One of My Favorite Clowns

A legendary figure from my high-school days … Larry “Bud” Melman, a giant from the glory days of David Letterman … has passed on.

I don’t know that I’ve ever laughed harder than when Melman, dressed as Roy Orbison, sang “Blue Bayou.” He stood there, without fear, pretended to play a guitar, and sang. But it was the strangest thing, as if he’d never held a guitar before… he strummed the neck of the guitar and didn’t know what to do with his other hand.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.


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