By Joseph Longo
July 05, 2018 at 04:22 PM EDT

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Michael Ian Black received his big break in a striking role on the ‘00s sitcom Ed: bowling alley manager.

In the network dramedy, Black played Phil Stubbs who operated a local Ohio bowling alley owned by ‘The Bowling Alley Lawyer’ Ed Stevens. Ed was produced by David Letterman’s company Worldwide Pants.

Black tells Couch Surfing host Lola Ogunnaike the comedy king likely didn’t sign off on him signing on.

“I don’t think Letterman himself gave a sh— about who’s playing the role of the bowling alley manager,” Black says in the clip.

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However, the comic-turned-children’s-author did receive a parting note from Letterman when Ed wrapped in 2004.

“It was very short,” Black said. “Basically, ‘You did a great job. Thank you so much for all your hard work. Love, Dave.’”

Watch Black ponder over Letterman’s signature line in the latest episode of Couch Surfing above.