Say It Ain’t So, Dave!!

“I saw an ad in a magazine that read, ‘Lose weight without diet or exercise’ That pretty much leaves disease”. ~ David Letterman


We bid farewell to a man whom I consider to be the second best late night talk show host ever. Johnny Carson, in my opinion, was the very best. I’ve heard people say they can’t stand Letterman, Leno, Conan, pretty much all of them. But I’ve never heard one person ever say they didn’t like Johnny. Ever.


He is an excellent interviewer who knew how to welcome guests, try to make them feel at home, but would suddenly ask a question that put the guest on edge. I loved the way he did it. He never lost his unique style of humor, although I thought his monologs were pretty tired the last few years.


I have never watched Steven Colbert, so I can’t judge, but my point is that I didn’t WANT to watch his show. I base my opinion on interviews I’ve seen. We just don’t click. I only watch Conan if one of my friends is doing stand up on the show.


Thank God for Jimmy Fallon. I love that guy. Very funny, very creative and silly. That’s a great combination. Add the great games and sketches he does with guests. Then there’s Higgins. An accomplished comedian and improv player. I love their banter. I also love “The Roots”. It is a very well balanced.


Craig Ferguson is another favorite of mine, and he’s leaving, too! I love the fact that he does his monolog on the spot. No cue cards, no teleprompter. Just Craig and Jeff, of course. He is also a good interviewer and can spice it up a little more because he’s on later. Some thought it was because he was passed over for “The Late Show”.


“It wasn’t contentious,” Ferguson tells Variety of the upcoming split. “I was just like, ‘I feel like I’m done.’” In fact, Ferguson claims that he had begun working out the details of his CBS departure before Letterman even announced his own retirement earlier this month. “It’s an inevitable thing when David announced his retirement, people are going to say, ‘Oh he’s leaving because of that.’ No matter what I say or what I do, they’re gonna say that.”


The truth, Ferguson claims, is that, “Ten years is a very long time in one job—for me. I wanted to leave the show before I stopped enjoying it. That was my goal. I didn’t want it to be a chore. . .


I think it’s smart. Leave while you’re still hot property. I would like to see him land a job on a good sitcom, as he did on “The Drew Carey” show. He was hilarious on that show.


In case you picked up the tension in this blog, it’s because I was passed over for Letterman’s spot.

See you tomorrow.

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