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The Buzz on Bill Murray's SWEET SPOT!!

Published at: April 2, 2002, 3:13 a.m. CST by staff

I am – Hercules!!

“We can do that. We don't even need a reason.”

Comedy god Bill Murray – the star of a TV series for the first time since bolting SNL in 1980?

“The Sweet Spot” is a five-episode comedy launching 10 p.m. Tuesday on Comedy Central.

TV Guide says:

Bill Murray and his brothers make up a foursome at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa's Brute Course in Wisconsin, where they mix football and golf and splash around in water hazards and waterparks. Liberace: Ryan Stiles. Roger Montegomerie: Bruce Jarchow. Referee: Ed Murray. Cart Girl: Kelly Hazen. Native American: Robin Whitespear.

The Hollywood Reporter says:

… a wiggy party-cum-spoof that deliriously shreds pretty much everything that's sacred and holy about the great game of golf. From first hole through watering hole, from putting to puttering, this nutball half-hour takes the term "club hopping" to unapologetic depths of buffoonery … It also giddily revels in its political incorrectitude in a fashion that's rather akin to "The Man Show" were it to be moved outdoors. Unlike "Man Show," however, "Sweet" has moments of genuine hilarity factored into its testosterone-marinated sense of lunacy. … there's nonetheless something euphorically joyful about "Sweet" that proves contagious.

Entertainment Weekly gives it a grade of “B” and says:

Bill Murray is perhaps the funniest man alive. … some of the best golf comedy since we were treated to the zany antics of a little guy named Dorf.

(And speaking of certified comedy geniuses with their own TV series, an early reminder that tomorrow night there’s a Cleese-centric installment of ABC’s “Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)” that we hear turned out pretty nicely. It airs opposite a new “West Wing” and a new “Greg the Bunny,” so you may want to buy another VCR or something.)





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  • April 2, 2002, 4:43 a.m. CST

    centric

    by the_darkness

    You know, it seems like the suffix "centric" is really overused on this site, especially by Herc... does it seem like it's over used? Is overused one word or two?

  • April 2, 2002, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Funniest man alive?

    by statto4ever

    Hm, most likely. Since Bill Hicks is dead.

  • April 2, 2002, 4:48 a.m. CST

    "So I make my way over to Tibet...

    by BrashHulk

    ....and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama himself....with the flowing robes.....and the grace.....striking." heeheehee If only one segment of The Sweet Spot is as funny as Carl the Assistant Greenskeeper's delusional story about holy men whacking golf balls into a crevasse at the base of a 10,000-foot glacier, than I say BRING IT ON!

  • April 2, 2002, 4:58 a.m. CST

    "So I guess I have that going for me"

    by fuldamobil

    Funny funny funny

  • April 2, 2002, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Bill Murray + Golf = Hilarity

    by BurninBullwinkle

    That is all, my furry little friends...

  • April 2, 2002, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Anyone see Bill playing golf on Oprah?

    by Chilli Kramer

    At the end of her show, for the normally ghastly 'spirit' section, (e.g My needlework I learned from my mother helped me become a self help guru. Now buy my book.), Bill sends in film of himself playing golf. In a terrible course in New York. Sand everywhere. Bill: 'Oh yeah, this really drives my spirit'. Maybe loses something in writing, but if you saw it, it was hilarious.

  • April 2, 2002, 12:46 p.m. CST

    "Brothers?"

    by mtoast

    Can we hope that the fabulous and seriously underrated Brian Doyle Murray will be making an appearance here? Please let it be so. To see those two Murray boys working together would be a comedy dream come true!

  • April 2, 2002, 12:53 p.m. CST

    WHAT THE HELL IS WITH TUESDAY NIGHT!!!!!??? IS THERE NO OTHER NI

    by superhero

    Buffy,24, Gilmore Girls, Smallville, The Shield, The Osbournes, Andy Richter Controls the Universe...and now this!!!! STOP PROGRAMMING LIKE THERE'S ONLY ONE NIGHT DURING THE WEEK TO WATCH TV EVIL EXECTUVES! STOP IT! STOP IT I SAY!

  • April 2, 2002, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Cinderella Story

    by Det. John Kimble

    If you get a chance to read Bill Murray's Book, Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf, do it. It's fucking hilarious with a capital 'F' and a lowercase 'ucking.' Here's the amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0767905229/qid=1017770035/sr=8-4/ref=sr_8_3_4/103-6335937-0009403

  • April 2, 2002, 4:55 p.m. CST

    I plan on being head greenskeeper in six years...

    by lycanthrope

    That's my schedule. Hi Mr. Gopher, it's me, Mr. Squirrel - oh, don't worry about that, it's doctor's orders. (and not to forget the classic) Bark like a dog for me!

  • April 2, 2002, 10:21 p.m. CST

    At the half way mark...

    by RenoNevada2000

    Pretty good so far. Funniest bits- Dorf getting his legs cut off and the various Mulligan shots.

  • April 2, 2002, 10:28 p.m. CST

    god this sucks...BAD

    by theemiracleman

    Funny actors without funny WRITERS equals doodoo. And god, if you're gonna do cutaways to a bikini-babe, do NOT use some skanky ripple-flabbed bimbo.

  • April 2, 2002, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Cheese

    by chezni31

    Cheese, cheese and more cheese...I loved it!

  • April 2, 2002, 11:01 p.m. CST

    The sports ticker was hilarious!

    by ChrisPC24

    "Rosie 220 Oprah 190" had to be the funniest score.

  • April 3, 2002, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Embarrassing

    by Keyser195

    The only thing I can think of, is that maybe Bill Murray's brothers are all broke, and desperately needed this gig, so Bill went along with it. Otherwise, I have no explanation for why a comic genius like Bill would ever involve himself in this lame crap.

  • April 3, 2002, 10:35 a.m. CST

    This show sucks

    by DivideByZero

    Who the hell green-lit this thing? I find it more enjoyable watching paint dry, or eating a lot of candy and heading into a sugar coma.

  • April 4, 2002, 3:02 p.m. CST

    "He's on his final hole. He's about 455 yards away, he&#

    by Sgt. Black

    ITS IN THE HOLE!

  • April 5, 2002, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Yes, Brian Doyle

    by Bjaardker

    I was so glad to see him on there. To be honest with you I think that brian doyle has much better acting chops than Bill. Bill was just blessed with a funnier face & a bit quicker wit. And John Murray II, I LOVED Moving Violations. I'm excited to see if he is naturally funny, or if it was the writers.

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