Bill Murray really knows how to make an entrance.
On Tuesday night’s penultimate episode of CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, the celebrated comedian exploded out of a giant cake sporting the message “Good Bye Dave,” before giving his pal a big ol’ bear hug—smothering him in cake frosting in the process.
Thirty-three years ago, Murray was the very first guest on Letterman’s then-NBC late-night show (you can watch video of his appearance here). “I am going to make every second of your life, from this moment on, a living hell,” Murray joked on the first show.
He’s appeared on Letterman’s program a total of 44 times over the last 33 years, and to commemorate his good pal’s late-night retirement, the two took a look back at Murray’s litany of memorable Letterman appearances, from tagging Dave’s desk with graffiti and showing up dressed as a sideshow clown to swan-diving into an NYC dumpster filled with water.
“There’s only a small handful of people that can have a conversation with Dave on a certain level, who are really his equal,” said Rob Burnett, executive producer of Late Show. “To see Dave and Bill Murray, two comedy icons who share a mutual respect and genuinely like each other… hang back and have a conversation is in some ways better than anything we can prepare.”
Check out a fantastic montage of all of Murray’s Letterman gigs here: