Yet another curmudgeon surfaces in a holiday season already loaded with them
The Grinch, Ebenezer Scrooge, Chevy Chase… the Christmas season is littered with unrepentant cranks.
But where the Grinch and Scrooge eventually turned a corner, uncovering some warm, fuzzy kernel of humanity buried deep within, Chase, 76, remains, by all reports, a bit of a wanker.
In 2012, Gawker compiled a history of Chase’s off-putting behaviors, and a 2018 Washington Post profile described the comic actor as “arrogant, unpredictable and mean,” as well as a “masterful put-down artist” who “can be blunt or tone-deaf, depending on what he fesses up to.”
As a result, Chase has sparred with co-stars both past (he famously brawled with Bill Murray backstage at “Saturday Night Live”) and present (“Community” co-star Donald Glover accused Chase of making racially insensitive statements), building a piss-poor reputation that once led the London Telegraph to open an essay by writing, “Bill Cosby is the most hated comedian in America. But if you were looking for a runner-up, Chevy Chase has to be in with a shout,” which, yeesh.
Yet this reputation has done little to sully Chase’s celebrated early comic work, both on the small screen during the formative years of “SNL” and in theaters with starring roles in oft-quoted comedy classics such as “Caddyshack,” “Fletch” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” which is set to screen at Palace Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 21, with Chase in attendance.
Following the film, Chase will be visited in his sleep by three ghosts who will show… er, I mean Chase will take part in a Q&A moderated by Dispatch reporter Erica Thompson.