Late Show with David Letterman
Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 9:49 PM
So that's why Leno is doing a complete rip-off of "Stupid Pet Tricks" AND "Stupid Human Tricks."
God, I hate NBC execs.
Posted Jan 15, 2004 @ 3:18 AM
Posted Jan 15, 2004 @ 6:35 PM
Last night's CBS Mailbag actually made me laugh with the Manute Bol bit. I didn't expect him to get in the shower. Poor George.
I can't believe it's been four years since Dave's surgery.
Posted Jan 16, 2004 @ 8:13 PM
Posted Jan 16, 2004 @ 9:30 PM
I love the unfair edits.
Posted Jan 17, 2004 @ 2:13 AM
The past week or so it's seemed like all the media is talking about mars yay! while I've been scratching my head trying to figure out why no one is standing up and shouting "You idiot! We have no money!". So even the smallest comments that Dave makes about how dumb it is to be focusing on space at this time make me very happy.
I also love the unfair edits. And I still love Will It Float. The ridiculous and pointless bits are part of what I like about Dave's show. I wish they'd do the referee (sp?) or Footlocker employee one again.
Posted Jan 17, 2004 @ 3:19 AM
I think he just gets whomever is in the office.
Oh, I agree, but Dave's tone lately strikes me as going beyond the normal let's-make-fun-of-the-prominent-flaw-of-the-guy-in-office humor that's the stock in trade of, say, Leno. Like tonight. While the joke about Howard Dean being short was pretty mild and inoffensive, the "joke" about money spent on Mars versus looking for bin Laden was barely even a joke, and more a political statement. It just seems clear to me that Dave's contempt for Bush is barely even hidden any more. Not that it bothers me, mind you - I'm more than happy to see the media expose Bush, for a change - but it surprises me to see him reveal his political leanings so discernible. Then again, with Leno's cheerleading for Schwarzenegger maybe Dave felt free to speak his mind.
Posted Jan 17, 2004 @ 7:23 PM
Edited by Halfpint Ingals, Jan 18, 2004 @ 2:43 PM.
Posted Jan 17, 2004 @ 9:10 PM
Edited by MC SammyD, Jan 17, 2004 @ 9:11 PM.
Posted Jan 18, 2004 @ 1:20 AM
Posted Jan 18, 2004 @ 1:02 PM
The only thing I can think of is maybe they had her on because she was nominated for a bunch of Grammys.
That makes sense. But Christina is scheduled to perform on the Grammy's, and doesn't NARAS have some sort of policy on their performers performing on other shows within a month or so prior to the awards? I know that when the American Music Awards used to air in January, performers at that show couldn't perform at the Grammy's. And I remember watching The View (Lord, help me) a few years ago, several weeks before the Grammy's aired, with Britney Spears as a guest (Oh please, Lord! HELP. ME.) and they said she couldn't perform because she was going to be performing at the Grammy's. Unless they were lying. Or maybe CBS is going to be airing the Grammy's, and since Dave is on CBS she can perform there. I don't know. It's all so confusing.
Edited by MC SammyD, Jan 19, 2004 @ 1:08 PM.
Posted Jan 18, 2004 @ 7:14 PM
Posted Jan 19, 2004 @ 2:40 AM
But in any event my comments were meant as an observation, not as a political argument, and certainly not as a complaint. But I don't want to dwell on my own political leanings, since the thread ain't about me.
Posted Jan 19, 2004 @ 5:24 AM
In general, I think he does just exploit the obvious - with Clinton he made weight jokes, intern jokes, with Bush it's giant boob (and I don't mean the ones on Monica - thank you, I'll be here all week!) jokes. I think those might feel more personally attacking because they kind of are - 'wow, that guy likes fries,' seems to me less attacking than 'wow, that guy is dumb as a box of fucking rocks.'
However, since the Times Mag brouhaha, I think he's been a tiny bit more open about his views in his own way - like how he felt about invading Iraq and Afghanistan. But I don't think the general jokes are it.
Edited by beezer, Jan 19, 2004 @ 5:26 AM.
Posted Jan 19, 2004 @ 10:31 AM
Bush's gaffes and his jumping around from Bin Laden to Hussein to WMDs to Mars is a very easy target, like Clinton's sexcapades, which Dave is still joking about. He's used the Paul O'Neill "Bush was disengaged during Cabinet meetings" comment to make jabs about Clinton "disengaging" when Hillary walked into the Oval Office.
Edited by Bud's Girl, Jan 19, 2004 @ 10:31 AM.
Posted Jan 21, 2004 @ 4:56 PM
As for Dave's political leanings, I have watched him for more than 20 years and have never sensed anything more than him finding a lot of humor in politicians. I never felt Dave was/is conservative for his Clinton jokes and never sensed he was/is liberal for his Bush jokes. Dave's an equal opportunity commentator on the absurd.
Posted Jan 21, 2004 @ 5:00 PM
Posted Jan 21, 2004 @ 10:28 PM
Posted Jan 22, 2004 @ 9:07 AM
Posted Jan 22, 2004 @ 12:41 PM
I thought his best Dean joke -- aside from the great imitation of the speech -- was the "hockey dad" line. "Americans are wondering if they want a President with the personality of a hockey dad."
Posted Jan 23, 2004 @ 7:32 AM
Posted Jan 24, 2004 @ 1:07 PM
Dave is most likely a moderate Independent. He got pissed off a few years ago when an article theorized that he was a non-voting Republican. Where he said he didn't have any party affiliation but he damn well voted and got the County Clerk to verify his voting record.
And he added that the first time he voted was in 1968, when "we had an ugly, awful war going on... not an election about who's banging interns." Not a big-laugh moment, but I thought it was very special.
Posted Jan 24, 2004 @ 2:55 PM
It's interesting to see how sharply different the two shows are regarding politics.
BTW, I love Al Franken. I used to love Dennis, but he's become extremely cranky, and not in a good way.
Posted Jan 24, 2004 @ 5:48 PM
Al Franken was great of course. I just love him.
Posted Jan 24, 2004 @ 6:37 PM
A good example of the difference, I think, is when Al and Dave were discussing "Drug Rush Limbo." When Franken talks about Limbaugh, you see the old Stuart Smalley character coming out, whereas when you see Dennis Miller talking about Bush, all you see is just another CNBC host talking. Paul is putting alot more work into the Stump the Band segments--definitely more laffs than before.
Edited by Chambliss, Jan 24, 2004 @ 6:39 PM.
Posted Jan 26, 2004 @ 3:49 PM
I loved that the fake Pellican song had the same rhyme as the real Pellican song - they're getting closer! One of these days they're going to come up with the right song by accident.
Stump the Band
Fascinating interview with the Touching the Void guy (Joe Simpson?) Thursday night. I'm glad it went long and Phantom Planet stuck around to tape the second show. I wonder who got bumped Friday?
Reruns this week?
Posted Feb 1, 2004 @ 8:18 PM
Posted Feb 1, 2004 @ 8:45 PM