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Dana Carvey at the Governor's Ball following the 41st Annual Emmy Awards, 9/17/89. Credit: Alan Light (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0">CC BY 2.0</a>)
Dana Carvey at the Governor's Ball following the 41st Annual Emmy Awards, 9/17/89. Credit: Alan Light (CC BY 2.0)
Comedian Dana Carvey first perfected his Jimmy Stewart impression one day in 1975.  "I was with my friends in a Volkswagen bug," he later recalled, "and they were stoned and it started to hit me. I started to do it. I started to be able to talk like him. And they went into a Jack in the Box and... went through the drive-through and they said, 'Can we take your order?' And I said [as Stewart], 'Yeah, yeah, I'd like a Jumbo Jack with Cheese.' And the guy thought it was Jimmy Stewart..."   Watch: 
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Letterman "working" at Taco Bell
Letterman "working" at Taco Bell
For a segment on The Late Show with David Letterman one day, Letterman worked at a New Jersey Taco Bell, taking orders from Drive-Thru customers. Letterman instructed one man to shout "Roger" after each item as he read back the order and told another man to order more, as he was "one Taco Supreme away from being employee of the month."   For the finale, Letterman asked a woman to please slow down. "I am very, very tired," he said. "I'm just getting over the worst case of stomach flu I've ever had in my life." When she told him he sounded familiar, Letterman said he was the manager, Kenny. "No, you're not," she said. "Are you Howard Stern?" "That's right," said Letterman, "I'm Howard Stern."  Watch: 
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During a chat with talk show host Conan O'Brien in 2018, Jordan Schlansky, a staffer and the brunt of many jokes about his resemblance to an alien or robot, said, "I would like to think we own our physical embodiments, our bodies - the 'corpo,' in Italian, of course, from the Latin 'corpus,' where we get the English word 'corpse.'"  Later, when the conversation turned to extroversion, Schlansky insisted that he was an introvert. "I am absolutely, 'cento por cento' - 100 per 100 - percento, percent. This is what the word 'percent' means in English and it's derivatives."  Conan disagreed. "You are not an introvert," he said, before adding, "Cinco de jenjay, Firenze cornucopia, you are not - that's for the Latin, from the root, ...
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During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2021, 19-year-old singer Billy Eilish got an opportunity to check several items off her bucket list including punch somebody.  "I think you should punch me," said Jimmy, "because I'm probably the strongest person here. And don't hold back. You just go ahead. I'm like a seal, I'm telling you. Hit me as hard as you want in the stomach. I promise." "Well, the goal was for the face," said Billie, "But I'm not gonna do that to you."  Then Billy punched Jimmy in the stomach.  Ironically, her punch came almost exactly 95 years after a similar punch that led to the death of magician Harry Houdini.  Watch: 
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U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), official photo, 113th United States Congress. Credit: Wikipedia user US Senate Photo Office (Public domain)
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), official photo, 113th United States Congress. Credit: Wikipedia user US Senate Photo Office (Public domain)
While criticizing the Biden administration's border policy during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity in October 2021, South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham made an absurd claim about illegal immigrants.  "We had 40,000 Brazilians come through the Yuma Sector alone, headed for Connecticut wearing designer clothes and Gucci bags," Graham claimed. "This is not economic migration anymore. People see an open America. They're taking advantage of us. And it won't be long before a terrorist gets in this crowd."  Watch: 
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Official DIA portrait of Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn . Credit: Wikipedia user Unknown authorUnknown author (Public domain)
Official DIA portrait of Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn . Credit: Wikipedia user Unknown authorUnknown author (Public domain)
In 2021, former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn joined the ranks of America's anti-vax conspiracy theorists. In October, Flynn endorsed a zany conspiracy theory that government officials were secretly administering vaccines by injecting them into salad dressings.  Watch: 
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Biden whispering "Fox News"
Biden whispering "Fox News"
In 2021, President Joe Biden was amused to learn that right-wing Fox News, which relished airing stories and interviews criticizing his mask mandate, was itself enforcing strict vaccination rules. "Even - I always get a kick out of this - Fox News requires vaccinations of all its employees," he said.during a press conference. "Give me a break, Fox News."  * As Late Night host Seth Meyers noted, Fox News policy in fact required employees to report their vaccination status and, if unvaccinated, be tested daily, whereas Biden's policy required weekly testing for unvaccinated people. "So Fox's policy is actually stricter."  Watch:
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Larry David at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Credit: David Shankbone (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0">CC BY 3.0</a>)
Larry David at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Credit: David Shankbone (CC BY 3.0)
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live one day, Larry David noticed that his photo was not among the celebrity photos that festooned the walls in the hall backstage.  When David made his next appearance, he was in for a pleasant surprise. "We took all the other celebrities' pictures down," Kimmel later recalled, "and we replaced them with only photographs of Larry, the whole length of the hallway."  "I like your style on this show," David told Kimmel. "Maybe I'll come back in five years."  Watch: 
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Martin Short as Ed Grimley on Saturday Night Live
Martin Short as Ed Grimley on Saturday Night Live
"I'm 26 and I'm doing Second City [SCTV] and there was a scene called 'Sexist' and the scene was Peter Aykroyd. Catherine O'Hara, and I. Catherine is an amazingly qualified person for this same job. I work at a 'Nestle station near the corner of Jackson Wilson, I must say,' and that was the scene. And I end up getting the job and she does a tirade and storms off.  "And one night, I just put a little grease in my hair. and Peter Ackroyd said to me, 'That hair is standing taller every night.' So to make him laugh, I put it right up, and the audience laughed. And I thought, 'This is why I'm here.' So I just ...
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Martin Short as Ed Grimley on Saturday Night Live
Martin Short as Ed Grimley on Saturday Night Live
Martin Short's nerdy "Ed Grimley" character, introduced on Second City Television (SCTV) and popularized on Saturday Night Live, was inspired by a real person.   "I knew a guy in school and he always talked like that. He wanted to be photographer. I'd say, 'Hey Stan, would did you do this weekend?' 'I took a lot of slides.' 'Can I see them?' 'Well, I didn't develop them because, like, I took them, so I knew what they were, so I didn't feel they needed to be developed.' ..."  Watch: