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George Lucas, Oliver Reed, Billy Joel and Me

January 9th, 2008 by Kevin Murphy · 11 Comments

It all started innocently enough with this:

My George Lucas Impression

After cultivating my resemblance to George Lucas, my fellow Riffers cruelly issued two fresh challenges. First, said Mike Nelson, “Are you up for a little Proximo?” referring to the role in Gladiator played by bawdy, boozing and deceased Sir Oliver Reed; then Bill Corbett added fuel to the fire and dared me to tweak my visage to neatly resemble pop icon Billy Joel.

Done and done. After enough Furious Ale to aid my resemblance to Oliver Reed, I came up with this:

oliver murph

Okay, I had to improvise a lot. I don’t have a Kufi so I had to use my yellow Carhart. And certainly I didn’t drink near enough ale. But it’s all me, and that scares me a little.

However, Billy Joel was easy. I just took my press photo, lopped the top of my skull off and replaced it with Mr. Joel’s:

billy murph

I also borrowed his well-dressed thorax. But now I know how to get into the Cafe Carlyle in Manhattan without paying the cover. Maybe even get a free drink. Hell, who knows, you might see Billy Murph up on the stage trading verses of “Ladies who Lunch” with Elaine Stritch. And by the way:


Bill and Mike, I challenge you summon your powers and cultivate your resemblance to Broadway Powerhouse Elaine Stritch:

Elaine Stritch

No excuses. Get busy.

UPDATE BY BILL: First of all, Kevin: bravo, sir. You did fine a fine job with Mssrs. Reed and Joel. I thank you for forging ahead with the important work of transforming celebrity photos into semblances of ourselves. It’s something the this crazy world needs badly right now.

So let me contribute to the cause, as well. I’m an acknowledged master of Photoshop, as you know, Kevin… but your challenge proved difficult. I might have put a little too much of myself in there.

Anyway, here goes:


I probably shouldn’t have added as many of my own neck wattles, and toned down my octogenerian look of fear/surprise/impending death. But heck, I did my best.



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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Walter on Jan 9, 2008 at 10:52 am

    I don’t think that that will be too hard.

  • 2 Botchinator on Jan 9, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Bill doesn’t have to do much to meet your challenge. Figured you would have challenged him a bit, but you gotta start somewhere.

  • 3 SarahCanuck on Jan 9, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Oh dear. Wow. If they ever make his bio-pic, you are so in the running.

  • 4 SaucyRossy on Jan 9, 2008 at 11:30 am

    I can see immediate resemblance between Elaine Stritch and Mike. Both old wrinkly women.

  • 5 dignan on Jan 9, 2008 at 11:49 am

    So, exactly how long was Elaine Stritch dead for before they dressed up her corpse and took this picture?

  • 6 John Damer on Jan 9, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Oh, Mr. Murphy! You’re a treasure!

  • 7 Kevin Murphy on Jan 9, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Please, call me Elaine.

  • 8 Rufus T. on Jan 9, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Did anyone see the Tony Awards show that featured Elaine Stritch yelling out “Don”t do this to me!!”? She was having a hard time with her acceptance speech. As the camera was pulling back you could hear the orchestra start to play. And right when the shot began to fade to a commercial you could hear her scream that out. It was quite funny.

  • 9 Edgewriter on Jan 9, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Okay, Kevin, this is what you should do. Now that you have it down. Do a skit where you as Billy joes are playing in a bar where George Lucas(you) and Sir Oliver Reed (you) get in a fist fight.

    High hilarity right there.

  • 10 Nikolas T. on Jan 17, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    i love your obscure references Kevin. Servo’s references in MST3K make me proud to be an anachronist. And that makes me cool, right guys? Right? Guys?

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