Tom Hanks Teaches David Letterman How to Use a Selfie Stick

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

American TV legend David Letterman bids farewell.

Hanks explained that his wife, Rita Wilson, “announced when they first came out that we would never ever have a selfie stick in the house.” But then he explained that they sell the ubiquitous accessories “all over Florence, which was the birthplace of the Renaissance.” After taking the picture (by positioning the camera high enough that it camouflaged their double chins), the Oscar winner said, “In a couple of weeks when you head down to – I’m just gonna guess what you’re gonna be up to, two words – Space Camp, take one of these bad boys with you.” After 33 years in late night, David Letterman — oh, “retires” seems like a wrong-headed word — let’s just say Letterman leaves the building tomorrow (at 11:35 p.m. on WBZ, Ch. 4). AP NEW YORK — The king of late-night American television, David Letterman, broadcasts his final show Wednesday, ending a 33-year run of unpredictable, caustic comedy that set him apart.

The longest-serving nighttime talk show host in US TV with more than 6,000 shows to his name, 68-year-old Letterman has been honored with tributes in US media, and by a host of celebrities. Last week, his “Late Show” parade of A-list guests included Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Adam Sandler, Al Pacino and Bill Clinton. “I’m naked and afraid,” Letterman told CBS Sunday, half seriously, half joking. “Any enormous uprooting change in my life has petrified me,” he said. Bill Murray, Letterman’s first guest on NBC’s “Late Night” in 1982 and his first guest on “Late Show” in 1993, drops by for his 44th and last time tonight, the penultimate show. The pretense was that hosts invited the audience to a nightly party with selected “guests” who would let their hair down, reveal a bit of themselves, tell a story and usually promote a project. But once through the other side “the reward has been unimaginable.” Letterman got his first comedy show on NBC in 1982, before defecting to CBS in 1993 to host the “Late Show” after the biggest career disappointment of his career — losing out to Jay Leno as host of the “Tonight” show.

Letterman was the first late-night host to go back to work after the 9/11 attacks, and he was frank with his anguish and, in doing so, helped viewers cope with their own grief. Long-time hosts, who convened the party, brought their individual brand to the event: gabby intimacy (Jack Paar), conversational ease and an aw-shucks manner (Johnny Carson), relentless inoffensiveness (Jay Leno).

Today a new generation at ease with social media — never embraced by Letterman — dominates the airwaves: Jimmy Fallon, 40, who replaced Leno; Jimmy Kimmel, 47, on ABC, Seth Myers, 41, on NBC at 00:35 am. Letterman who announced his intention to retire last year, will be replaced from September 8 by Stephen Colbert, 51, who until last December hosted the “Colbert Report.” “I’m 68. At the close of Joaquin Phoenix’s bizarre performance art appearance in 2009, Letterman quipped, “Joaquin, I’m sorry you couldn’t be here tonight.” As he said to Jane Pauley on “CBS Sunday Morning,” “I can tell you the kind of feelings and emotions that I hope will come of this. And then he left, and I suddenly was surrounded by the Jimmys.” Married to long-time companion Regina and the father of 11-year-old Harry, he says he has nothing lined up for retirement, which he has compared to a “punch to the head.” “For the first time since Harry’s been alive, our summer schedule will not be dictated by me. It will be entirely dictated by what my son wants to do,” he told the Times. “After you take a good, solid punch to the head, you’re just a little wobbly.

I think in that state, it would be good to have others making my decisions.” Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here. When he would introduce Bob Hope, and Chris Elliott would pop his head up from a hole under the seats, conversing as if he were Hope, or when he had the less-than-cogent Larry “Bud” Melman regularly perform announcing chores, or when, in his later CBS incarnation, he visited with the nearby souvenir-shop owners, Mujibur and Sirajul, he was taking dead aim on every puffed-up celebrity who had ever sat in a talk show seat. One of his most memorable routines was the simple act of going to a store named “Just Bulbs” and peppering the salesman with requests for something other than light bulbs.

Or going into various dry cleaners, restaurants or even garages that displayed old autographed celebrity photos on the wall and asking about the encounters with those famous people. Fans wait outside the Ed Sullivan Theater for tickets to the first “Late Show with David Letterman” to air after Letterman’s production company struck a deal with members of the Writers Guild of America in New York, January 2, 2008. You say goodbye to that laser vision of his that saw through the whole enterprise of late night TV while everyone else was, and is, busy deflecting our attention from the absurdity.

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