Here's The Thing

December 2013

David Letterman and Michael Douglas

Monday, December 23, 2013

Alec talks with late-night legend David Letterman. Letterman describes his early days as a local TV host in Indiana, followed by time working the comedy clubs in LA.  In just three years, he found himself appearing on The Tonight Show; as Letterman says, "that's not supposed to happen."

Letterman admits that for a good portion of the past thirty years, he “didn’t do anything else.”  Things have changed now; he has “no patience for meetings” and avoids making decisions on the show, preferring to save that energy to explore the world with his eight-year-old son: “when you have a child you do things you never thought you would do, and it’s fun.”

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Lorne Michaels and Erica and Molly Jong

Monday, December 09, 2013

Alec visits Lorne Michaels in his office at Rockefeller Center – the same office he’s had since 1975, when he created Saturday Night Live. Michaels and Alec talk about what led to SNL, and Michaels' early years doing subversive political satire on Canadian radio. Alec also talks with writer Erica Jong and her daughter Molly Jong-Fast as they spar about sex and the legacy of the feminist movement.

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