Episode #18

David Letterman

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Monday, June 18, 2012


David Letterman giving his opening monologue on the Late Show, September 17, 2001. David Letterman giving his opening monologue on the Late Show, September 17, 2001. (CBS/Worldwide Pants)

David Letterman began his Late Night gig as a self-described “gap-toothed, unknown smart ass.” But thirty highly successful years later, Letterman’s comedy formula has evolved: he no longer attends all the meetings or makes all the decisions and stupid pet tricks are a thing of the past.  

Letterman began his television career as a weatherman, but moved rapidly up to anchorman and talk show host. He left for L.A. and, after only three years on the comedy scene there, he found himself guest-hosting the Tonight Show. He talks to Alec about how a quintuple by-pass and the birth of a child have dramatically shifted Letterman’s priorities. 

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Hosted by:

Alec Baldwin

Produced by:

Emily Botein and Kathie Russo

Comments [96]

Charlie from Nashville y'all!

Ain't it great being alive right now? Thanks Dave And Alec!

Apr. 08 2014 11:36 PM
Vic from .

Were you a fan of Late Night way back when
when there was the writers strike at the network?
Letterman night after night was out there just
trying to eat up the clock. During this period
he had a special bit..."Ladies & Gentleman, it's
Dog Night in the control room..."
& Then the camera panned the control room, & there
were all these different dogs sitting in the
technicians' chairs. O.K., everything's under
It was funny.
I wish in your interview David had spoken of
these days.

Oct. 27 2013 09:11 PM

you're full of jive, Orphanman. supreme doggie doo.

Sep. 27 2013 08:53 PM

Does anyone else listen just to hear the sound of Mr. B's voice. Music to my ears.

Sep. 22 2013 10:07 AM
Evelyn from Brooklyn

What a fantastic interview!! Love you both, Alec and David.

Sep. 08 2013 06:20 PM
Orphanman from Los Angeles

Baldwin and Letterman are a couple of self serving self adoring creepy old men. Notice Baldwin goes on the Letterman show whenever he has someone to smear or when he's been in trouble for attacking someone. Letterman is a disgrace and has no credibility since he slept with his young female employees. These two should get off tv and make way for some new young talented entertainers. Letterman and Baldwin are neither talented or entertaining.

Apr. 11 2013 08:38 PM

Love David Letterman. Good interview.

Apr. 07 2013 03:24 PM
Kathye O'Brien Anstis from Stratford, CT.

Nicely played, Mr. Baldwin.
So much to relate to having had the rare opportunity to be a fill-in booth announcer in LA for a couple of weeks in the late '80's. As a woman, this was cutting-edge! You both sounded like comfortable old pals sharing fond and not-so-fond memories. Thanks.

Jan. 06 2013 05:45 PM
Gary Hudson from Santa Monica

That was great Alec...So enjoyed that. Use to see Letterman at The Comedy store all the time in The Late 70's. We would all go over there after Harvey Lembeck's improv class. There and the improv on Melrose. I remember it well. Took me back. Great interview..Thanks

Jan. 02 2013 05:13 PM
Christopher Springmann from San Francisco CA

Alec Baldwin is such a smart, perceptive, professional interviewer, as he stays on track, loops back to the point of his conversation despite the guest's seeming willingness to drift off elsewhere and shamelessly reminisce . . . a brilliant talent who is command of the show, while graciously balancing dueling-egos and his own goals.

I am very impressed.

I am reminded of my college chum, photographer Annie Leibovitz, who achieved similar remarkable results because she, too, was a peer, a colleague, a celebrity and star, who had impeccable access and cooperation and results from celebrities.

However, unlike Annie's work, why do stars say "yes" to Alec, when they have nothing to sell or promote (movie, TV series, book, setting the record straight), ala CNN's Piers Morgan, for example?

Because they trust Alec, even when he asks the tough questions.

We are fortunate to have a show like this on the air.

Dec. 29 2012 07:20 PM
Buddy Smith from Mountain Brook Alalabama

Alec is the perfect host. I love this show. Thank you from Alabama.

Dec. 27 2012 12:03 AM
what gives from america

can't seem to get some of the older episodes to play or download. what gives?

Dec. 03 2012 10:44 AM
Neal Rubenstein from Lexington.MA

Just heard my first HtT with Letterman: bravo! intelligent, tasteful, unpretentious, interesting. Thanks.

Nov. 13 2012 01:02 PM
Joshua from California

Interviews with Dave are rare. Thanks.

Nov. 08 2012 02:02 PM
Hunter from Mexico from Mexico City

Storm Sandy brought me to listening to WNYC more often and led me to discovering Baldwin's wonderful radio program. As we've seen, many film & TV actors do not make good singers. Even more so, radio reveals that some actors do not have the voice or storytelling gift. In the case of Baldwin and Letterman, they translate very well to radio. What a superb interview to hear as my intro to Here's The Thing! Though I listened on-line from afar, I know that the best way to hear this show will be an actual tabletop radio or car radio, to get my earfull in the NYC area someday.

My background in film & movies is on the other side of the camera, as a techie and location scout, etc., etc. I hope that Alec will someday interview some of the grips, camera operators, sound people, and others who are the real "supporting cast" of the actors interviewed on his show. We too have stories of the road less traveled in careerville. Not that I need to be on his show, but a slice of my own road goes this way: 2 years on the crew of CBS "Northern Exposure", then 3 months on tour with a big circus, then 15,000 miles of bicycling with a little cinema in tow... I'm just saying... the people behind the scenes in TV and movies also have interesting tales to spin on the radio...

Cheers to Baldwin for a brilliant, simply brilliant show!

Nov. 03 2012 05:01 PM

Ive been listenng for years and my most memorable interview of Daves is when he interviewed the Catmassage lady and she touched Daves hand. I thought I saw sparks fly. What a great show

Nov. 03 2012 11:57 AM
knownasnoone from Wilmington, Ohio

Just like "davajoy" said, i dont listen to podcasts. but heard Bob and Tom talking about it. I am not a huge fan of letterman. I do have a great deal respect for him and what he does, but i am a huge sucker for facts and history. Well done Alec and David.

Nov. 02 2012 04:07 PM
Davajoy from Ohio

I have never listened to a podcast before, I looked this up only because Bob and Tom were talking about it this morning on their show. Love Alec and Dave so decided to check it out. Now I'm wondering why I never did before! This was fun and what a great talk between 2 of TV's most talented men. I will be back for more. Any other interesting podcasts I should check out? Kudos.

Nov. 01 2012 03:02 PM

Thank you David Letterman for being so kind to Lana Del Rey after Brian Williams (do I have a word for him? NO! - well maybe BULLY.) made his big bully stink about her nervous performance on SNL. Lana/Lizzy sang at my sister's wedding when she was wee. She's so happily received in the UK esp. And her work is wonderful in all its aspects. She's living well and that's the best revenge. He's turned into a shill for corporate America, no longer a journalist one would take seriously.

Oct. 30 2012 01:50 PM
Vic from .

Dear Alec,
Enjoying your show.
& I told you so, "you're a radio dude."
Remember those first days of guest hosting on WNYC just to see...
& days later, hanging out without a gig, & being ejected from the station by security for not having a building pass.("Never give your right name") Now, it must be kind of an inside joke between you & those 3 guards, huh?
Best regards,

How about interviewing Isaiah Sheffer from Symphony Space, of his years doing, Bloom's Day on Broadway, & other shows.
Personally, I love your reading of, The Dome.
Seems like that's where we're all heading.

Oct. 14 2012 01:05 PM
RichF from East Brunswick, NJ

Over so soon? When can we here part two? I guess it's good to leave us wanting more...

Oct. 03 2012 12:14 AM
Linda McRae from Nashville

Dave is a class act and so is Alec, I had no that Alec was such a great interviewer. I've watched Late Night for years. The tribute to Warren Zevon before and after his passing was incredibly moving. I can't think of anyone else on tv who would have done something like that. Congratulations on everything. You deserve it!

Thanks for a fabulous interview! I didn't want it to end either.

Sep. 01 2012 07:00 PM
Justen from Oklahoma

This is trivial, but driving me crazy: what is the name of that WOR booth announcer. Alec also mentioned him on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. I thought he said 'Robert Mali', but I'm sure my spelling is off. After many permutations and google/youtube dead ends, I'm going nuts. Great show, by the way!

Aug. 30 2012 07:00 PM
Martha Magee from Narrgansett Rhode Island

I love Dave.
That interview was rich.
I've liked Dave since the beginning.

I like him even more now.

Ive enjoyed watching him evolve.
Especially in light of all the crapola we are bombarded with on a daily basis, David Letterman has become a welcome comfort.
He's a quality human. His show makes me happy.

This interview is so great because it's genuine, like Dave. Obviously, Alec, he felt comfortable with you enough to want to open up - and it is evident he was having a good time and really wanted to talk!

Again, please.

Aug. 29 2012 08:43 PM

As a Letterman fan for decades, I was delighted with this interview, which gave us a fascinating conversation with a man who's not easily catergorized. As modest as he is driven, Dave has changed the face of Late Night TV and comedy, as surely as Bob Dylan influenced the music of his time and everyone after.

I would love to hear a follow up interview. Dave is a gem,and has great rapport with Alex. Thank you both- Dave and Alec- for this.

Aug. 21 2012 07:18 PM
keith from Sydney Australia

I'm new to #HTT and am busily working my way through the back catalogue. Alecs interviewing style is very engaging and intimate to the extent that even though I'm half a world away I feel like I'm sitting in Dave's office. Hats off to Dave also for being so open. Cheers Keith.

Aug. 18 2012 08:38 AM
Nancy from Westfield, NJ

So glad i can listen via my laptap...growing up in the same era, albeit in north Jersey, it's fun to hear the references to an earlier time period. And, yes, Johnny was the king. David wears the crown well, too. Thanks, Alex. I mean, Alec.

Aug. 01 2012 10:40 AM
batjay from irvine, ca

best interview from dave in years.

Jul. 30 2012 06:13 PM
Howard Kumar from Connecticut

Alec is the best no BS interviewer.
Yoko Ono on what was it really like day to day living with John Lennon.

Jul. 25 2012 06:58 PM
Debbie from Nor. Cal

I've listened to every Here's The Thing podcast and this one is my favorite so far. Alec, you are an excellent interviewer -- I wish I could listen to a new show every night. Thanks for reaffirming for me why you're one of my favorite artists -- quick, witty, savvy, and not schmoozy at all. Keep up the good work!

Jul. 25 2012 05:04 PM

Fantastic program. I would love to hear and interview with John McEnroe or Christopher Walken.

Jul. 24 2012 02:42 PM
DL~ from Worthing, Sussex, UK

Alec's interview with the brilliant David Letterman allowed us to spend a little quality time with a legendary creature like Bigfoot or The Loch Ness Monster.
Here's The Thing is a great show, but this was an amazingly rare treat, indeed!

Jul. 20 2012 06:38 AM
Jeff from Napa

Kudos...after listening to many exercises in round on round battle to get letterman to talk and let down his reached it and did not tighten the grip as most do which kills any interview he ever should have gone on much longer. This could be a seem to know the art of listening...I will definitely listen to more...very nice...slow and the appearance seemed to be that you controlled nothing to do with the rhythm's a hard skill to perform

Jul. 18 2012 12:47 AM
Todd T. from Edmonds, WA

Love the show! People seem so much more interesting (fascinating even) when interviewed by Mr. Baldwin. Keep up the wonderful work!

Jul. 16 2012 02:29 AM
Jasmine from San Francisco, CA

This was so much funnier than I expected to be. I actually listened to it several times and each time, I laughed out loud, especially when Alec does his impersonations.

Jul. 15 2012 02:03 PM
DannoMack from Toronto

It kills me that you had to cut him off. We never get to hear Dave talk, I wish it could have gone on for another 40 minutes.

Jul. 14 2012 05:54 PM
Keith Kulper

Great job with the interview of Dave---you are a natural.
Looking forward to listening to your other podcasts.
Nice work.
Warm regards,

Jul. 10 2012 02:24 PM
Lilly Lamonte

Love it! The Grandpa of late tv finally recognized! Letterman and Philo Farnsworth two of tv's greatest heroes!

Jul. 09 2012 06:33 PM
Laura Hauser from Cleveland Heights OH

Alec, I just recently learned of this podcast from your interview on Fresh Air and am making my way through all the podcasts I can get on Stitcher. You are an incredibly talented interviewer and allow the guests to be vulnerable, accessible, and informative in a delightful and entertaining way. GREAT show - now one of my favorites on Stitcher.

Jul. 06 2012 03:36 PM
WVdave57 from St. Petersburg, FL

This may be the most relaxed and entertaining interview with David Letterman -- ever. This is quickly becoming my favorite podcast.

Jul. 04 2012 11:26 AM
Dave from Vancouver. B.C.

Now my favorite Podcast. Research on the guests is very good and Alec's banter is fun and intelligent. Stay away from the guests who are flavours of the day and stay with people of substance and insight.

Jul. 03 2012 11:14 AM
Bryce Stewart from Toronto

These things are gold. Steve Martin and Woody Allen for future guests please.

Jul. 02 2012 10:42 PM
Carolyn in Cambridge from Cambridge, MA

I loved this interview with Letterman. It's rare to hear him chat so relaxed. But that's the great thing about this show - Alec Baldwin's interviews with folks in show business are often like to friends getting together and just talking.
I know you're a super busy guy, Mr. Baldwin but I really hope you continue with this show. It's truly fabulous and really like nothing else on the air.

Jul. 02 2012 09:17 AM
Sean from Santa Monica, CA.

This show is absolutely fantastic. It's the #1 podcast in my machine. Alec, thanks for doing this and bringing fascinating people to the mic.

Jul. 02 2012 12:42 AM

David Letterman:" Again, what we want to do now is far different in level and scope than we wanted to do when we were – ’cause when we came into this show, myself and Marilyn, the writers – we just thought, 'Oh, America has been waiting for us. We’re gonna change the face of television for America.' And boy, it didn’t happen that way. It just didn’t happen that way at all."
Is the Marilyn referred to in the transcript meant to be Merrill, as in Merrill Markoe or is there an early writer for the show named Marilyn and I am being nitpicky?

Jun. 30 2012 02:52 PM
clive betters

love this interview,however, to dave especially: can we please get beyond, a post-post ironic era, in american comedy and culture in general. even though, dave has softened, some of his hard cynical sardonic edges to a degree,i still, get too much of an everything is bull s**t dismissive leer from him, on his show. i think we've made it damn near impossible, for the fresh ideas of hope and subtle intuition, to flourish in our culture. it's what i'll call, the pathology of, "left-brained lefties". the[political] right says nothing, and the left is barren and sterile. i so wish, we got beyond left and right,but that's another discussion.

Jun. 30 2012 01:39 PM


Jun. 30 2012 07:29 AM
Leonardo from Manhattan

To Frank Soundbooth, I ask, have you ever edited anything? Obviously, there is a cut here where AB lifts some personal reveal by DL that they later felt should be omitted. That seemed obvious to most radio people I know.

Jun. 29 2012 05:40 PM
Frank Soundbooth from East 7th

Starting at 32:00 and hitting a head at 33:33, is another example of how Baldwin misses the big moments because he won't get himself out of the way, and ultimately makes his shows just really annoying after the initial fascination with the podcast. This is the most self-obsessed show I've ever listened to, the guy just can't reign his own ego in. When Letterman is about to reveal personal emotional details about his anxiety, depression and apparent catharsis, and Baldwin cuts him off to talk about landing his first gig at Nott's Landing..? it's beyond bad radio, it's just bizarre.. Not that Letterman deserves much sympathy for being stepped all over during an interview.. guys made a career on it. but it would have been a cool show had it been de-baldwinized. Had potential. Instead, it's just Alec Baldwin constantly stroking himself. Used to love the guy.

Jun. 28 2012 11:37 PM

I'm most impressed that Alec managed to get one of the most famously elusive and guarded personalities (much like Johnny, as it happens) to open up about himself in a manner I've never heard.

When Jon Stewart won an Emmy in 2005, following a tribute to Johnny that Letterman presented, Stewart stated that the way comics in David’s generation worshipped and emulated Carson was very much the way those of Jon's generation felt about David.

I was one of the 10 people who religiously watched David's morning show on NBC. Born in 1957, too late for Kovacs, I was fortunate to bear witness to one of the most singular comedic minds of this or any other generation. I’d followed David’s every appearance prior to the short lived morning gig and was elated that NBC seemed to be fulfilling the promise of cool that began with Saturday Night Live and continued through Norman Lear’s experiments in absurdity, especially Fernwood Tonight, featuring another entirely unsung comedic mind, Martin Mull. Andy Kaufmann would round off the triad of new and strange comics the networks were willing to test on Middle America and I thought television would never be the same. While David managed to carry some of the morning show’s spirit into his then 12:30am time slot, eventually it simply morphed into a Tonight Show for a new generation of Middle Americans.

I’m not sure what good comedy is these days, other than a single genius named Louis C.K. Sophomoric shock has replaced cerebrally crafted comedy that often bordered on performance art.

Martin would rather paint, Andy’s dead and gone and David, despite his trip from Muncie to the world of the stars has finally found personal joy and peace in fatherhood. Worldwide Pants should release the NBC morning show as a boxed set. It’s a cultural time capsule as well as the crowning comedy achievement of David Letterman’s oeuvre.

Jun. 28 2012 10:00 AM
B.Storm from Minneapolis, MN

Great interview..I grew up watching David Letterman, Johnny Carson with my grandad. I love it, what a smart powerful, humble man. I relate to him a so much, i've always loved his style of interviewing...just be yourself!!

I to went to broadcasting school because there was no math requirement, lol. that's so funny!!!

Brown College in Mendota Heights MN

Peace and Love

Jun. 27 2012 05:10 PM
Linda from New york

U r talented clever funny as hell.. Like that u are both serious and playful. Charming and rough at the same time. Like your website .

Jun. 27 2012 02:06 PM
Florence from New York

I really enjoy these podcasts and have recommended them to friends....BUT a particular part of this podcast is just with David Letterman is just AWFUL! when Alec Baldwin laughs about making $450 a day in 1983!!

$450 a day is good money today, nevermind in 1983. I understand that it's relative to what he could be making etc. But I have to say I found that to be obnoxious.

Jun. 27 2012 12:43 PM
Linda Gnat-Mullin from Brooklyn, NY

Loved the interview. Forty-some years ago, I remember my father, Mark, telling me about this new weatherman in Indianapolis reporting "hail the size of canned hams." We've all loved Dave, but especially Dad, and I was grateful for the daily laughter Dave brought him. Dad was like an older version of Dave, dry humor with a wild streak, self-righteous and self-deprecating, cranky and driven. The weird thing is that since my father died, Dave looks more and more like him. Hmmmmmm.

I wonder if Dave's public speaking teacher at Ball State was Dr. Dietrich. He wasn't so easy to please. I had a breezy time of it but I watched a classmate faint and drop onto a cement floor, attempting to repeat, "Dietrich, I am speaking slowly, clearly, and distinctly".

Jun. 27 2012 10:42 AM
Grant from Seattle

This is my favorite interview so far... so comfortable and fun. It was just over too soon. Extended cut? Special digitally re-mastered release?

Jun. 26 2012 12:03 PM
Janet from Lindenhurst

wonderful interview Alec. Dave is truly one of the best. Thank you.

Jun. 25 2012 06:17 PM

Excellent show with David. Really enjoyed listening to Alec and Dave chat together! New to this show and I'm glad I found your Pod Casts.

Jun. 25 2012 04:14 PM
Lois from Queens, NY

Great show. I always love to see Alec on Letterman, and it was a real treat to have the tables turned. Please have David back for more.

Jun. 24 2012 08:29 PM
Frank Langella from Helsinki, Finland

Great interview and a real opportunity to hear David Letterman speak candidly. I learned a lot about his career and the good fortune he experienced. Unfortunately, he has created a formula that does not measure well with his earlier efforts.

Alec, please have him back...

Jun. 24 2012 02:33 PM
Scott Simon from Minneapolis, Minnesota

Having the heart attack is what changed Dave and made him give a sincere second try at marriage and fatherhood because he assumed there is more to life than Stupid Pet Tricks. But as a selfish voyeur, I miss the meaner, more driven Dave who felt he had to prove something every night. It made the show better and it also attracted similar collaborators with like goals. The only hope is that Dave lives long enough to want to show a teenage son how hip he really is; rather than rely on tapes, DVD's and other people to tell him. Thanks Alec for helping to remind us that Dave is one of two best ever.

Jun. 24 2012 11:17 AM
Kevin from Portage, Indiana

What you want out of an interview is in depth information that we don't know or heard of and a camaraderie between the interviewer and guest that flows with little effort. Alec Baldwin just has that with everybody. But if you've seen the relationship he has with Mr. Letterman when he's a guest on Dave's Show. You feel as though you have secretly put a microphone under their dinner table without them knowing it. It's that personal and just that good. another great interview..this thing is catching on!

Jun. 24 2012 09:34 AM
Hugh from LA

Wonderful episode.

Great podcast "Alex" and well done on the new body

Jun. 24 2012 04:52 AM
A.J. Nester from Folcroft, Pa

Dave obviously likes and trusts you, Alec. I've followed him since his first tonite show appearance and you brought out the humble, amicable guy I've always known was in there. And yes, 40 minutes is simply not enough. Perhaps you could make the podcasts something like The Daily Show's web extras.

Jun. 23 2012 12:42 PM
joe in nc from nc

Great show definitely need a part two!

Jun. 23 2012 08:29 AM
Fredrik Asplund

Thank you! Great show! Shared on Sprawler!

Jun. 23 2012 07:51 AM
clive betters

it's quite rare, to hear two famous men, speak so openly with each other. it just does not happen enough,sadly. i love them, for the humanness of their imperfections, which appear to this observer, be conscientiously engaged by both of them,and be anything but pathological.

Jun. 23 2012 12:39 AM
Marc from New Zealand

It could just be me, but a new episode fortnightly isn't enough. This podcast is a great listen. Thanks and congratulations to everyone involved.

Jun. 22 2012 08:02 PM
Deborah from Peterborough, Ontario

That was a terrific interview. Love Dave and will be listening to all your other interviews alec. All the best.

Jun. 22 2012 01:28 PM
TerryMae from Litchfield Park, Arizona

BRAVO! Keep up the wonderful work. David was a doll. Thank you Alec.

Jun. 22 2012 02:30 AM

BRAVO! Keep up the wonderful work. David was a doll. Thank you Alec.

Jun. 22 2012 02:25 AM
Teresa from North Carolina

Great interview. I agree with the other comments that it ended too soon. I would also have like the conversation to continue with a "part two."

Jun. 22 2012 01:51 AM
Leslie from New York

David Letterman interview was great.

Jun. 21 2012 11:01 PM
Amit from Australia

I have been a fan of David Letterman for a long time and I really enjoyed listening to this interview. My only compliant is that 40minutes was not enough and I hope you will have David back on the show soon to continue where you left off.

PS - I have only recently discovered this podcast and if the Letterman interview is the measure of things around here, I can't wait to go through the back catalogue.

Jun. 21 2012 12:16 PM
Nancy from Wilmington, NC

More, MORE. Not enough of David Letterman yet. Great entertainment in an underused format. Thank you Alec for your versatility and foray into podcasting; thank you , Mr. Letterman, Harry's dad and reigning king of Late night TV!! So good, I'll share and listen again.

Jun. 21 2012 01:56 AM
michael warren

Great interview with Dave! Way to f*** the paparazzi! Love your "not on the runway" line. Keep up the good humanity.

Jun. 21 2012 12:17 AM
Eric from Windsor Terrace

Best one yet. Keep up the excellent work. When is WNYC going to air these?

Jun. 20 2012 09:30 PM
George from California

I have enjoyed all of your interviews. Often times I don't know your guests before I listen and I am so glad that I've listened, gotten to know about some one. I really liked your interview with Dick Cavett. But your interview with David Letterman was the absolute best. I've been a Letterman fan since the morning show and to hear him just talk about stuff was great. Please have him back again.

Jun. 20 2012 05:24 PM
annie from Sleepless in NYC

It was a great interview. Just an idea. Maybe if the conversation is going very well in Alec's opinion - you should just keep recording and maybe use the tape as Part 2 if that is agreeable with everybody involved in the decision making. Some shows on TV continue the conversation on the internet.

Jun. 20 2012 02:45 PM
mickey paraskevas from southampton

one of the best interviews of letterman i've heard. ...and baldwin is great...

Jun. 20 2012 12:23 PM

A great couple of guys. I never miss Letterman unless I fall asleep.

Jun. 19 2012 08:05 PM
Mike Medeiros from fall River, Ma.

Tremendous. I have been watching Dave since the morning show and consider fairly versed in many things Dave yet I learned many things in this interview.

Jun. 19 2012 07:11 PM
Paula from New Jersey

Love them both

Jun. 19 2012 06:59 PM

By far, the best interview I've ever heard with Dave. Thanks.

Jun. 19 2012 04:00 PM

Great to discover that I can get "Here's The Thing" without iTunes. I do not have nor do I need or want iTunes. Somehow, I manage 770 gigs of 320kb music and HD video with Winamp.

I am a Letterman addict, so this was great.

Jun. 19 2012 11:31 AM

Don't want to be greedy, but how about a part 2? Sounded like Dave had more to talk about!

Jun. 19 2012 09:50 AM
David from Brooklyn

This m3u format is awful, why can't I listen to this show like all the other shows on the site?

Jun. 19 2012 07:01 AM
Layne from Berlin

Doesn't get much better than two good interviewers having an intelligent conversation, doing voices, and demystifying a world most of us know little about. Wonderful radio.

Jun. 19 2012 04:42 AM
Chef Jeff from Chicago

My 2 favorites, thank you for all these years of entertainment

Jun. 18 2012 11:05 PM
Peter Hayward from Vienna, VA

Thanks, Alex! Two of my favorites having an unbelievable entertaining conversation.

Jun. 18 2012 10:05 PM

That was de-light-ful! Thanks Alec -- and Dave.

Jun. 18 2012 06:13 PM
Claude Horrvath from New York City

Just heard you and David Letterman and was quite impressed. A relief to hear something show-bizz-y that didn't suffer from Dennis Miller's defects (or, dare it be said, those of your younger brother Stephen).

It was a charming conversation — and a great teaser for what may be to follow.

Jun. 18 2012 02:02 PM
Annie J Cornelia from Upper Darby

A very interesting interview between Alec and David Letterman. There seems to be a lot of trust between the two so that David Letterman is comfortable enough to share his life with Alec and the viewers. I think you can get more of an interview out of someone if they know they are going to feel comfortable and not be set up for some type of zinger that the host gets ratings for but the guest feels very uncomfortable. I am always interested in how someone climbs the ladder of success. It felt that just as David Letterman got ready to talk even more openly about his day to day life - the interview ended.

Jun. 18 2012 11:39 AM
Joannie from L. I., N. Y.

This was a Fantastic interview!! Just Fabulous! I thoroughly enjoyed it! I remember watching Letterman back in the day when he was having shingles. I remember The Ed Sullivan!! It is Great remeniscing about those days. A fun interview to listen to! Thank you, Alec, for the interview!

Jun. 18 2012 10:47 AM

Interesting to hear Dave's take on some of the nuts and bolts of his television career. Alec Baldwin has certainly learned the first rule of a good interviewer: listen.

Jun. 18 2012 10:03 AM
Michael from Toronto

I think we can all agree that this what not supposed to happen, either. Letterman so rarely agrees to interviews and "here's the thing", he is absolutely giddy with Alec Baldwin - proving that they both can talk and share great stories and come out at the other end with something interesting, entertaining and fascinating. Regrettably, it was all over too soon.

Jun. 18 2012 07:59 AM

great show, Alec, total class act, with you doing this this can only be that way. Thank you....

Jun. 18 2012 01:00 AM

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