SXSW 2015: Will Forte sings his “Gold Man” theme from The Groundlings that helped him land SNL

During Monday’s SXSW panel on “Creating the Shows That We Like,” Will Forte — co-creator and showrunner on the new FOX series he stars in, The Last Man on Earth — recounted an old, very NSFW bit he used to run with while a member of Los Angeles sketch group, The Groundlings.

Forte called it his “Gold Man” song, and it didn’t take much cajoling from his Last Man on Earth co-creators, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, to convince him to sing it once more for the audience in Austin’s convention center. Afterward, John Ridley (on the panel to discuss his new show, American Crime on ABC) wished he’d sat in front to have a better view of the experience. He couldn’t stop laughing. As did many in attendance.

Warning: This song is quite NSFW, so headphones on, please.

Forte previously described the bit this way to Reddit readers a year ago:

For my audition, I did Tim Calhoun, a speed reader, a prison guard that yelled at people and another thing I used to do at the Groundlings Theater (perhaps my favorite sketch I’ve ever done) called the Gold Man — I’m one of those Gold Men on the streets that moves when people put money in their bowl — I get my money stolen and then sing a sweet song about the hard life of a Gold Man that ends in the reveal that I suck cock for my facepaint. From there on out, most of the rest of the song is about cock and facepaint — in fact, those are the only two words I use for the final two minutes of the song — I must have sang the word cock like 200 times by the end of it. As I walked out of the audition, Lorne thanked me for coming and I shook his hand and said “Sorry for all the cocks.” The next day, I found out I got the job. I guess it was the perfect amount of cocks!


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