Sound the trumpets: Larry King's reign is almost over.
After 25 years hosting CNN's "Larry King Live," the veteran newsman will snap off his signature suspenders on Thursday and bid adieu to the daily grind. Ever since its Lite-Brite-like backdrop flickered on, King's studio has served as a celebrity stomping ground, one of the premier places to tell all after your prison stint, cheating scandal, or drug bust.
While many of his star interviews produced news, controversy, even tears, some of the most memorable ones earned their status for producing little but laughs -- sometimes because of the celebrity, sometimes because of King, sometimes because the whole scene was just plain strange. ("Larry King's eating chicken and waffles with Snoop Dogg? What?!")
Below, five of the funniest celebrity interviews from "Larry King Live."
Marlon Brando, 1994.
An oldie but a goodie: King visited the late, much-lauded but not-so-loquacious actor Marlon Brando at his Los Angeles home in 1994. While King is usually the one who holds court, Brando took control in this interview. He interrupted King's questions, pinched his nose, and, after starting a duet, leaned in for an on-the-lips kiss. In August, 16 years after the fact, King admitted that he "can't stop thinking about it." (After seeing that clip, neither will anyone else.)
Paris Hilton, 2007.
A far different breed of celebrity than Brando, Paris Hilton came to "Larry King Live" in 2007 to open up after her DUI lock-up. Among the claims she made: "I was writing a lot while I was there," "The food was horrible," "I suffer from claustrophobia," and "I want to help raise money for kids and for breast cancer, multiple sclerosis." But the most memorable quote of the interview came when King asked Hilton what many people have been wondering all her life: Why does everyone follow her? Her answer: "I have no idea."
Snoop Dogg, 2008.
Cocktails with television execs? Of course. Dinner with fellow news makers? Okay -- all that seems fairly routine. But over the past few years, King has formed an unlikely friendship, one with the rapper Snoop Dogg.
In 2008, King launched an exploration into territory he never knew: Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles, where he dined on, yes, chicken and waffles with the hip-hop impresario. While King ordered an Arnold Palmer -- a blend of lemonade and iced tea -- Snoop (real name: Cordozar Calvin Broadus) concocted a new beverage -- The Tiger Woods, or lemonade and water. (Surely The Tiger Woods would consist of something slightly less innocuous now.) In March, the duo reunited to bounce down the block in Snoop's "low to the floor" 1967 Pontiac Parisienne.
Jerry Seinfeld, 2007.
King's celebrity interviews aren't always all fun and games. In 2007, Jerry Seinfeld showed a rare serious side when he blasted the newsman for asking if NBC canceled his hit '90s sitcom, "Seinfeld."
"You think I got canceled?" he barked. "Are you under the impression that I got canceled? I thought that was pretty well documented. Is this still CNN?" Seinfeld went on, "It was the No. 1 show on television, Larry. Do you know who I am?" King shot back, "Jewish guy, Brooklyn," proving at least a base level of knowledge about one of the most successful comedians of all time.
Liza Minnelli, 2010.
Sometimes the most entertaining moments of King's celebrity interviews come without prompting, as if the stars just couldn't help themselves. That seemed to be what happened when screen and stage legend Liza Minnelli burst into song on "Larry King Live" in October, contorting her face as she serenaded the newsman, ushering him off the airwaves (drumroll, please) on a high note.