May 28, 2016 marks the 18 year anniversary of the sad passing of Phil Hartman. Hartman was beloved by fans and his comedy colleagues for not only being a class performer but for being a genuinely nice guy off the stage.
This recently unearthed recording proves Phil was a champion at being a friend and being funny.
Tomorrow marks 18 years since the tragic death of legendary SNL alum and actor Phil Hartman, and to honor his memory, a fan named Dave Nelson has shared a very special, never-before-heard recording that’s just another example of what made Hartman a wonderful guy. Here’s what Mike Scott, who uploaded Nelson’s recording, told us:
In 1993 a Phil Hartman fan by the name of Dave Nelson sent Phil a letter and a request to record an outgoing message for his answering machine. Phil not only obliged, but gave him three additional versions that he came up with. For me, it’s a wonderfully bittersweet nearly 3 minutes and almost like it’s hearing him from ‘the great beyond.’
Hartman’s impressions are still classics, and a fun listen, but those last few lines. Ugh. Heartbreaking.
Hopefully there’s a great beyond and Phil is there cutting people up with his Sinatra.