Late Night Laffs with Rickles and McCain

This week on TV Talk with CHML’s Scott Thompson we touch on last night’s battle of the old farts: Sen. John McCain’s visit last night on Leno and Don Rickles performance on Letterman.
Nice guy Jay surprised by asking some pretty direct questions, such as if McCain now wishes he had chosen a more economically-versed candidate such as Mitt Romney as a running mate instead of Sarah Palin. McCain, of course, stood by Caribou Barbie, sneering at the so-called campaign “insiders” who stabbed her in the front last week.
McCain even got off that old joke about sleeping like a baby after the election loss. “Sleep for two hours, wake up crying…”
Meanwhile, over at CBS’s Late Show, Rickles was his usual politically incorrect self. Letterman loved every second of it and just could not get enough of “Mr. Warmth,” even when the Obama jokes went hideously wrong. Check out the clip below:

There’s also some chit chat about another veteran comic I interviewed earlier this week: Tom Dreesen. Dreesen and his old buddy Tim Reid (WKRP in Cincinnati) have a book out about their challenging days back in the late ’60s, early ’70s as the first (and only) interracial comedy duo: Tim & Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White. One of those rare happy, well adjusted comedians, Dreesen has several books worth of stories about his days on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, touring as Frank Sinatra’s opening act and his 30 year friendship with one of the hardest people to know in show business–David Letterman. More on that in a future post, but listen in as I tell Thompson about my conversation with Dreesen here.

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