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Friday, January 04, 2021

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So the late-night network talkshows have geared back up in the midst of the writers’ strike, and the ratings tussle between union-approved Letterman and picketline-crosser Leno is top-of-mind. (No comment on that from me until a more solid, multi-day picture emerges, although the early returns bear out my assumption that viewer habits still give Leno his usual advantage, scripted material notwithstanding.)

But the real story: Those strike-solidarity beards from Dave Letterman and Conan O’Brien. Since they evoke the playoff beards found in hockey and other sports, I give them both a thumbs-up. Even if both hosts probably grew them more from laziness/boredom than anything else, and both are setting up eventual on-air segments where their whiskers will be elaborately shaved off.

I’ve been watching “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” the last two nights, and have been trying to put Conan’s beard into context. I think I’ve finally got it:

He looks like a guest-starring warlock character from the old 1960s sitcom “Bewitched”.

Seriously, he should get ahold of the show’s old theme music, wave his arms around at the audience “casting spells”, ham it up with a mock Edwardian English accent, the whole thing. I don’t know if he can actually use these suggestions under WGA rules, but here’s hoping.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 01/04/2021 08:46:35 AM
Category: Celebrity, Comedy, TV
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