Word hit the Internet earlier this week that Bill Murray is going on a nationwide party-crashing tour this summer with three Texas stops.
“Mr. Murray is looking to take a vacation around the United States. He’s hoping that if he shows up to your party with a bottle of wine or vegetable tray, you will be able to make the proper accommodations for him."
News of the tour broke on superofficialnews.com (one of those sites that makes me believe every foolish thing on the Internet could be true). It seems the man who is quoted for saying “I don’t want to be that guy mumbling into his drink at a bar” could be slurring his words to crowds of adoring fans across the U.S. this summer.
“Mr. Murray is looking to take a vacation around the United States. He’s hoping that if he shows up to your party with a bottle of wine or vegetable tray, you will be able to make the proper accommodations for him. This includes allowing him to sleep on your couch or in a spare bedroom, both of those options being completely acceptable," the site reported.
The first thought that comes to everyone’s mind upon reading this is, “Oh hell yeah! Bill Murray can crash with us!” (but perhaps with more colorful language).
Notorious for crashing parties — and karaoke bars — in New York, the Ghostbusters and Life Aquatic star has also made several appearances at SXSW. In 2010 he bartended at Shangri-La (and slammed shots of tequila with RZA of Wu Tang Clan), and this past SXSW was spotted at venues like Spider House and Javelina Bar.
But the next big question is: Is the tour a hoax, or is Murray really going to show up to my summer party with a bottle of Merlot?
I think it goes without saying that superofficialnews.com is a humor site that shouldn't be taken so... officially. There's plenty of evidence to prove that Murray isn't going on a party-crashing summer tour and that the website's staff has been laughing in the break room ever since people began creating the “Bill Murray Can Crash Here” signs.
First, the “Bill Murray Party Crashing Tour Hotline” is actually the number to the Westboro Baptist Church (that’s right, the church that hates gays and protests soldier’s funerals). And in the story it's reported that “Mr. Murray did not speak to reporters but did have his agent Paul Horner answer some of their questions and make a few statements.” But, Bill Murray doesn’t have an agent or a manager.
If this is a hoax, and Bill Murray has nothing to do with it, it's been a well played Bill-buzz builder by Super Official News.
Still, I will hold out hope that Murray comes to Austin and crashes a late-summer party that I'm attending. Until then, Texans will be holding out for Murray sightings on the announced tour dates: Houston (September 5), Fort Worth (September 8) and Austin (September 10) for the supposed tour's final stop.
And if it is just a big joke, let’s throw a Murray-themed party anyway.