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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