suicide, on which another former "Weekend Update" anchor, Kevin Nealon, guest-starred. This is up there with the Elliot Smith song being used as the soundtrack for Luke Wilson's suicide attempt in "The Royal Tenenbaums," and then Smith himself later committing suicide.

"Curb" this year- it's been quite good, despite the views of some critics. Four solid episodes, and the "Christ Nail" installment was truly brilliant, no less than the second-best "Passion of the Christ" parody of the last two years ("South Park"'s was slightly better).

Posted by Stephen Silver at October 18, 2005 01:03 AM
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