Thursday, March 22, 2007

Everybody Loved Melman

Calvin DeForest, better known to millions of David Letterman Show viewers as Larry "Bud" Melman, has passed away at age 85. Probably the third funniest person ever associated with the show after Chris Elliott and Letterman himself, he was one of those rare guys who got a laugh just by showing up. Honestly, I thought he had already left us years ago, because it's been so long since we heard anything at all about him. In the 1980s I was working a night job where I used to get home too wired to go to sleep right away, so I would watch Letterman (which in those days was 90 minutes and ran after Johnny Carson's Tonight Show from 12:30 to 2:00AM on NBC), and then two episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show from 2:00-3:00AM.

Larry "Bud" Melman gave me and a lot of other people a lot of laughs with wacky gags like Toast on a Stick and handing out hot towels to tourists at Port Authority. Rest in peace, Bud. Your place in showbiz history is assured.

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