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(Entertainment Weekly)   David Letterman broadcasts his show without a studio audience, because it would put people in jeopardy. "Hell, we've been doing that for 30 years"   (watching-tv.ew.com) divider line 97
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2012-10-30 08:13:57 AM  
David Letterman FTW!!1
 
2012-10-30 10:01:12 AM  
Letterman sucks and blows simultaneously.
 
2012-10-30 10:01:40 AM  
Letterman was funny once upon a time. Now he's a washed up has-been piece of crap.
 
2012-10-30 10:03:35 AM  
Bring on the "Letterman used to be funny" critical geniuses.
 
2012-10-30 10:04:18 AM  
It's about time for hipsters to go totally bonkers for Letterman, right?
 
2012-10-30 10:04:45 AM  
Still funnier than Leno
 
2012-10-30 10:04:47 AM  
Letterman was never and totally sucks.
 
2012-10-30 10:06:19 AM  

Biness: Letterman was never and totally sucks.


was never funny. dammit.

funnier than leno though, but thats not quite a compliment.
 
2012-10-30 10:08:42 AM  
man does tv show without audience. nothing

man does tv show without audience in NYC. Fark Insta green!
 
2012-10-30 10:08:50 AM  

jayhawk88: It's about time for hipsters to go totally bonkers for Letterman, right?


You'd think so, but he's so mainstream.

Eh, say what you will, but I do enjoy Letterman, absurdist sketches and all.
 
2012-10-30 10:10:42 AM  
Whereas Leno broadcasts his without a TV audience
Hiyoooo
 
2012-10-30 10:10:55 AM  
Always watch Letterman, but Kimmel has a pretty good monologue, too. Top Ten list was kinda lame last night, but the presentation was good.
 
2012-10-30 10:13:22 AM  

Waldo Pepper: People used to say the same thing about Carson, then he retires and we get Leno and everyone realized how great Carson compared to the fresh new thing.


did ... did you .... did you just compare Letterman to Johnny farking Carson?
 
2012-10-30 10:13:40 AM  
 
2012-10-30 10:13:54 AM  

qsblues: Waldo Pepper: People used to say the same thing about Carson, then he retires and we get Leno and everyone realized how great Carson compared to the fresh new thing.

did ... did you .... did you just compare Letterman to Johnny farking Carson?


Letterman's the closest thing we'll ever have to Carson. Hell even Carson thought so.
 
2012-10-30 10:14:14 AM  
 
2012-10-30 10:14:19 AM  
Stupid quotes.
 
905
2012-10-30 10:16:03 AM  
Haven't watched Letterman in years, but found myself watching about half of the show to see how things went. I can imagine they told the camera crew to intentionally laugh as loud as possible so it wasn't just Dave and Paul talking to the crickets.
 
2012-10-30 10:17:52 AM  
iPaddle? Why do I get a sense of deja vu
oh i know!
cause that joke was used last for that last big hurricane!
 
2012-10-30 10:19:00 AM  

905: Haven't watched Letterman in years, but found myself watching about half of the show to see how things went. I can imagine they told the camera crew to intentionally laugh as loud as possible so it wasn't just Dave and Paul talking to the crickets.


Even the crickets ran for higher ground.
 
2012-10-30 10:20:07 AM  

Waldo Pepper: People used to say the same thing about Carson, then he retires and we get Leno and everyone realized how great Carson compared to the fresh new thing.


So when is Letterman going to pass on and we get a fresh new thing?
 
2012-10-30 10:24:07 AM  

Biness: Biness: Letterman was never and totally sucks.

was never funny. dammit.

funnier than leno though, but thats not quite a compliment.


AIDS is indeed funnier than childhood cancer.

Actually, I found the audience-free Letterman Top Ten to be Krustyrific.
 
2012-10-30 10:24:22 AM  

qsblues: Waldo Pepper: People used to say the same thing about Carson, then he retires and we get Leno and everyone realized how great Carson compared to the fresh new thing.

did ... did you .... did you just compare Letterman to Johnny farking Carson?


Why not? Carson did.
 
2012-10-30 10:26:23 AM  

cryinoutloud: You'd think so, but he's so mainstream.
Eh, say what you will, but I do enjoy Letterman, absurdist sketches and all.

I've been watching Letterman once in a while since before he came to his present network. I'm sorry he's not the latest thing for all you ten-second attention span young'uns. Go check youtube for something that will entertain you.


Yeah, same here. I love his delivery, whether or not the jokes stick, and he's a great interviewer. (The dog wigs interview is still my favorite.)

And you know, you'd think the throwing-random-stuff-off-buildings bits would hold some appeal for the "young-uns."
 
2012-10-30 10:26:43 AM  

themasterdebater: So when is Letterman going to pass on and we get a fresh new thing?


How many talk show hosts have you seen come and go in the past 30 years? Remember that hip Arsenio? Woof woof woof! Freshia

the question is who HASN'T had a talk show in the past 30 years. But you keep waiting for that hot new thing so you can feel hip.
 
2012-10-30 10:26:45 AM  
Yeah, he's not really funny, but still better than Leno. But both of them are just waiting for their core audience to finally die.

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2012-10-30 10:27:47 AM  

urban.derelict: David Letterman FTW!!1


Heh; every once in a while we'll see vintage Dave come out and be awesome.
 
2012-10-30 10:28:26 AM  

Pair-o-Dice: Letterman was funny once upon a time. Now he's a washed up has-been piece of crap.


....and still funnier than Leno.
 
2012-10-30 10:30:29 AM  

Monongahela Misfit: qsblues: Waldo Pepper: People used to say the same thing about Carson, then he retires and we get Leno and everyone realized how great Carson compared to the fresh new thing.

did ... did you .... did you just compare Letterman to Johnny farking Carson?

Why not? Carson did.


Misfit
Did you get out of Queens yet? 
Be careful getting around up there.
 
2012-10-30 10:35:07 AM  
I mentioned this in a thread yesterday. I believe Conan did some shows without an audience when NYC had their blackout.
 
2012-10-30 10:36:31 AM  
Completely under appreciated.
imageshack.us
 
Skr
2012-10-30 10:42:31 AM  
in that circumstance I probably wouldn't go for humor. Just have a laid back shoot-the-breeze with whatever guests or crew were around.
 
2012-10-30 10:43:15 AM  

cryinoutloud: You'd think so, but he's so mainstream.
Eh, say what you will, but I do enjoy Letterman, absurdist sketches and all.

I've been watching Letterman once in a while since before he came to his present network. I'm sorry he's not the latest thing for all you ten-second attention span young'uns. Go check youtube for something that will entertain you.


i'm an old fart. i loved Johnny, Merv, Dick Cavett. a long time ago i grew tired of watching Letterman piss away potentially great interviews by jerking around with a pencil or coffee mug and generally acting like a chimp for the camera. i miss talk shows that were sometimes intellectually stimulating in their content. todays shows (Letterman etcetera) only guest those who are in a movie coming out this weekend, a book coming out this month or a band that their parent company is hot to hype. fine by me if you feel that's just good TV.
 
2012-10-30 10:47:37 AM  
leno sucks 
 
2012-10-30 10:47:54 AM  
Yeah, so he didn't have an audience. Isn't it a dick move to make the employees come in to work though?
 
2012-10-30 10:50:20 AM  

KrispyKritter: cryinoutloud: You'd think so, but he's so mainstream.
Eh, say what you will, but I do enjoy Letterman, absurdist sketches and all.

I've been watching Letterman once in a while since before he came to his present network. I'm sorry he's not the latest thing for all you ten-second attention span young'uns. Go check youtube for something that will entertain you.

i'm an old fart. i loved Johnny, Merv, Dick Cavett. a long time ago i grew tired of watching Letterman piss away potentially great interviews by jerking around with a pencil or coffee mug and generally acting like a chimp for the camera. i miss talk shows that were sometimes intellectually stimulating in their content. todays shows (Letterman etcetera) only guest those who are in a movie coming out this weekend, a book coming out this month or a band that their parent company is hot to hype. fine by me if you feel that's just good TV.


Best Johnny Carson guest EVAR!

v025o.popscreen.com
 
2012-10-30 10:50:47 AM  
I have a new respect for letterman after he caught and outted trump in a complete hypocrical lie.
 
2012-10-30 10:50:58 AM  

EMCGuy: Yeah, so he didn't have an audience. Isn't it a dick move to make the employees come in to work though?


He allowed most of his employees to stay home. They worked with a very small staff for the show.
 
2012-10-30 10:51:31 AM  
He's just taking a page from his Alma Mater. Ball State never cancelled classes just because of a snow storm. Why should he cancel his show?

"Just put on an extra scarf." BSU President John Worthen
 
2012-10-30 10:58:34 AM  
Letterman isn't even the funniest late night talk show host on CBS (Craig Ferguson is), let alone the funniest on network TV. Letterman was never the best interviewer on TV and I would argue that he's not even the best interviewer on late night (Conan is better for one).

Letterman's day has past.. Unfortunately when you have as much clout left over from sticking around during the bad old days at CBS as Letterman has, it's unlikely he'll surrender his time slot any time soon.
 
2012-10-30 10:59:15 AM  

KrispyKritter: todays shows (Letterman etcetera) only guest those who are in a movie coming out this weekend, a book coming out this month or a band that their parent company is hot to hype. fine by me if you feel that's just good TV.


That's how talk shows have always been. What, did you think the TV biz was pure back in the day?

It's like listening to people complain about product placement on soap operas. Why do you think they're called "soap operas" idiot? Cause they were invented to sell soap.

Just cause you were too young to notice doesn't mean that's changed. Johnny was not running around having intellectual debates with Ed all night, you know. Dave probably gets more thoughtful on a regular basis than Carson ever would dream of doing, that was not his style.
 
2012-10-30 10:59:29 AM  

k1yok2tog: He's just taking a page from his Alma Mater. Ball State never cancelled classes just because of a snow storm. Why should he cancel his show?

"Just put on an extra scarf." BSU President John Worthen


Except if you count the ice storm last year. Those were good times if you didn't have to go anywhere.
 
2012-10-30 11:04:12 AM  
Pair-o-Dice: Letterman was funny once upon a time. Now he's a washed up has-been piece of crap.

Rwa2play ....and still funnier than Leno.


A dollop of mayonnaise is funnier than Leno.
 
2012-10-30 11:06:43 AM  

Rwa2play: Pair-o-Dice: Letterman was funny once upon a time. Now he's a washed up has-been piece of crap.

....and still funnier than Leno.


My dog is funnier than Leno. And he's still learning English.
 
2012-10-30 11:07:04 AM  

WalkingSnake: EMCGuy: Yeah, so he didn't have an audience. Isn't it a dick move to make the employees come in to work though?

He allowed most of his employees to stay home. They worked with a very small staff for the show.


"I got up this morning, turned on the radio and listened for the talk show closings. I have no luck."

I chuckled at that one.
 
2012-10-30 11:14:10 AM  
So one talking head who recites jokes that other people write for them, then interviews people about their new project is better than another? I'll admit that the few times I've seen Craig Ferguson, he doesn't seem nearly as fake as the others.
 
2012-10-30 11:14:26 AM  

booger42: Still funnier than Leno


A lobster in a bow tie would be funnier than Leno.
 
2012-10-30 11:17:41 AM  

cryinoutloud: You'd think so, but he's so mainstream.
Eh, say what you will, but I do enjoy Letterman, absurdist sketches and all.

I've been watching Letterman once in a while since before he came to his present network. I'm sorry he's not the latest thing for all you ten-second attention span young'uns. Go check youtube for something that will entertain you.


I'll just wait for Letterman to be done so the far superior show can start.
 
2012-10-30 11:28:14 AM  
I like Jack Paar he made me weepy
 
2012-10-30 11:29:59 AM  
Late Night with David Letterman has turned into Late Night with David Maher. Shut up Dave.
 
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