Anyone familiar with the world of golf knows the name John Daly. Ever since the colorful golfer’s surprise win at the 1991 PGA Championship, the “Wild Thing” has become something of a legend both on and off the golf course. And if Kroll Show alum and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre regular Jon Daly has anything to say about it, the other John’s star will still shine long after the final embers of the post-apocalyptic Earth whither and die.
Daly and fellow comedian Adam Scott, who also shares a name with a famous professional golfer, joined forces to make The Adult Swim Golf Classic, which airs Friday, April 8 at 11:30 p.m. ET. In character as their golfing alter egos, the two played an actual round of golf for charity a la the Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf series from the ’60s.
It’s safe to say that you and Adam Scott sharing your names with two professional golfers was a big source of inspiration for this. Yet you’ve been on about John Daly for years.
Yes! I’ve been obsessed with John Daly since I was 11 years old. He came out and won the British Open, and he was really the first famous person to have my name. It just so happened he was this outlandish, crazy, funny, and mythological person. He ignored the rules and indulged in vices on and off the course, and all that stuff. I was very much into him. I assume you’re referring to the website?
That came about because I was looking for a way to take back my Google search. His name was overshadowing (by a huge amount) mine, so in order to take back my search engine optimization, I made that website. It’s essentially a menu for disseminating pictures of me as John Daly. I went out to a golf course, sat in for four hours of makeup, and made myself into him. Now his Google image search is pictures of him peppered with pictures of me as him. [Laughs.] I’ve slowly, but successfully taken back my own Google search. The hits for pictures used to be on page one of his web search, but now they’ve gone down a few pages. Page 15 or something like that.
I’m sure The Adult Swim Golf Classic will help out with that.
I think so! This will definitely bump it up.
You said your learned about Daly when you were 11. Was he a hero to you, the same way celebrity athletes like Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky were?