Letterman Meets Mark Twain
My schedule is a bit convoluted for the next day or two, so I don't know how often I'll get to the keyboard and post here. But at least for starters, this should fill up a good part of your time quite nicely.
The other day I mentioned how funny and well-done the Kennedy Center Prize to David Letterman was -- almost like a Best Of edition of his TV show. Not only did they use the old show's announcer Alan Kalter, but also the regular CBS Orchestra with Paul Shaffer as the band -- and they even did a Top Ten list. And I posted a funny fake-documentary they did that supposedly focused on two of Letterman's childhood friends.
Well, thanks to PBS for making the show available online, here is the full broadcast. If you only watch the opening bit with Steve Martin and Martin Short, that ,might well be enough. But keep going because there are a lot of gems, most notably Bill Murray's appearance as last year's recipient talking about the end of his reign. And the documentary (if you missed it before). And some fun comments by Amy Schumer. And a terrific performance by Eddie Vedder. And...well, here it all is --
11/26/2017 07:06:56 pm
Good call all around, my friend... that was a Jim Dandy.
11/27/2017 07:42:23 am
What perfectly thoughtful Dr. Buzz-like comments, taking the subject of Letterman and turning it into a most-proper homage to Warren Zevon -- and even a bit on Eddie Vedder. I don't think I knew all that about Zevon, so thanks.
11/27/2017 12:28:49 pm
As a dear friend of mine says, "We aims to please." And it was a most pleasurable time spent (although it cut out after about ten minutes, and shot me over to the PBS site!). The mockumentary was splendid (Bill Hader could pass for a young relative of Letterman, and both were wonderfully droll), Steve Martin and Martin Short extraordinary (I loved how they entertained one another), and Bill Murray was... words fail. He is one of those rare comedians who relishes those empty spaces where nothing is said, there is no laughter, and he just stops until little more than that face gets a laugh.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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