Will Ferrell wasn’t the first guy to show up on talk shows in character, doing conceptual comedy bits; Chris Elliott has been doing it for 30 years. Not that Chris was the first one, but he did perfect the art of showing up at random on the old “Late Night with David Letterman” as all sorts of odd characters, like the guy who lived under the audience bleachers.
Now that he’s a star in his own right, he still is game for anything when he appears on Dave’s show. This time, he showed up on the “Late Show” covered in flour, claiming he was flour bombed, Kim Kardashian-style, backstage. No one can feign annoyance like Chris, but Dave upped the ante when he sent Chris over to stage manager Biff Henderson to clean up, and Biff doused him with a hose. And even though Elliott is a dripping, gluey mess in a freezing studio, he had no problems sitting back down next to Dave (on a tarp) and promoting the new season of his Adult Swim show “Eagleheart.”
Oh, and bonus points to Paul Shaffer for having the band play “Stand” from R.E.M. when Chris came out; it was the theme song to Elliott’s early ’90s short-lived (but much loved) sitcom “Get A Life.”
Click above to watch the clip. While you’re here, click the links below to see the other goings on from yesterday:
– Try as she might, Mayim Bialik couldn’t keep her parents from a nighttime encounter with Conan O’Brien on the Warner Bros. lot [Conan]
– Jon Stewart gives in to the “pink slime” that has been in our ground beef for years [The Daily Show]
– Mark Ruffalo doesn’t realize Stephen Colbert is playing a character; gets into a real argument with him about fracking [The Colbert Report]
– Jimmy Fallon interviewed Madonna on Facebook and she showed him a very annoying dance move [Late Night]