I have watched Seth Meyers on Late Night since he took over the time slot.
His monologue was awkward, and the producers wisely ditched it a couple of months ago.
But his interview skills put most of his competitors to shame.
Case in point: his recent sitdown with Ellen Page.
Page was on the program to promote her movie Freeheld, the true story of a dying woman’s fight to leave her pension benefits to her lesbian partner.
Page was focused and somber; you could see her talking points reflected in her eyes. Seth was respectful of the film’s subject matter, but injected humor at just the right beats.
Jimmy Fallon? Take a look and take a lesson.
This is how you do it.
Posted in Celebrities, Comedy, Entertainment, Humor, Movies, Television
Tagged celebrities, comedy, Ellen Page, entertainment, Freeheld, Humor, interview, Jimmy Fallon, late night, monologue, movie, Seth Meyers, Television
I am so sorry.
More than once in the months that predated your debut on The Late Show on CBS, I questioned you.
Not your talent. Not your comedic prowess or interview chops. Not your deserving the chair.
Instead I wondered if you would add anything unique to the late night landscape.
Without the fake conservative persona that made you legendary, I feared your real personality — so positive and genuine — would bring another version of Jimmy Fallon or James Coburn’s sincerely sunny shtick to late night.
How quickly I was proven wrong.
The educated weirdness that was so much a part of your previous alter ego lives on in your true self, so The Late Show is more complex and more rewarding.
Forgive me for ever doubting you.
Posted in Celebrities, Comedy, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, New York City, Television
Tagged CBS, celebrities, comedy, entertainment, humor. commentary, James Coburn, Jimmy Fallon, late night, New York City, shtick, Stephen Colbert, sunny, Television, The Late Show
Go, underdog, go
I cheered today, but alas
Only Kevin heard.
Posted in Humor, Life, New York City, Sports, Television, tennis, Writing
Tagged cheer, ESPN, haiku, Humor, Kevin Anderson, life, New York City, Sports, Television, tennis, underdog, US Open, writing
Welcome to the dictionary, oh favorite exclamation of mine.
I can remember the perplexed stares of strangers when I first pulled out the phrase. Then I saw it on TV in a commercial for Discover card.
And now it’s made the dictionary, in the same issue with ‘hangry.’
If only there was a word for what an amazing week this has been….
For more than a decade, I have taught classes to university students and corporate clients alike, emphasizing the importance of communication.
But the cautionary tale on tonight’s Project Runway team competition drives the point home better than any workshop or one-to-one coaching session.
One team’s inability to communicate — about anything — led to a truly terrible garment and a very expected exit for one (since her partner had immunity).
Sorry Hanmiao — but you kinda had it coming.
Posted in communication, Entertainment, Fashion, Humor, Relationships, Television
Tagged cautionary tale, class, coching, communication, competition, designer, entertainment, Fashion, garment, Hanmiao Yang, Humor, Project Runway, Relationships, spoiler alert, talk, talk to each other, Television, university, workshop
Dear Chasing Life ,
I think we should take a break.
You know what you did. And it’s going to take a while for me to be able to be in the same room with you.
Just go. We’ll talk later.
Posted in Entertainment, Health, Life, Love, Relationships, Television
Tagged ABC Family, Chasing Life, death, feelers, Health, life, love, Relationships, Taking a break, Television