"So I had a pretty optimistic feeling about it", he said. If you were hoping that there would be Stupid Pet Tricks or some other moth-balled skit from the past, you're out of luck. Please come back though?
But the latest name drop is one worth noting.
Late night has, by the way, a whole lot of talent in its current, super crowded neighborhood, but there will always be something special about Letterman for those who spent their formative late night years with him, as there was for those prior who did the same with Johnny Carson. And no one has studied Carson like David Letterman has studied Carson. Actually, Letterman looked more professorial than Biblical.
For instance, the two discussed Russian interference in American media and politics; as Obama put it, "One of the biggest challenges we have to our democracy is the degree to which we don't share a common baseline of facts".
Critics are lukewarm on the first episode of David Letterman's new Netflix talk show, which features Barack Obama. It reminded me a little bit of Bruce Springsteen's current run on Broadway: in a "this is the essence of what I want to do, here I am, take it or leave it" kind of way with no band in the background to rely on.
Paul Shaffer, the bandleader on Letterman's previous series, provides the theme music, but he's not on stage or on hand. This is Dave, unplugged.
Obama made the remarks during an interview with David Letterman on his new show which began streaming on Netflix on Friday
Both men seem rusty at the art of banter. Obama clearly imposed parameters on the conversation-of the "T" words, "tweet" is mentioned only in passing, and "Trump" not at all-and as such, it produces no great moment of liberal catharsis, save for allowing viewers to luxuriate in an hour of restraint and grace, as well as complete and coherent sentences.
Almost three years after he left late night, David Letterman returns in a different guise.
It was a brief mention, but of course, it turned a few heads after the episode became available to stream on January 12, with notable names like Mark Critch tweeting about it. Letterman invites guesses from the audience.
A few months ago I saw Letterman interview Al Franken here in NY, a bit before Franken's current controversies.
Each show makes room for a brief, pre-taped, on-location piece, where Letterman visits and interviews someone with an association to the main guest. That's not unlike the situation (multiplied a million-fold) when Letterman competed with Jay Leno and Leno beat him in the ratings from 1995 to 2009, and then 2010 to 2014 (with Conan O'Brien taking up a few months on "The Tonight Show in-between Leno's two stints). It only had, like, four parts", explained the 56-year-old dad.
Letterman, whose snow-white achievement beard has grown to Biblical proportions, shapes the episode as a love letter to the former President and his family, each member of whom he speaks of with admiration and delight.