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Buffett Cameo in ‘Life & Beth’

February 21st, 2024

In the new season of the Hulu series ‘Life & Beth,’ Jimmy Buffett can be seen strumming his guitar on a street corner while singing “I Will Play for Gumbo.”

From USA Today: “Amy Schumer on ‘infectious’ Jimmy Buffett, his ‘Life & Beth’ cameo as street singer”

Jimmy Buffett can be seen strummin’ his six-string in the new season of “Life & Beth.” Hulu’s slice-of-life comedy, loosely based on that of star/creator Amy Schumer, features the king of carefree choruses in the second of the season’s 10 episodes (now streaming).

For his “Life & Beth” cameo, filmed in New Orleans, the “Margaritaville” singer returned to his humble beginnings of busking in the streets of The Big Easy, a city he loved.

Schumer says she listened to Buffett’s music growing up: “It just made you feel like everything was going to be OK.” The comedian struck up a friendship with Buffett, his wife Jane Slagsvol and their daughter, Sarah “Delaney” Buffett about five years ago.

“A time when we were hanging out, I said, ‘You know, we’re shooting in New Orleans,’” Schumer remembers seated next to her onscreen love interest for the series Michael Cera. “I said, ‘Oh my God, imagine you were on the show.’ He said, ‘I would do it!’ I thought, ‘No, he’s just saying that.’ But he didn’t waver.”

Buffett picks on an acoustic guitar in khaki shorts singing “I Will Play For Gumbo” from his 1999 album “Beach House on the Moon,” and Beth drops some money in his guitar case for his performance. A title card at the end of the episode reads, “In Loving Memory of Jimmy Buffett, who got his start busking on the streets of New Orleans.”

Schumer says Buffett piloted in for the role.

“He used to fly himself around,” Cera says. “Incredible lifestyle.”

To see Buffett’s quick cameo, watch season 2 episode 2 at the 6 minute mark.

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