I TiVo most of the late-night talk shows each night, in the hopes that some band or author that I love is featured – somehow, that’s easier than preemptively scanning TV Guide. But, I was genuinely surprised and thrilled to see the illustrator and writer Bruce McCall as a guest on David Letterman’s show, the other night.
I’m far too young to know his work from the National Lampoon, but McCall’s New Yorker covers are ingrained in my memory:
Some of Bruce McCall’s New Yorker covers, from 1995–2008.
Letterman’s show might not have the cultural relevance that it once did, but you get the sense by watching the segment that he’d rather be sitting there talking to McCall, than Mary-Kate or that chick from Twilight. It’s just one of the many things that make Dave tick, and why I have a TiVo season pass for the Late Show.
In the clip below, Letterman and McCall look at and discuss some of the work in McCall’s new children’s book, Marveltown.