The veteran TV host is back with more episodes of his Netflix interview series and a perspective that has been altered by the coronavirus pandemic. By Dave Itzkoff. Nineteen years later, with the country in the midst of a monthslong pandemic, Letterman found it difficult to conjure up any similarly inspiring anecdotes. One morning last week, this veteran late-night host, broadcaster and comedian, now 73, was sitting in a park here, contemplating the Hudson River and cracking wise about the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. But truth be told, Letterman was in a more melancholy than mirthful frame of mind. Though he, his wife, Regina, and their son, Harry, have remained safe, he knows several people who were stricken by coronavirus, some of whom died from it. And he is deeply frustrated by what he feels have been inconsistent, nationwide efforts to inform people about the pandemic and mitigate its spread. Instead, he was able to produce two more episodes over the summer, under substantially different circumstances: one with Dave Chappelle, which was recorded at an outdoor pavilion in Yellow Springs, Ohio; and one with Lizzo, at her home studio in Los Angeles, which had no audience at all. For Letterman, each of these episodes offered him a further education in the evolution of entertainment and deeper insights as an interviewer and observer of human nature.
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Kim Kardashian West walks Dave through key moments from her life, including the O. The "Iron Man" star opens up about his showbiz childhood, addictions and comeback, then introduces Dave to the animal menagerie at his Malibu home. In a rare interview near his farm in Ohio, comedy legend Dave Chappelle reflects on his unconventional career, his family and the power of community. Music superstar Lizzo invites Dave to lay down a track at her home studio as they chat about flutes, protests, her time working with Prince and more. Kanye opens up about family, bipolar disorder, his Sunday Service gatherings and the backlash over his support for Trump. Dave scores new Yeezy gear. Ellen reflects on some of the toughest and most gratifying moments of her life, and she and Dave make mischief on the set of her talk show. Tiffany Haddish lights up the stage as she talks Dave through her journey from foster care to the bar mitzvah party circuit to big-time movie roles.
He was eventually offered his own program, Late Night with David Letterman , on which he featured such popular segments as Stupid Pet Tricks. Television personality and talk show host David Letterman was born on April 12, , in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Harry Joseph Letterman, a florist, and Dorothy, a church secretary who appeared regularly as a correspondent on his late-night talk show. He has two sisters, Janice and Gretchen. Letterman is best known for his gap-toothed self-mockery, and his brash, wry, somewhat cynical sense of humor. His unconventional demeanor and sense of humor attracted a cult following, which has gone on to inspire countless comedians and talk show hosts who have followed him. He worked in Indianapolis as a radio talk-show host, the host of a children's program and a late-night movie show, a news anchor and as a television weatherman, where his brand of humor was already evident, if not necessarily appreciated. One night he reportedly upset his bosses when he congratulated a tropical storm on being upgraded to a hurricane. In , Letterman moved to Los Angeles and wrote material for popular sitcoms, including Good Times. His big break came when he began appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson , whom he has since referred to as his mentor.
After graduating from Ball State University with a degree in telecommunications, Letterman tried his hand at television as a wisecracking weatherman in Indianapolis. In he moved to Los Angeles , where he began performing regularly at the Comedy Store, a club for fledgling stand-up comedians. However, his unconventional humour—exemplified by the time he sent an audience member out to fetch him coffee—failed to engage daytime viewers. Although it received two Emmy Awards , the show was canceled after three months. Letterman did not gain a following until he moved to late-night television with the critically acclaimed Late Night with David Letterman , which premiered in on NBC. Letterman also became known for antagonizing some notable guests; Cher , for example, was moved to curse him on camera. If his behaviour turned off some guests, it excited the critics, who saw in his work an attempt to parody talk shows. Letterman insisted, however, that doing a funny talk show , not a parody, was his main intent.