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 departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.