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Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 1:08PM EDT
Howard Stern recalls to Letterman the time Donald Trump rated his daughter Ivanka a "10"
Netflix has released a preview of the shock jock as the sixth and final guest on the first season of Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No introduction. Stern's episode will be released on May 31.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
David Letterman to visit Late Night with Seth Meyers for the first time
Letterman's May 23 visit to his old stomping grounds will mark his second appearance on late-night TV since retiring three years ago. He previously appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last fall. "It's Dave's show and we are just borrowing it," tweeted Late Night producer Mike Shoemaker.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Former Late Night writer: David Letterman's explanation for not hiring women was a "master class in distortion"
Letterman co-created his NBC Late Night show with a woman, his then-girlfriend Merrill Markoe, who served as the original head writer and was responsible for many of its innovations. Yet in 33 years as a late-night host, he mostly avoided bringing in female writers. Nell Scovell, who became the second female Late Night writer when she was hired in its ninth season, dissects Letterman's recent explanation to Tina Fey on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction on his lack of women writers, and finds a straw-man argument, scapegoating, obfuscation and nonsense. Scovell, the author of a recent book on her experience as a female TV writer, writes: "After creating a straw-man argument that women just weren’t interested in working on an award-winning TV show, Letterman sets out to further absolve himself of guilt." Scovell also contacted Markoe, asking why "she may have slipped Letterman’s mind." Markoe wrote back, “Because we were having sex, maybe he remembers me as an intern.”
# TOPICS: David Letterman, Netflix, Late Night with David Letterman, Late Show with David Letterman, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, Merill Markoe, Nell Scovell, Tina Fey, Late Night, Women and TV
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 9:08PM EDT
David Letterman: I should've retired from late-night 10 years ago
In his Netflix Emmys For Your Consideration conversation with Jerry Seinfeld, Letterman expressed regret with not leaving his Late Show earlier. “When you’re in show business, it’s so self-consuming and so egomaniacal that you only look at a very small focus, which is yourself,” Letterman said. “If you have the ability and the energy to do that, you should do it. But don’t do it as long as I did. I did it too long. I should have left 10 years ago, because then I could have taken some of that energy and focus and applied it to actually doing something good for humans.”
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 1:23PM EDT
David Letterman praises Michelle Wolf's White House Correspondents' Dinner performance in a chat with Jerry Seinfeld
"I really had great admiration for the fact that she was able to just walk into that room and decimate the place," Letterman said in conversation at a Netflix For Your Consideration Emmy event promoting Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction and Seinfeld''s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. "So I saw the complete script of what she had done. The more I got to thinking about it, I thought 'Wow, that was great,'" Letterman told Seinfeld. "Because, just, whatever the reaction — there's no damage. And she had the guts to stand up there and didn't apologize, where everybody is now apologizing for everything." Seinfeld admitted he didn't "know" Wolf, but he had heard of her. "Everybody talks about how dedicated — that she's out every night working on her stuff and those are the kind of people I really like," he said.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:53PM EDT
Tina Fey calls out David Letterman's lack of female writers on his late-night shows
On the new episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Letterman acknowledged the criticism that he lacked females in his late-night writers' rooms. Letterman said people would ask "why don’t you have women writers? And the best I could come up with was ‘I don’t know.’ I didn’t know why there weren’t women writers. There was no policy against women writers. I always thought, ‘Well, geez, if I was a woman I’m not sure if I would want to write on my nickel-and-dime, dog-and-pony show anyway because we’re on at 12:30.” Fey responded: “Yeah, well, we do want to write on it, though," which resulted in cheers from the audience. “That is my ignorance, and I feel bad for that,” Letterman replied. Meanwhile, former Late Night with David Letterman writer Nell Scovell tweeted that all five of Letterman's Netflix executive producers are male. ALSO: Fey tells Letterman she regrets her much-criticized SNL Charlottesville sketch.
# TOPICS: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, Netflix, Late Night with David Letterman, Late Show with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, David Letterman, Nell Scovell, Tina Fey, Late Night, Women and TV
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
David Letterman returns to Ball State University to discuss creating an "ongoing, immersive learning experience" from his donated late-night items
On Wednesday, Letterman met with students in his alma matar's Emerging Media Design and Development program, who are tasked with figuring out how to display the more than 1,000 items Letterman has donated from his talk show past.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Tina Fey teaches David Letterman improv in one of two My Next Guest episodes coming to Netflix in May
Netflix initially announced that My Next Guest Needs No Introduction would be a monthly event. But the first season will wrap by the end of May, with Fey's episode set for this Friday, May 4, and Howard Stern's episode dropping on Thursday, May 31.
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
David Letterman to interview Jerry Seinfeld at a Netflix Emmys event
The My Next Guest Needs No Introduction host and Seinfeld last chatted before a non-Late Show audience in at the Paley Center in 2014. They'll chat again on May 7 in Hollywood.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Iconic Comedy Store owner Mitzi Shore, the "godmother of comedy" in Los Angeles, dies at 87
David Letterman babysat her children, Jay Leno slept on her club's back stairs and Jim Carrey tended bar for her. Shore influenced the careers of everybody from Robin Williams to Garry Shandling, Roseanne Barr, Jimmie Walker, Bob Saget and, of course, Letterman, Leno and Carrey. In fact, Carrey's Showtime series I'm Dying Up Here is inspired by his Comedy Store past, with Melissa Leo essentially playing Mitzi Shore. The Comedy Store released a statement saying Shore, who died after battling Parkinson's Disease, "was an extraordinary businesswoman and decades ahead of her time who cultivated and celebrated the artistry of stand-up comedy. She was also a loving mother, not only to her own four children, but to the myriad of comedians who adored her. She leaves behind an indelible mark and legacy and has helped change the face of comedy. We will all miss her dearly." The Comedy Store was her fifth child. She was, according to Los Angeles Times' Paul Brownfield, "all-powerful, during a remarkably fertile time for stand-up comedy — the 1970s and early '80s — when many of today's comedy stars showed up in L.A. to go onstage at the only place that mattered."
- Son Pauly Shore, Marc Maron, Whitney Cummings pay tribute to Mitzi Shore on Twitter
- The Comedy Store released a star-studded "Thank you Mitzi" video just three days ago
- Kathy Griffin: "Mitzi Shore was a pioneer who gave more comics their start than I can count...I did my first legit comedy gig at the Store"
- Watch David Letterman's The Comedy Store 15-year reunion Top 10 list
- Pauly Shore tweeted his mom's final days -- he took her for her final visit to The Comedy Store on Monday
# TOPICS: Mitzi Shore, Showtime, I’m Dying Up Here, David Letterman, Garry Shandling , Jay Leno, Jim Carrey, Kathy Griffin, Marc Maron, Pauly Shore, Whitney Cummings, The Comedy Store, Obits, Stand-Up Comedy
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
The best parts of David Letterman's Netflix talk show are when he's on-location outside of the theater
You get the more "unvarnished Letterman" in his outside chats with John Lewis and Rick Rubin on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, says Steve Greene. "Sometimes whimsical, sometimes profound, these detours let the Letterman persona shine through in the most satisfying way," he says.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
David Letterman and Jay-Z discussed their past infidelities on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction
Without using the words "cheating" or "infidelity," Letterman discussed on his Netflix talk show how "a few years ago, I got myself into some trouble." "And," he asked Jay-Z, "I'm wondering if this rings a bell with you." "Yeah, of course," responded the hip-hop mogul. ALSO: Jay-Z appeared to shade a late-night host.
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:00PM EDT
Jay-Z explains to David Letterman what makes a good rapper
Netflix has released a clip from the fourth episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, which drops Friday.
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 9:58AM EDT
Drew Barrymore recalls flashing David Letterman: "It's like a distant memory that doesn't seem like me -- but it is me"
Since she was back in the Ed Sullivan Theater for Stephen Colbert's Late Show, Barrymore recalled the famous moment from April 12, 1995 when she jumped on Letterman's desk and flashed her breasts for him in honor of his 48th birthday. Barrymore has no regrets, adding: "I literally was like, 'What?' I sometimes think, 'That doesn't feel like me.' It's like a distant memory that doesn't seem like me—but it is me. And that's kind of cool. I'm still down with that. I'm a mother of two. I don't know. I'm such a different person now that it doesn't feel like me, but I'm still into it."
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 5:20AM EDT
David Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction has an editing problem
In a YouTube video essay, Thomas Flight explains why Letterman's interviews on his Netflix show might seem annoying. The problem is My Next Guest Needs No Introduction has way too many camera angles, which is in stark contrast to the typical late-night show. To differentiate itself, the Netflix show keeps jumping between the many camera perspectives for no particular reason," says Flight. It can't keep still. When the editing draws attention to itself, it distracts from the content of the interviews.