Libs & Cons: David Letterman vs. Jay Leno -- your thoughts?

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Letterman or Leno?

  1. I lean Left and like Letterman better.

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  2. I lean Left and like Leno better.

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  3. I lean Right and like Letterman better.

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  4. I lean Right and like Leno better.

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    I agree with you here, Fred. It's really not the same anymore.

    My favorite of everything were certainly Conan's early years, and I think Fallon's choice for music is by far the best. Letterman does seem apathetic and has been that way for years, although I do kick out of when he's snarky with certain celebrities. Anyone seen his interview Shia Lebouf -- or Joaquin Phoenix? Completely entertaining.

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    I think Jay is a much better car collector than Dave. Not even close.
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    If you think he is just going through the motions on tv you should go see him live. It is even worse.

    I went to see the show about 6 years ago. Before the show begins, they try to get the audience pumped up and talked about how Letterman was going to come out on stage before the taping and that he loved to interact with the audience. He came out about 1 minute before the taping. Welcomed everyone, told one lame joke and went to his desk.

    The last guest was some comedian. While the comedian was doing his stand-up, the lights above Letterman's desk were turned off and he just sat there with his head down. I don't think he ever turned to look at the guy. He did tell him how funny he was once he came over to Dave's desk.
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    There was nothing funnier than Dave's earliest stuff on NBC. These were the first programs I ever used a VCR on to time shift.
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    Wow, what the hell kind of a weird thread have I created where I find myself agreeing with comments posted in it by Row6 and even Shabadoo!?! :whoa::jeez::awkward::huh:

    It's funny that pretty much nobody here claims (or admits) to watching either one of these guys on a regular basis. I don't anymore, either. But between the two of them they used to own latenight network TV, when latenight network TV was a big deal. It's just not anymore.

    I'm too lazy to look it up today but would be interested to see someone post the number of average viewers that Carson had in his heyday compared to the combined audience of Letterman and Leno today. I bet the former dwarfs the latter.

    Sort of thinking out loud as I type here, it is sad that the hyper-partisan political division of the country these days has us so at odds with each other that we can't even come together at (literally) the end of the day anymore and enjoy the same topical jokes made at the expense of whichever President is in power, like Americans used to do every weeknight in the Johnny Carson era.
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    You forgot, "I don't associate myself with a party and Leno/Letterman both suck"
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    This is probably a function of age more than anything. After leaving the "college lifestyle" i.e. getting a job that requires getting up early, I find it more difficult to be awake past 11:30 M-Th. Having a plethora of other TV options doesnt help either.
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    I watch office reruns until fallon but when there was only the two I watched Letterman. He at the time was less of a kiss ass to his guests than Leno. And the interplay between him and his staff was better.

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    DVR is a godsend for us older folks.
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    By the way, Joaquin Phoenix was just acting in that interview and apparently Letterman didn't know it. He was doing this for the movie "I'm Still Here".
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    Thats what he says, of course. Apparently his whole several - year hiatus from acting was part of the documentary noone really cared to see. His whole faux rap-career, whatever. Pretty silly.
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    I never even knew about this project by the old Micanopy resident Joaquim Phoenix until I saw that link here. Or maybe I heard something about it but it didn't really register. Looks like a funny film, has anyone here seen it?

    For that matter, has anyone anywhere seen it? LOL
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    Like most lawyers in DC, they are both WAY beyond their prime. I haven't watched either of them in years. WAY OVERRATED!!!!!
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    Neither.
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