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(YouTube)   With MC Pinkeye still recovering, Brian Williams and Lester Holt take on the duties of Chief Olympic rappers with a callback to the Eighties and "Rappers' Delight"   (youtube.com) divider line 62
    More: Amusing, Lester Holt, Chief Olympic, sketch comedy, NBC Nightly News  
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2014-02-20 04:03:51 PM  

SafetyThird: The problem I've seen with both Fallon and Leno is that they won't STFU when interviewing people. They were always trying to interject something about themselves instead of letting the guest finish their stories.

Letterman is a better standup and better interviewer hands down.


Abso-farkin-lutely. Letterman has no equal, past or present. And before the amateur talk show historians try to deny that, think about how he handled these major events: not getting the Tonight show, the first live show post 9/11, his heart surgery, and most incredibly, his intern scandal. The scandal alone would have crippled the career anyone from Jack Parr to Steve Allen to Leno (Carson possibly being the only exception). Letterman not only survived it, but he made it funny as hell while being contrite taking full responsibility, AND simultaneously nullified the blackmail attempt. No one but Dave could have pulled that off.

But that said, Fallon is a huge improvement over Leno in every possibly way.
 
2014-02-20 04:17:40 PM  

ERNesbitt: Brilliant bit/execution... but it was still probably pitched by a writer in a meeting and not by Fallon. (... and from 1979 as stated above.)

Am I the only one who finds him unfunny? I didn't think he was that great on SNL either. (I have the same thoughts on Will Ferrell.)


More than likely not.  Welcome to subjectivity!
 
2014-02-20 04:34:39 PM  

spacebar: not getting the Tonight show,


That did Letterman more favors than even he knew at the time.  CBS was so anxious to give Leno some competition they gave him ownership of the show, something that would not have happened at NBC.
 
2014-02-20 05:00:43 PM  

spacebar: SafetyThird: The problem I've seen with both Fallon and Leno is that they won't STFU when interviewing people. They were always trying to interject something about themselves instead of letting the guest finish their stories.

Letterman is a better standup and better interviewer hands down.

Abso-farkin-lutely. Letterman has no equal, past or present. And before the amateur talk show historians try to deny that, think about how he handled these major events: not getting the Tonight show, the first live show post 9/11, his heart surgery, and most incredibly, his intern scandal. The scandal alone would have crippled the career anyone from Jack Parr to Steve Allen to Leno (Carson possibly being the only exception). Letterman not only survived it, but he made it funny as hell while being contrite taking full responsibility, AND simultaneously nullified the blackmail attempt. No one but Dave could have pulled that off.

But that said, Fallon is a huge improvement over Leno in every possibly way.


There is no "possible" of Carson being the only exception.  Carson while a comic genius weathered tougher storms.

1. 1963 beat his wife.
2. 1970 broke into his second wifes apartment armed with a gun to accuse her of having an affair.
3. Well know lush
4. Banged everyone he could lay his hands on.
5. 1970 The mob put out a hit on Carson after he hit on some bosses chick.  The network had to cut a deal with the Mafia that if they covered an Italian American Civil Rights League Rally then they would call the hit off.

Letterman's events pale in comparison.
 
2014-02-20 05:44:01 PM  

durty: Fallons show is great, but his opening monologues are atrocious. Some guys just aren't meant for standup.


Fallon's interviews suck too. He's just an awkward kiss-ass with all his guests. Basically he's only good at the fun skit stuff and doing some impressions, which is why these late night hosts need to stop doing the Carson Tonight show and tailor it to their own strengths instead.
 
2014-02-20 06:18:54 PM  

theflatline: There is no "possible" of Carson being the only exception.  Carson while a comic genius weathered tougher storms.

1. 1963 beat his wife.
2. 1970 broke into his second wifes apartment armed with a gun to accuse her of having an affair.
3. Well know lush
4. Banged everyone he could lay his hands on.
5. 1970 The mob put out a hit on Carson after he hit on some bosses chick.  The network had to cut a deal with the Mafia that if they covered an Italian American Civil Rights League Rally then they would call the hit off.

Letterman's events pale in comparison.


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2014-02-20 06:24:35 PM  

Jekylman: Banned on the Run: And on what broadcast did Brian Williams say the word "boogie"?

Brian actually says "booking" when talking about travel websites that were in the news. It's a stretch, but it's smooth enough that it sounds right.


And he appears to be saying "bank" instead of "bang".

Williams also does a pretty mean Regis Philbin impression.
 
2014-02-20 08:45:35 PM  

dj_spanmaster: This was really slick. +1 to Jimmy Fallon!

But I have to wonder, just how did they find all the video samples? A comprehensive transcript of all newscasts?


They do work at NBC, so yeah.
 
2014-02-20 08:49:53 PM  
Cathy Lee cameo makes it just that much more awesome.
 
2014-02-21 03:06:57 AM  
That was great, and here I thought the Roots were the only good thing about the Fallon show.
 
2014-02-21 09:13:14 AM  

styckx: Mad_Radhu: dj_spanmaster: This was really slick. +1 to Jimmy Fallon!

But I have to wonder, just how did they find all the video samples? A comprehensive transcript of all newscasts?

There's a company called SnapStream that has a massive cluster of DVRs that record basically everything broadcast on TV and archive it on hard drives, with the closed captioning data put into a searchable database.

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The producers of the show just type in the words they are looking for and a list of showsis displayed, and then they just set the in and out points for the clip and download it from SnapStream.

Here's a pretty in-depth article about how the system works.

So basically there is a tool to pull the clips but still requires a lot of work in the editing booth to make it all work right.


I'm hearing some autotune.
 
2014-02-21 10:15:55 AM  

styckx: LessO2: And herein lies the difference.  When was the last time you ever saw Jay Leno trending on both Facebook and Twitter the morning after?

With two videos

He also did Hashtag2 last night


And see, that one was horrible.
 
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