“Kick My A–” Paul Shaffer as Artie Fufkin in “This is Spinal Tap” (1984) dir. Rob Reiner

One of my favorite bits from “This is Spinal Tap,” this is Paul Shaffer as the unctuous and inept Polymer Records promotions man Artie Fufkin.  What’s great about this scene is that Fufkin won’t allow the band the dignity of being angry with him after a screw-up.  He literally throws his own dignity on the mat and stomps on it himself.

By the way, this is something I’ve been dying to do for years when offering an insincere apology, but don’t have the balls to do it, lest anyone literally take me up on my offer … or not know what the hell I’m referencing.

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