Surprise! Bill Murray crawls out of a cake on Letterman

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Bill Murray Pops Out of a Cake for David Letterman—Watch Now!.

When David Letterman made his return to television in 2000 after undergoing a quintuple bypass, he introduced his first musical act as “my favorite band playing my favorite song.” So it’s no surprise Dave Grohl and company will be back in the Ed Sullivan Theater on Wednesday night, performing on the final show of Letterman’s 33-year run in late night. The actor was Dave’s first guest back in 1982 when he hosted NBC’s Late Night, and he was his first guest again in 1993 when he became the host of CBS’ Late Show.Bill Murray and David Letterman go way back—Murray was the first guest on both Late Night with David Letterman in 1982 and The Late Show in 1993, and his appearances over the years have been defined by stunts, good humor, and a sense that these two would totally be friends even if they weren’t on television.Bill Murray’s last appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman” turned especially saccharine when he jumped out of a massive cake to surprise the retiring host. Throughout this 33-year span, Bill visited his late-night pal many times, but Tuesday’s show (Dave’s second-to-last one before retirement) was extra special.

The lyrics are a perfect send-off (“If everything could ever feel this real forever/If anything could ever be this good again/The only thing I’ll ever ask of you/You’ve got to promise not to stop when I say when) much like Bob Dylan’s haunting The Night We Called It a Day which the iconic rocker performed on Letterman’s penultimate show. He spread the love (and icing) to the audience as well. “I don’t think my place is here trying to crowbar you into staying for another 30 years, I don’t think I should do that,” he said. “I think this is really something that is up to the American people to do, and I’m just going to be one person to try to organize this. Letterman has always had musical stars on his shows, with many performances either helping an artist break into the mainstream or becoming iconic in their own right. The antics didn’t end there, either—after chatting with his old friend, both of them covered in cake, Murray took to the streets of New York to lead passersby in an impromptu protest to keep Dave on the air. Letterman’s final episode airs tonight, and to celebrate his 33 years of hosting a late-night talk show, Barrymore is dishing on the bond she developed with him since then. “He’s always been known as the person who had no problem letting the audience know he was not down with what the guest was doing,” the actress tells Entertainment Weekly of her experience as a guest. “It was scary.” “From the moment I went on—especially with my little dance number, which was completely spontaneous and not calculated in any way—he let the audience know it was OK.

After all, if it weren’t for Letterman, Future Islands wouldn’t be playing Glastonbury this year and Sonny and Cher would have never got back together to play “I Got You Babe” again. Precious few details have leaked about Dave’s final show, but if you’re looking for a primer, check out FTW’s Top 10 ways David Letterman will end his historic late-night run. Dylan scowled as Letterman came over at the end of the performance, then turned his back on the host as the second-to-last show in Letterman history went to credits. That said, Dave’s not really looking forward to throwing down. “I’m not looking forward to it at all,” he told CBS Sunday Morning’s Jane Pauley earlier this week. “I don’t want to go to a party. It proved, if it ever needed proving, that Brown was one of the greatest performers of all time, putting on a show that got everyone -at home and in the audience – up and dancing.

I recognize that it’s good, cathartic perhaps, for all of us to be together, because it’s not been easy on anybody who has been here any length of time, for this to end. Dylan made his first appearance on Letterman in 1984, which was considered a coup for the up-and-coming Late Show (and features a great story to boot). He played a three-song set, two of which were off his 1983 album Infidels (an album that still holds up well, with Jokerman serving as the highlight). Before the performance, Letterman asked what the name of the song is, to which Mike Mills says “it doesn’t have a name – it’s too new.” What follows is a fantastic, heartfelt angst-ridden performance of what would become “So. In 1979 they sang on The Mike Douglas Show, but it wasn’t until 1987 that the two would once again take to the stage to perform their biggest hit “I Got You Babe”.

Performing as a surprise musical guest, Springsteen played an incredible rendition of “Glory Days”, a fitting way to pass the Late Night mantel on to Conan O’Brien. The appearance proved controversial as Madonna not only gave Letterman her used underwear, refused to leave the stage or cut to a commercial break, but also dropped the F-bomb a record fourteen times over the course of the interview, leading to the show becoming the most censored talk-show in American network history.

Their Letterman performance was a defining moment, giving them the national exposure they needed to break through to the mainstream, “Say It Ain’t So” becoming the national anthem for outcasts everywhere.

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