Bill Murray goes dumpster diving on 'Letterman'

Ever gotten so hot and sticky in the summer that you wanted to fill a dumpster with cold water and just dive in? Yeah? You and Bill Murray both, pal! (Note to self: Find ways to use that retort more often.)

The comedian, who’s plugging his new movie Get Low (out next Friday) made a memorable entrance on Letterman last night when he took a dip in a trash dumpster-cum-swimming pool. Before you ask, yes, these things really do exist, at least in NYC. Watch the clip below.

Of course, this is hardly Murray’s first on-camera stunt. Check out a few other classics here:


Asking all-powerful CBS CEO Les Moonves for Super Bowl tickets

Heckling a (pretend) heckler on Letterman

Reading poetry to construction workers

Which one is your favorite? Are there any classics I missed? And if you haven’t already read my coworker Jeff Labrecque’s amazing piece on Murray (“The Curious Case of Hollywood’s White Whale”), do yourself a favor and click that link now!

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  • ian g

    am i supposed to watch each video 4 times?

  • TQB

    Can you work in his Golden Globe acceptance speech for Lost in Translation, where he encourage comedic actors to take the dramatic actors seriously?

    There is no Bill Murray clip that isn’t funny.

  • Charlie

    Umm….and WHY did your article not mention Bill Murray’s glaring head wound after his dumpster dive?

  • donner

    I love this man so much. The article in EW about what an eccentric he is, and now here he is on Letterman being a total goof. Remember when he appeared on Letterman after the Olympics in a fancy pink and black outfit? He is awesome.

    • Taylor

      This month’s GQ has an interview with Murray in which he comes off much better than he did in the EW interview. The EW article made Murray seem rather obnoxious (which I’m sure he can be when the mood hits him). In the GQ interview, he seems less arrogant are more down to earth.

  • sam

    I see that Joan Rivers is on Letterman tonight. Shouldn’t that be a big story? Isn’t this her first appearance on Letterman or the Tonight show since she left to do her own show in the 80’s, and was blackballed?

    • hob

      Thanks for the heads up Sam, now I know not to watch Letterman tonight. I wouldn’t watch anything that hideous creature was on, not even a show where they pelt a celebrity with rocks. Ok, actually, I would watch that one.

  • peter

    yer missing the letterman appearance where Bill shows up at various Broadway shows. Hysterical!

  • kh
  • Jeff

    The best was when he performed She Bangs on Letterman. Why can’t that clip be found anywhere?

  • AJ

    “dumpster-cum-swimming pool” Hey, that’s my sister’s name!

    • Chaz Winterbottom

      We all know that.

  • Susan

    Was it just me, or was Letterman gushing over Murray a bit too much?

  • Sean

    Was it me or did Bill kinda get annoyed at Dave during this interview?

    • Liz

      No, it wasn’t only you. The dumpster dive was hilarious, the interview was awkward. I wonder if Bill got a headache from whatever put the gash in his head? That would have lowered my tolerance level.

  • GhostBustYourChops

    Letterman used to do a bit called A BRUSH WITH GREATNESS. Here was my brush with Bill Murray, a true A%$@%^%&!

    I saw a play with Robert De Niro in NY about 23 years ago called Cuba and His Teddy Bear. During intermission, Bill Murray’s girlfriend walked into me, accidentally, as someone was taking his picture. She was polite to me, about to say ‘excuse me’. But, before she could say the words, he started screaming at her, while coming toward me MENACINGLY: “DID HE HIT YOU? DID HE HIT YOU?” he shouted. And I said ‘No Bill, she bumped me. Relax.” And she said: “It was my fault, Bill. He didn’t do anything. Please, just calm down! Bill, calm down!” I’ve read that he is kind of rough on his partners. I got to see it! How special. I acknowledge the talent, though I am more impressed with kind-hearted accountants, cashiers and mechanics than with him!

    • Tony

      Disappointing as it is, this doesn’t surprise me. A friend of mine waited on Murray in a restaurant several years ago and said he was rather surly to the staff. I like Murray as a comic actor, but I would still like to hear the real story as to why he got kicked off the “Charlie’s Angels” sequel. Rumor has it that Lucy Liu couldn’t stand him. If that’s true, perhaps Murray has a problem being respectful toward women.

  • jeff

    hey sam – this is not joan rivers first appearance on letterman’s cbs show. she was on there about a year ago. howard stern was trying to make that a story the other morning too and apparently he’s not the only one who didn’t know this is not her first time.

  • Ash

    haha this guy is so stupid he thought Joel Coen was attached to “garfield”

  • DennyDaniel

    I heard after he jumped in the dumpster he got bedbugs

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