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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Return Of The Late Nighters

Today I talked with Aaron Barnhart about the return of Jay Leno, David Letterman, and the other late night hosts, after 8+ weeks of the writers strike.

While many assumed that Letterman would put on a better show because he made the deal that allowed him to have material written by his writers, while Leno didn't, Aaron and I agree that Leno out-performed his rival. Letterman's only highlights were Robin Williams riffing on Dave's beard -- which made him look 80 years old -- and the Top Ten List with writers from other late night shows expressing their union demands. Meanwhile, Leno did a nearly full monologue of jokes he claims to have written himself, and I asked Aaron whether he thinks Leno can maintain that from here on out.

We also shared opinions on Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, and Craig Ferguson (who Aaron profiles in today's Kansas City Star)