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Encyclopedia > Bill Swerski's Superfans

Bill Swerski's Superfans was a recurring sketch on the American sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live. This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Television series redirects here. ... This article contains a trivia section. ...


Sketch History

The sketch first appeared on January 1, 1991 starring Joe Mantegna as Bill Swerski along with Chris Farley as Todd O'Connor, Mike Myers or John Goodman (after Myers' departure from SNL) as Pat Arnold and Robert Smigel as Carl Wollarski. Subsequent sketches starred George Wendt as Bob Swerski with occasional appearances by Beth Cahill as his daughter, Denise Swerski. (Mantegna's absence was invariably explained away by Wendt, saying his "brudder Bill" had just "had anudder 'eart attack.") is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Joe Mantegna as Detective Will Girardi in Joan of Arcadia Joe Mantegnas character, Fat Tony in The Simpsons Joseph Anthony Mantegna, Jr. ... Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997) was an American actor and comedian. ... Michael John Myers (born May 25, 1963 in Scarborough, Ontario) is an Emmy Award-winning Canadian-British comedian, actor, screenwriter, and film producer, best known for his comedy work in Saturday Night Live and the film roles include the titular characters of Waynes World, the Austin Powers series, and... John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is a Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated American actor. ... Robert Smigel (born February 7, 1960) is an American humorist and performer best known for his Saturday Night Live TV Funhouse cartoon shorts and as the puppeteer behind Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. ... George Robert Wendt (born October 17, 1948) is an American actor best known for the role of Norm Peterson on the television show Cheers. ...


The inspiration for the characters were radio hosts in Chicago during the 1970s and 1980s. The name "Bill Swerski" was likely derived from Bill Jauss, the moderator of the WGN radio panel show "The Sportswriters" (1975 - 1993)[1], and from WGN radio and WGN-TV sportscaster Chuck Swirsky [2]. Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... WGN-AM is a radio station on 720 kHz in Chicago, co-owned with WGN-TV. WGN-AMs transmitter is located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Chuck Swirsky Chuck Swirsky, a. ...


The characters were typically shown in Mike Ditka's sports bar, drinking large amounts of beer and gorging themselves on ribs, Polish sausages, and similar foods. All of the characters wore dark sunglasses and thick mustaches to resemble Mike Ditka, the popular coach of the Chicago Bears at the time, and who was the idol of all the Superfans. The group would discuss upcoming sporting events and inevitably predict a victory for the Chicago team, using an exaggerated Chicago accent (technically called Inland Northern American English), normally culminating in a uniform toast to "Da Bearss" and "Da Bullss". Tourists sit outside a bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand A bar is an establishment where alcoholic beverages are sold to be drunk on premises. ... Kiełbasa (properly pronounced in Polish as kyew-ba-sa, but usually called kyel-ba-sa or kba-see in American English) is the generic Polish word for sausage. ... Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... The Inland North Dialect of American English was the standard Midwestern speech that was the basis for General American in the mid-20th Century, though it has been recently modified by the northern cities vowel shift. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Their predictions were likewise exaggerated and their topics of conversation often ludicrous. Typical debates concerned Mike Ditka versus a hurricane (in this particular debate, the Superfans believed that Ditka could defeat the hurricane, until it was revealed that the name of the hurricane was Hurricane Ditka); who would win in a competition for World Domination – "Da Bearss" or "Da Bullss"; Mike Ditka winning the Indianapolis 500 driving the Bears' team bus; or how many points Michael Jordan could score if he played an entire game by himself while sitting in a recliner. One episode asked the outcome of the Bulls/Pistons game where Todd said the Bulls would win 402-0, but Jordan would be held to under 200 points. Todd usually predicted shutouts. During another episode, he predicted that the Bears would defeat the New York Giants by a score of 79-0, claiming that "the Bears' defense is like a wall. You can't go through it." He then asked an oddsmaker played by Kevin Nealon who he'd take in matchup between Ditka and the Giants, to which Nealon's character replied, "I'd take the Giants by 800." One episode featured a Jeopardy!-like game show starring Bob Swerski as host and the other Superfans as contestants. All the questions dealt with the Chicago Bears, Chicago, or Mike Ditka. The Final Jeopardy! question was "Da Bears or Da Bulls?", which produced hilarious responses from the contestants. This article is about weather phenomena. ... “Indy 500” redirects here. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... A recliner A recliner is an armchair that reclines when the sitter lowers the chairs back and raises its front. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... Kevin Nealon Kevin Nealon (born November 18, 1953 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is an American comedian and actor best known for the characters he played on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1995. ... Jeopardy! is a popular international television quiz game show, originally devised by Merv Griffin, who also created Wheel of Fortune. ... “Quiz show” redirects here. ...


The characters appeared in nine episodes in two years. With Ditka's departure from the Bears in 1993 and significant cast changes on SNL, the sketch and characters all but disappeared. The final appearance of the Superfans was on October 25, 1997 in an episode hosted by Farley. This sketch featured the second appearance by their idol Mike Ditka (he had appeared on an episode of SNL after his firing by the Bears), although he was at the time coaching the New Orleans Saints, much to the chagrin of the Superfans. Farley's death two months later ended the possibility of future Superfan sketches. The 1993 NFL season was the 74th regular season of the National Football League. ... October 25 is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... This May 2007 does not cite any references or sources. ...


The Superfans made a special appearance at the celebration of the Chicago Bulls' 1991-1993 "Three-peat" championship victory. The NBC television network interrupted daytime television to broadcast the short speeches made by the Superfans. Bob Swerski and Carl Wollarski also made a special appearance during Michael Jordan's original jersey retirement ceremony at the United Center in 1994. Three-peat is a portmanteau of the words three and repeat, which has been trademarked for commercial use by basketball coach Pat Riley. ... NBC (a former acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The United Center is an indoor sports arena located in the Near West Side community area of Chicago, Illinois, named after its corporate sponsor, United Airlines. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 2003, Bart Swerski (Bob's nephew, played by Horatio Sanz) was introduced on a Weekend Update segment with his uncle, discussing the recent playoff failure of the Chicago Cubs. Instead of referring to the team as "Da Cubs," Bart said "De Cubs," but it was learned that this was due to a speech impediment. This is a list of television-related events in 2003. ... Horatio Sanz (born June 4, 1974[1]) is an American comedian and actor, known as a former cast member of Saturday Night Live. ... Hes on the phone with a SEX LINE... Weekend Update is a Saturday Night Live sketch which comments on and parodies current events. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... Speech disorders are a type of communication disorders where normal speech is disrupted. ...


In 2006, George Wendt returned in Superfan garb alongside Ditka for a sketch prior to Super Bowl XL. For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Date February 5, 2006 Stadium Ford Field City Detroit, Michigan MVP Hines Ward, wide receiver Favorite Steelers by 4 National anthem Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, ASL performed by Angela LaGuardia Coin toss Tom Brady Referee Bill Leavy Halftime show The Rolling Stones Attendance 68,206 TV in...


Following the Bears' loss in Super Bowl XLI in 2007 to the Indianapolis Colts, the Superfans Bill Swerski, Bob Swerski, and Carl Wollarski returned in a TV comercial for Reebok, alongside Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri. Date February 4, 2007 Stadium Dolphin Stadium City Miami Gardens, Florida MVP Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Colts Favorite Colts by 7, over/under line 49. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue, White, and Gray Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC... Reebok International Limited is an English producer of athletic footwear, apparel, and accessories and is currently a subsidiary of Adidas AG. The name is the Afrikaans/Dutch spelling of rhebok, a type of African antelope or gazelle. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Trivia

  • Smigel originally wrote this sketch for an improvisational comedy show called Happy Happy Good Show that was performed in Chicago during the summer of 1988. [3]
  • Todd O'Connor has a piece of polish sausage lodged in the lining of his heart.
  • To date, Todd O'Connor has had at least fourteen heart attacks.
  • To date, Carl Wollarski has had at least six heart attacks.
  • John Goodman took over for Mike Myers as Pat Arnold, after Myers' departure from SNL. In the sketch, the change in Pat Arnold's appearance is attributed to massive weight gain.
  • In one sketch, the superfans discuss the possibility of more championships for the Chicago Bulls. Mike Myers' and Robert Smigel's characters jokingly say something to the effect of, "We're not talking repeat, threepeat, or even a fourpeat. We're talking a minumum eight-peat." This exaggerated claim actually had a good chance of occurring, had Jordan not taken a season and a half off to pursue baseball. The Bulls won three in a row twice, before and after Jordan's first retirement. It gave the Bulls 6 titles in 8 years.
  • In a 2007 SNL sketch, Donatella Versace said to David and Victoria Beckham, "If you guys were a football team, you would be Da Bores." The episode aired the night before Super Bowl XLI, in which the Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29 to 17..

Happy Happy Good Show was an improvisational comedy revue held at the Victory Gardens Studio Theater in Chicago during the summer of 1988. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is a Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated American actor. ... Donatella Versace (born May 2, 1955) is an affluent Italian fashion designer, like her famous brother, Gianni Versace, the founder of the Versace clothing empire. ... David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born May 2, 1975) is an English footballer born in Leytonstone, London. ... Victoria Caroline Beckham (née Adams), (born April 17, 1974 in Harlow, Essex, England) is an English singer, songwriter and fashion designer. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue, White, and Gray Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC...

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