Appearing on the Late Show Monday night, the actress recalled the iconic move and shared a few other late-night anecdotes with host Stephen Colbert.
“I did Johnny Carson in 1982 and I tripped on the step and really, really ate it,” she said. “I think they cut to a different angle on the camera because I was like, splayed. I was like, ‘This is a lesson in humiliation. It’s The Tonight Show and you’re 7 and you’ve completely eaten it.'”
Barrymore, 43, eventually started bringing Carson “gag gifts.”
“He was on his eighth divorce, and I brought him a set of dishes with his name on it,” she recalled. “And I was like, ‘Now whatever woman you divorce is not going to want these, because they say Johnny.’ I was a real card or something. I don’t know why — or how — I had that sense of humor. But I loved joking with him!”
But of course, she’d be remiss not to discuss the Letterman moment.
“In this very theater, I did something in particular with Mr. Letterman on his birthday,” she said.
“You famously pulled a little bit of Bourbon Street on him,” said Colbert with a laugh.
Looking back on the 1995 stunt, the Santa Clarita Diet star admitted it “doesn’t feel like me.”
“It’s like a distant memory that doesn’t seem like me — but it is me,” she said. “And that’s kind of cool. I’m still down with that. I’m a mother of two … I’m such a different person now that it doesn’t feel like me, but I’m still into it. You only have one life!”