Your next busboy at P.F. Changs just might be Bill Murray


Bill Murray is the weirdest guy, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Bill famously doesn’t have an agent and does his own press. He dips in and out of his own career, making films, seemingly when it amuses him, yet still turns in some real quality stuff. He’s completely unpredictable, which is why I’m inclined to believe this latest story. Amy Schumer had Bill on her podcast, 3 Girls and a Keith. It was just Amy and Bill recording and the result was some quirky stories, including this one in which Bill talked about submitting an application to the Atlanta Airport’s P.F. Chang’s.

What was you most satisfying work experience? Like, with the finished product?
The most satisfying… golly, in the movie business, I really liked this one I did with Jarmusch called Broken Flowers. I thought I could never do any better than that. I really thought, that’s the end, I can’t, I’m done. I was kind of looking for another career. And nothing came up, there were no other applications submitted. Although I did fill out an application at P.F. Chang’s at the Atlanta Airport, ‘cus I think that’s one of the great places.

To do what?
Just to work there. They look like they are having the best time, working at P. F. Chang’s.

Broken Flowers came out in 2005, so Bill was over three decades into his career by that time. The thing is, I fully believe Bill submitted that application. I’m having trouble with the timing, though. Did he really apply in 2005? I feel like this would have made news before now. Were this anyone other than Bill Murray, I would dig in deeper on the timeline but I’m just going to take this story at face value: after Bill made the movie of his career, he submitted an application to a restaurant franchise in one of the country’s largest airports because he thought they looked like they were having a great time working there. It just fits so well into his folklore. To my earlier point, though, I feel like P. F. Chang’s would have capitalized on Bill Murray applying at their Atlanta location. But it’s never too late – the chain offered him a job:

So there you go – tip your servers, folks, you could be helping out a poor, struggling actor like Bill Murray in the process.

Although this story is getting the most press, there were a couple of other stories I thought were cute. Amy talked about her great grandmother being a bootlegger in New York and opened Schumer Liquors, that is still there today. It turns out, Bill had an account there during his Saturday Night Live days, and Schumer’s delivered four bottles of champagne to his office at SNL every week, none of which Amy knew.

Then Bill told a story about a really talented “singer girl” who was waiting tables at Catch a Rising Star. When trying to remember her name, he said she sang ‘Shoot It at Me.’ The point of his story was that they would announce her during her shift, and she would get up and kill it on Stairway to Heaven and then she’d get off stage and return to her shift. The best part is when Bill finally remembers who the ‘singer girl’ is: Pat freaking Benatar and the song he was trying to remember was Hit Me with Your Best Shot.



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  1. Enny says:

    Bill Murray is a national f$cking treasure.

    • Lillian says:

      Iove that every interview I see has always got some good applicable life advice in there somewhere. Dude knows how to live. I buy what he’s selling.

    • Raina says:

      If you’re bored and Bill Murray this is exactly the next logical step.
      If I were famous I would do shit like this.

      I hate that he probably gets a job easier though

  2. Erinn says:

    I’ve never really gotten the Bill Murray love. And I understand I’m a huge outlier here. I don’t DISLIKE him or anything, but I’m just ‘meh’ on him. Same with Jeff Goldblum.

    • Fluffy Donuts says:

      There was a brief period in the 90’s when Jeff Goldblum got some muscle and started to look hot. Then that ended…

  3. Mia4s says:

    Well if he’s every short on cash, that’s a PF Chang’s commercial waiting to happen. I need to listen to that podcast.

  4. DaisySharp says:

    Yeah I’m meh on Murray but that is an excellent Pat Benatar story! The first concert I ever attended was one of hers, at Madison Square Garden. I was 16. My mother didn’t want to let me go. I was obsessed with Pat Benatar. I went. It took a lot of finagling though.

  5. Rhys says:

    I used to waitress at a similar chair restaurant. I don’t know how serious Bill is here, but working there was actually fun. I made friends, laughed a lot, just genuinely had a good time. When I switched for an office work it didn’t last long. Totally different vibe and not in a good way. “Grown-up” jobs are soul crashing activities.

  6. JennyJenny says:

    He can never do anything wrong in my eyes.
    I’m a Chicagoan and absolutely LOVE Bill Murray!

  7. Lila says:

    I love him so much. He sounds like he’d be a BLAST to hang out with. I doubt I could maintain his energy for more than a week…but he’s be off to the next adventure by then, so it might be perfect 💜

  8. mander says:

    Watch The Bil Murray Stories. A documentary of a lot of the weird/nice things he has done. It made me a bigger fan.

    • JennyJenny says:

      I loved that documentary!

    • Lillian says:

      I haven’t seen it but when the cubs won the series they were interviewing lifelong fans after the game and (hope I’m remembering this right) this one lady said they were outside the gates just Hoping something would come up, when Murray walks up and hands her 2 tickets, like he got extra just to hand out to some diehards 🙂

  9. Laura says:

    Maybe whoever received the application thought it was a joke. I’m sure it’s not unheard of for people to put applications in with celebrity names on them just to have a laugh.

  10. Raina says:

    Application prob had Murray, Bill or William and no one put it together but still…he’s so bored I love it

  11. Raina says:

    I love when people have fun with the illusion of celebrity instead of being distant asshole about it. I would totally have fun with it.

  12. Rick says:

    He an insufferable je rk who will just as soon punch you as look at you. Definite “Do you know who I am? syndrome”