Bill Murray makes 20th anniversary return to 'Letterman'
August 30th, 2013
12:26 PM ET

Bill Murray makes 20th anniversary return to 'Letterman'

It may have taken 20 years, but Bill Murray has finally taken David Letterman behind the candelabra.

On August 30th, 1993, Murray was the first guest to grace the Ed Sullivan Theater for the very first episode of "Late Show with David Letterman."

So in celebration of the show's 20th anniversary on Thursday, Murray returned to the theater in style - dressed as the marvelous piano virtuoso, Liberace.

"You know I love you, audience. I love you, but I don't have time tonight. I'm only here for one reason," Murray said as he shyly pointed towards Letterman.

Murray made a grand entrance not only dressed as the musician, but with a pure white Rolls-Royce being pushed across stage by an assistant doing his best Matt Damon-as-Scott Thorson impersonation. The fur coat, cape, and bouffant wig all captured Liberace's essence, but no detail was greater than Murray carrying a white poodle.

"I didn't know you had a dog," Letterman said to Murray.

"I had to get something that went with this outfit," Murray responded.

The actor's made some show-stopping appearances for Letterman before, from wearing a tuxedo with a top hat to donning a jockey uniform. However, after 20 years behind the "Late Show" desk, Letterman made sure that his signature dry sense of humor was on full display in contrast to the glamorous Murray.

"My heart has really now taken flight," Letterman quipped.

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  1. Fan

    Bravo! Well, done; This play by Murray will seal the fate of the best movie of the year will be.......Letterman, great; a class act for the past 31 years: Murray, an icon.

    September 2, 2013 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. NYCTokyoLondon

    This story omits his first 11 years at "Late Night" and the tone seems to imply that it was his first hosting gig when he was already a late night king by the time "Late Show" started and his "signature dry sense of humor" was already firmly established. He did not get his big break in 1993 like Conan O'Brien did by getting "Late Night" after Letterman left, and in fact, his "Late Show" was basically a continuation and more like the old "Late Night" than "Late Night" itself under Conan.

    Bill Murray also appeared on the first episode of "Late Night with David Letterman" in 1982, and the rapport between the two and significance of having Murray on the show represents a lot more than 20 years as might be interpreted....It's entirely possible this was assumed by the writer of the article as well.....Not technically wrong, but somewhat misleading.

    August 30, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Mischief

      While your comment was well informed and quite enlightening, the article specifically states that it is the anniversary of "Late Show with David Letterman." You're right that it doesn't mention the other work done, but this isn't about Letterman and his whole body of work, just Late Show.

      August 31, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • NYCTokyoLondon

      True, but the article insinuates that Late Show *is* his whole body of work, not just the honor under consideration. I wouldn't be surprised if the writer is under that impression as well. With phrasing like "grace the Ed Sullivan Theater", "very first", it makes it sound as if Letterman had never sat behind a desk in his life before Late Show. That's exactly what someone reading who didn't know that beforehand would think, let alone that he did essentially the same things as he did on the old show (they had fun with carrying over and renaming things like "CBS Orchestra" so as to keep NBC off their backs), or that it was no coincidence Bill Murray was his first guest 20 years ago in the first place, an interesting note worth pointing out in the context of the article that should've been mentioned.

      September 1, 2013 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
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