Late Show Highlights

I was going to review Conan today, but when I heard that last night Letterman officially apologized for his Palin joke I couldn’t resist watching the Late Show. Here were my favorite monologue jokes. See if you recognize the theme:

Honestly, how many of you are only here tonight hoping I’ll offend somebody else?

Here’s more good news for visitor: Times Square is now a pedestrian mall. They have four hundred beach chairs in the middle of the street. And if you don’t get one of those beach chairs I’ll lend you a bag of my hate mail. You can relax on that.

Earlier in the Iranian elections it was a tie. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the other guy were tied. And now, a couple of days later Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wins by a landslide. People are very upset. They sparked violent protests. calls for investigation, there’s national outrage… oh wait, that’s me.

Dave started his desk segments with his apology. Watch it before CBS forces You Tube to take it down:


I thought the apology was appropriate in size and scope. He explained his side again and then apologized to the Palin family and everyone else who was offended by the joke. I appreciated his ability to take this step, and make fun of himself along the way. It’s too bad other people won’t apologize to him for their childish responses.

Jack Black was the first couch guest. I’m a fan of Black. I like his humor, physical comedy and intensity. I consider him the John Belushi 2.0, the one that lived. You can watch this clip of Jack discussing his upcoming milestone birthday and his band’s upcoming comeback album. Later in the interview he talks about getting in shape with “oils and sauces” and wanting to encourage his sons to “work the land.” He then promoted his movie Year One. Overall I thought the interview was very funny.

M Sanjayan was the second couch guest. Dr. Sanjayan is a lead scientist at the Nature Conservancy. I thought he was very charismatic and intelligent when answering Dave’s questions. I liked how optimistic he was that this generation can save the planet if we try very hard, which was a nice balance to Letterman’s pessimism. I hope the good doctor is right.

Overall, I give the show a B+.

– Woody

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