First Lady Michelle Obama dropped by the Late Show With David Letterman last night to promote her Joining Forces initiative, but naturally there was some prodding about the not-so-nice side of politics this election year. FLOTUS remained winkingly positive, saying, “[Barack] is always upbeat — particularly about Congress.” Bah dum bum! Obama also revealed that she occasionally “sneaks out” of the White House for covert trips. Find out where below. READ FULL STORY
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The nominations for the second annual Comedy Awards were announced today. Television series Modern Family and 30 Rock and films Bridesmaids and Crazy, Stupid, Love all lead the pack with five nominations apiece, while Louis C.K. also picked up five nods, three of which come from his FX series Louie.
Nominees for the awards were selected by the Comedy Awards Board of Directors, which include high-profile comedians like Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Carol Burnett, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, and Lily Tomlin, according to Deadline. The Comedy Awards will be presented on April 28 in New York City and will air May 6 on Comedy Central. Choice nominees are below. The full list is available on the Awards’ official site. READ FULL STORY
John Carter star Taylor Kitsch stopped by the Late Show With David Letterman last night and entertained Dave with a story about getting stopped by customs at an airport in the Philippines when his passport had no room left for a stamp. He was informed he was going to be sent back on the next plane to Japan, where he just flew in from, but Kitsch, who had a work visa to film the upcoming Oliver Stone film Savages, told the agent he was an actor — which the man didn’t believe. With the airport’s computers down, and the man not familiar with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Kitsch pulled out his iPhone and played him the John Carter trailer. “He’s like, ‘That’s not you.’ I’m like, ‘What?’ He’s like, ‘You have short hair.’ And I’m like, ‘Mate, I cut it. It grows. It’s me,’” Kitsch says. Luckily, the guy liked the trailer and Kitsch got to stay. READ FULL STORY
When Daily Show host Jon Stewart stopped by the Late Show With David Letterman last night, the two comics broached the topic of Mitt Romney. The seemingly harmless conversation quickly went awry when Letterman offered a counter theory on Stewart’s ideas about the GOP presidential candidate. Romney, said Letterman, looks like “the guy who’s on the underwear package.”
Some comic freestyling then led Stewart to wonder whether Letterman even had to wear underwear anymore, suggesting that Letterman has a team of interns perhaps who “just sit there and hug your groin for you.” Letterman didn’t miss a self-deprecating beat: “Jon! I had a little trouble along those lines…” So how did we get from Romney to sexual harassment in such a short span of time? See the clip below. READ FULL STORY
As if she hasn’t been busy enough, Kate Upton — the 19-year-old model who yesterday was announced as the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl — returned to The Late Show With David Letterman last night (where her title as swimsuit icon was first announced on Monday) to talk about her magazine cover, her acting career (she’ll appear in the upcoming The Three Stooges), and her supermodel shelf life.
Check out her appearance, which is filled with equal parts breathy laughing and looking hot, below: READ FULL STORY
Last night, Nicolas Cage took time out from promoting Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance on Letterman to address one antique dealer’s claim that he is, in fact, a vampire. Last fall, the man posted a photo online from the 1860s that bears a striking resemblance to the actor and said it proves Cage is the walking undead. “Well, let me say that there is a resemblance, but how can I be polite about this?” Cage told Letterman. “It’s a, uh, somewhat slowed-down version of me.”
There are similarities, Letterman noted. “But it’s slowed-down,” Cage reiterated. He says he doesn’t drink blood, he has a reflection in a mirror, and a photo can obviously be taken of him, so that proves he’s not a vampire. But isn’t that exactly what a vampire would say? Watch or read enough vampire stories, and you inevitably get to one that argues the reflection bit was a rumor started by vampires to throw off humans. The vampires drink more than blood on The Vampire Diaries. I’m not saying Cage is a vampire…. I’m just saying he hasn’t proven he’s not yet. Technically. READ FULL STORY
After tonight, David Letterman will be the longest-serving host in late-night TV history. He is responsible for expanding our understanding of what late night television could be. He is also, in a funny way, responsible for the complete destruction of late night TV. He started out in the hour after Johnny Carson, and you could argue that — especially in the early years — Letterman’s show represented a complete deconstruction of the whole Carson model. A sketch like “Stupid Pet Tricks” was a knowing mockery of an animals-being-cute late-night segment. Letterman’s Late Night was a subversion of the traditional nightly talk show, as surely as The Simpsons was a subversion of the family sitcom or The Wire was a subversion of the cop drama. Letterman’s deconstruction opened the floodgates — if Letterman was making fun of the idea of a talk show, then Conan O’Brien was making fun of the idea of making fun of a talk show. The whole voice-of-god notion of the Johnny Carson host was a thing of the past. READ FULL STORY
Apparently Kathy Griffin’s resolution was “Eat right, lose clothes.” The funnylady stopped by Late Night last night and…well…one thing led to another. Recounting her Times Square surprise strip attack on CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast, she offhandedly told David Letterman, “I’ll do it right now.” The host called her bluff, and suddenly Griffin was unzipping for applause. Let’s just say this time around, she wasn’t nearly as stealthy or prepared, though the decision to go commando to avoid panty lines did make things a lot more dangerous. Watch the clip after the jump. READ FULL STORY
As award season continues, hopefully with an Oscar nomination on Tuesday for Shame‘s Michael Fassbender, we expect George Clooney’s Golden Globes joke about the actor’s private parts won’t be the last we hear. So we’re creating the Fassbender Package Punchline Watch. We begin with last night’s Late Show With David Letterman appearance. It was Fassbender himself who cracked a penis joke when asked how difficult it must be to play a role as dark as a sex addict: READ FULL STORY
Eddie Brill has been the comedy booker on The Late Show With David Letterman for over a decade. But the comedian found himself at the center of a small-yet-potent Internet firestorm last week when The New York Times published a profile in which Brill explains the show’s tendency to book more men than women by noting: “There are a lot less female comics who are authentic.” Brill, perhaps sensing he was on a gender-bias kamikaze run, then explained further: “I see a lot of female comics who to please an audience will act like men.” It’s hard to know precisely what Brill meant by these statements, since we all know gender is fundamentally fluid and questions of quote-unquote “authenticity” are meaningless in our modern era of exhibition and proud narcissism. Nevertheless, Brill has now been fired as the Late Show‘s comedy booker, although the Times reports that he’ll probably remain as the in-studio warm-up comedian. READ FULL STORY
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