Leaving Letterman

This is a little maudlin, and a little bit of nothing really, but there are some nice behind the scenes nuggets to be found within.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the best comic actors in the world, and watching her go to the writers for a better line is great. And also seeing her and Jerry’s reaction to the line as pitched is a nice insight into any comedy writing room … that nod, and the ‘that’s funny’ is so familiar.

Here’s the moment on screen. Jerry does a good job of adding more to the joke.

Part two begins with a bit that feels like a Late Night moment, complete with great ad lib at the end.

Of course, Dave left a show before, and I’m not talking about his final Late Night for NBC. He also did it in March of 1993, with half an hour of the episode still to go.


Behind The Scenes On The Late Show With David Letterman

Following on from yesterday’s peek behind Johnny’s curtain, here’s a look at the Late Show, which aired during the final episode on 20th May 2015.

Nice to see Dave taking a run through the theatre, and also grating the soles of his shoes before going on stage. If you want to know more about that clip with Michael Keaton and Mary Tyler Moore, then this is just the thing for you.

Behind The Scenes On The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson

Here’s a delightful little reminiscipackage made towards the end of Johnny’s run on The Tonight Show in 1992.

It appears to have been filmed over two days, rather than the one intimated at in the clip, because the early production meeting talks about Steven Wright, while the show features Stevie Wonder. Wright’s appearance was on 8th April, and Wonder’s was on the 9th.