Friday, January 27, 2006

Scottius Maximus Celebrity Of The Month- Chris Elliott

Okay, this honor is usually reserved for Cardinals fans. And I have no idea where his allegiance lies. But last week's post on Leif Garrett got me to thinking about Chris Elliott.

Most people remember him in Get A Life, the hilarious short-running sitcom from Fox's earliest years.

Or remember him from the films Groundhog Day and There's Something About Mary.

But he was equally funny playing recurring characters in the 1980s on Late Night With David Letterman. The show before Dave became a surly, embittered, old dude.

The first time I remember seeing him was as the recurring character, "The Guy Under The Seats". At some point during the show, he would pop up through a trap-door like opening in the center aisle of the audience risers. He would then yell out to Dave as he was trying to do some comedy bit. I remember Dave would always end up saying something sarcastic to him, which would launch Chris' character into an easily offended paranoid who would threaten Dave's future with the line, "making your life a living hell."

Later on during that show's run he played "The Panicky Guy", another recurring character. Again during one of Dave's comedy bits, he would suddenly appear by running out on stage or through the audience in a panic. I don't remember much else except he would scream and yell around and run off the set through the stage doors on the right side.

Here's to Chris Elliott, my kind of comedian, and the Scottius Maximus Celebrity Of The Month.

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