Tag Archives: David Letterman

Dec. 23, 2015 Seth Meyers

The NBC Late Show starring Seth Meyers has been on for more than a year. The template for the show was created by David Letterman then refined by Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon. Meyers was one of the better writers on Saturday Night Live and it is apparent on this show. His writers appear and perform their own material. Meyers makes notes on camera when jokes do not go well. He does not do a stand-up monologue, but sits behind a desk to deliver jokes on the news. He regularly has authors push their books. He is the only late night host to recreate New Yorker cartoons on camera. Pretty high brow stuff late at night.

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May 25, 2015 The New Yorker

On May 25, 2015 The New Yorker’s Jill Lepore wrote “To Have And To Hold” about the 1965 Supreme Court decision Griswold v. Connecticut. The decision legalized the use of contraception on the grounds of privacy.

David Owen wrote “Where The River Runs Dry” about the drought and humans using so much of the Colorado river that water almost never gets to the ocean.

Emily Nussbaum wrote “Good Night” about David Letterman’s thirty year career on television.

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May 21, 2015 David Letterman

While others count David Letterman being on the air for thirty three years, I count from his daytime show in 1980. Six thousand shows over thirty five years, three time slots  and two networks is clear evidence that he knew he was funny. He did not want the biggest audience, he wanted the biggest audience who laughed. He was actually on the air longer than Johnny Carson. There were many reasons Letterman retired, one of them probably that Jay Leno retired first. Now no one can dispute who was better. Time to recognize.

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