In the early evening of May 20 the words "used to be" will be grafted to the end of my name. I will be referred to as "the former director" of Late Show With David Letterman. Along with the name change, comes the surrender of an all-access pass to New York City.
If I headed any network, I would never let a comedy treasure like him retire. David is still at the top of his game and has so much more to give. If he doesn't want to work nightly anymore, perhaps one of the networks can get him to do a few specials each year.
I'm here to say "Thank You, David Letterman." More importantly perhaps, I want you (David) to know how much I've learned from you over the many years of watching your late night zaniness.
Catchphrases were created and run into the ground for fun. I don't recall a single sentence of any foreign language I ever studied. But I do remember "too much lotion!" and "they pelted us with rocks and garbage!"
Let's talk about Hal Gurnee, who directed David Letterman for many years. As one of the best directors Letterman ever had the pleasure of working with, here's a little something about how Gurnee got the late-night talk show off the ground each day.
Jeb and TPP had second chances this week -- will they work? And what explains Stephanopoulos's gift to the Clinton Foundation? Rich Lowry and David Corn of National Review and Mother Jones debate these three "oops's". Then: who's "stupid" -- Dems for linking Amtrak funding and the Philly derailing or Boehner for de-linking them?
Five words. Just five words: Revolutionary. Hilarious. Mischievous. Subversive. Anarchical. At age 14, I would have had no idea what four of those words meant, but looking back, that is surely why David Letterman's short lived 1980 morning show enthralled me.
Film festivals flourish in beautiful places. The Montclair Film Festival in Montclair, New Jersey, now at its midpoint, adds to that rule, expanding to ten days, and inaugurating awards for filmmaking in memory of two Montclair residents who died this year.
Subtly, over time, David Letterman changed the entire tone of American television. And today that tone is more honest and authentic than ever before.
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There are currently no female flavors of Ben & Jerry's ice cream (even Tina Fey would agree that, while "Greek frozen yogurt" is certainly a healthy ice cream alternative, it is not the same as ice cream).
The need for chaos. That discordant, cluttered, messy and unsettling condition we call chaos is actually an important benefit for all of us. It doesn't matter how organized you are, how anal-retentive you may be, like millions of us, we have a place in our lives where chaos is not only accepted, it's welcomed.
Last summer when Robin Williams took his life, it invited public conversation about depression and suicide -- topics that generally are considered tab...
"This is the best show in town tonight," exclaimed David Letterman at the SeriousFun gala, the only thing he said that wasn't a joke. Founded by Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, SeriousFun was established to ensure childhood fun at summer camp for children with special needs.
Brian Williams rose to the top of his field through hard work and skill, but apparently was still plagued by some sense of inadequacy that compelled him to embellish details of at least one account of his experiences, the now-infamous helicopter ride with U.S. forces during the invasion of Iraq.
Why do some people in the media announce months, maybe a year or a year plus in advance that they will be leaving their jobs on TV? What happened to just finishing your contract (as agreed to) and just going? I don't get it. Why the big fanfare? Is this more of the media and its "me, me and me" mentality?