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If I snuck out there, he would let me watch with
him and even give me some food from time to time. They were tender moments I
treasure in my memories as quality time spent with my dad. What I remember most
about those nights are two things, potato chips and peanut butter, which he for
some reason ate a lot of, and late night talk shows. Dad would sit there with a
big plop of peanut butter and a plate full of chips and dip each chip in the
peanut butter. Now and then, he would hand me a salty chip covered in the
creamy sweetness. I would savor the chip and stare at the adults on the TV and
try to understand the jokes. Mostly, I would just laugh when my father did. It
was typically Jonny Carson on the television, but now and then David Letterman
and the gap in his front teeth would be smiling at my sleepy face. Little did I
know the funny man with the big mustache on the show one night who did “scary”
things, would someday become a big part of my life.
In fact, I had no memory of Tom Savini on David Letterman’s
Late Night until I recently sat down to watch a DVD of Tom’s appearances on the
show. Before that, I had no clue Tom had even been on Letterman. It wasn’t
until I was doing a convention appearance with Tom that I saw a DVD for sale on
his table. Picking it up, I was shocked
to read the title, “Tom Savini’s Five Hilarious Appearances on David Letterman.”
I quickly asked Tom the stupid question that I had the answer to in my hands,
“You were on Letterman?” Of course he said yes then told me to take the DVD
home and watch it. When I got back from the convention, I eagerly shoved it
into the DVD player and watched it with my wife.
Now, I’m not someone who laughs easily. Even in the funniest
of comedies I usually find myself with a smile on my face, but only letting out
a soft chuckle here and there. Very rarely do I laugh out loud, which is why I
was shocked at how much I was laughing at Tom’s appearances. All five
appearances Tom made, were in fact like the title of the DVD said, hysterical.
And they were for a variety of reasons, mostly because of David’s reluctance to
take part in Tom’s crazy special effects. In one episode where Tom was
promoting TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2, he had Dave try on the Butch mask, which
was a creature from an episode of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE that Tom directed.
Seeing Dave with this giant goblin head on was interesting enough (taking it
off was even funnier), but knowing that I just saw that actual mask in Tom’s
bedroom a week before, along with the real Leatherface mask he also brought on
the show, was even more exciting. When Tom burned the carpet on the set it got
even better, but when Tom set up to shoot Dave with blanks: pure late night
Other episodes include Tom setting Dave on fire, actually
burning him and then making up for it on another episode, as well as tons of
other gags that are all pretty funny. While watching one in particular, where
Tom shoots Dave in the head, I suddenly had a flash back. My mouth filled with
the sweet and salty taste of chips and peanut butter and I could feel my Dad
sitting next to me. I had seen this live on air, when I was seven. For some
reason, the memory vividly—hearing my dad laugh, being grossed out, scared, but
laughing—shot through my head just like the imaginary bullet that went through
Dave’s. I vaguely recall my dad being worried that he would get in trouble for
letting me see something “gross”, but then he went on to explain to me that it
was fake and that is how they “do stuff like that” in movies. Having a new
memory come back to me was pretty amazing, but knowing that I had seen this
episode on TV as a child, and now I was working with this man—it was a pretty
After watching the DVD, my stomach and cheeks hurt from
laughing. After shutting off the TV, my brain quickly started to race with
thoughts of promoting Tom’s biography. While the release was over a year away,
I couldn’t help but wonder if David Letterman would have Tom back on now, over
twenty years later. It would be hysterical to show those old clips and have Dave
talk about it with him now. Maybe Tom could even put Dave in another awkward
situation. Of course, I have to get working on the book before I can start to worry
about that stuff, but hey, doesn’t hurt to think ahead.
Sadly, it’s hard to find these clips online. I could only find a few on YouTube, but Tom has the collection on DVD, so the next time you see him at a convention, make sure you
pick up a copy. You will not be disappointed.
Michael Aloisi, known to most as AuthorMike, is the author of Kane Hodder’s official biography, Unmasked. After spending a year with Kane Hodder, the two developed an odd couple friendship. Kane being the fearless, troublemaking stunt man and Mike being a writer out of his element. Together the two had so many adventures, Mike wrote a book about it called, The Killer & I. In addition to his non-fiction, Mike is the author of two novels and two collections of short stories. Currently, Mike is working with Tom Savini on his official biography and just released his first collection of horror short stories called, TALES FROM A MORTICIAN, written under his pen name, Michael Gore. Fore more information on Mike, visit his website at Author Mike.
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