Not that long ago, Howard Stern declared on the “Letterman” show that he’s such a devotee of the on-going late-night wars that he “follows it like it’s the Torah” — which is to say, religiously.
And since we also find the late-night time period to be TV’s most fascinating daypart, we love it when the nation’s best-known morning radio personality goes on “Letterman” and not only talks about late-night TV, but he gets David Letterman talking about it too.
1) That’s what happened this past week when Stern went on “Late Show with David Letterman”: The two got into it when Stern mentioned his close friendship with Jimmy Kimmel, whose ABC show will move into direct competition with Letterman in January. And Dave said he thinks Kimmel’s a good guy too. But the best part was when Stern mentioned that Dave’s own producer, Rob Burnett, attended a party at Stern’s home and told Howard that he felt late-night’s old guard — mainly Letterman and Jay Leno — were “doomed.” Letterman’s response, hinting that he knows something “big” about what’s going to happen in late-night in the near future, was priceless.
2) Honey Bubba: We’ve been noticing all week how TLC’s newest star — seven year-old Honey Boo Boo of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” — has suddenly infiltrated the comedy bits on the late-night shows. And the latest was this next clip — from Thursday night’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” which opened with Jimmy impersonating Bill Clinton and spoofing the ex-prez’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.
3) Hope and Change 2: Certainly, one of the TV highlights of the past week, for those who follow these things, was the Democratic National Convention, which ended with President Obama accepting the party’s nomination for a second term.
4) And the First Lady too: As eloquent as the President can be (in the eyes and ears of his supporters), his wife really knocked it out of the park when she spoke Tuesday night at the Dem convention.
5) Bob Newhart: The comedian and legendary TV star celebrated his 83rd birthday Sept. 5 by going on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” He and Jimmy had a great time together — and it made for our personal favorite late-night guest-shot of the week. Watch this interview in three parts.