You may know Chris Elliott for his hilarious characters on Late Night With David Letterman or from Get a Life and a whole bunch of movies, but he's also a prolific author, whose new book is called The Guy Under the Sheets: The Unauthorized Autobiography. He's in town for Live Talks Los Angeles's "An Evening with Chris Elliott in conversation with Merrill Markoe" (another writer known for her work on Letterman) this Thursday, Oct. 11.
Here's our conversation with Elliott:
Aren't you too young to write a memoir?
Yes, but I've lived several lives. This is just the first of many memoirs to come. I expect to write at least 45 more before I'm finished or run out of show business -- whichever comes first.
What part was the most difficult to write?
Reliving my intimate relationship with Aileen Wuornos. The emotions are still very raw with that chick.
Has Letterman read it?
Oh, God, I hope not.
What are you hoping Merrill Markoe asks you?
"Tell me about your new book." That just seems like the kind of "gotcha" question she might throw at me.
You and Merrill have known each other since the '80s Letterman days. Did you hang out together much?
I like to think I was hanging out with her, but I was really just stalking her, which she never knew, so it was kind of like a one-sided sort of hanging out.
Get a Life has a fanatical cult following. If it was on TV today, would it have been a bigger hit?
It's hard to know. Some say Get a Life broke new ground, and maybe it did, but I'm pretty sure that that same ground has been plowed over quite a bit since, so it might actually seem a little dated nowadays. Also, a 30-year-old paperboy is one thing, but a 52-year-old one would just be too silly.
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After the talk, what will you do?
I fly back to New York, where I'm scheduled to address the general assembly at the UN. I'm gonna read from The Guy Under the Sheets, and do a little show-and-tell with some funny props from Cabin Boy, like my Fancy Lad wig and a miniature plate of fish-stick kitties. Looking forward to a spirited Q&A session afterward.
Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Thurs., Oct. 11, 8 p.m.; $20, $40 includes Elliott's book, $95 includes the book and 6:30 p.m. reception. livetalksla.org.