Archive for the 'NBC Letterman' Category



16
Nov
08

“Ladies And Gentlemen, I Resent This Applause”

Brother Theodore drifts from his original premise (promoting quadrupedialism) in this Letterman appearance, dating from 1983 or thereabouts.  The party is indeed over.

09
Sep
08

Jeder Oder Keine, Alles Oder Nichts

Brother Theodore on Letterman sometime near ’84. Theodore’s got lebensangst, but manages some kind words for a government agency.

24
Apr
08

“I Forgot My Nuts”

Another one from the Dave Letterman NBC-era vault: Dave siezes Tony Randall for an appearance on the show. At the time, the great Randall was doing a series of commercials for Fisher Nuts.

Somehow, Randall’s wife is referred to, but not shown.

19
Jan
08

Brother Theodore Doesn’t Understand Music

A disoriented Paul Shaeffer is playfully batted at by Theodore in this (maybe ’88-’89) clip. Includes a pretty good oyster joke.  It must have been humid that day: Theodore’s got a major case of the frizzies.

11
Oct
07

Robyn Hitchcock “Madonna Of The Wasps” ’89

As the 80s petered out, some traditions on the Late Night set had yet to fall by the wayside. To wit: the enforced appearance of Paul Shaeffer and The World’s Most Dangerous Band as backing players to every musical act to appear on the show. Today the once-reliable tradition has kind of faded away- the guest musicians perform by themselves often enough these days – but this song by the tremendous Mr. Hitchcock serves to demonstrate how aggressive Paul once was in chasing those heightened AFTRA scale payments. And what a great song.

24
Sep
07

The Stand-up Tragedy of Brother Theodore ’85

Theodore Gottlieb: monologist.   One of many appearances on Letterman during the 80s.  Always essential viewing.

“Lima beans…shattered nerves, broken hearts and fallen arches…”

13
Sep
07

Stupid Pet Tricks ’87

This all-dog clip from the late Reagan era brings us Cboe, a mutt who attacks balloons with such ferocity, you wonder how often she gets her snoot into the bags of Peruvian flake laying around the loft apartment of her options-trading owner. (Yes, the dog is named for that CBOE.) Not to be outdone, a German Shepherd named Satan gets into a refrigerator and grabs a beer. There’s a sad moment when Satan tries to slink away to enjoy the suds, but ends up handing over the can. Nice to see the sharper, more hyper Dave again.




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