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Friday, February 16, 2021

Since moving back to New York, I’ve made half-hearted efforts to attend a taping of “Late Show with David Letterman”. So far, I’ve been unsuccessful — all the more galling because the Ed Sullivan Theater is, tantalizingly, only a couple of blocks from my office building.

I should take some pointers from Ben Sisario, who snagged tickets to Letterman, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”, “The Colbert Report” and “Saturday Night Live” — all in the same week.

The rule of thumb: Reserve the non-guaranteed/overbooked tickets early, and then get in line early. Basically, get ready to invest a load of your time just waiting around with fingers crossed.

On the plus side, getting in entitles you to The Warm-Up Man Indoctrination Experience:

Every show has one to get the audience members excited and to explain that even if they are not excited, they must fake it with lots of laughing, clapping and hollering. So accustomed to the semi-vegetative state of late-night channel surfing, we were now asked to become actors.

Each warm-up man I saw relied on those hoariest of stand-up clichés, ridiculing audience members’ home states and questioning their sexual orientation. But these uncomfortable moments offer important practice for the crowd’s prime directive: Even when it’s not funny, you must laugh.

What a gig!

Of those listed above, the only ones I’d want to hit are Letterman and O’Brien. You couldn’t pay me to waste my life away at an SNL taping, and I have only the mildest of interest in the Comedy Central shows. Guess I’d better start planning for a couple of days off…

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/16/2007 09:15:36 PM
Category: New Yorkin', TV
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It makes sense that the support network for divorced people would include a dedicated print publication.

And I applaud “Divorce Magazine” for the most inventively punny of subtitles: “Help for Generation Ex”.

But seriously, do they really expect anyone to subscribe to this title? I’d think that level of commitment should be reserved for the next marriage try instead. Although seeing a few back issues of this on your fiance’s coffeetable might knock down the odds on that ever happening.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/16/2007 08:33:01 PM
Category: Publishing, Society
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