Day: January 2, 2008

Letterman or Leno: Who will you watch tonight?

Late-night TV will definitely be worth watching tonight as David Letterman and Craig Ferguson return with their writers, while Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien return without theirs. Letterman has Robin Williams and Lupe Fiasco on tonight’s scheduled program. Jay Leno’s schedule includes Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, but his (Leno’s) site remains vague — mostly because the Writers Guild strike has the show worried about booking guests. I know an old comedy friend of mine plans to be in a not-written sketch (that’d be improv, then, right?). And something about the fact that it’ll all be somewhat improvised almost makes watching Leno and Conan (and Kimmel, too) a little more of an oddity. I’m friends with striking writers, so I don’t want to support those shows. But the possibility of seeing some televised train-wreckage, at least for a night, does sound tempting. Doesn’t it? As I’ve noted before, Ferguson already operates with a different self-scripted riff of a monologue, but now that he has writers on his side, he’ll also get West Coast guests, too. By the way, my friend who’ll be on Leno informed me he didn’t encounter any picket problems upon entering the lot this afternoon — in part because he’s appearing as an actor and not as a writer. I’ll have much more to say on this...

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New year, new toy, oh boy! Take Two!!

Let’s try this again. This time, we caught up with Australian comedian James Smith, about to take the stage at the Comedy Cellar. Only Smith no longer had the long locks we’d come to know him by. What’s up with that? Smith responds. The lighting is better. Don’t know what I was thinking artistically with the camera tilt. Maybe I was just trying to get his whole frame in the shot? Just maybe. That stairwell can get a bit cramped, you...

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New year, new toy, oh boy!

Is this considered vlogging, podcasting, or something altogether different? At any rate, this is my first experiment with my new camera, in which Timmy Williams from The Whitest Kids U’ Know talks about how he also got the same camera in his Christmas stocking. Note how the lack of lighting seems even darker once I uploaded it. Argh. Note to self: Must have...

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