Alcohol-Fueled Rampage Becomes “Top Ten List” on Letterman’s Show

By Kenneth Garger 07/15/11

Ever want to become the center of attention on Dave’s show? Here’s a good way to do it—or maybe not.

Drunken rampage at Ed Sullivan Theater [Norman Lono for News].
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How do you get to New York’s world-famous Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway? Drink, drink, drink. Go on a late-night whiskey-filled bender and trash the lobby of the building in which David Letterman records his show, or at least that was the answer for 22-year-old Jimmy Whittemore. Early Sunday morning, the aspiring actor from Harlem, NY, wrecked the lobby of the famous Ed Sullivan Theater. The unprecedented uproar, in which Letterman’s studio went unscathed, was preceded by hours of partying and drunk karaoke performances, according to a Daily News report.  Whittemore reportedly told the News that his ill-advised act was the consequence of “whiskey shots and way too many Yuengling beers.” The karaoke blues abruptly ended when the police arrived to put the damper on Whittemore’s party. That’s when he began his boozed-up rampage—in which he kicked out windows, tossed trashcans, destroyed cell phones, and urinated in the Ed Sullivan Theater lobby.

Whittemore is a 2009 graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, but has yet to make a name for himself on the screen. But who knows?  A day after the incident, his name was getting big laughs on Letterman’s show. Whittemore even inspired the show’s famed Top 10 List Monday night. “Excuses of the Guy Who Broke into Ed Sullivan Theater,” was the topic that night—“had an allergic reaction to Four Loko,” read #4. We can’t help wondering whether all this was premeditated—a way to garner the fame and notoriety that has eluded him thus far.

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Ken Garger is a reporter for the New York Post. You can follow him on Twitter.