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Bill Murray does Liberace for Letterman's 20th

10:29 AM, Aug 30, 2013   |    comments
"The Late Show with David Letterman" celebrated its 20th anniversary Thursday with Bill Murray, who was the "Late Show's" first guest 20 years ago.(Photo: John Paul Filo)
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Bill Murray made a grand entrance Thursday for the 20th anniversary episode of David Letterman's Late Show.

Murray, who was the first guest on The Late Show when it premiered Aug. 30, 1993, arrived in a white vintage Rolls-Royce and a Liberace-style outfit, complete with cape and white toy poodle.

After much fanfare, Murray took the seat next to Letterman.

"Wow, that was wonderful, Bill," Letterman said.

Paul Shaffer loved it, shouting, "Bravo, bravo, bravo. Wow..."

Letterman said with perfect timing, "Wow. Delightful ... I didn't know you had a dog."

More show highlights included Letterman reading the Top Ten Top Ten List Entries from the Past 20 Years (No. 1 was "Clintern"). Lenny Kravitz and Gladys Knight performed. And Murray took a pickaxe and jackhammer to the floor to unearth a time capsule with "artifacts" from 1993.

Letterman noted, "Here, we've done 3,901 episodes. Oh my god. And that plus our other old show, the old Late Night show, put those two together and we've done 5,711 television shows."

"That's the Jewish New Year, isn't it?" Shaffer said.

"People, honestly, on a daily basis come up to me on a daily basis and say to me, 'LeBron, now that you've won two championships in Miami, why don't you go back to Cleveland?' " cracked Letterman, before thanking everyone on staff.

 

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