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Derek Smalls And The Cucumber

Legendary comedic actor Harry Shearer celebrates his birthday today (December 23), and while most remember him most for providing the voices for Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Principal Skinner and Ned Flanders on The Simpsons, he’ll always be Derek Smalls, bassist for Spinal Tap.

When it comes to the iconic mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, there are so many hilarious moments that come via Smalls, but our personal favorite is the metal detector scene.

For real…why on Earth would you wrap the cucumber in foil and then stuff it down your pants?!  We’d love to know if anybody pulled a similar prank on airport security since the film’s release.

Spinal Tap - Derek Smalls Airport Security


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniels.  True story.