Wednesday, September 12, 2007

More on Dave and Jay

A couple of days ago, I posted about David Letterman returning to his (and my) alma matre, Ball State University. Then he was on Oprah. Did you see it? Dave's glasses fogged up as soon as he sat down. Oprah even pointed it out. Do you know he went 21 minutes into the show, including commercial breaks, before someone squeegied his glasses? For Pete's sake ... two of the biggest names in showbiz and no one's got a Kleenex to spare this man? It drove me crazy.

And now about Jay Leno. I have a co-worker whose sister-in-law has been a fan for many years. One night, Jay made a joke about Christian believers that this sister-in-law thought crossed the boundary between good-natured funnin' and disrespectful insultin'. She wrote a letter. (Yes, to Jay Leno.) One day, at her place of business, the phone rang, and the caller claimed to be Jay Leno and wanted to talk to the sister-in-law. She was at home. Caller was given the home number. Caller called sister-in-law at home. It was indeed Jay Leno. Jay Leno apologized for "going too far" with the joke. Wow.

Just curious, who do you like to watch late at night, Jay or Dave?

If you are young and cool, you would have answered, "Conan."

If you are old and uncool like me, you would say, "Raymond Burr: Perry Mason Marathon on the Hallmark Channel."

16 comments:

Susanne said...

Who can stay up that late to watch anybody? That must make me really old.

Susan said...

Oh I simply cannot stay up that late. I DO remember my Grandmother telling me, "I always put Johnny Carson (and later Leno) to bed." She is a NIGHT OWL. Not me. I'm in bed by 9:00.

:-) Susan

P.S. I DO think it's nice that he called. That seems to be a genuine response to a concern.

Melanie said...

I used to say Dave, but he has just gone to far with being Anti-Bush and anti-war. I've had enough. I have never really thought Jay was funny. I thought Conan should have gotten that gig. Does that make me young and cool, cause I'm neither-

Melanie said...

That would be "too" far. My first grade English seems to escape me. :>)

Deven said...

I love Dave's Top Ten Lists (the funny ones) and Jay's monologue. Do I have to choose? I don't get to see either, even though I'm up that late every night. I'm too busy with schoolwork.

Sue @ praise & coffee said...

That is sooo cool that he called to apologize- wow.
I watch Jay more than Dave although I love Daves humor.

Monday night's headlines crack me up!

FlipFlop Mom said...

This is my first visit here.. YOUR blog is COOL!! going in my favs... Umm well.. I'm pretty young.. but I don't really watch that much TV.. I love to read... but if I had to pick..probably Jay cause he's a new england native!! Ü I did hear he is a great guy.. and like us all.. sometimes we can take things over the top...
Thanks for visiting me tonight!!

Lois E. Lane said...

I go back and forth. Jay's humor is generally a lot more obvious, which can be irritating. But it also can be inviting when Dave's "bits" make no sense to me whatsoever. I have noticed a definite coastal preference among fans, though, almost like a rap music rivalry :)

Great story about your co-worker's sister-in-law. That doesn't surprise me -- Jay's got a reputation for being good-natured and, for lack of a better word, moral.

Southern Girl said...

I'll be with you and ol' Perry. I love those reruns! Once in a while I'll watch Jay Leno, but only when he has my pretend boyfriend on. ;) I've never really enjoyed David Letterman, and I'd crawl over broken glass before I'd watch Conan...he's made too many vile disgusting jokes for me, with the pinnale being suggestions that Clay Aiken is a pedophile. How is it that's funny?

Lisa M said...

Oh my - the fogged up glasses were really bugging me too! Glad I'm not the only one.

I don't stay up late very often but I do like to watch Dave. I haven't seen Jay too much.

samurai said...

I am more of a Leno fan myself. I've watched Dave from time to time, but I always switch back to Leno... the times that I am up watching TV that late at night.

You know us old folks need to get out rest. ;~)

Suzanne said...

I will tell you, I watched that Oprah with David Letterman and it made me like him more. He seems so down to earth, easygoing. He also seems to love his son so very much. In addition, I think his type of humor is more to my taste, and I think sometimes Jay can seem too "put on," if that makes sense.

Roxanne said...

David Letterman became very popular when I was in high school. . .Top Ten, Velcro suits, diving tanks, split with CBS, the works. I still think he's funny, though I see his show only once in a blue moon. . .and I missed him on Oprah too. . .don't get to watch her anymore either.

PastorMac's Ann said...

Jay Leno all the way, seems like an all around hard-working nice guy. Will stop watching when Conan takes over.

Anonymous said...

This might be a little bit off topic but I am so disgusted with TV. TV Land used to be a nice "safe" channel for our families to watch but between the offensive commercials and programs they now offer, no more. The Food Network has also become more offensive with young women in suggestive clothing "cooking"?? The final straw for me was trying to watch HGTV last night and seeing a commercial for a new "home" program on there called "House Virgins". The commercial is suggestive enough. I have started cutting out the offensive pictures my very expensive daily newspaper prints all the time and sending them back to the editors asking them if they are comfortable with their own children seeing pictures like they print.

Missy said...

I have a friend who used to be a writer for the Tonight Show. I even got a backstage tour and sat - my booty - in the Tonight Show chair. Pretty exciting. Anyway, he said that Jay Leno was the nicest guy you could possibly imagine, exactly like he seems on TV. He said in their writers' meetings if one of them would come up with a bad joke, Jay would never say it stunk, he would say, "Um, yeah, yeah, maybe next week, maybe so, yeah." So that story about the sister-in-law does not surprise me.