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Posted Jan 1, 2004 @ 5:55 PM

I was watching the old Christmas shows from the NBC years on Trio.


Me too. Did you happen to catch the one with an incredibly young Howard Stern wearing a cheesy porn mustache and actually speaking in coherent, intelligent, totally self-deprecating sentences? Cracked me up.
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Posted Jan 5, 2004 @ 4:38 PM

New show tonight! Jennifer Anniston and Ryan Adams are on. I hope Dave shows some pics from his visit to Iraq. Maybe Paul and Biff will talk about it too.
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Posted Jan 5, 2004 @ 8:44 PM

Wahoo Ryan Adams! I didn't know he was supposed to be on so that's a pleasant surprise.
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Posted Jan 6, 2004 @ 2:11 AM

Some notes on tonight's show...

* I wish someone would set me up on a blind date with someone that looked like Jennifer Aniston.

* I'm interested to hear more about this New Year's party at Courteney Cox's house. What do you think Pitt and Arquette do while the girls are off hanging out?

Brad: Uh...so...how're things with you?
David: They're awesome! Wanna watch the DVD of Ready to Rumble?
Brad: No, that's ok.

* Ryan Adams' Christmas gift was apparently Rivers Cuomo's wardrobe.
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Posted Jan 6, 2004 @ 10:43 PM

Rivers and Ryan. Mmmm. What a nice sammich.
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Posted Jan 7, 2004 @ 12:00 PM

I loved hearing Dave's tales from Iraq, especially the story about 'Bitch Face' and the guy who asked if he could 'take Leno'. I wish he had let Paul talk a little more, since he was there too, but Bravo Dave!

Does Jennifer Aniston seem incredibly phony to anyone else? I haven't seen her on many talk shows, and while I recognize that she's really nothing like Rachel, her own personality is not really clear.
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Posted Jan 7, 2004 @ 2:39 PM

So I was watching last night, and Dave said Howie Day (who I love) was going to be on. I kept flipping back to CBS, so I don't see how I missed it. Did anyone see this?
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Posted Jan 7, 2004 @ 2:59 PM

I haven't seen last night's show yet, but Monday night I heard him promo three guests. When there's three guests, it's always possible one will get the boot, uh, be invited back at his/her earliest convenience.
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Posted Jan 7, 2004 @ 3:56 PM

Dave said Howie Day would be on next Wednesday.
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Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 11:00 AM

I'm wondering what happened to "The Girls" - the models that have been part of the show for so long? They've both been missing from the show for a while, but I figured it was because of the holidays. Now we're back to new shows, and still no girls....

Why couldn't grinder girl and hula girl go missing instead?
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Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 1:04 PM

WORD! What is their purpose? They make me sick.
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Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 2:16 PM

I think their purpose is to keep Dave interested in the goings-on. He certainly seems attentive when they're around. It also kind of makes fun of how lame these cheesy bits are, in an ironic old time showbiz way.

I don't pay attention when they're on and don't miss them when they're not on. I met hula girl once at a charity event - she seemed nice and was wearing a much more conservative lycra outfit (it was a kid's charity).
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Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 11:46 PM

The models are there, they're just different models now. Of the old standard models, Nadine has apparently left modelling to pursue photography, she had some pics in a photo magazine. Andrea, the other, gets other gigs sometimes, dunno if she's out of the biz completely or just busy or got groped by Paul or what.
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Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 5:18 PM

Loved the Unfair Edits, and I really hope they do more of them. I'd like to think they're making fun of Michael Moore, so maybe in the future the clothes can change between edits.
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Posted Jan 10, 2004 @ 7:56 PM

Loved the Unfair Edits, and I really hope they do more of them.

I love the Unfair Edits too; you'd think that they'd be getting pretty old after being on every night for a week, but they still make me laugh out loud uncontrollably.

Was anyone else baffled by the performance of last night's band, The Darkness? To me, they seemed to be . . . well, not exactly good, but rather, y'know, the exact polar opposite of good. Their song started out well enough, but eventually it became obvious that the lead singer (who was clad in a chest-baring jumpsuit that might have come from David Lee Roth's yard sale) was going to be doing about half of the song in a falsetto voice - not a rock'n'roll falsetto voice, mind you (like, say, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant), but more like a comical falsetto voice (like, say, Saturday Night Live's Mister Bill).

I'm not sure if this is a Spinal Tap-style mock band; or if it's a really bad band that got booked on The Late Show by sheer luck; or if it's a really good band, and I'm too unhip to realize it. (With my luck, that last explanation is the correct one. Man, where is that AARP application?)

ETA: OK, questions are answered in the post below; the answer being yes, they are real. Though if you ask me, that's "real" as in "real crappy." Why doesn't Perry Como make any records anymore? And where did those kids hide my dentures? Oh, forget it; I'm going back to bed.

Edited by Sideshow Al, Jan 11, 2004 @ 10:53 AM.

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Posted Jan 10, 2004 @ 10:56 PM

The Darkness is *huge* in the UK and the video for "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" has been getting airplay for months in the US. There's been talk about them in the Music Video thread for awhile. They are campy and ridiculous and no one really takes them seriously, but they are a real act.

Edited by Mamalita, Jan 10, 2004 @ 10:57 PM.

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Posted Jan 11, 2004 @ 2:37 PM

I listen to the Virgin Radio Internet Feed at work and I fell in love with "I Believe In A Thing Called Love." The Darkness is my favorite new band, and I hope to see them once they tour Stateside. There was an article about them in Entertainment Weekly a few weeks ago which hints at the start of a backlash in the UK. To me, they're a straight-up rock band with the catchiest hooks and tunes I've heard in a long time. However, I couldn't judge whether they've got the goods live or are just plain hokey; missed Letterman from passing out battling my flu.
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Posted Jan 11, 2004 @ 5:12 PM

I thought the Darkness did well on the show, but that overall their act doesn't translate as well on tv. I got to see them play at an in-store last week and they were just awesome. They're a fantastic live band.
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Posted Jan 12, 2004 @ 7:14 PM

Dave made a surprise visit to the Howard Stern show this morning.

Check it out.(scroll down to 7:20)
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Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 11:54 AM

I just read in TVGuide Online that CBS ran a photo of Jay Leno in the ads for People's Choice Awards (Dave & Jay were nominated).

Apparently there's been quite a bit of groveling from the suits. Moonves called personally to apologize, and on the CBS web site, Dave's section has been moved up to the top right corner to a more visible part of the page. Don't know if that was already in the works, but it was in its old location yesterday.

And they wonder why Dave won't play along with all their idiotic games.

And while I'm briefly mentioning Leno, will somebody please tell me why that load is appearing on Inside the Actor's Studio, other than the fact that NBC owns Bravo. What's he been in, like one movie, that old one about the rock & roll dj?

Hell Dave was in Cabin Boy!!

Edited by Bud's Girl, Jan 13, 2004 @ 11:57 AM.

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Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 2:46 PM

The Stern link is blocked from my office (surprise), but I did hear Dave Monday morning. It was great because Howard immediately became uncomfortable because he knew Dave was uncomfortable being in the studio, or that he was somehow coerced into appearing live. I think they can genuinely relate to each other, but are both so socially awkward that they're unable to figure out a way to be friends.

They talked about Howard's last appearance on Letterman & I guess Dave does realize it's tough for Howard to come on his show as well, so he returned the favor. Plus it was Howard's 50th birthday, so it was a special occasion.

How weird is it that Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh have the same birthday? Not as weird as Dave sharing a birthday with Shannen Doherty!
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Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 3:42 PM

Great article about Dave v. Jay and late night in general.
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Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 5:04 PM

yoyoelizabeth, you need to be a member of the site to see that article.

Could you give a brief (non-copyright-infringing) summary of what the article says? Much appreciated.
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Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 6:39 PM

tita, the article written by Steve Johnson of the Chicago Tribune basically rehashes the Dave vs. Leno late-night battle and can be best summarized by this short excerpt from the article:

Yes, as you may have heard, Dave has gained slightly this year amid CBS' ratings growth and the announcement that Letterman, at 56, had a baby, part of a recent series of image-softening events for the sometimes prickly host. But Jay, hitching his star recently and controversially to the Arnold Schwarzenegger gubernatorial candidacy, has gained a little more, enough so that NBC President Jeff Zucker's November proclamation that "there is no more late-night war" could be counted as more than mere bluster, although something less than the complete truth.

But here's where the most cutting irony comes. The broad popular vote, week in and week out since 1995, swings Leno's way. Yet Letterman is the one who gets all the credit for greatness from fellow comics, critics and peers, his "Late Show" winning, for example, best-show-in-its-class Emmys six times overall and five of the last six years to "Tonight's" one win, in 1995.


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Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 8:07 PM

You can read the article here without registering.
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Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 11:26 PM

Leno, will somebody please tell me why that load is appearing on Inside the Actor's Studio


Maybe we find out all this time he was just "acting" like a load.

If true, damn he is good.

Edited by tvjunkie, Jan 13, 2004 @ 11:27 PM.

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Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 11:53 PM

The Shins are on tonight? So, so awesome.
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Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 1:59 AM

"There are two factors here," Zucker told the paper. "`The Tonight Show' has gotten stronger because Jay and his producer, Debbie Vickers, have brought freshness to the comedy; and I think the Letterman show appears more tired."

Many would disagree with that, but Zucker went even further: "I think it's hard for the national media to accept the fact that Jay is so dominant.

The national media has always been more drawn to the dark, brooding cynicism of Dave, rather than the populist wit of Jay."


Delusional, thy name is Jeff Zucker. Wit + freshness in comedy + Leno = On what planet?
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Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 11:47 AM

moonkat and nowandlater, thank you both very much for the excerpt and the link to the article.
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Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 12:32 PM

Dave's kicking ass in the sidebar poll to that article, that's for sure.

I loved him calling out the CBS stooges Monday night. Les jumped in a hurry. Also, it seems there will be no February 10th anniversary celebration of the Late Show, mainly due to Dave not wanting one.
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