Ben Stiller Remembers His Dad...And How He Called Him The First Time He Dropped Acid.
Losing a parent must be incredibly hard, never mind trying to deal with something like that during a pandemic. So, I can’t be the only one who was surprised to see Ben Stiller on Jimmy Fallon’s show, just one week removed from losing his father, Jerry Stiller.
The whole thing is pretty great, but the most memorable moment is Ben telling a story about dropping acid and calling his Dad, and Jerry having the most Frank Costanza reaction possible.
“I got freaked out, scared, and my first instinct was ‘I’m gonna call my parents.’ ’Cause every kid calls his parents on LSD, right?”
“I could just hear the silence on the other end of the phone, ’cause I think it was just that feeling of Oh, I failed as a parent. And then the next thing he said was ‘It’s gonna be okay,’ and he started to talk me down even though he knew nothing about drugs. He said, ‘I know what you’re feeling. When I was 10 years old I smoked a Pall Mall cigarette and I was sick for two days,’”
“And I said, ‘No it’s not … This is different.’”
So good. And, what feels like a fitting tribute to both Jerry Stiller, and an iconic TV character.
By the way, if you haven’t yet, check out this thread of a dude who chauffeured Jerry to the Costanza family home.
Gold, Jerry. Gold!