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Wednesday, January 18, 2021

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I think I must be attuned to David Letterman’s comedic sensibilities.

Or, at least, to his writing staff’s. How else to explain why last night’s “Late Show” referenced subjects that I also blogged about in recent days:

I’d love to take credit for the “McDonald’s Chicken Skin Classic” hairpiece gag, too. But no, that was all Dave. Masterful stroke by him to throw in the “…and bring your wife in, then we’ll dicker” joke, by the way.

Perhaps I should drop by the “Late Show” offices once my move to New York is finalized.

Speaking of that Rubik’s Cube thing, did anyone else find the end of that segment to be odd?

Leyan is working like a madman but doesn’t seem to be any closer. His hands moving a mile a minute. Dave asks if he would like some talc. 52…53…54…55. Leyan seems to be getting frustrated. 60…61…62…. Dave tries to wind it up. A frustrated Leyan sadly admits, “I don’t think I can do it.” And with that he quickly stands and hurls the Rubik’s cube through the window behind Dave and nearly knocks down one of the bridges. Leyan runs off in shame. Poor kid took it hard.

I was dumbfounded while watching it. I figured the whole thing was a planned skit; how else to explain the guy seemingly freaking out and chucking the Cube like that? But then I realized, he probably did really lose it. Once again, I’m blindsided by the intensity involved in modern-day Rubik Cubing.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/18/2006 04:36:13 PM
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  1. Just so you know, the rubik’s cube guy on the show was not the real leyan lo. leyan is asian

    Comment by random guy — 01/24/2006 @ 03:06:17 AM

  2. Yeah, I figured that out last night, when they brought “Leyan” back for a second attempt, and he again did a little freak-out thing. But it’s an odd skit: The first time, it was presented as just another guest segment, and was being played straight right up until the guy started trying to solve the Cube; so it really threw me for loop. I guess that might have been the point…

    Comment by CT — 01/24/2006 @ 10:35:59 AM

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