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David Letterman Got Married

Wow: David Let­ter­man got married!

U2 on Letterman, $4 Album Download

U2 kicked-off their his­toric 5-night res­i­dency on David Letterman’s Late Show last night, with a per­for­mance of Breathe. They even par­tic­i­pated in a lit­tle sketch, where Dave had them out­side on 53rd Street, shov­el­ing snow.

The res­i­dency is to cel­e­brate the release this week of their twelfth stu­dio record, No Line On The Hori­zon. And it just so hap­pens that you can grab a copy of it in non-DRM MP3 for­mat for $4 from Ama­zon. I don’t reg­u­larly lis­ten to U2 much any more, but this is a great thing for a major-label artist to do, and I’m more than happy to give it a few lis­tens for that price and format.

UPDATE 3/5: Night two, the boys played Mag­nif­i­cent, which sounds like a clas­sic U2 song. Bono needs to treat his voice with more care, though.

Bruce McCall on Letterman

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:

Bruce McCall New Yorker Covers

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.

Con­tinue read­ing ‘Bruce McCall on Letterman’

Letterman Makes Deal With Striking Writers

Break­ing news from late-night TV land:

Most of the late-night com­edy shows are going back on the air Jan­u­ary 2, how­ever CBS will be the only one with writ­ers. I still can’t fathom how John Stew­art and Stephen Col­bert are going to cope with­out their writ­ing staff – my fear is that both shows will be slightly more awk­ward ver­sions of Char­lie Rose, (if that’s pos­si­ble), with bet­ter pro­duc­tion values.

Kudos to Dave’s nego­tia­tors, and let’s hope that the big­ger com­pa­nies step for­ward and offer to work out some­thing rea­son­able as well.

People David LettermanUPDATE: Dave kept the beard! This photo is from the tap­ing of his Jan­u­ary 2 show.

Letterman and the WGA Strike

There were rumors that Jon Stew­art was going to pay his writ­ers through the WGA strike, which turned out to be false. While I’m sure that the Daily Show host sym­pa­thizes, he doesn’t have Let­ter­man money.

Dave is already los­ing an esti­mated $600k a week in salary, and because he owns the Late Show, CBS has stopped pay­ing his pro­duc­tion com­pany, World­wide Pants. What’s inter­est­ing is that while Dave is shelling out for employ­ees of Pants, much of the show’s tech­ni­cal staff are CBS employ­ees, accord­ing to one blog:

These employ­ees (at least in Los Ange­les) have been on the street since day 1 of the strike. CBS does not want to pay them. They’re like the bas­tard child nobody wants to claim.

So, this thing goes on. Let­ter­man is doing the right thing by his writ­ers and staff – hope­fully this thing will get resolved soon. In the mean­time, the Late Show writ­ers have a strike blog, and Ze Frank has returned to the really small screen to offer his thoughts: strike day, and strike #2.