Late Show Highlights

Well, it’s good to see that the Late Show with David Letterman is still on the air. I was a little worried that the ten or twelve people who demonstrated outside the Ed Sullivan Theater protesting his Palin joke a few weeks back would bend CBS to their mighty will. I guess not. Here were my favorite monologue jokes from last night’s episode:

North Korea is going nuts. I don’t know what’s going on over there. There was a huge computer attack. Was your computer ok over the weekend when we had a big computer attack? They shut down the US Treasury Department website. Man. That’s scary. I was stunned. I said, “Whoa, the US still has a Treasury Department?”

I want to say something here and it’s kind of a sensitive area for me so just bear with me. There was a press conference and Sarah Palin announced she is stepping down. And then the next day there was footage of her, she went fishing. And I thought that was pretty good. But here’s the point: Is it just me or is anyone else having naughty thoughts of Sarah Palin in those waders. Alright, I’ll just go ahead and apologize for that right now.

The desk segment starred Lyle the Intern. This is a pretty unique and sometimes risky segment, and I admire the show for doing it. The Lyle character is dark and edgy and I like his interaction with Dave. Last night’s segment was actually a little tame compared to some, but fun nevertheless.

Queen Latifah was the first couch guest. I don’t go out of my way to see Queen Latifah, but when I run into her in a movie, on television or on the radio I typically enjoy what she’s doing. She’s talented, personable and funny. She’s done quite a bit so far in her career and her portfolio is very admirable. Here is a clip of her interview where she and Dave discussed Michael Jackson.

Emma Watson was the second couch guest. You might remember her from the ongoing Harry Potter movies, one of which is coming out in a few days. Even though she’s been on the Late Show before, Emma seemed kinda nervous when she sat down to talk to Dave. I thought Dave did a nice job here and showed his professionalism. He started off with some easy questions to get her talking, and then built on her answers with silly comments and/or follow-up questions that allowed her to laugh and, in some cases, make comments at his expense. Soon she was relaxed, using the humor that the English are known for and enjoying the interview. Dave didn’t let her off the hook entirely, however.

Queen Latifah returned as the musical guest singing a song off her soon-to-be-released new album. I was a little surprised at how popish the song sounded, but it was a decent song and she sang it well.

– Woody

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