Who needs writers when you’ve got beards?

January 4, 2008 at 11:22 pm | Posted in Television | Leave a comment
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The late night talk shows of American TV have returned and have finally given me more things to view on YouTube (albeit for a very brief period). The Writer’s Guild of America strike has had all the late night talk shows out of action for two months except for Jimmy Kimmel who’s been on for a few weeks now- even writers can’t make him funny.

Since all late night talk shows used to have writers, people didn’t know what to expect in terms of material. All the top chat show hosts were writer free bar David Letterman who worked out a deal to keep his team of writers came back on January 2nd. Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno were forced to improvise without using any jokes, characters or skits written by proffesional writers.

Conan and Letterman sport the latest in strike beard fashion

Striking television writers from other series delivered David Letterman’s Top 10 list, “Demands of the Striking Writers,” on his show:

  • 10. “Complimentary tote bag with next insulting contract offer” — Tim Carvell, from “The Daily Show.”
  • 09. “No rollbacks in health benefits, so I can treat the hypothermia I caught on the picket lines” — Laura Krafft, from “The Colbert Report.”
  • 08. “Full salary and benefits for my imaginary writing partner, Lester” — Melissa Salmons, writer for daytime TV.
  • 07. “Members of the AMPTP must explain what the hell AMPTP stands for” — Warren Leight, writer for “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
  • 06. “No disciplinary action taken against any writer caught having inappropriate relationship with a copier” — Jay Katsir, from “The Colbert Report.”
  • 05. “I’d like a date with a woman” — Steve Bodow, from “The Daily Show.”
  • 04. “Hazard pay for breaking up fights on ‘The View”‘ — from writer and director Nora Ephron.
  • 03. “I’m no accountant, but instead of us getting 4 cents for a $20 DVD, how about we get $20 for a 4-cent DVD?” — Gina Johnfrido of “Law & Order.”
  • 02. “I don’t have a joke. I just want to remind everyone that we’re on strike, so none of us are responsible for this lame list” — Chris Albers from Conan O’Brien’s “Late Night.”
  • 01. “Producers must immediately remove their heads from their —–” — author Alan Zwiebel.

Video highlights from the return to late night television after the break:

Conan O’Brien explains what he was doing during his 2 month break -best (edited) video ever:

Loopy Lupe Fiasco, who will finally rock 2008, appears with Matthew Santos on Letterman:

Conan gets his 8-man band together for some good old fashioned country filler:

Mike Huckabee prefers to play bass on David Letterman’s show than be at the Iowa Caucus:


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