Fred Willard is a hero in the comedy world. A standout performer in Christopher Guest's films due to his mastery of sketch and improvisational comedy. I've always wanted to shake his hand. Now... I'll be sure to wear a glove.

Willard was arrested and charged with lewd behavior last night when police discovered him masturbating in an adult movie theater. How dare he? There could have been children there (that snuck in on one another's shoulders while wearing a long trenchcoat)!

Give us the details TMZ and keep it classy and well-punctuated:

Fred Willard was arrested for lewd conduct last night in Hollywood when police allegedly caught him with his pants down in an adult movie theater ... TMZ has learned.According to law enforcement sources, LAPD undercover vice officers went into the Tiki Theater in Hollywood and found the 78-year-old Anchorman star watching last night's feature ... with his penis exposed and in his hand. We're told Willard was arrested around 8:45PM and booked for lewd conduct.It was a quick release -- we're told he was out of police custody a short while later.As for which movie Fred was watching -- there are 3 flicks in rotation at the theater ... Follow Me 2, a XXX parody of The Client List, and Step Dad No. 2. Willard is best known for his memorable roles in Best in Show, For Your Consideration, American Wedding and Everybody Loves Raymond. According to IMDB, Fred is "rumored" to be in pre-production for a movie entitled ... The Yank. It's a comedy.7:06 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the LAPD vice officers were not conducting a raid ... but rather a "random walk-through" of the premises. We're told ... when theaters like this get their license, they have to allow cops in whenever they want ... to inspect. In fact, the theater has a sign posted in the front which warns customers that the theater is "viewed by LAPD."The theater also warns, "No Alcohol, No Weapons, No smoking inside" ... and no pets. The signs do not warn about flogging the dolphin.

It's like they weren't even listening to me.

I really don't see what the big whoop is and why the LAPD is assigning man power to this. How about they get Lindsay Lohan off the streets or find the maniac (probably Lindsay) who left human lungs on the sidewalk. No, instead they need to focus on old men diddling themselves. THANK GOD Ernest Borgnine isn't around to see this.