Jedi Training, From A Certain Point Of View

On Saturday NPR’s Weekend Edition had a nice interview with legendary late-night producer Peter Lassally. From the NPR website:

Peter Lassally is known as “the host whisperer.” If you’ve ever watched a late night show with an opening monologue, a couch and guests bouncing off each other, then you’ve seen his work — he practically invented the form.

Lassally produced The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson for 23 years. He also produced Late Night with David Letterman and The Arthur Godfrey Show, which dominated broadcasting in the early 1950s. Now, at 79, he’s executive producer of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, which begins its ninth season on Monday.

– Ben