Late Show Highlights

This is the fourth Late Show with David Letterman in a row. I’d like to thank everyone at the Late Show for coming to work for the past two weeks and making new episodes while all the other late-night shows were on vacation. You’re all terrific.

As always, let’s start with the six second show review: (Vines run muted by default, mouse over the video and click the icon in the upper-left corner for sound.

Here were my favorite monologue jokes:

Well, US warships are heading towards Syria. This is going to be an enjoyable switch for Obama. Now he can start a war that the next president can be stuck with. They’re saying that the war against Syria will last no more than two days. You know what that means: we’ll be there for another ten years. If brutal Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is dethroned and steps down he’ll be replaced by Ben Affleck.

Anyone here attend Trump University? If you’re thinking of going to Trump University I will say it’s easy to get in, all you have to have is a birth certificate.

The ferry that goes to Liberty Island crashed. The pilot apparently ignored warnings of giant statues in the area.

In order to give more time to Letterman’s first guest there were no comedy segments.

Ty Michael Carter was the first couch guest. He is a United States Army staff sergeant who recently received the Medal of Honor, The interview was excellent. Ty was pleasant, intelligent, articulate and told some amazing and moving stories. I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn a few things about this terrific individual. Letterman also shinned. His seasoned approach to asking his questions, making jokes and letting Ty take the time he needed to answer questions was spot-on. The interview is twenty-two minutes long, but worth watching:

Hayden Panettiere was the second couch guest. She is one of the stars of the show Nashville. The interview was a train wreck. I give fifty percent of the blame to Hayden and the other fifty percent to circumstance. In her defense there was no way she was going to come close to matching the significance and weight of Ty. There was nothing she could have said or done, other than rescued twenty kittens from a burning no-kill shelter, that was going to compare to a Medal of Honor winner. With that in mind, then, all Hayden had to do was be friendly and a tad livelier than the somber tone that the show had established. Instead, in under six minutes, she was overly energetic with her story telling and actually embarrassed Letterman over the pronunciation of her name. It makes me cringe just thinking about it.

In The Valley Below was the musical guest. They gave a nice performance.

Very good show. I give it:


– Woody

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