One last fun video from the Late Show with David Letterman which ended on Wednesday night. From its last Monday night program, a clip from Vice President Biden’s commencement address the day before at Yale University. The Late Show tagged it “Joe Biden: What?” And watching it will certainly induce a “what?” – at the very least. Biden is the gift who keeps on giving.
With David Letterman officially signing off as host of CBS’s Late Show on Wednesday, the liberal comic took time once again to bash Republicans for their support of traditional marriage during his Monday night monologue.
Over the past decade or so, David Letterman has become outspokenly liberal, but according to cultural critic Scott Timberg, the seemingly apolitical comedy that Dave did in the 1980s actually hurt the left. Specifically, it served as a sort of opiate which left his audience disinclined to push back against Reaganism.
“For those on the progressive or liberal side of the aisle,” wrote Timberg last Tuesday in Salon, “the irreverent irony ‘Late Night’ brought to the table probably helped neuter the American left…The helpless bemusement behind it certainly became -- for anyone aiming at social or political or economic change -- a dead end.” In Timberg’s telling, laughter, rather than activism, became the “default response” to “the stupid stuff thrown to us by cheap consumerism and the Reagan-Thatcher takeover.”
David Letterman may have grown more liberal over the years, but days before his last show this Wednesday, he aired a cute anti-Obama video imagining how mothers Obama called on Mother’s Day reacted to getting a phone call from the President. It’s just what you’d dream of doing if Obama ever called you.
CBS’s Late Show host David Letterman made a quip during his opening monologue on Thursday that, considering all that’s going on with the New England Patriots and Deflategate, scandal-ridden presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “would be happy to delete” the relevant e-mails and texts for quarterback Tom Brady and the team.
During the opening monologue of Tuesday’s Late Show on CBS, David Letterman channeled his inner Chris Matthews in professing his admiration for President Barack Obama following his appearance on Monday’s program by declaring that “you can feel the electricity in the room” whenever he’s on the program.
Having paved the way for television comics to make the unlikely leap to the rarefied sanctum known as the United States Senate, Saturday Night Live alum Al Franken wants David Letterman to follow suit.
Franken, now in his second term as a U.S. senator for Minnesota (and my apologies for the profound shock to anyone who recently awoke from a decade-long coma and still wasn't aware of this), appeared on Letterman's Late Show last night and thanked Letterman for his work as a comedian and broadcaster as Letterman prepares to retire in May.
Discussing the presidential bid of Senator Ted Cruz with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday's CBS Late Show, host David Letterman described the Texas Republican motivating "extreme" supporters: "...he announced at Liberty College [sic], which is Jerry Falwell's place.... And that was, of course, purposeful, because he wanted to establish his – the base, the core of the extreme right-wing part of the Republican Party."
In a preview of the 2016 campaign, all five late night comics on Monday night mocked Ted Cruz, hitting the Republican as anti-immigrant, regressive and stupid. CBS host David Letterman didn't bother with a joke. Instead, he lectured, "Here's what I find interesting about Ted Cruz, he was born in Canada. His father fled to the United States from Cuba. Yet, Ted Cruz is against immigration. Isn't that odd?"
In a contrast of how two network late night comedy hosts addressed the Hillary Clinton email scandal on Monday, CBS’s David Letterman whined about the attention and effort being devoted and given to the scandal while NBC’s Jimmy Fallon took to mocking Clinton’s long-winded, confusing responses during her press conference as to why she used just one account and one phone.
If this was intended as a defense of discredited NBC Nightly News anchor/fabulist Brian Williams, ex-MSNBC ringleader Keith Olbermann should have bitten his tongue instead.
Appearing on Late Show with David Letterman last night, Olbermann described Williams as a friendly acquaintance of nearly 20 years and scrupulous newsman who takes "personal responsibility" for errors in his newscast, even if someone else makes them.