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Watch James Corden Take Over an Intersection With a Grease Performance

Tell me more, tell me more, did he get hit by a car?

The T-Birds faced off against the Pink Ladies last night when Late Late Show host James Corden staged a mini-production of Grease in the middle of a busy Los Angeles intersection.

L.A. is pretty far from Rydell High, but Danny Zuko (played by Corden) and Sandy Dumbrowski were still able to rekindle their summer loving, which happened so fast, they were able to get the bulk of the song out while the crosswalk still said “Walk.”

The audience (read: drivers waiting at the light) were seemingly entertained by the show, so long as the songs ended when the light turned green. When Corden held a note in “Greased Lightning” a little too long, horns were wailing louder than he was. Despite the honking, Corden still managed to stick around for his bow.

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The Clueless Soundtrack Is Turning 20

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On the 20th anniversary of the iconic soundtrack, featured artists Jill Sobule, The Muffs, Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Luscious Jackson reflect on how it changed their lives

Clueless is now officially a classic—at least in Cher Horowitz’s worldview. The film is celebrating its 20th anniversary, but it doesn’t look a day out of high school.

Written and directed by Amy Heckerling, who also brought the world Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless made stars out of actors like Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd and Brittany Murphy. But more than its talent, the film has remained a cultural touchstone since its 1995 release. Just last year, Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX paid tribute to the film in the video for their mega-hit “Fancy.” Clueless lives on because of the irrepressible charms of its actors, the witty, fast-paced dialogue, and — of course — the soundtrack.

To accompany the film, Heckerling sought out a roster of under-the-radar college rock bands and hip up-and-comers doing too-cool-for-school cover songs. (No designer impostors allowed.) The soundtrack now stands as a time capsule of ‘90s rock, and includes an impressive roster of now-famous ‘90s heavyweights, including Radiohead, who contributed an acoustic rendition of “Fake Plastic Trees,” Coolio (“Rollin with the Homies”), the Beastie Boys (“Mullet Head”), Supergrass (“Alright”), and Counting Crows (covering the Psychedelic Furs’ “The Ghost in You”). The soundtrack also fittingly features a number of female-fronted bands including Luscious Jackson (“Here”), Jill Sobule (“Supermodel”) and The Muffs, whose cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” became their best-known song.

To mark the anniversary, the soundtrack will be re-released April 7 and — in an ode to Cher Horowitz’s always-on sartorial choices — there’s a special edition pressed on yellow and black plaid vinyl available through Urban Outfitters.

As the soundtrack turns 20, TIME takes a look back with Kim Shattuck from The Muffs, Dicky Barrett from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Jill Sobule and Jill Cunniff from Luscious Jackson.

Kim Shattuck of The Muffs on “Kids in America”

“We were on Reprise Records at the time and they gave us one of those giant cellphones—one of those shoebox sized cellphones—and we were told not to use it unless Reprise called us, because it cost too much money to use,” says Shattuck. “So we didn’t touch it. Then one day it rang. We were totally freaked out.” It was Howie Klein, the president of their label; he wanted them to contribute a song for the Clueless soundtrack and gave them the choice between three songs. They opted for Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America,” because—as Shattuck explains—“it was the catchiest out of the three.”

Shattuck admits she’s always had a love-hate relationship with the song, since it’s undoubtedly their biggest hit—but because it was a cover, they didn’t earn as much in royalties as they would have for an original song. “We never played it live,” says Shattuck. “Never, ever, never. We’ve never even played it all the way through, except for in the studio when we recorded it.”

At one point in the Muffs’ history the band considered putting the song in rotation out of a sense of nostalgia. “Halfway through we started laughing,” says Shattuck. “The lyrics are not good. Like, they talk about East California. What is that?”

The Clueless soundtrack went gold, Shattuck notes. “But they wouldn’t give us a gold record for it.”

Dicky Barrett of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones on “Where’d You Go?”

“We were a college chart band,” says lead singer Dicky Barrett. “We didn’t have a lot of commercial success before Clueless. The song we performed in the film got some college radio play before that, but most people who recognize those songs recognize them from the movie.”

The Bosstones were actually cast in the movie, playing the band at a house party. “The reason we agreed to be in the movie was because at the time we had just found out we had poor management who had failed to pay taxes for years,” Barrett says. “We were in a tax situation and we were paid really well.”

Barrett claims that the band was actually paid better than the star, Alicia Silverstone. “There was a famous Jeopardy question, ‘Name the band that made more money than Alicia Silverstone in the movie Clueless,’” Barrett laughs. “Alex Trebek was really smarmy when he said ‘the Mighty Mighty Bosstones,’ so I believe him. We were handsomely paid—at least according to Jeopardy.”

Despite the compensation, the Bosstones were hesitant to sign on. “We knew Amy Heckerling had done Fast Times and while we didn’t have a lot of knowledge who she was, we knew that we loved that movie and felt like we were in good hands,” Barrett says. “But we were trying to do things that weren’t so commercial. We were punk rock and independent, so doing a big commercial movie was weird to us, but it was her and she had that track record.”

Heckerling seemed to determined to feature the Mighty Mighty Bosstones in the movie, even going so far as to switch up the script to make the band comfortable. “She asked if we wanted to play at a frat party, but we didn’t, so she changed it to a regular party,” Barrett says. “We hated college, and in our minds we were the antithesis of frat guys, and we didn’t want to play a frat party. We always appreciated that she was willing to make changes to the movie for us.”

“We arrived at the shoot in the morning thinking, like, ‘Oh, we have to do this for tax reasons—what are we doing?’ We showed up and we brought alcohol because we were going to shoot all day in downtown L.A. in a warehouse directly across the street from the courthouse. And in the courthouse at the time, the O.J. trial was going on,” says Barrett. “In the first take, in what was a bit of an aggressive move, I dove onto the young Hollywood extras in the crowd. Amy was directing and she loved it and so I had to spend the rest of the day stage diving at the same time for continuity. They got a little more drunk, a little more lifeless, and by the end, it looked like a wilt. I lost the will to stage dive—and that’s the take she used.”

“In hindsight, it didn’t suck,” says Barrett. “People seem to really like the movie. It was like, ‘I saw Clueless! You guys were cool and so was the movie.”

Jill Sobule on “Supermodel”

“You know that thing where you take a picture and you think, ‘Ugh, I hate it! I look awful.’ Then you look back on it and say, ‘I look really good!’ That’s how I feel about ‘Supermodel,’” says Sobule. “I recently played it with my band in New York and I got a renewed sense of pride with it and the movie.”

“The song came to me,” she explains. “I didn’t write it. They asked if I would sing it and I said I would, but only if I could add something—the eating disorder bridge.” That bridge is a cleverly subversive indictment of the beauty-industrial complex, and it’s probably the most memorable part of the song. “I was thinking about supermodels and ended up with: ‘I didn’t eat yesterday, and I’m not going to eat today, and I’m not going to eat tomorrow. I’m going to be a supermodel,’” says Sobule. “I have always tried to put a little politics or social conscience in my songs, cloaked in a silly goofiness.”

For the video, Sobule opted to do a take on another teen movie—Carrie. “I think the label ended up not liking it because I looked like Siouxsie and the Banshees or something and I burn a fashion show,” she says. “The video was so much fun.”

“My first song, ‘I Kissed A Girl’, had just come out. The label wanted to trivialize it, and I wanted it to be a subversive lesbian song, and the label fluffed it and wouldn’t let us have a kiss at the end of the video. So my thought was to have a weird-ass video for Clueless,” says Sobule. “On second thought, the movie was so good I should have had clips from the movie. It was still a good video though.”

However, Sobule didn’t get a writing credit for the bridge, even though fans seem to understand that they were her words. “If it was modern-day, I would have gotten credit, but back then I didn’t get a writer’s credit. I wasn’t as savvy as I should have been. I didn’t even think of it!” says Sobule. However she did get something out of the song: “Sometimes I’ll see something that says ‘Jill Sobule, one hit wonder’ and I’ll say, ‘Uh-uh!’ I had “Kissed A Girl” and “Supermodel.” I had two one-hits. There’s a joy in that.”

Jill Cunniff of Luscious Jackson on “Here”

“We were on Grand Royal, the Beastie Boys’ label, which went to Capitol, so it wasn’t too complicated,” says Luscious Jackson’s Jill Cunniff. “Capitol was putting out the soundtrack and they just put us on there. That’s how it was done in those days. It was just a way to get the single, ‘Here,’ out there.”

“We were always a band that was a little left of center and hard to categorize,” she says. “We didn’t have an automatic spot on the radio or an automatic place in the world, so we needed stuff like this.” Recently, Luscious Jackson has reunited and started touring; “Here” is still part of their set. “‘Here’ was a big song for us,” says Cunniff. “The movie was so big, the press around it was so big, that we got a lot of new fans from it. It really expanded our reach as a band. It was a big vehicle to push our music out and introduce us to a ton more people.”

To promote the single and the movie, Luscious Jackson appeared on MTV’s Clueless Beach Party and put out a video that featured Clueless stars Stacey Dash and Brittany Murphy intercut with clips from the movie. “We all had to learn how to roller derby for the video. It was pretty intense,” says Cunniff. “We didn’t hang out with Brittany Murphy and Stacy Dash because we spent our entire time trying to learn how to skate on a slant, which was really hard. There were a couple really close calls on that video. There was a camera arm hanging over the course and one of the roller derby-ers smacked into it and had to be taken to the hospital. Vivian [Trimble, the band’s former keyboard player] got knocked over by a roller derby lady and really messed up her neck. There were definitely some moments in that video that sounded great in the treatment, and not so much in real life.”

Cunniff’s daughters, ages 10 and 13, have now discovered Clueless, too. “My daughter’s yearbook quote is ‘As if,’,” laughed Cunniff. “It has nothing to do with me being in the movie. It’s just cool, and it makes me cool.”

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This DJ Turned a Subway Car Into a Dance Party

Party on, NYC

As any commuter can tell you, riding the New York City subway is normally “a small death.” After suffering through endlessly bleak trips on the train, one DJ decided to shake things up by turning a subway fare into the hottest ticket in town.

With the help of a few strobe lights, a portable DJ set-up and even a velvet rope, YouTube user AMK Production turned a crowded subway car into a happening nightclub. While New York commuters are a blasé bunch who have seen it all, from breakdancers to pants-free riders to Helen Mirren to spa days, the moving dance party seemed to enliven the riders. As the party rolled on, riders jumped into conga lines, waved glow sticks and busted some moves.

The video of his subway party is going viral, and for good reason — it’s fun.

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TV on the Radio Spells ‘Trouble’ In New Music Video: Premiere

The struggle is real in the band's latest clip

The phrase “Don’t worry, be happy” is practically ingrained into our culture, but in their latest video, TV on the Radio tackles the issue of what happens when Bobby McFerrin’s famous maxim just doesn’t cut it anymore.

The band’s latest single, “Trouble,” off of their 2014 album Seeds, picks up where their song “Happy Idiot” — and R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” — left off, pondering the inner lives of everyday people on the street. “I just happen to like looking at people and wondering what’s up,” says Tunde Adebimpe, frontman for TV on the Radio. “We got some people together, some of whom we ran into on the street while we were shooting, and did that. We asked if they could quietly (or not) go to brighter or darker places inside themselves let us be there with them for a little while. Everyone’s sifting through something, right?”

The result is a melodic meditation on loss, living, and the struggle of those left behind. While it sounds dark, the video, which features Adebimpe doling out hugs to those in need, turns out to be surprisingly uplifting.

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Never Invite Jon Snow to Your Dinner Party

The Game of Thrones star is not the best conversationalist

Jon Snow may be dreamy, but he’s a nightmare of a dinner guest.

Seth Meyers proved that when he invited the Game of Thrones character (played by Kit Harington) to a dinner party on Late Night. While most of Meyers’s guests were thrilled to talk about the arrival of spring, all Jon Snow could manage to add to the conversation were dire warnings that winter is coming, deep intel on his uprooted family tree and a haunted stare.

After Meyers kindly pulled him aside to point out that discussing the looming threat of White Walkers and their hounds tearing people limb from limb are not exactly small talk, Snow, ever the warrior, gamely re-entered the fray that is a New York City dinner party.

It’s an important lesson for everyone who is planning a Game of Thrones dinner party to mark the show’s return.

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Dancing With the Stars Watch: Memorable Years Mean Many Tears

CARRIE ANN INABA, LEN GOODMAN, JULIANNE HOUGH, BRUNO TONIOLI
Adam Taylor—ABC

The contestants take a walk down memory lane

Welcome to Dancing With the Stars annual tear fest, where the stars perform interpretative dances to their most traumatizing memories. Each year the stars seem to try and outdo themselves as they recount their most memorable years and wait for Carrie Ann Inaba to tear up at the judges table, while the audience is lucky enough to be able to ugly cry on the couch in the privacy of their own homes. It’s pretty much the best night ever in the stars’ relentless pursuit of the Mirror Ball trophy.

Here’s what happened on Dancing With the Stars:

Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough: The Olympic gymnast chose the year that she represented the U.S. in Beijing. In rehearsal, she shows Derek her gold medal and he oohs and aahs over it while she reminds viewers that you can make your dreams come true. For their Argentine tango, she chose to dance to “Variations on Dark Eyes” by Lara St. John, which is what she performed to during the Olympics. It was a “wonderful and athletic” routine, according to Len Goodman, but it didn’t affect his heart (probably because he doesn’t have one). The other judges poo-pooed him with Bruno Tonioli giving them the first 10 of the season. 36/40

Michael Sam and Peta Murgatroyd: It’s always unfair when a competitor is told they are in jeopardy and is then forced to dance, but luckily Michael Sam is a pro at not letting things get into his head. For his most memorable year, Michael chose the year that he came out as the first publicly gay NFL prospect turned player — and also the year that he reconciled with his father and then cut ties with him when he made homophobic comments to the media. To soundtrack his rumba, he chose the song “Not My Father’s Son” from Kinky Boots, which should win a prize for most apt song title ever. By the end of the song, everyone was crying. Julianne Hough declared it “awesome,” Bruno applauded Michael for his bravery. 30/40

Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: Riker chose 2014 as his most memorable year, because that was the year his band, R5, started to take off. In case you have been anxiously awaiting for R5’s next album, they just announced that their sophomore LP, Sometime Last Night, will come out on July 10, ideally with a Mirror Ball Trophy on the album cover. Riker chose the very fast-paced “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon for his tango, which is an odd choice, but they made it work. It was proficient, dramatic, and the judges appreciated the effort, but none so much as Julianne Hough. 34/40

Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson: Michael Sam may have squeezed out a few tears from the crowd, but Robert brought the waterworks. He dedicated “The Last Waltz” by Engelbert Humperdinck to his beloved mother, who loved Dancing With the Stars, but died of cancer before she could see him waltz on the dance floor. Carrie Ann Inaba had to dry her eyes before she could declare the sophisticated routine truly memorable. 34/40

Chris Soules and Witney Carson: The former star of The Bachelor teared up talking about breaking off his first engagement to his college sweetheart, but was thrilled to find love with his fiancee Whitney Bischoff on The Bachelor. Then in grand Bachelor tradition, Witney and Chris danced a rumba to a private concert by Gavin James performing a cover of the Magnetic Fields’ “The Book of Love.” The audience loved the routine, but the judges were unimpressed. Len put it bluntly, “It wasn’t that great.” 27/40

Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev: Only a true diva would choose to mark her most memorable year by dancing to her own song. Miss Patti hit the dance floor for a jazz routine to “Dan Swit Me” by Patti LaBelle. It was not technically proficient, but a lot of fun to watch Patti shake her fringe. Julianne said it made her want to get out there and dance with her, Carrie Ann just shrieked in excitement, and Len declared it “a cappuccino” of a dance that was frothy and fun, with “plenty of giggles and plenty of wiggles” (which are not things I want in my cappuccino). 30/40

Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: Rumer chose 2014 as her most memorable year, because it was the year her sister went to rehab and taught her that haters are going to hate, and she just has to shake, shake, shake it off. Instead of waltzing to Taylor Swift, Rumer chose to dance to her second Adele song, “Turning Tables.” Her mother Demi Moore sat unfazed in the audience as her daughter talked about all the cyberbullying she suffered as the daughter of famous parents. The judges loved the emotion of the contemporary-inspired waltz. 35/40

Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani: Suzanne aimed straight for peak nostalgia by dedicating her dance to her former Three’s Company co-star John Ritter, promising that by the end of the foxtrot to the “Three’s Company Theme” Jack and Chrissy and John and Suzanne would have said good-bye. Carrie Ann said she may have been saying good-bye, but she was “saying hello to the competition.” 28/40

Willow Shields and Mark Ballas: Willow, who is basically a toddler, chose 2011 as her most memorable year, because that’s when she was cast as Primrose Everdeen in The Hunger Games. To prove how memorable it all was, she showed snapshots of her far more famous co-stars and then Mark choreographed a contemporary routine set in a Hunger Games stadium built inside the ballroom complete with fog, fireworks and multiple deaths. The judges were impressed, even Len who has never seen the movie. Willow was in jeopardy going into the dance, but as Carrie Ann put it, “Jeopardy, shmeopardy.” 39/40

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: After the high of watching Willow kill Mark in the Hunger Games arena, Noah’s most memorable year was a stark downer. He chose 2005, the year his Humvee was blown up and he woke up Christmas morning in Walter Reed Medical Center to find out he had lost his arm and leg. Noah claims that the struggle and journey has made him a better man, and being on Dancing With the Stars is just the cherry on top. He chose to dance his contemporary routine to “American Soldier” by Toby Keith, and Sharna emoted all over him during the routine. Julianna and Carrie Ann were both in tears by the end of the performance, and Len ordered everyone to give him a standing ovation. 32/40

In Jeopardy: Willow and Mark, Michael and Peta, and Riker and Allison.

Who Went Home: Michael Sam had to turn in his dance pants and go back to throwing footballs.

The Leaderboard: Willow and Mark, Nastia and Derek, and Rumer and Val are leading the pack.

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The Bachelor‘s Chris Soules on Dancing With the Stars: ‘I Am a Straight-Up Amateur’

CHRIS SOULES, WITNEY CARSON
Craig Sjodin—ABC

That said, he still wants you to vote for him

When Chris Soules, a.k.a. Prince Farming, left The Bachelor with his newly-minted fiancée Whitney Bischoff on his arm, the plan was to go back to Iowa and start their life together. Then the producers of Dancing with the Stars called.

“I didn’t have any goals or desires to be on the show,” admits Soules. “But we met a couple of weeks before ‘The Final Rose’ actually aired, and the producers started telling me about the show and what it was actually like. I had watched the show before, and it looked like an interesting deal. So after talking to them and my fiancée about it, and they made the offer, I signed up. It sounded like something fun.”

For Soules, it has proven fun, even if it’s much more difficult than he originally realized. “It’s exceeded my expectations,” says Soules. “It’s really rewarding, both physically and mentally. I’ve accomplished things I never thought I could accomplish.”

Before signing up for the show, Soules had never danced before aside from what he described as “busting a few random moves at fair dances and wedding dances.” “It is incredibly hard,” said Soules. “Going on stage to perform is a huge adrenaline rush. It’s pushing me completely out of my comfort zone.”

His first week on the show was particularly challenging, because—due to his commitments to The Bachelor—he had less time to prepare than other competitors. “When I first started, Witney [Carson] didn’t know if I was going to be able to get there! But after a few days of training, it started to click,” says Soules. “It’s really challenging. And those professionals make it look so easy. It’s just incredible the way they make their bodies move. When I watch them during the live show, I just don’t know how they do it.”

Soules says he counts himself lucky that his professional partner, Witney Carson, and his fiancée, Whitney Bischoff, have first names that are homonyms. “It’s good because I never get the two confused. I never make a mistake, because it’s always Whitney,” says Soules, who denotes “Dancing Witney” and “Fiancée Whitney” when speaking with friends. As for working with Carson, Soules doesn’t mind her tough-love method of teaching. “She’s a firecracker and keeps me in line, that’s for sure,” he says. “She’s 21, but she doesn’t act like a 21 year old. She’s focused on us making it to the very end. So I don’t mind her being stern with me, because I am a straight-up amateur and she’s got her work cut out for her.”

While Soules is enjoying the dancing, he knows that farming is his calling. “Once I’m done with Dancing with the Stars, I am headed straight back to Iowa,” he says. Not that he’s ready to hang up his jazz shoes just yet—in fact, he’s looking forward to pushing himself further and further as a dancer. “Hopefully I’m here for a while, and have a nice long run on Dancing before heading back to Iowa and doing what I do.”

This week, Soules will take part in the annual Dancing with the Stars tear fest, where each dancer does an interpretive dance to their most memorable year and everybody cries. Soules has chosen to mark the year 2014—the year he met his fiancée on The Bachelor—by dancing a rumba to “The Book of Love” by Gavin James. “Finding the love of my life and getting engaged and living with her for a short time in LA and being on Dancing with the Stars—all those things rolled into one have been the most absolute memorable year,” said Soules, who says he’s been rehearsing particularly hard this week. “This is a really special one for me, and I really want to be able to perform it.” As ever, expect to see Bischoff in the audience, cheering him on.

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Watch John Oliver Tell Edward Snowden No One Knows Who He Is

Oliver also talked to Snowden about your naked pictures.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden says his disclosure of government surveillance activities have been vindicated by American awareness of the issue. John Oliver says, eh, not so much.

“I think we’re seeing something amazing, which is that if you ask the American people to make tough decisions to confront tough issues to think about hard problems, they’ll actually surprise you,” Snowden said in an interview with Oliver in Russia for Last Week Tonight.

“OK, here’s the problem,” Oliver responds. “I did ask some Americans, and boy, did it surprise me.” He went on to play clips of Americans befuddled by questions about who Snowden is.

Oliver also talked to Snowden about your naked pictures. Watch the full segment below:

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Watch The Rock Crush Jimmy Fallon With His Lip-Sync Cover of ‘Shake It Off’

The Rock's got moves

Lip Sync Battle, the Tonight Show sketch turned Spike TV show, premiered last night and featured a thrilling throwdown between Jimmy Fallon and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The Rock, fresh off his fantastic Saturday Night Live hosting gig, opened the show with a spirited take on Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off.” The Furious 7 star put his massive frame to use while shaking it off to the music and in a move straight out of the WWE taunting playbook, wagging his finger in Fallon’s face.

The best part of the performance might be the realization that there is no way The Rock got this good at this song without engaging in a lot of Taylor Swift car karaoke. Of course he’s not the only celebrity caught singing along to the earworm. (Check out TIME’s list of the six best celebrity covers of “Shake It Off.”)

Round two featured Fallon tackling Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” with a full choir, while Johnson delivered a dazzling, hip-swiveling version of the Bee Gee’s “Staying Alive.”

 

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Watch Billy Eichner and David Letterman Yell at People on the Street

What do you think David Letterman should do next?

As you have probably heard, David Letterman is leaving the Late Show and Stephen Colbert is taking over as host. But what should Letterman do next? To find out, he took to the street with Billy Eichner for a special edition of Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street.

Eichner takes Letterman on a walking tour of New York City and, in his traditional fashion, yells questions at strangers as they walk down the street. While in the past, Eichner has forced people into impromptu Christmas caroling sessions with Amy Poehler and harassed people about the Emmys with Seth Meyers, this time he just wanted to know one thing: What should Letterman do next?

As per usual, most people they encountered were far too confused to actually have an answer, and even if they did, Eichner is far too impatient to wait for one.

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