Liz and I have been big Harland Williams fans since we first watched Disney’s RocketMan, one fateful drunken day. Of course, we were aware of his fine work in Half Baked and other dumb comedies, but it wasn’t until we heard him utter his timeless catchphrase “It burns the flesh!” that we knew what true acting talent looked like.
I was looking up some upcoming Nia Vardalos movie, My Life in Ruins (big surprise, it takes place in Greece!), and I saw that Harland was in the film. How odd, I thought.
Then I checked out Harland’s IMDB page, and to my great shock, not only is he in four or five yet-to-be-released movies, he’s also done all kinds of work in the past that I wasn’t aware of,. And a lot of these movies sound fantastic. Look at some of these roles:
Dahmer vs. Gacy (2010) …. God
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009) (voice) …. Gerard the Exterminator
“Slacker Cats” …. Buckley (6 episodes, 2007)
Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn’t Happen (2006) (V) …. Albert the Thanksgiving Day Turkey
Surf School (2006) …. Rip
Hot Tamale (2006) …. Deputy Moseby
Big Money Hustlas (2000) (V) (aka Big Money Hustla$) …. Officer Harry Cox (catchphrase: “Harry Cox is all over this, sir.”)
Mr. Headmistress (1998) (TV) …. Tucker/Headmistress
…and of course, how can you forget the legendary “Bachelor Party” series, which has given Harland a lot of work:
Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation (2008) …. Derek
Bachelor Party 2: Analysis of a Stripper Fight (2008) (V) …. Derek
The Party Never Stops: Making of Bachelor Party 2 (2008) (V) …. Derek
Oddly enough, Harland doesn’t seem to have been in the original Bachelor Party.