The Daily Shows Solves World Hunger…Sorta

ScottblogLast week when Dave was retiring, Stephen Colbert was getting promoted and the Jimmy’s were battling, it was another Late Night Show that changed the world.  For over 10 years, The Daily Show has consistently been the best show on television.  It provides more laughs than any sitcom and shockingly more news than any news show.  Last week, Jon Stewart opened the show with a heart felt congratulations to Letterman and Colbert.  I was struck with his honest to goodness happiness he felt for both men.  It was everything NBC didn’t have during the 20 year Leno debacle.  Jon Stewart is losing a money maker with Colbert going to CBS.  He doesn’t care.  His friend got promoted.  It is a moment that should be remembered when compiling the best TV moments in 2014.  The amazing thing is, he topped it 5 seconds later.

Jon then went into a piece about how NCAA puts limits on the amount of pasta their players can eat because student athletes can not “profit” from being student athletes.  Jon then showed how much money the NCAA makes off these starving kids.  10.8 BILLION dollars.  The news/comedy piece honestly made me re-think supporting college sports in any way.  But they actually do not get any money from me, so there isn’t a lot I can do about it.  This morning I read that the NCAA changed their rules.  Students now get unlimited food through their university.   I am sure it will be debated as to whether it was Comedy Central that made the change or Shabazz Napier’s interview with the press.  Wouldn’t it be nice to think it was the news that goes viral, but I am pretty sure it was the comedy piece.  I find it amazing that while we are living in another renaissance of interest in Late Night television, that it is the Daily Show that truly makes headlines.  This show has taken away all the luster of cable news and shown how all news has become a propaganda industry.  Fox News is a place you can go to hear what you want to hear, not what you need to hear.

The next year will be hard for me to say good bye to my TV friend, David Letterman.  It is time and it is the right choice for him to make.  I will also miss the ridiculous character that Stephen Colbert created: “Stephen Colbert.”  I will struggle saying good bye to both.  All I can say is that I better not have to face saying good bye to Jon Stewart for a very long time.  There are a ton of more hungry viewers that need to be fed their vegetables.

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77 Sondheim Review Interview

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Scott interviews Rick Pender the managing editor of The Sondheim Review. They discuss Six By Sondheim, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, Road Show in Chicago and the direction of the staged musicals by John Doyle.  This podcast completes Scott’s Trilogy of Sondheim podcasts this year.  The interview Scott did about Six By Sondheim was published in the most recent edition as the cover story of The Sondheim Review.  Check out their website to purchase it.

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“Denise Is Cute” – Scott Luck Story

deniseScott Luck Stories releases story 24.  Click play or download Scott’s newest story. I am writing a book of stories so be sure to like the Facebook and Twitter accounts below for more information.  Also if you enjoy the story, please share it to spread the word.

This week it is a story about how a ten year old can be talked into anything when a cute girl asks. A classic story of how young love gets out of hand.

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Podflash: David Letterman Retires!

Dave 01Something very sad happened on the Late Show With David Letterman this week.  Dave Tweeted.  All week long Dave had been pulling out a lap top and tweeting a topic out to his followers.  Then the next night he would read the top 10 responses.  All week Dave kept saying, “We are sick of doing top 10 lists, they are never funny.  You do them.”  And viewers did.  They mentioned Regis, Chris Christie, made fun of Letterman, just like the Dave writers do.  It had me worried all week.  Then on Thursday, Dave said the words that I have been fearing ever since Leno stepped down.  Dave announced that he is retiring in 2015.

Let me start out by saying it is the right choice.  My guess is the network and media moved Dave to twitter because of all the internet action that Fallon, Kimmel and O’Brien generate.  Jimmy Fallon took over The Tonight Show in a fashion that Leno never did.  Fallon made it his own, moved it into the new millennium and made the Tonight Show relevant for the first time since Johnny Carson left it in 1992.  Dave always looked so good going up against Jay Leno.  But lets not forget that when Arsenio Hall took to television and brought a hip fun based program with him, Johnny packed up and went to the Yacht.  Johnny Carson’s departure from television was the single greatest classy moment TV ever had.  I think we are about to see the second classiest moment.

Dave changed television for any one who didn’t want to tell a joke like Bob Hope did.  He made it OK to be mean, sarcastic and funny.  When Dave was bored with a guest, we knew it.  When Dave thought the guest was lying, he told us.  Some people were too afraid to go on Letterman, that is what Leno was for.  As much as I am enjoying Fallon’s show, he will never be able to create true conversation with a guest.  The sad thing is, no one will notice or care.  That kind of conversation will end forever on a variety talk show when Dave steps down.  If you don’t believe me, just watch President Jimmy Carter from last week.  He was on Dave, Bill Mahr and Jon Stewart.  Josh and I discuss what happened in these 3 interview on our Podflash below.  Give it a listen as we discuss the breaking news that broke my heart.  For 24 hours I have been thinking about how there will not be an Amy Sedaris interview, a Julia Roberts moment, no more christmas Lone Ranger story, no talk of Global warming mixed in with comedy.  There will not be those Regis or Brian Williams moments.  Basically what I am saying is that I wouldn’t give my troubles to a monkey on a rock.  Thanks Dave for over 30 years.

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Food Freedoms: Scott Luck Story

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This weeks Scott Luck Story is about “bites” and sampling food at work.  How do you take your coffee?  That is your business.  We must fight for our Food Freedoms.  You eat your meal and I will eat mine. Unite and fight the people that force us to have a bite.

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76 The Music of Mad Men

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Ron Simon from the Paley Center joins us to discuss the music of Mad Men.  We discuss the best musical moments of all time on the first 6 seasons.  He also describes similarities between Johnny Carson and Don Draper.   Ron should know, he interviewed Johnny for an NBC special years ago.  We also spend sometime discussing how Bob Dylan influences the show and we each pick our favorite Dylan music for a car trip.  Don Draper, Johnny Carson, Bob Dylan and the music of Mad Men.  This is a great episode.  Enjoy.
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Scott Luck Story:Ballad of Mr Ake

22 Mr AkeLast week Scott Luck Stories returned. If you forgot what it was, Scott Luck Stories are short comic stories of Parenting, Corporate America or Life.  Just a little story that hopefully can bring a smile to your day.  Enjoy.

Scott tells of an old man and huge lawn that needs mowed. Scott Luck Story #22

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