Did You Like Letterman's New Look?
OK, let's get down to the really important issue of the day: Should David Letterman keep the beard or shave it off? How long will he keep it?
When I tuned in last night, the first new shows since the writers' strike began on Nov. 5, my first thought was: Gee, I'd better trim up my beard, it's getting too bushy... I think the beard would look better on Dave if he keeps it short. (And I wish I could say that WLW-AM's "Showbiz Stuff" by Rich Walburg was right, that Dave and I are separated at birth...) Conan's beard looked good. Maybe it's because Dave's was so gray. (When my son David was young, he once observed: "Dad, you're getting some brown in your beard!")
I watched Leno's monologue, which he claims to have written himself, and thought he was pretty funny -- though not as long as his usual opening. ("Do you know there are actually more people picketing NBC now than watching NBC?"). Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was a funny guest for Leno... then he filled time with a cooking segment with Emeril Lagasse. Conan spun his wedding ring to kill time without writers, then brought out Bob Saget. Jimmy Kimmel's first guest was Andy Dick. Will the guest lists get better than Emeril, Dick and Saget? Or will Hollywood's big names refuse to cross the picket lines?
Did you watch Letterman, Conan, Leno, Kimmel or any of the late-night shows last night? What did you think?
And should Dave or Conan keep the beards?