Wayne’s World’s Gun Rack Gift Exchange Actually Happened To Mike Myers’ In Real Life

Evidently, the real Stacy — her name was wisely kept unrevealed — gave a gun rack to Myers as a joke; she was not the “psycho hose beast” as depicted in “Wayne’s World.” Marin, being a Toronto local, also recognized several local references that Myers snuck into his script. While “Wayne’s World” takes place in Aurora, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, a lot of the language and iconography was straight out of Canada. 

In “Wayne’s World,” for instance, Wayne, Garth, and all their friends congregate at a heavy metal bar called The Gasworks. Evidently, this was a real biker/metal bar in Marin and Myers’ neighborhood. Sadly, it seems that the real Gasworks shuttered its doors back in 1993. Additionally, Wayne and Garth are seen frequenting the large-scale (fictional) donut shop Stan Mikita’s Donuts. Stan Mikita was a Canadian hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks. His donut shop was a clear reference to the Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons, founded by the celebrated hockey player who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Horton also played for several American teams, but American hockey teams don’t count. 

Marin also points out that most of Myers’ comedic works have personal Canadian references subtly embedded inside of them. “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” he noticed, had a subtle music cue to the Canadian game show “Definition” which ran from 1974 to 1989. Its theme was written by Quincy Jones. It also seems that Myers’ Dieter character from the Sprockets sketches on “Saturday Night Live” was based on a German waiter at a diner on Queen Street in Toronto, a waiter that Marin had also encountered.

A deep dive may reveal even more Torontonian details, and locals will likely be able to spot them all.

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