Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight was inspired by this Tom Waits appearance on an Australian talk show back in 1979. The similarities are incredible. Interview starts around the 1:30 mark. 

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Holy crap.

The audience is laughing at the peculiarities, but after seeing Dark Knight, I’m just waiting for Tom Waits to slam a cigarette in the interviewers eye. It’s super uncomfortable.