We’ve discussed the odd performer David Liebe Hart on this blog before. Hart is a man of many talents about whom it’s not possible to feel at least a certain amount of genuine sympathy. He is also at least a little bit “off.” Hart is a man of some sensitivity/thin skin for whom slights and rejections seem to carry more weight than they do for most of us. He is a Christian Scientist, a puppeteer, a singer and songwriter, a street musician and “outsider artist” (whatever that means) whose rambling songs, to quote Wikipedia, are about “religion, aliens, women, trains, and his tragic love life.” He appeared on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! several times and Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.
Hart is a creature of Los Angeles—a few years ago Richard Metzger, well aware of Hart’s unusual status in L.A., told of a couple encounters he’d had with the man. He’s been on public access for much of the last couple of decades. With Adam Papagan assisting, he put out four self-released albums about a decade ago; song titles include “Women Today,” “Dicksboro,” “Ellen DeGeneres,” “I Don’t Need a Psychiatrist,” and “All My Friends Like Asian Girls.”
As Hart will be the first to tell you, he was a standup comedian at the Comedy Store scene in Los Angeles in the late 1970s. Somewhere in there Garry Marshall must have made some entreaties to Hart, which Hart took to be a promise that he would be the star of the new show he was developing, and…. well, another actor got the part. Hart tells it all in his song “Gary [sic] Marshall Blues.” The song was released in 2008, which tells us that Hart has a very, very long memory, on this topic at least. I’d relate some of the lyrics but you really just have to listen to the whole song to believe them.
Here’s a rendition of “Tim Heidecker Lied to Me,” which is a better song than the Garry Marshall one:
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
David Liebe Hart: Christian Scientist; Puppet Guy on Tim and Eric Awesome Show; Famous Los Angeleano