Fred Willard, the incredibly funny character actor best known for roles in most of the Christopher Guest films (and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, we probably aren’t going to get along very well), has been arrested pulling a Pee Wee Herman at a porno theater in Hollywood.
Fred Willard was caught with his pants down in a movie theater Wednesday evening and arrested for “lewd conduct,” according to TMZ.
The “This Is Spinal Tap” actor visited the Tiki Theater, an adult movie theater in Hollywood, where he was spotted by authorities with his “penis exposed and in his hand.” The 72-year-old “Anchorman” actor was arrested at 8:45 p.m. and released from police custody not long after.
Cue the inevitable jokes. But how absurd is this? What did they think went on at a porno theater? It’s a designated deviant zone, leave them alone. It’s not like a group of school kids are taking field trips there. Besides, the guy is 72 years old and brilliantly funny. Let him wank it wherever he wants.
One of the amusing stories from my stand up career happened the morning after Pee Wee Herman was arrested for the same thing in Florida. I was being interviewed early that morning by some terrible morning DJs at a crappy station in Lansing to promote a benefit show we were doing for a homeless shelter at the local comedy club and they asked me what I thought about the story. I hadn’t heard about it yet, so the guy starts reading an article about it out of the newspaper.
So I said, “I just wonder what movie he was seeing, because they always take regular movie titles and give them a porno spin. It was probably Field of Creams — if you suck it, they will cum.” The DJ got all nervous and said, “We’re live on the air right now.” Oops. Don’t throw me that pitch if you don’t want me to hit it out of the park.