Phish Jams With Zamfbeer On ‘Saturday Night Live’ In 2002

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On New Year’s Eve, Phish welcomed a special guest at Madison Square Garden in New York City as Zamfir, aka tour manager Richard “Dickie Scotland” Glasgow, stopped by to play pan flute. While December 31 marked the first meeting of the quartet and the “Master Of The Pan Flute,” they did interact with Zamfbeer, “Master Of The Beer Can Flute,” during their lone appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Phish served as the musical guest on the December 14, 2002 episode of the long-running sketch comedy show. Not only did they perform “46 Days” and “Chalk Dust Torture,” they also participated in a “Jarret’s Room” sketch and as part of the animated TV Funhouse installment that aired in the episode. “Jarret’s Room” featured cast members Jimmy Fallon as stoner college student Jarret and Horatio Sanz as his baked partner-in-crime Gobi. The pair first brought out the episode’s host, Al Gore, as Dr. Ralph Wormley Curtis, a conservative professor who chided the boys for not attending class in two-and-a-half years. Then, Phish stopped by after running over Gobi with their tour van and viewers soon found out Sanz’s character has a special skill.

Jarret asked Phish to perform a song and the band complied. Fallon’s character then revealed Gobi is also known as Zamfbeer, “Master Of The Beer Can Flute.” Phish went on to play a bit of “Contact” with help from Zamfbeer. Watch how it went down:

Phish’s appearance on Saturday Night Live is one of 20 Memorable Television Performances By Jam Acts during the JamBase era that will be featured in the next installment of the 20 For 20 series later this month.

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