Cher does David Letterman: A round-up of the best sound bites from her visit

Burlesque star Cher showed up on the Late Show with David Letterman last night to promote her big razzle-dazzle movie, but she ended up talking quite a bit about other things. Mostly, how she deals with fame; a hilarious gay Bar Mitzvah wedding that she went to; and her never-ending Las Vegas show. As you might imagine, Cher paired with Letterman is rather hilarious. Here, the highlights from her appearance, in sound bite form, and the video clip is embedded below.

On being recognized: “The only time it’s rough is like — well, the paparazzi are nightmares, so they’re never nice. They’re always just crap.”

On gay weddings being her “busman’s holiday”: “I went to a Bar Mitzvah. No, it wasn’t a Bar Mitzvah! It was a wedding. Two guys. Right. It wasn’t a Bar Mitzvah. Right. It was a gay, Jewish wedding! For me, it was like a busman’s holiday, okay?”

On being mistaken for a Cher impersonator: “I went in the bathroom and I’m coming out, and a woman goes, ‘Miss, miss! Could I have your card? Because you are the best I’ve ever seen!’ And I’m so dense, I’m thinking, ‘I don’t have a card. I don’t carry cards.'”

On the audience at her Las Vegas show: “It’s been very different because the people are pretty old. And, uh, I always think, in the beginning I thought, Oh, what a pain in the ass. But then I thought: This might be the last concert they ever see.”

On her age, compared to the audience at her Las Vegas show: “The people come in oxygen sometimes…. It taught me a lot. You know, it taught me a lot because in the beginning, I was very, like, you know, I don’t wanna do this. I’m young! Then I’m thinking, I’m probably older than most of these people taking oxygen.”

On why she likes playing arenas better than Las Vegas: “I like playing arenas because the people who come there really know my material and they’re very, you know… I have this one thing, which I’m sure is true, where the guy says to his wife or girlfriend, ‘I’m going to take you to see the naked old bitch, and then I’m gambling.’ And I’m sure that that’s true!”

On Warren Beatty: “Yeah.”

On Tom Cruise: “Yeah.”

On Elvis: “Almost.”

Always a minx, that Cher! Gotta love her for it.

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  • rich

    OMG Cher is so funny…and her chemistry with letterman is special.Loved the expression on her face when he aslked her if it”was more than a hundred?” (men she has known)

    • Rumplestiltskin

      I saw her with Sonny when they billed themselves as Caesar and Cleo. Have seen her about 20 times since then. No one except Elvis has ever been as cool as Cher.

  • chris

    If you paid me I wouldn’t go see Cher, how old is she 65 if it wasn’t my old people going to see her she wouldn’t be able to afford all her face lifts.

    • john

      Cher is the best forget the rest!

  • Rocket

    She’s awesome. She has always been awesome. She will always be one of the most entertaining, sweet, savvy, says-what-she-thinks women on earth. Chris, if you can’t stand her then why did you watch and why are you commenting? If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

  • Ayn

    I love Cher! She’s classic. I’ve been a fan of hers since I watched the Sonny and Cher show when I was little. (I think it was reruns by then) I even went as Cher for Halloween one year, I think I was like 5 years old. SHe’s always a favorite, always entertaining and as much work as she’s had, she’ll be around forever! :) Best of luck with everything, Cher!

  • cici217

    She was funny last night and really opened up to Dl’s questions. I still wonder about the Tom Cruise answer though.

  • Mia

    Considering Cher started out in the 60s and still working in 2010 says something. I can’t imagine Lady Gaga being around 40 years from now or if she is, I bet her meat wearing dress she will be working the Las Vegas Strip. Cher is a Drag Queen’s ultimate wet dream.

  • Jerome

    She should have a weekly variety show again. Seriously.

    • Rumplestiltskin

      I agree. She could have guest stars and perform with them just as she did back then. Some suggestions: Hugh Jackman, Neal Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, etc. Cher never needed autotune, [cough Glee cough], and had a style that makes Gaga look like a joke [which she is].

  • mariann

    I wish I hadnt seen you on Letterman, I have followed you since day one of your career with sonny and flew to see your Vegas show, yes I was one of the oldies watchng. Am very upset with what you had to say. This is a sad day in my life as I have signed off with you

  • stu

    she has a flat ass!

  • Tagg2

    Relax Mariann! Cher is a performer and of you looked out into an audience and saw mostly older folks just sitting on their butts instead of young fans cheering fo you what would you want? Cher even said she was prob older than those and said she appreciated them.

  • Tahler Thacker

    She’s great!

  • O-My

    Cher is a plastic faced WHORE! If she didn’t have some CRAP movie to hawk she wouldn’t give Letterman the time of day. Can’t wait to see it tank like Nine did. She was a true beauty in her day though. But that was 35 years ago. She was always a bitch though.

  • Elysia

    Those quotes sound so much funnier/less stupid when you hear Cher say them herself!

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