Who was your guy? (Carson, Letterman, Leno, Conan… pick one and expound)
Letterman. Growing up, there were only 2: Letterman, and Carson. Carson was for a different generation. Carson was for our parents. PLUS… I have been to a Letterman show. LONG ago. It was a morning show. That is how long ago. Here is what I remember about it. Nothing about the show, in that it was about 35 years ago. I remember trying to get in. You had to be at least 12 years old. I was only 6 or 7. I was a very short kid. So short that I walked right under the ticket takers arm… he never saw me. Never took my ticket. Quite literally I was flying under the radar.
Super Memorable talk show moments?
It’s infamous now, but when Jerry Lawler smacked the shit out of Andy Kauffman on Letterman. We know now it was a stunt. I was watching this on tv, and I lost my shit. It was very, very believable.
Ever been to one in person?
Yeah, and not just the Letterman one, above. I went to see Arsenio Hall show back in college. We were on Venice Beach on vaca and some PA was handing out free tix. We went the first night, and it was overbooked, so they bounced us back a day. No problem at all for us, but they felt super bad. They told us if we come back they will take care of us… and they did. We went in first, and got first row. I was on TV, when they pan the crowd at the beginning.
The guests were Dennis Miller, and Anna Nicole Smith, so that was awesome. This was back when Dennis Miller was funny, and not a right wing nutjob. He swore, too, which blew my mind. Of course, they beep it for broadcast, but it felt scandalous to hear an f bomb in person.
OH… and we saw Conan in person. Not a taping of his show, but when he did the comedy tour in-between shows. That was great. Also saw Craig Ferguson do a club set a few years back, he is great.
Who don’t you like, of the classic hosts… and why. Be specific now
I think Jimmy Fallon is just great for his new job. It seems like the genre was built for him. He is such a joyful and happy fanboy that it absolutely comes across. So, no one I don’t like…. But I could see Jimmy Fallon doing this for 30 years.
I like them all. There is no one I don’t like.
Did you know Paul Shaffer isn’t just Letterman’s hacky piano guy. He was also the band director or SNL, the Blues Brothers, the Grammys, the R&R HOF jams. Is he in the Rock Hall of Fame? He should be. Oh, and he wrote ‘It’s Raining Men’. And you know he’s funny, he’s Canadian. I guess there isn’t really a question there, but I thought Paul should be acknowledged for his tremendous contributions. I mean… he put the Blues Brothers band together. It was all him. He couldn’t be in the movie because of conflict of interest legal mumbo jumbo.
And… he was in Spinal Tap. What is there not to love?
Ok, since that last wasn’t a question… or anything… really… who do you see still standing in 30 years? This includes James Corden and Steven Colbert?
Jimmy Fallon. He is a natural.