Mark Hamill comes clean about his Letterman obsession in this exclusive outtake from “AND NOW… An Oral History of ‘Late Night With David Letterman.’”
“Yeah, I had an apartment in Manhattan, and [told my house-sitter], “Look, we’re going to be gone for a few months [filming Return of the Jedi]— three or four months, I don’t know how long it’s gonna take — but there’s a show I want you to tape because the odds are, by the time I get back, it’ll be cancelled. And so tape every show.” When I came back, there was this huge backlog of shows. So I would start watching them at my leisure, and one of the things that struck me was that there were elements of shows that I couldn’t conceive of taping over them. I said, “Oh, I’ve gotta keep this.” So I got that setup where you have two VCRs, and you could transfer from one [VHS recording] to another. And I went through and took out mostly his bits where he went out into the streets — the so-called “found humor,” the misspellings of restaurants or whatever it was. When I got back, I started a compilation tape of all of his best bits, including ‘Viewer Mail.’”
—-THIS IS AMAZING.