Life and Death
Big Apple Idolatry
One of the greatest indignities in the world, we imagine, is having your corpse used as the punchline in a bon mot for a celebrity on a late night show. But that didn’t deter Louis C.K.’s on Tuesday night, when he told David Letterman about his discovery of a dead body while boating on the East River earlier this summer. We know Louis traffics in dark comedy, but this is definitely one of those anecdotes you keep between you, the NYPD and your therapist, not share with millions of Americans watching at home.
– The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore (recently profiled by The Observer) was the main guest on Letterman last night after Kate Hudson dropped out. See, in a perfect world, you wouldn’t have the guy who spent 24 hours in Battery Park during Sandy as the pinch-hitter for an actress whose biggest news right now is a cameo on Glee.
While Anderson Cooper was learning about his afternoon talk show being cancelled–no, not just for Hurricane Sandy, but forever–two late night hosts made the brave decision to continue their shows at NBC and CBS as if a giant storm wasn’t ranging outside.
The only problem? Neither Jimmy Fallon nor David Letterman had a live audience–a first, in both their histories–to laugh at their jokes. But what could have turned into that creepy David Lynch episode of Louie was actually an amazing bit of performance art as the two jokesters performed to the dead silence of a mostly-empty room. *Yanks collar* “Tough crowd!”
Michelle Obama was on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight (unembeddable video of the full episode is here, and Ms. Obama comes onstage in the third segment, around 15:30).
Last night David Letterman asked White House senior adviser David Axelrod what happened with the seal on President Obama’s podium Tuesday night at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit. It fell off in the middle of President Obama’s speech. “What happened there and who got fired?” Mr. Letterman asked.
“You know, we’ve been here almost Read More
You can’t be victimized by criminals, explained David Letterman on the Late Show Monday night. You have to push back.
Outside the fortified walls of the Ed Sullivan Theater, a full moon hung in the sky. Mr. Letterman must have been tired. For the past several weeks, not only had he been pushing back, Read More
Monday: The Late Show With David Letterman
All eyes will be on the big guy tonight, the first show since Dave Letterman’s announcement last Thursday sent the world into a weird whipped up frenzy (Friday night’s show, with Larry David, was taped before the scandal broke). Call us crazy, Read More
In the last year, Anna Wintour, the typically private Vogue editor, has submitted to a 60 Minutes interview; given a talk at the 92nd Street Y about her charity work; courted White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers at Monkey Bar and boldly announced at a CFDA town hall meeting that she has friends Read More
When Conan O’Brien was tapped to host NBC’s Late Night in April 1993, UPI ran a 190-word story headlined “Unknown Comic Named to Replace [David] Letterman.”
Fans of the actual Unknown Comic, that groany staple of Chuck Barris’ Gong Show, were probably disappointed upon seeing the 6-foot-4, ginger-topped host. (That’s what he looks like under Read More