RIP Charles Grodin, dry humor king. Watch him at his best

Though Grodin, who simply passed away at age 86, starred in beloved comedies like Midnight Run, The Heartbreak Child and Beethoven, and as soon as hosted his own talk show, his contentious appearances on Late Night time with David Letterman comprise a significant a part of his legacy.

Comedy duos ordinarily have a straight man, however Grodin and Letterman each appeared to have independently invented shut strains of the identical dry wit. Placing the 2 of them collectively in a faux-antagonistic face-off ought to technically not work at all. Nonetheless, one thing about Letterman’s cool-guy needling and Grodin’s supreme deadpan rebuffs made every of their more and more hostile tête-à-têtes a grasp class in comedic, passive-aggressive push-and-pull.

Though it’s price falling down a whole YouTube rabbit gap to look at all of those appearances, there’s one specifically that several of Grodin’s fans have identified on Twitter within the wake of his passing. It’s an episode from 1991, during which Grodin introduced on vaudevillian actor Joey Faye to pose as his lawyer, in order that he might sue Letterman for issues he’d stated to Grodin throughout one other current look on the present. It’s a dynamite entry level for anybody not aware of this facet of Grodin’s profession, and a becoming tribute for anybody already within the membership.

RIP to a significant comedic expertise and an unusual wit.