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Old 11-13-2002, 11:34 AM
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What was the deal with Crispin Glover (on Letterman)?

Many years ago I taped "Letterman" regularly. I'm pretty sure I taped the one where Glover went nuts and launched a kick at Letterman. It seems strange that they would have aired that scene, though.

However, what I don't remember, is what led up to it. I remember on that show or another, Glover showing Letterman some creepy looking toy, but that's about it.

Old 11-13-2002, 11:44 AM
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Glover was being quite spastic and trying to be whacky. I think he was either A) High or B) A spstic nerd enjoying his attention.

He was talking about the martial arts he was learning and asked to demonstrate to Dave. Dave made the mistake of getting up while Cridpen decided to show how high he could kick.

He nearly grazed Letterman's nose with his kick and Letterman angrily called a commercial break. Crispen was gone by the time the show was back on and no mention was made of the previous incident. I believe Mr. Glover was never allowed on the show again.
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Here is a (small) pic of the event:
Old 11-13-2002, 12:41 PM
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I saw the show when it aired and I vote for "high as a kite'. Glover has always had an erratic reputation, but you have to behave yourself to some degree to be a competent actor. He was on something that night and I don't think he was just high on life.

He did a lot of damage to himself and his emerging career with that stunt.
Old 11-13-2002, 12:57 PM
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From my recollections... The incident *was* mentioned again, the very next night if I remember right. At the opening of the show, they showed clips of Glover behaving oddly, including the kick, then faded to Dave napping on a couch moaning, "No! No!"

Paul rushes in and wakes Dave and says he just had a horrible dream about Glover. Paul says something like, "Don't worry, Dave! Don't you remember? After the show, we rolled him up in a carpet and dumped him in the river!" (Or words to that effect, it's a little fuzzy now.)

He has been on the show since then, but they sort of skirted around his odd behavior.
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I remember seeing "the kick". Glover had been working out, was quite muscular, and dressed like a hippie, the obverse of his 50's meek nerd alter ego. Get it?

Letterman obviously wasn't hip and took the playfighting as a threat. He played the hurt puppy and said things like "people shouldn't act that way".

Due probably to public pressure for some resolution, Glover did return to the show afterwards in his usual sheepish (think George McFly) character and made nice. Letterman, like a benevolent Ed Sullivan, seemed to enjoy putting Glover through the wringer.

I thought the return appearance was stranger than the "kick" appearance.
Old 11-13-2002, 01:10 PM
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Hmm, I should've googled a little more before posting.

Here's a link to a usenet post that describes the appearance in some detail and the sketch I described in my earlier post.

Eunoia, I don't think it was a matter of Dave being unhip. To be the kind of hip that Glover was that night would take severe chemical alterations.
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I've often wondered about this, but IIRC in Leonard Maltin's film guide, the entry for the 1992 comedy Rubin and Ed says something to the effect of "Glover appeared on David Letterman's show as this character; Letterman kicked him off ..."

Off to check IMDB...
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Drat, nothing on IMdB. Well, I have the Maltin book at home, so I can check when I get there. . . .
Old 11-13-2002, 01:35 PM
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Here is a transcript of the interview.
Here and here are articles about the incident and its aftermath. The second article confirms that Glover appeared as Ruben Farr from Trent Harris' movie "Rubin and Ed".
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Awesome. Thanks, Petey.
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He was definitely back on after the incident. I remember him mumbling things about it not being him, but his alter-ego that kicked at Dave.

It certainly made for interesting television compared to what other talk shows had on at the time.
Old 11-13-2002, 08:23 PM
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Crispin was not on drugs but was playing a character similar to Andy Kaufman and his lounge lizard alter ego. Letterman didn't seem to be in on the joke.

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