Bill Murray has a penchant for doing things most celebrities wouldn't – like stopping to read poetry (while donning a hard hat) to construction workers early last year as they built Poetry House's new home in New York. Of course, that was a planned event – which makes this latest story even more impressive if only because it shows Murray's a spontaneous and down to Earth guy who's not above having a little fun with his fans.
In a scene that could have come right out of 'Lost in Translation,' the Oscar nominated star recently turned up at a New York City Karoake bar, Karoake One 7. When Mike Impollonia and his crew noticed, Mike took it upon himself to approach the star and invite him (and the rest of his party) to their room to hang out. It was a cool gesture, but one they didn't expect the actor to accept. So, imagine their surprise when there was a knock on the door fifteen minutes later and they see Dr. Peter Venkman himself has shown up to croon some tunes...
While most of us would have been incapable of speaking, let alone singing, Mike and his friends kept it together – and their reward was a once in a lifetime evening of singing, drinking and general tomfoolery. Murray was a gracious guest, buying rounds of drinks, singing duets (including some Elvis) and just plain having a good time. The only thing missing was Scarlett Johansson in a pink wig.
Hit the jump to read Mike's firsthand account of the evening (courtesy of TheChive -- where there are more pics -- with a tip of the hat to JoBlo's Twitter feed for bringing it to our attention).
Mike sets the scene, explaining how he determined that it was indeed the 'Ghostbusters' star who'd just walked in the door and then worked up the nerve to invite Murray to join them.
"About 15 minutes later we get a knock on the door... IT'S BILL F@#KING MURRAY! We were all shocked of course but at that point we were already pretty trashed so the party just kept going. He was super nice and they all fit right in. His girl was really cute, and as far as i remember, from Amsterdam. She sang a bunch of random French songs!
At some point he bought us all a round of some weird green drink and wouldn't tell us what it was. I later found out it was Chartreuse some French liqueur made by monks. Apparently you are supposed to sip it ... like an idiot I just shot it down.
The high point was when Bill and I sang a duet of an Elvis song called, "Marie's the Name." Random I know, but so was the night. We were all drinking and dancing and screaming our asses off.
We tried not to make him feel uncomfortable though of course later we all joked about picking the 'Ghostbusters' theme. Amazingly, they stuck around the entire night, about 4 hours. As you can imagine it was all pretty surreal. Something I will never ever forget...Viva Bill Murray!"
How cool is that? What celeb would you want to Karaoke with? What songs would you want to perform? Sing us your answer in the comment section.