What Do You Mean This Letterman Sidekick is a Hip Hop Icon?

Larry “Bud” Melman was a hip-hop icon? Yep.  From LA Weekly:

As we prepare to bid farewell to Late Show with David Letterman, let’s take a moment to appreciate one of the show’s most underrated contributions to popular culture, and unlikeliest of hip-hop icons, the much-missed Letterman sidekick Calvert DeForest, better known to fans as Larry “Bud” Melman.

Wait… hip-hop icon? Yes. Allow us to explain.

Born Calvert Grant DeForest in Brooklyn in 1921, Melman was something of a New Yorker cartoon come to life, with a quick wit, thick Brooklyn accent and one of the most infectious laughs ever broadcast. The son of a one-time actress, Melman was discouraged from pursuing his dream until after her death. Working by day as the receptionist for a drug rehab facility, he managed to land a few small speaking roles, the most famous being a brief but memorable appearance as a customer in the 1981 Troma film Waitress!

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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