Episode #57

David Letterman and Michael Douglas

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Monday, December 23, 2013

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. 

Michael Douglas has lived in the same apartment overlooking Central Park for decades. Alec joins him there for a compelling conversation about what makes a great director and why playing the villain is so wonderful. Douglas reveals how competition with his father, legendary actor Kirk Douglas, shaped both his career and his life as a parent. He says he’s much more honest with his young daughter than he ever thought he’d be. Douglas explains how his father’s early brush with death, and his own cancer diagnosis affected them each in different ways.

Comments [6]

Dianne Heidke from Panama

Here's the thing...I lived up the road from Alec when he had a house in Noyac,LI...I think he was married to kim bassinger then and everyone nearby was like oh yeah, actor, yawn.He's probably a huge,vain bore. And accordingly,we avoided that area, for which I am sure he's very grateful. So fast forward 20 years, I am now living in the highlands of Panama and clinging on to WNYC for dear life and I see that Mr Baldwin has a radio I check it our for old times sake (us being non neighbours in Noyac)and god help me, who knew Alec Baldwin was this smart, funny, sharp & tender guy?(ok I admit I have never watched the TV shows).I love these interviews. The terrible part is that now that I have heard a few of them I want to devour the whole bloody lot. Damn it, I have to work!. Good on you mate, great shows, interesting guests (even when I have never heard of them) the fresh, authentic feel of these conversations.Thank you...oh and I apologize retrospectively for the erstwhile Noyac rudeness. Dlh in Panama.

Dec. 10 2014 04:44 PM
Chip Heard from United States

Baldwin is self-effacing which is refreshing.He understands the absurd nature of show-business and is fun to listen to as interviewer.Good stuff.

Nov. 27 2014 03:07 PM
Denise Vrantses from Melbourne australia

Love listening .. hopefully there will be many more episodes

Jan. 03 2014 07:28 PM
Daniel Rodden from Chicago

Love the David Letterman interview. I've loved him for years and it's great to hear him as himself, instead of in interviewer/host mode. I would throw out anyone who made him feel uncomfortable at a party of mine. He can come to my place anytime. No pressure.

Dec. 27 2013 06:36 PM
Terry Last from NJ

Love thenm all. Thanks

Dec. 24 2013 05:19 PM

I love this show- allt he interviews. Baldwin has a unique way with interviewing. He skates close to the subjcet of him/his experience but not over it. His style makes for very personal interviews in which it appears that Baldwin is truly interested in his subject. Pleas eproduce MORE!

Dec. 23 2013 03:23 PM

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