Late night joke of the week

From Monday’s Conan (TBS, CTV 1:30 a.m.) The Northeast right now is being hit with a major snowstorm. Forecasters say people have not seen a white out like this since last week’s Oscar nominations.



Craig Ferguson and the art of the exit

“Keep banging on your drum/And your day will come.” Craig Ferguson, sporting a liberated, Mohawk-y ‘do, stood on his anchor desk and left us with a joyous, Proclaimers-like, jump-up-and-dance anthem. Would that CBS had given him a band ages ago, that was a stompin’ good way to go out. Ferguson spent 10 years in late night,… Read on


Colbert, Ferguson take late night leave

This week marks several milestones in late night. Thursday, Stephen Colbert says goodbye to The Nation with his final Report. After nine hilarious seasons and 1500 episodes he must be ready to shed his mock-O’Reilly skin. I can’t wait to meet the real Colbert next summer as he steps up to the CBS Late Show… Read on


This week’s podcast: Cosby’s late night pass

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wants to talk late night. Specifically, he brings up Chris Rock, a guest recently on The Late Show with David Letterman. Scott says Dave was sitting on eggshells throughout the segment, probably hoping Rock would not bring up Bill Cosby. Scott points out Bill Maher is the only late night comedian… Read on



Video: Letterman’s Christmas gift of Love

Since 1986, Darlene Love has come on David Letterman’s late night shows every December and sung her ass off doing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” In the above video, CBS jammed all those years into one cool Yule montage. With Letterman leaving Late Show next May, Love gives her final performance of the song this… Read on


Sign of The Times: Carter takes buyout

Best wishes to my buddy Bill Carter who announced today he is taking advantage of a generous buyout being offered by The New York Times. After distinguishing himself at the Baltimore Sun, Carter spent over 25 years covering television at The Times. Over that time he penned four books that are pretty much required reading for those of… Read on


Late night joke of the week

From Tuesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live: Congratulations to John Tory, who has succeeded the inimitable Rob Ford as mayor of Toronto…Ford has vowed to run for mayor again in 2018. I don’t know if I can wait that long!


Sex scandals: Letterman approach eludes Ghomeshi

Back in 2008 when my book Truth and Rumors came out, I was booked as a guest on CBC Radio’s Q. I had never met host Jian Ghomeshi and was struck by how professional the whole experience was, and flattered that he and his producers had taken the time to set everything up with a… Read on