If you went to college in the 90s and had an affinity for the films of Jim Jarmusch, considered yourself an expert on irony or were way into the avant garde jazz scene, then at some point somebody probably burst into your dorm room with a VHS tape of the show Fishing with John and said, “Dude, you’ve GOT to check this out.” If you were way into all three of those things, you were likely the burster.
If you’re not familiar with the show, which was filmed in 1991, the intro clip above pretty much sums it up. Professional hipstery weirdo John Lurie goes fishing in exotic locales with other professional weirdos, like Willem Dafoe, Jim Jarmusch and Dennis Hopper. It’s an inconceivable mystery of the 90s that Harry Dean Stanton was never a guest on the show.
Anyhow, all you really need to know is that Lurie, who is a sort of old school, downtown artist, scenster-in-the-round who has acted in a bunch of films, has a jazz band called The Lounge Lizards and is abstractly famous in a way that’s hard to explain, is making one of his first public appearances in a long time at the Nitehawk Cinema on Nov. 8.
They’ll screen four episodes of the show, featuring Tom Waits, Willem Dafoe and Dennis Hopper, and then Lurie will do a Q&A with the audience. Tickets go on sale Tuesday morning, Oct. 23, at 9am. This will sell out in like five minutes guaranteed. And, if you want to know what you’re getting yourself into before you pay your $16 for a ticket, you have options–Fishing with John is available on Netflix watch-instantly and on Hulu Plus.