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amazingly awkward video of crispin glover flipping out on letterman in 1987

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by fr8lover, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. fr8lover

    fr8lover Elite Member

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    people were talking about it on hiphopinfinity.com and i did some research

    watch the video first @


    heres a description if you cant watch it from usenet:

    From: Larry Setlow ([email protected])
    Subject: Re: Crispin Glover's Letterman appearance
    View: Complete Thread (24 articles)
    Original Format
    Newsgroups: rec.arts.tv, rec.arts.movies
    Date: 1991-01-10 00:34:42 PST

    Here's my synopsis of CG's first appearance on Late Night (I got
    enough requests very quickly that I expect lots more):

    Crispin Glover first appeared on Late Night with David Letterman on
    28 July 1987. He wore the bad slacks, platform shoes (2-3" soles,
    4-5" heels), bad wig, and cetera as previously described. He
    seemed generally uneasy and spent most of the time studying himself in
    the monitor and fidgeting (somewhat like Nastassia Kinski, who also
    appeared with bad hair and had a really bad time). The first sign of
    trouble was when Dave had an incorrect note [This could have been a
    researcher's failure, or CG lying to somebody; I'm inclined to think
    the latter.]: Dave asked CG something like, "You used to live on
    Hollywood Blvd?" and CG just looked vaguely stunned and said, "No."
    After a few more attempts by Dave to get CG to admit to having lived
    somewhere within sight of Hollywood Blvd, Dave gave up. CG seemed
    significantly unsettled by now.

    Shortly after that, while CG was talking about how good he felt about
    being on talk shows a few audience members shouted, "Nice shoes!"
    which further flustered CG and prompted a close-up on the (really
    ridiculous) footwear. In an effort to get something out of CG, Dave
    said, "I notice you have something there in the case." "The case" was
    a box about -- oh, 2x3 feet and 4" deep -- which had been sitting in
    the extra guest chair since the beginning of the segment. CG looked
    severely put-upon, gestured over at the box, and pretty much left the

    CG: I -- I -- I knew that this was gonna happen and I, uh, can I tell
    you because the press, they can do things, they can twist things
    around and -- 'cause -- the, uh -- you're talking -- I don't -- look
    -- [pulls out a paper] the press says things about you -- uh ... in
    the paper [I'm going to drop the verbal pauses henceforth: they
    don't actually go away; they're just hard to transcribe]. This is a
    paper, the LA Weekly, in Los Angeles, and they said about me,
    'La-dee-dah' It was at -- I went to a club -- and they said that -- it
    was at a meeting and it said 'Crispin Glover, who was in a [Deleted
    from the show (really)] frenzy -- though his bark is actually worse than
    his dot dot dot. You get the point.' And then --

    During the latter half of this speech, Dave started looking
    uncomfortable, bored, what-have-you; the way he does when he's got a
    really bad guest who is dying The Big Death. At this point, he sort of
    interrupted and asked Paul if he had anything to add. Paul declined.

    Dave [to Paul]: Is this the first time you've seen another guy drown?
    Is this the first time you've watched a guy die?

    Paul: You talking about you or --?

    Dave: No, me.
    [CG starts reading another clipping]

    Paul: It's quite entertaining, though.

    After a bit more silly paranoia on CG's part, and some gentle
    patronizing on Dave's, CG swung into Wacky Speech #2:

    CG: They try to make me sound a log weird -- I'm just -- I'm strong.
    [Flexes right biceps] I can arm wrestle. Do you want to arm wrestle?
    [Dave declines] I'm taking -- [CG stands, steps back, stumbles over
    his case, falls off the riser] these aren't mine [I think he means the
    shoes here. He might be saying "are"; I'm not positive]. I can kick
    [demonstrates in Dave's direction -- it doesn't look to me like he was
    all that close, but see below]

    Dave: Okay. [stands and starts heading away] I'm going to go check on
    the Top Ten [it hadn't been ready earlier].

    As he leaves, CG grabs his shoulder, apologizing, but Dave pulls away
    (saying what sounds like, "excuse me." What a polite guy), says,
    "I'll be back," and they cut to commercial.

    Upon returning from commercial, Dave explained that CG had to catch a
    cab and chatted a bit with Paul.

    Dave: Did you enjoy that, Paul?

    Paul: It was an interesting segment.

    Dave: I think that was the first time we've been doing the show
    that a guest actually tried to kick me.

    Paul: Well, I think it was a conceptual piece. . .

    Dave: Well, he came very close to denting my head with those giant
    shoes, so I thought, 'I don't need that; I'm forty, I went to college,
    that is not how I want my life ended, some goofball, some dork from
    wherever --' [audience boos.] Oh, stop it. You want to have to have
    dinner with the guy?

    The next night's show had a "cold opening" that began with a replay of
    the sequence beginning with Wacky Speech #2, ending with the kick.

    CUT TO

    Dave wakes up screaming. Paul and Biff enter and Paul asks what the
    matter is.

    Dave: Oh, Paul, I had this terrible dream. You know that actor, that
    Crispin Glover? I dreamed he was on the show and he was just a real jerk.

    Paul: That was no dream, he was on the show.

    Dave: Oh my God, then it really happened.

    Paul: Yeah, but don't worry about it, it'll never happen again.

    Dave: How can we be sure?

    Paul: Well, last night after the show, Stage Manager Biff Henderson
    and I followed Crispin Glover back to his hotel room.

    Biff: Yeah, we smothered him with the mattress. He's dead.

    Dave: Oh, great! Gee, that's terrific; I owe you guys one.

    And so on, into the opening credits.

    If anybody really cares, I can provide a summary of his return
    appearance, which was less downright wacky, but really not much more
    coherent; I figure I'm pushing my luck already. I will tell you that
    the stuff he brought the second time doesn't appear to be the same as
    the stuff that was in the case that he brought for the first
  2. mogilny

    mogilny Senior Member

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    haha amusing.....
  3. Vanity

    Vanity Veteran Member

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    i dont know who he is
  4. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

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  5. vinyl junkie

    vinyl junkie Elite Member

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    anyone who goes on a talk show just to fuck with the host and the show gets major points in my book... that was rad...
  6. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

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    Jesus, I'm watching this .. he is cracked up as fuck!
  7. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

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  8. B_As_In_Bot

    B_As_In_Bot Elite Member

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  9. T.T Boy

    T.T Boy Dirty Dozen Crew

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    whats is he on?
  10. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

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    fuck it downloads 6 seconds at a time
  11. Born Loser

    Born Loser New Jack

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    you guys are all idiots if you didnt know that was the dood from Back 2 the future...

    I also think that was a set up
  12. MrChupacabra

    MrChupacabra 12oz Loyalist

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  13. Scrabble

    Scrabble Member

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    i feel sorry for him. those bastards in the audience were making fun of his cool shoes.
  14. $360

    $360 Elite Member

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    hey what happened to all the snow?
  15. rental

    rental Dirty Dozen Crew

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    that was funny as hell! and it seems like he meant to do it and was trying to be funny to me. is he the weird dude on the new charlies angel movie that smells hair?