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Conan and Dave: Kindred spirits in the late-night wars

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

That’s one way to look at the relationship between David Letterman and Conan O’Brien, who reunite tonight on Letterman’s program. The then-unproven O’Brien succeeded Letterman on Late Night in 1993, and later they were head-to-head rivals for seven months during O’Brien’s brief and tumultuous reign as host of The Tonight Show. Both men, at similar points in their television careers, found themselves grasping the short end of the stick in passive-aggressive tangles with Jay Leno and downright hostile relations with NBC over late-night’s showcase program.

But they share more than just battle scars, judging by the warm on-screen exchanges over the years. Back in 1994, when O’Brien was still getting the hang of his new job, Letterman graciously returned to his former digs and blessed his successor at a time when O’Brien was being savaged by critics. “The more I watch the show, I realize that you guys do an incredible amount of comedy…that is very high level,” said Letterman. “I think you’ve really done a great job to carve out a wonderful identity for yourselves. There’s nothing like this show anywhere on television.” Watch that early visit below. READ FULL STORY

Obama visits 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' tonight: Examining his talk show history -- VIDEO

Tonight marks President Barack Obama’s first appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, but it’s not the first time POTUS has made stops on the late-night circuit. Until former actor Ronald Reagan moved into the Oval Office, it was unheard of for the president to debase his political capital by visiting the same talk shows that trade in celebrities and animal segments. These days, it’s a required a stop on the campaign trail and an extension of the State of the Union address (minus the drinking games).

Indeed, conservative website the Washington Free Beacon reported yesterday that Obama and First Lady Michelle — who appeared on Late Night in February — have overtaken the Reagans as the most televised presidential couple in history. Even after 2008 opponent John McCain dismissively referred to Obama as a “celebrity,” Obama has been unabashed about appearing on a number of talk shows, including The View, The Daily Show, the Today show, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He’s also filmed segments for programs ranging from The Colbert Report to American Idol and Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl. Below, we run down some of his notable appearances. READ FULL STORY

Tracy Morgan talks Rihanna, Snooki, and his Sundance collapse on 'Letterman' -- VIDEO

Tracy Morgan didn’t take his shirt off on Letterman last night, and he also didn’t jokingly threaten to get anyone pregnant. But the 30 Rock star still managed to be predictably unpredictable, peppering his interview with off-the-wall quips about air travel (“Yeah, I take airplanes. We don’t take the bus to England no more”), Rihanna (“She’s part of my harem”), and his nonexistent past as a royal (“I was a princess — or a prince, rather, in Egypt.” Did he mean to say “Nigeria“?).

Letterman did his best to roll with the punches, valiantly trying to keep the controversial stand-up on topic. The host only managed to curb Morgan’s enthusiasm when he asked about 30 Rock — as soon as his TV show was mentioned, the comedian became a whole lot more lucid. READ FULL STORY

Michelle Obama visits 'Letterman,' talks covert FLOTUS ops and Bo's bright future -- VIDEO

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

'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' 'Bridesmaids,' 'Modern Family,' '30 Rock,' lead Comedy Awards nominations

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

Taylor Kitsch's short hair a problem, even for airport security -- VIDEO

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

Jon Stewart steps in it on 'Late Show With David Letterman' -- VIDEO

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

SI Swimsuit cover girl Kate Upton on Letterman: How'd she do? -- VIDEO

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

Nicolas Cage is not a vampire, or so he claims -- VIDEO

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

Did David Letterman destroy Late Night?

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

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