The 5th Baron Haden-Guest

“I have two left feet.” “He really does.”

“It’s a fine line between stupid and, uh…” “Clever.”

“If there’s an empty space, just fill it with a line. That’s what I like to do. Even if it’s from another show.”

Fender Deluxe Reverb amp

Do all these go to eleven?

“These go to eleven.”

“There’s a mighty wind a-blowin, cross the land and cross the sea…”

“It’s, like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.”

“Now tell me, which one of these dogs would you want to have as a wide receiver on your football team?”

“It’s part of a musical trilogy I’m working on, in D-minor, which is the saddest of all keys.”

If any or all of those lines make you giggle, join me in wishing Christopher Guest, also known as the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, a happy birthday today. He’s one of the comic geniuses behind This is Spinal Tap, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and Waiting for Guffman, among other films. Lord Haden-Guest turns sixty-five today, Feb. 5th.

So the next time you are looking for inspiration, escape, or a reason to laugh yourself silly, just remember the immortal words of Nigel Tufnel:

“The sustain, listen to it.”

“I don’t hear anything.”

“Well you would though, if it were playing.”


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