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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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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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You Missed It, But Don’t Panic

Watch the 2017 Spirit Awards Right Now on the IFC App.

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The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards are over! Done! See you next year!
Moonlight won every award for which it was nominated, The Witch got some well-deserved rookie love, Nick Kroll & John Mulaney were perfect hosts, and Fred Armisen apparently died.

If you missed any of it, don’t freak. It’s 2017, which is the future. The magical immediacy of media technology will save you.

Watch the entire awards show, start to finish, on the IFC app or right here. RIGHT NOW. FOR FREE. Or, you know, whenever, because that’s the whole point.

If you’re still on the fence, don’t get comfortable. Here’s a sampler platter that’ll give you the flavor of everything that went down today. Fair warning: It’s real good.

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney

Perfect hosts. Perfect. Their opening routine was deadly funny, wicked smart, and invoked both David Lynch and Werner Herzog. A huge step up from the Academy Awards’ usual fart jokes, figuratively speaking.

Andy Samberg’s Surprise Cameo

We’ll never think of Eddie Vedder the same way again.

Best Supporting Female: Molly Shannon

Superstar! It’s been too easy to think of Molly exclusively in the context of her beloved characters, but her nuanced performance in Other People changes all of that. And man can she work a crowd.

Best Feature: Moonlight

This. Movie. We called it first, Oscar!

See the full list of winners here and enjoy the entire 2017 Spirit Awards now or anytime on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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