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The Ed Sullivan Theatre tour

May 23, 2015 Comments off

Google Maps now includes inside the Ed Sullivan Theatre, with the recently torn down David Letterman set. You can check out the audience, and even get a bit backstage!

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10 Great Seconds – Get a Life

April 27, 2012 Comments off

This is from the Chris Elliot show “Get a Life” (still available on DVD?). Fox put it on for two seasons back in 1990, and though it was uneven (like so much Chris Elliott stuff), when it was good it was AWESOME.

The setup: Chris finds an alien life form and names it “Spewey” because it constantly spews a stream of milky liquid at everyone. Having just watched E.T., Chris befriends the alien even though it’s obviously trying to kill him. Chris’s decided its violent attempts are how it shows affection on its planet.

He wakes up, and Spewey’s gone – so Chris thinks he’s dreamed the whole thing.

It was a toss up between this scene, and another where the feds are looking for the alien and Chris is showing him that Spewey’s not there (he’s hidden in a closet). They open the closet door, and a giant stream of spew streams across the room, continuously soaking Chris for about 10 seconds. One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on TV, but not so strong out of context.

Incidentally, I’m a big Chris Elliott fan. I think he’s uneven because he’s constantly experimenting and trying new things. It’s great that he keeps finding opportunities to do that. He had a show called “Action Family” on Showtime or HBO that was fantastic – it was a single episode of a combination gritty police action show and a TV sitcom. I watched that thing a hundred times when I was 16, but can’t find a copy of it to save my life, now. It had a rare off-his-show David Letterman appearance.

 

 

10 Great Seconds – OVITZ!

January 27, 2012 Comments off

Despite the slightly odd impersonations of Leno and Letterman, The Late Shift is a pretty great movie about the “Late Night Wars” that took place after Carson stepped down from the Tonight Show, and Letterman and Leno fought to be his successor.  It was on HBO, with a lot of familiar faces in the cast, notably Kathy Bates as Helen Kushnick (Jay Leno’s infamous manager), and Treat Williams as superagent Michael Ovitz.

Williams oozes charm without actually oozing. This 10 seconds is just awesome, as he is through the entire film.

The setup: Leno’s been offered the show – Letterman’s stuck in a contract that makes him the 12:30 NBC show to Leno’s 11:30, so he goes looking for an agent who can help. You gotta see the whole scene- it was so hard to pick any single 10 seconds.

He looks personally angry, doesn’t he?

Supposedly John Michael Higgins (who played Letterman) got booked on Letterman after the film came out, only to get bumped from the show that night for no great reason – and was never booked again.

 

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