Late Show Highlights

Here were my favorite monologue jokes from last night’s Late Show with David Letterman:

It’s going to be cold on Super Bowl Sunday, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggests that you start drinking now.

How many of you watched the State of the Union speech last night? How many of you watched just for the commercials?

Oprah Winfrey, sixty years old today, happy birthday to Oprah Winfrey. All federal offices and banks are closed. I want to be perfectly clear about this: it’s not just Oprah’s birthday, it’s Lee Daniels’ The Birthday.

The comedy segment bits were “Top Ten Things I’ve Learned in My 30 Years as Commissioner of the NBA”, and “The History of the Super Bowl”. Both were entertaining enough to suggest watching:

Drew Brees was the first couch guest. He’s a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. The interview was good. Drew was pleasant, humble and kindhearted. I think the segment suffered a little bit, however, due to a lack of direction on Letterman’s part. To begin with, Dave’s questions never had a succinct flow to them. Then, at one point, he asked Drew about a potential rule change to the game, and it was painfully obvious that Drew hadn’t heard about it and wasn’t prepared to discuss it. The worst, though, was Letterman’s desire to continue talking with Drew after the interview was officially over and he had left the stage. This resulted in an awkward post-interview backstage via camera after the commercial break. It was weird.

B.J. Novak was the second couch guest. He has a new book out called One More Thing: Stories and Other Stores. The interview was fine, but too quick. B.J. was nice, soft-spoken and told a very amusing story of a prank he pulled on the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston when he was seventeen. I enjoyed the story a lot, but other than a little trip down memory lane about his role in Saving Mr. Banks, it was basically the entire interview. I wish B.J. had had more time to talk about his book and what else he’s doing now, and I’m guessing we might have gotten it if not for the post-interview with Drew Brees. I guess we’ll have to find out another way. Meanwhile, here’s that story I liked:

Against Me! was the musical guest. They were ok.

Decent show. I give it:


– Woody

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