MSNBC Host Katy Tur Closes Out 2019 With Traditional Phish-Reference Monologue

It's become a bit of a tradition for the news industry's most conspicuous Phan

Phish fan Katy Tur
MSNBC anchor Katy Tur being interviewed. (Paul Marotta/Getty)
By Evan Bleier / January 3, 2020 10:55 am

If you’re at all familiar with MSNBC anchor Katy Tur, you know she’s been hooked on Vermont jam band Phish for quite some time. She sometime invites other Phish fans onto her show, MSNBC Live With Katy Tur, and often makes references to the band in her monologues.

Perhaps the most well-known member of the legion of closet Phish fans who work within the media industry, Tur has also made it a habit of closing out her last show of the year on New Year’s Eve by working a slew of the band’s lyrics into her sign-off segment.

This year was no different, as Tur finished 2019 with references to Phish tunes including “Reba,” “Dirt,” “Backwards Down The Number Line,” “Scents And Subtle Sounds,” “Simple,” “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S., “Mango Song,” “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley,” “Stash,” “Character Zero,” “Run Like An Antelope” and “Chalk Dst Torture.”

Following the references, Tur hinted she’d be attending the band’s New Year’s Eve show at Madison Square Garden by saying, “see you next year … and see you tonight.”

Tur is far from the first media member to drop Phish puns on a live television segment. During an episode of SportsCenter in May 2012, Neil Everett made multiple references to the band while recapping a San Diego Padres game that saw Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio throw out the first pitch. 

While Everett was a bit more subtle than Tur, a studied ear won’t miss ’em:

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