When Wayne’s World was released in February, 1992, it was primed to be a massive hit.
Mike Myers (Wayne) and Dana Carvey (Garth) were already two of Lorne Michaels’ biggest stars on Saturday Night Live, where the fake Aurora, Illinois public access show hosted by the two long-haired slackers gained traction as a recurring sketch. Myers had in fact brought his “Wayne” character with him from a Canadian variety show entitled, “It’s Only Rock & Roll” (as well as “Dieter” from the sketch Sprockets) and introduced him to SNL during the 1988/89 season.
Still, this film was only the second SNL feature to be released following The Blues Brothers 12 years prior. So, it’s not likely that Myers, Carvey, or even Lorne suspected at the time that the sketch would spawn what remains SNL’s highest-grossing title, another successful film, and a cacophony of catchphrases that remain prevalent to this day.
Without further ado, here are the top film phrases from our favorite basement-dwelling, metalhead duo:
These are perhaps the most widely-known phrases from the magnificent Wayne and Garth, but they were not unique to the feature film and are therefore disqualified from full consideration on this list. That doesn’t mean they’re not...excellent.
5. “No Stairway. Denied!”
For anyone who has ever made an attempt to learn guitar, or has a friend who’s tried, this scene rings inescapably true. Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” though an indisputable classic, is beyond overplayed by amateurs who think it’s an impressive choice to play. Sorry, everyone – denied!
4. “She’s a babe. Schwing!”
Certainly the most sexual reference of the group, Wayne’s use of the onomatopoeia “schwing” and the hilariously random puns off the word “babe” have made their marks within the Wayne’s World sphere of influence. A few gems are “In Latin she would be called babia majora,” and “If she were a president, she would be Baberaham Lincoln.”
3. “Yeah, and monkeys might fly out of my butt!”
This turn of phrase is an imaginative idiom that’s a cross between the hyperbolic “when pigs fly” and perhaps the flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz. It’s still a must-use for anyone on the precipice of puberty.
2. “It will be mine. Oh yes. It will be mine.”
Admiring a beautiful guitar in the window of a music store, Wayne utters these immortal words. Many of us have likely done the same for something we covet. I’m almost positive that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump chant this like a mantra in front of the mirror each night before bed.
1. “We’re Not Worthy! We’re Not Worthy!”
The shock of meeting legendary rocker Alice Cooper would be enough for Wayne and Garth, but when the Milwaukee history expert invites them to hang out it’s just too much for the pair to handle gracefully. This phrase is often utilized by music and sports fanatics today in homage to their favorite performer – excellent!
Have any others that didn’t make the list? Let me know! And, if you’re in the area, catch Wayne’s World at the Hulu Summer Road Trip’s stop in Chicago on Saturday, September 9, preceded by an episode of the show “Happy Endings.”