Wayne’s World, starring Saturday Night Live alumni Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Attending the Wayne’s World screening will be director Penelope Spheeris, writer-actor Mike Myers, actor Dana Carvey, producer Lorne Michaels, and executive producer (and current Academy President) Hawk Koch. Spheeris, Myers, Carvey, and Michaels will take part in a panel discussion about the making of the film; Koch will introduce the evening. (Photo: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey Wayne’s World. See more Wayne’s World images below.)
Mike Myers, later of Shrek and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me fame, launched his movie-star career alongside fellow Saturday Night Live comedian Dana Carvey in Wayne’s World. Penelope Spheeris’ 1992 movie was a feature-length version of Myers and Carvey’s television sketch about two infantile, tacky-looking, metal-head teenagers, Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, who host the public access cable TV show "Wayne’s World" from a basement in Aurora, Illinois.
Wayne’s World: Comedy blockbuster
Wayne’s World was a major domestic box office hit, grossing an outstanding $121.69 million in North America (about $236 million today), in addition to a solid $61.4 million internationally (about $98 million today) for a grand worldwide total of $183.09m. For comparison’s sake: Seth MacFarlane / Mark Wahlberg’s Ted took in $218.81 million domestically and $329.59 million internationally. (When it comes to box office grosses of Hollywood movies, things have changed dramatically in the last two decades.)
As a result of its popular success, Wayne’s World is guilty of introducing a number of inane expressions to American pop culture, e.g., Schwing!, NOT!, We’re not worthy!. More interesting was the film’s influence on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: Thanks to Wayne’s World’s soundtrack, Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody" soared to the no. 2 slot more than 15 years after its original release.
Tickets for Wayne’s World screening
According to the Academy’s press release, the new Wayne’s World print to be screened at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater comes courtesy of the Academy Film Archive and Paramount Pictures.
Besides Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, Wayne’s World features Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere, Brian Doyle-Murray, Lara Flynn Boyle, Michael DeLuise, Colleen Camp, Donna Dixon, Sean Gregory Sullivan, Lee Tergesen, Chris Farley, Meat Loaf, Alice Cooper, Ed O’Neill, Ione Skye, Robert Patrick, and Charles Noland (no relation to Tom Hanks’ Cast Away character Chuck Noland).
Tickets for Wayne’s World may be purchased beginning April 1. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.
Mike Myers, Dana Carvey Wayne’s World photos and Wayne’s World poster image: Paramount Pictures.