A Batman In Memphis

In case you missed it over the weekend, Adam West, who played Batman on the ABC non-animated series back in the 1960’s, passed away at the age of 88.

Mostly known these days as the fictional mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island on the Family Guy cartoon, West once made an unusual appearance on the televised wrestling matches emanating from Memphis about half a decade before comedian Andy Kaufman frequently appeared there. The wrestling shows drew high ratings in the area for the hour and a half the matches are promotional material for bouts in the region, so it seemed a logical place for Mr. West to plug his appearance at a local car show.

Also making an appearance was a rising star named Jerry Lawler, still at this stage of his career quite the villainous heel. Lawler dons a Superman outfit to promoting the eventual arrival of a new character, Dr. Frank, made to look like Frankenstein. Long time wrestling announcer and local weatherman Dave Brown tries to make sense out of it all, and at times has a hard time keeping a straight face through all of this.

Just remember to use your left and right turn indicators.

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The Last Of Letterman

“What you can’t do is throw coffee.”

David Letterman did his last late night show on CBS last night after over three decades on CBS and NBC before that. Anyone remember that Letterman had a daytime talk show on the Peacock Network?

My first memories of Letterman revolve around Andy Kaufman and his many gimmicks, one of which was wrestling women on stage. He took said gimmick to Memphis, Tennessee and “ran” (which I use in quotes because we’d find out many years later it was all scripted) into a wrestler named Jerry Lawler. The two appeared on Letterman’s NBC show, and Lawler wound up slapping Kaufman. Again, some thought it was unscripted, and those thinking that way were duped big time.

Anyway, Kaufman goes on a huge rant, with audio censors earning their pay bleeping out all the cursing the comedian was doing, calling Lawler something rhyming with a trucking mass hole.  Andy then throws coffee at Jerry before the much larger pro wrestler chased him away with a few strides in his direction.

Afterwards, Letterman gets off one of the funniest lines he’s ever had:

“I think you can use some of those words on TV.  But what you can’t do is throw coffee.  I’ve said it over and over again.”

Farewell, Dave.  You’ve earned your retirement, and best wishes for your future.