April 18, 2000. That’s the night TV broke the Internet in one of the first and most famous Internet memes. “More Cowbell” is the skit and the show is Saturday Night Live. In it Christopher Walken plays the producer of Blue Oyster Cult as they record “Don’t Fear the Reaper.’
Only, in this version Will Ferrell is playing the cowbell, all bearded up in 1970s tight jeans and a tight shirt, complete with jigglying belly.
It’s a riot and it is still hugely popular today with Millenials and those old enough to remember when Blue Oyster Cult was a big time rock band.
Here is the video: