At first, the new Jerry Seinfeld show seemed reassuringly like the old one. Spontaneous coffees with friends. Mindless chatter that occasionally verged on the hilariously brilliant. But look closer and you see that this show isn’t that show, and that new realities are upon us in America. Anand Giridharadas
editorializes about Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
: Seinfeld, His Show, and Inequality
It's official: David Letterman, the bridge between Johnny Carson and today's viral-video-driven talk shows, is hanging up his desk at the end of his current contract
next year. The news was broken by, of all people, REM's Mike Mills via Twitter
. Letterman surpassed Carson's record for hosting longevity last year, and many thought that his latest extension would in fact be the last. [more inside]
Dan Ozzi talks to Sheryl Zelikson, Late Show
music producer, about how she selects guests, what goes into booking the musical segment, and how to get your band on the show. Tonight's Musical Guest: How Late Show with David Letterman Books Its Acts
In 1994, Tony Randall and Mandy Patinkin's car broke down outside David Letterman's studio and they needed a place to rehearse. Did Dave mind if they used the stage
? Great take it away Mandy
! [more inside]
Always backed by the 12th Street Rag
, Marv Albert
has brought us "wild and wacky moments in the world of sports (compiled by his crack staff and producer Dave Katz)" for just under thirty years. [Caveats: Some dates are approximate. Some of the more famous clips appear multiple times. Hockey violence, boxing referees getting hit, borked slides into third, etc.] And we start with the early 80's — 1984: a b — 1985 — 1985-86: a b c — 1986 (in review) — 1987: a b c d — 1988 (in review) — 1989: a b — Review of the 80's — Early 1990's — 1997 — 1999's Wild and Wacky Millenium — 2008 — 2009 — 2010 — 2011 — first half of the 2011 NFL season — a 30-minute compilation — another compilation — baseball compilation
Back in April 1986, Tonight Show host Johnny Carson stole a truck
. The owner eventually got it back, but the incident resulted in a messy televised trial
that gripped the nation
. Then in February 2004, the victim recounted the story to Conan O'Brien
. [more inside]
Amy Sedaris has appeared as a frequent guest on Letterman (David Letterman's late night talk show in the US), usually delivering rapid-fire improvisation to a bemused Dave and Paul under the guise of an interview. With the magic of the internet, some of these
videos are now on YouTube
. [more inside]
After getting his start as a DJ on Ball State's WAGO-FM
, David Letterman spent most of the 1970s appearing in a lot of cheesy television, exhaustively chronicled here
. Whether kayaking on the Battle of the Network Stars
, appearing on an ill-fated variety show with Mary Tyler Moore
, working as a panelist on The Love Experts
, or hosting a game-show pilot for The Riddlers (part 1
, and 3
), Letterman more than paid his dues. [more inside]
Rena Smaha and her trained rhesus monkeys on Late Night with David Letterman.
The year is 1987. Rena Smaha
brings her two rhesus monkeys over for a tea party and a few stupid pet tricks. Unfortunately, Dave and Sandy the Monkey don't quite see eye to eye...
How to Tell a Story
. "The humorous story is strictly a work of art--high and delicate art-- and only an artist can tell it; but no art is necessary in telling the comic and the witty story; anybody can do it. The art of telling a humorous story--understand, I mean by word of mouth, not print--was created in America, and has remained at home." That Itchy Chick
| You Should Have Seen The Old Man [more inside]
The writers for the Late Show with David Letterman have recently had some trouble
coming up with jokes about Obama. Perhaps they should take a lesson from the master of Obama jokes, the President himself. President Obama brought down the house at last night's White House Correspondents' Dinner, poking fun at himself
, his administration
, and everyone else within shouting distance. Host Wanda Sykes followed Obama's show stealing performance with a few
of her own. Unfortunately, it seems that Dick Cheney's prediction has come true since no one is safe when the Comedian-in-Chief steps up to the mic.
Tonight in the MetaFilter Lecture Series, "Health through Nutrition: Its Prevention and Cure
" by Brother Theodore Gottlieb (1906-2001
. [more inside]
With George W. Bush's presidency coming to a close David Letterman on last night's The Late Show
bid farewell to his recurring segment "Great Moments in Presidential Speeches" with a video montage
[4:00] of clips. Another compilation of clips
, original guitarist for Paul Shaffer's "Worlds Most Dangerous Band" died on July 25th
. He was a fixture in the early days of David Letterman's show
. The cause of death was not disclosed but Bullock had been undergoing treatment for cancer and was known to have had drug problems. Bullock was 52. [more inside]
A very, very funny Bill Murray
guest stars on the first episode of Late Night with David Letterman -- 1982
Tori Amos changes "MILF" to "MILX" for her recent Letterman appearance.
Her new song "Big Wheel" ends with a refrain of "I am an M-I-L-F," but careful listening to the performance suggests that she changed the "F" to an "X" - and perhaps slurred it a little to conceal the fact that the change had been made. Was this a quiet example of giving in to the television morality police
, or an artistic statement of another sort?
Larry Bud Melman
has Passed Away. Larry was there with David from the Beginning
and continued to make appearances
on the show through 2002. He was 85.
Under appreciated, once almost-famous comedian Chris Elliot
is, in a word, odd. His start as a runner/page
on the early days of Late Night with David Letterman led to his recurring roles as "the guy under the stairs" and "Marlon Brando
". Soon after he landed a sit-com called "Get a Life"
on a fledgling Fox network, which can only be described as surreal. From there he created his first (and last) feature length star vehicle "Cabin Boy
" (which features a hilarious cameo with Letterman in his only movie role
). These days he is more known as a character actor in comedic roles. But a few books
and a look back at his work makes you wonder why he might be the only celebrity on the internet with no apparent fan site.
George W. Bush Invigorating Ameria's Youth
On Monday David Letterman aired video footage
[Real] of an "obviously bored silly" 14-year-old kid goofing off while standing on stage behind the president during a speech
. [more inside]
David Sedaris on tour
Go see him in your town!
Anybody see David Sedaris
on Letterman last night? He read a new piece about a portable colostomy bag. Mr. Sedaris
is a regular contributor to This American Life
. If you haven't read
or heard David Sedaris
, you are really missing out
Another decade, another network jump for Letterman?
Dave is very seriously considering an offer from ABC for its 11:35 slot, for reasons not unlike the ones he gave for jumping to CBS from NBC in the first place: little network support. More distressingly, the article strongly implies that Nightline
is doomed in its present form regardless of whether Dave decides to join ABC or stay at CBS.
Praise be to David Letterman for tonight's Late Show
. Questioning himself the appropriateness of returning to the air, there he was--the man famed for his sarcasm and goofy antics--addressing his audience like a wounded child, completely bewildered, emotional, fighting back tears. And then the sight of Dan Rather sobbing despite himself and then apologzing---it was enough to ravage any audience. Perhaps, for the first time in a while, television didn't appeal to our lowest common demoninator but, instead, sought to raise us up and appeal to our humanity. Thanks Dave.
Letterman makes like Rodney Dangerfield and goes "Back to School."
David Letterman will be a special guest speaker in the journalism class that Al Gore is teaching. On a side note, does anyone else find it ironic that a class on journalism
is being taught "off the record"?
This from the no-graphics page of the Progressive Review:
"DAVID LETTERMAN has recently expressed interest in hosting a presidential debate and has not decided whether or not to include Ralph Nader. To express your view on this matter call the short at (212) 975-5300 and ask for Art."
Sounds like fun to watch if it's true, if it even plays out.