Top 10 parenting lessons I learned from David Letterman

19 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Countdown Is On, David Letterman Begins Final Week On The Late Show.

With his off-kilter sensibility (Stupid Pet Tricks?) and his penchant for the oddball (what other host runs across the stage in silhouette before starting a show, or strikes up a telephone relationship with a woman who works in an office across the street?), David Letterman has left everyone who enjoys latenight television in stitches. There has been plenty written about how David Letterman changed comedy, changed late night television and changed the sleeping patterns of millions of people who spent years staying up too late to watch how show.

David Letterman says goodbye to late night TV on Wednesday, so we thought we would count down “The Top 10 Kansas City Moments on David Letterman’s ‘Late Show’ and ‘Late Night.’” No. 10 … Letterman asks Royals Hall of Famer George Brett if the pine-tar incident was the angriest he’d ever been. “Yeah, there’s no doubt about that.” (1986) No. 9 … Letterman buys Debbie and Duke Duncan of Ottawa, Kan., a pizza during a show in January, then mentions their restaurant, Pizza Time, in a Top 10 list. (2015) No. 7 … Kansas City Chiefs kick returner and receiver Dante Hall sits with Dave the year he returned a kickoff or a punt for a touchdown four games in a row. (2003) No. 2 … Paul Rudd tells Letterman that Royals fans actually showed up after he joked with a TV reporter that he was having a celebratory kegger at his mom’s house after the American League Championship Series. “But if they do win the World Series this year,” Rudd said, “seriously, two kegs at my mom’s house.” (2015) And the No. 1 Kansas City Moment on David Letterman’s “Late Show” and “Late Night.” … Letterman unveils “The Buddy Biancalana Hit Counter,” in which he measured the Royals’ shortstop’s hits against all-time hits leader Pete Rose. Who wouldn’t miss the most ideal job in the world, working for the greatest guy in the world, David Letterman,” Paul Shaffer said. “He’s been good for business. When Letterman signs off CBS’ “Late Show”for the last time early Thursday morning, he will deprive TV of its last direct link to Johnny Carson and an era when just one, then two, hosts could dominate the period.

Letterman’s final Late Show broadcast will be this Wednesday (May 20). “I don’t think I’ll ever be back in this building again,” he said. “Honestly. The arrivals of Jimmy Kimmel at ABC, then Jimmy Fallon at NBC, and, soon, Stephen Colbert at CBS have given rise to talk of a third generation of late-night talent (if Carson, not Jack Paar or Steve Allen, is to be seen as the root of this particular tree).

Tom Barlow, an artist from Astoria, has been outside the marquee painting a picture for over a-week-and-a-half in hopes it will end up in Letterman’s hands. There have been a lot great things to celebrate, there have been a lot of arguments [here], and nearly fistfights and nearly every emotion that people can share over 20 years.

I just don’t want to come back and see other people living our lives.” “I’m not looking forward to it at all,” he said. “I don’t want to go to a party, I recognize that it’s good, cathartic perhaps, for all of us to be together, because it’s not been easy on anybody who has been here any length of time, for this to end. Simply put, by jumping to CBS from NBC after being passed over for the Carson job on “Tonight” – and tweaking the antics from “Late Night” for a broader audience at 11:30 p.m. – Letterman signaled the TV business that anyone could make a go of it around midnight. But holy crap. [mimicking a waiter/waitress] ‘Care for a shrimp puff?’ I don’t want a shrimp puff.” He also mentioned ambivalence about keeping the desk that he’s sat behind for decades: “Somebody said to me, ‘Well, jeez, do you want the desk?’ And I thought, ‘Really?

After 30-plus years of doing five- to 10-minute interview segments, primarily with celebs on the promo trail, it’s understood that Letterman is interested in doing more long-form interviews, whether on TV or in other forums. He demonstrated that last year when he conducted an hourlong Q&A with Jerry Seinfeld at the Paley Center for Media in New York last year, not long after announcing his exit from “The Late Show.” He’s done similar extended interviews before a live audience with notables including Oprah Winfrey and Rachel Maddow at his alma mater, Ball State U., in Muncie, Ind.

And so we have not only Seth Meyers hanging out in Letterman’s old roost, but James Corden stirring things up with a new “Late Late Show” on CBS that has the vibe of a raucous house party. In his recent interview with New York Times, he noted his admiration for Jane Pauley for carving a new niche for herself as a correspondent on “CBS Sunday Morning.” When pressed on the subject of his future in TV, Letterman told the Times: “It just depends on the number of bridges I’ve burned.” Letterman has expressed admiration for Seinfeld’s do-it-yourself approach taken on the digital series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” But associates say it’s highly unlikely he would be interested in hanging out his own digital shingle, even though he has brand-name recognition. He’s been candid with “Late Show” viewers in the year since announcing his retirement about wanting to ease up his work schedule in order to spend more time with his 11-year-old son, Harry.

Time Warner has backed Conan O’Brien since he separated from NBC over the direction of “Tonight.” Comedy Central has fared extremely well by launching “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report” and “@midnight,” though its success will continue to be tested by transition and Jon Stewart’s departure in weeks to come. His first summer in 33 years without daily TV duties is likely to spent in large part on his Montana ranch with a line in the water, waiting to see what may bite.

And all of that doesn’t take into account the many hopefuls who have wrestled their own large or small piece of the end-of-day crowd over the years: Chelsea Handler; Joan Rivers; Pat Sajak; Chevy Chase; Arsenio Hall; Joan Rivers; Phil Cowan and Paul Robin of Fox’s “The Wilton-North Report”; Craig Kilborn; Craig Ferguson; Pete Holmes; and George Lopez. Consider the fact that 42 million people tuned in to see Carson’s final turn on “Tonight” in 1992 and just 14.6 million watched Jay Leno’s second adieu to the program in 2014. National Geographic Channel has already lined up astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson for a second season of a weekly run of his “Star Talk” podcast and radio show, which examines the ways in which science mixes with popular culture. MTV is preparing two late-night concepts: “Girl Code Live,” which features three female comediennes mixing sketch comedy and celebrity chatter, and “Middle of the Night Show,” which will force an unsuspecting celebrity to host a late-night program on the spot from his or her home.

When Jerry Seinfeld was on the show, kept asking about Seinfeld’s 12-year-old, seeking a coming attraction of what is in store for his own son, Harry. Conan O’Brien is also pushing into new frontiers, readying a series of road trips that will feature him mixing it up with interesting people in sundry locales, much as he did during a recent sojourn to Cuba. Chelsea Handler’s coming format experiment on Netflix, which she has said will play like a hipper, faster version of “60 Minutes,” will likely draw interest, just like the investigative humor John Oliver has burnished on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.” And Time Warner’s TBS could get into the game in a big way when it launches a new program featuring former “Daily Show” contributor Samantha Bee.

None of it would be possible without David Letterman, who bravely left a sure thing – at one moment his “Late Night” was the coolest thing on TV – for an uncertain one, and pulled it off. Kids are the common denominator that so many can talk about, a reason so many parents’ social groups revolve around people met through their kids’ soccer and Girl Scout events.

Now, as TV viewing continues to fragment, advertisers say they are placing more emphasis on audiences that demonstrate true passion, not necessarily the shows that always draw the biggest crowds. Letterman might have thrived if he continued (particularly if he proved able to maintain the new energy he has mustered in his current program’s last weeks).

By the time the kid’s out stealing cars, you know, Dad will be dead a few years.” I suppose this is one of the benefits of having kids later than many contemporaries. He has won notice for the most candid chatter in the time slot and is seen by many as the leading voice in bringing the nation back from tragedy after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In today’s TV-viewing environment, there is no more King of Late Night – at least not in the way Johnny Carson was. “I think Johnny Carson was the last King of Late Night,” Jimmy Kimmel told Advertising Age in 2013 just before moving his program to 11:35 p.m. on ABC. “I hope to have a narrow edge on everyone else.

As Dave later said, “All the problems will be for the stepfather.” 6) “For the first time since Harry’s been alive, our summer schedule will not be dictated by me. Even if you are a 57-year-old multimillionaire talk show host. 3) “Here I am now, 56, and by all rights it shouldn’t be happening – but there’s nothing we can do about it now and I’m terribly excited about this, I’m scared silly about this – I’m going to be a father.” This is every day of the life of a parent, starting with the news that you’re expecting.

There is nothing more enjoyable than parenthood and nothing more terrifying than the prospect of getting it wrong. 2) Letterman’s wife was nervous about going skiing with him and his son. “Then Regina says, ‘Is it slippery?’ And then Harry and I laughed so hard, we were just at it – ‘The snow, on the mountain? It’ll be just fine.’ So that was good and now it’s something that we all get to do in the wintertime.” When my daughter puts a Tupperware lid on her head, looks at me and starts laughing, it is consistently the funniest thing I have ever seen in my lifetime. A shared laugh with a child, a growing sense of humor, an inside joke about snow – I look forward to each of these consistently being the funniest things I will see in my life. 1) “I don’t know anything about babies.

I’m too old for any of this, but especially that…Maybe it’s just me being a ninny, but for the last six months I just wake up like this – OH MY GOD, WHAT HAVE I DONE?!

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