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Top 10 Letterman Clips That Won’t Be on Anyone Else’s Top 10 Lists

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David Letterman’s retirement has prompted all sorts of tributes, and you’ll see a lot of the same moments referenced as the highlights of his career – the 9/11 return, the heart surgery, Drew Barrymore’s boobs, and so on. Those are all great moments, but this guy was churning out comedy on TV for a really long time – we’re talking 33 years of Dave here – and on a daily basis, no less. There are a lot more fun Dave moments than you’re seeing on all the “Best Of” lists, so let’s dig into some of the more obscure ones, shall we?

10. Big Red

Erstwhile announcer Alan Kalter is always game for anything, no matter how absurd. Randomly breaking out into song, throwing crazy shouting fits at Dave, and being a complete sleaze to Dick Cheney’s wife, Britney Spears, or Nancy Pelosi. Here he is putting the Big Red Moves on Barbara Walters.


9. The Morning Show

No, not The Dave Letterman Show, the short-lived morning program that Dave actually did back in 1980. The cancellation of that show might have left a sour taste in Dave’s mouth, resulting in this parody shtick giving him a co-host in Tawny Harper Reynolds and featuring Larry “Bud” Melman as a traffic reporter. This riff on shallow daytime gabfests would later return on CBS with occasional references to “seeing what’s coming up on the Weekend Late Show with Bruce & Linda,” then cutting to two strangers talking about meaningless drivel.


8. Pissed or Not Pissed

This wasn’t even on his own show, although technically it was the show he created. On the early days of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Dave waltzed over from CBS to his old stamping grounds to steamroll the end of Conan’s interview with Joan Collins to confront her about reports that she’s angry with him.


7. Tina Turner Turns Tuna with a Tuna Turner

It’s exactly what it sounds like.


6. Gerard Mulligan as Everybody

Longtime writer Gerard Mulligan always gave us those “what the hell is going on here?” laughs when Dave would build up to having a very important guest, and it would turn out to be him cracking wise like a bombastic weirdo. Here he is as Hilary Clinton.

5. Lyle the Intern

This guy. You may know Jimmi Simpson from House of Cards, but before that, he had a hilariously weird recurring role as this too-cool-for-school d-bag who had the run of the Ed Sullivan Theater.


4. The Summertime Sunshine Happy Hour

In 1985, Late Night assumed the form of a variety show, not unlike the kind he used to work on back in the 1970s, when he and Michael Keaton wrote and danced for Mary Tyler Moore, footage of which is still able to make Dave climb under his desk in embarrassment. He might have had some chintzy demons to work out about that experience, since it traumatized him so much that he was afraid to ever host Saturday Night Live.


3. Pat & Kenny Read Oprah Transcripts

Veteran Late Show stagehands Pat Farmer and Kenny Sheehan provided a tour-de-force in entertainment by re-enacting important episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Their emotional performances will bring you to tears.


2. Pro-Union Dave

Dave’s always been a friend of the workin’ man. Most of us remember the grizzled old beard he grew to support the writers’ strike, but fewer will recall the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians strike from 1987, which resulted in an amusingly meta bit of comedy showing just how difficult it is to do a field piece with scabs instead of the rightful crew.


1. Joe Piscopo

As Dave always says, Number 1 on the Top Ten List is never funny. Thus, the ex-SNL star’s Letterman impression being used to shill for casinos fits the bill by being the polar opposite of comedy.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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