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David Letterman's Top 10 Weirdest and Most Wonderful Sketches

David Letterman's Top 10 Weirdest and Most Wonderful Sketches

David Letterman, someone who seemed to enjoy confusing their audience almost as much as making them laugh, had a lot of hilarious and strange little bits and sketches in between interviews, bands and top ten lists.

With the 'Late Night' finale airing last night, we look back at some of the show's best comedic segments.

The Suit of Magnets

"Go ahead and do this at home, what do we care"

In the early days Dave loved wearing zany suits made of things like velcro or alka seltzer but it was the suit of magnets that was the perfect recipe for comedy.

Eating Fast Food With Zsa Zsa Gabor

"The guy behind me has tires on the roof of his car, is that alright?"

Dave takes his good pal Zsa Zsa Gabor out for a trip around the town to sample some of the finest fast food available.


"Hey Paul, do you smell frozen peas"

Peaboy was a much loved, short lived character who was so damn popular he even got his own theme song.

Pat & Kenny Read Oprah Transcripts

"How cute is this?"

Stagehands Pat Farmer and Kenny Sheehan would often come out and read transcripts from episodes of Oprah. Here they are reading from that famed episode where Tom Cruise jumped on her couch. The theme song to this segment is worth ripping off the internet and burning onto a disc for your car radio.

Biff Henderson's Golf Cart of Death

"I'm alive with condiments"

Late show regular Biff drives a golf cart through a pyramid of condiments. I hope the writer of this bit got a bonus. Listen closely for Shaffer gold as his mishears 'condiments'.

The Guy Under The Seats

"Oh sure Dave, it's all in good fun"

Chris Elliott had so many characters that he could probably take up this entire list. Here is one of his best, the guy under the seats who loves to threaten Dave and put him in his place.

Next Time Bring Your Sister, You Hump

"Next time bring your sister, you hump"

What happens when this wonderful phrase is said to the unsuspecting public.

Elaine Stritch Confuses Dave for her Pool-boy

"I certainly hope your references are in order"

Like some kind of wonderful dream, Elaine Stritch pops up and yells at, falls in love and is heartbroken by her pool-boy Skippy/Biff/Zip

Will It Float?


Letterman loved to conduct scientific experiments like throwing things off buildings, blowing things up, throwing footballs at moving objects and most importantly finding out if something could float.

Siskel & Ebert & Dave Go Door-to-Door

"Let's take a minute or two to check ourselves for ticks"

Dave goes door to door in New Jersey with movie reviewers Siskel & Ebert. Two thumbs up!


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