In 1997, while Phil Hartman was enjoying his post-SNL fame in primetime with NewsRadio, a 19-year-old aspiring comedian named Mike Scott wrote Hartman a letter and included an audio recording of his early routines. Amazingly, Scott not only received a reply, but also Hartman’s honest assessment of the recording.
There’s more than a bit of Hartman’s letter that serves as sound advice to any young would-be comedian or artist.
Here’s the full letter. Read it and weep, for we still miss us some Phil Hartman.