I wanted to let you know about a great list we just put up on Nerve – “The Twenty Weirdest TV Interviews of All Time.”All 20 are good. Here's No. 3: Adam West and Jerry Lawler on Memphis Wrestling, 1977
With celebs gone wild, wasted, or just mad about Katie – it’s good stuff. Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman was just the beginning.
When Adam West appeared on a Memphis TV station to promote a local car show in 1977, he arrived slurring his speech and wearing what can only be described as "homeless Bat-chic." Jerry "The Evil King of Memphis" Lawler then stopped by, prompting West to inexplicably lecture him on superhero sartorialism and traffic safety. Moments like this are why YouTube exists: the whole tableau is so wonderfully mystifying that it only gets better when watched out of context, particularly when West solemnly tells Lawler, "I've heard about your box." It's like you're watching his Family Guy audition tape.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects