This is an awesome story. A 50-something man named Dave Nelson has released an offbeat voicemail recording that was recorded by one of the great comics of our time.
Nelson received a highly personalized celebrity voice recording from former Saturday Night Live legend Phil Hartman after Nelson sent in a piece of fan mail to SNL’s 30 Rock studios requesting his voiceover. Noted for his extreme kindness and sincerity, Hartman gladly followed through with Nelson’s request, and the result are all kinds of awesome.
Nelson himself was stunned by the willingness and quickness that Hartman applied to this relatively meaningless task. According to original Comic’s Comic report, Nelson said, “I sent off my letter with a blank cassette tape and 5 bucks for postage. I forget how long it was before an envelope from NBC arrived in my mailbox, maybe 2 or 3 weeks. I couldn’t believe it. I ended up using all the greetings on my answering machine, rotating them every week or two.”
While not nearly as famous as other ’90s SNL greats Will Ferrell, Chris Farley, or Chris Rock, it’s good to see the ultra-talented Hartman get some love for his good will. If it weren’t for his disturbing 1998 murder, we might still be watching Hartman today on some late night talk show.
With that said, I’d still probably freak out if I heard Hartman on an actual voice recording today. Let’s hope nothing similar happens to Tina Fey or Seth Meyers in anyone’s lifetime..