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  The Exchange is a NYC based arts institution committed to the to creation of bold new work. Their Orchard Project has made its way to our region.

Over 25 projects will be developed in the various residencies of The Orchard Project in Saratoga Springs this month. It also marks the first-ever Orchard Project Presents season, a series of public performances that will take place at Universal Preservation Hall as well as at venues around Saratoga Springs.

The series will feature events every week in June, including Sneak Peeks, Cabarets and Concerts, and an Open Studio Week. Events are already underway and will conclude with an intimate concert with Tony Award winning actor, singer, and writer Alan Cumming. We get a look now with Ari Edelson - artistic director of The Exchange and founder of The Orchard.

For more than twenty years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on Politically Incorrect (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last twelve years on HBO’s Real Time, Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 32 Emmy nominations. In addition to his television program, Maher has written five bestsellers.

He will perform at UPAC in Kingston, NY on June 6th.

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  This is sad but true - Steve Young will be out of a job after tonight. He has been a longtime writer for David Letterman for both NBC's Late Night with David Letterman and CBS' Late Show with David Letterman.

For the past 25 years, Steve Young has worked on monologue jokes, desk-bits, and was responsible for the skit "Dave's Record Collection," and regularly contributed to "The Top Ten List."

Steve Young joins us to reminisce and to share the current mood of the Late Show offices.

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  For more than twenty years, Bill Maher has been a fixture on late-night American television - first on Politically Incorrect from 1993-2002 and for the last twelve years on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

Bill has 32 Emmy nominations and in addition to his television program, he has written five bestsellers and was responsible for the documentary, Religulous.

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  Actor and Broadcaster Jay Thomas has been part of a Late Show with David Letterman tradition since 1998 where he and Letterman take turns throwing footballs at the Late Show Christmas tree to try and knock a giant meatball off its perch at the top.

Jay Thomas will be in our region June 6th as part of the Berkshire Playwright’s Lab Gala at the Mahaiwe Theatre in Great Barrington, MA. He joins us this morning to talk about Dave and how he became part of Late Show tradition.

  Our next guest was a writer on Late Night with David Letterman for nearly 1000 episodes over seven years, starting in 1984.

He shared in three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for his work on the show. Randy Cohen was the Ethicist for The New York Times for twelve years and is the host and creator of Person Place Thing, heard right here on WAMC.

  Our next guest is one of the few people who has shared a stage with David Letterman for the entire span of his 33-year long late night career.

In 1982, Will Lee became one of the original members of The World's Most Dangerous Band, the house band on NBC ' s Late Night with David Letterman. Then, he made the move with Letterman in 1993 to CBS to become a part of the Late Show with David Letterman’s CBS Orchestra with Paul Shaffer.

He is a Grammy award winner who has also performed with pretty much every major music act of the last three decades as well as with three members of The Beatles. He travels around the world with his Beatles tribute band, The Fab Faux.

  

 

   Over the years, David Letterman has given very few interviews about his life and career. In that handful, most were with his good friends and broadcasters – Regis Philbin and Larry King.

Earlier this month, Dave gave what amounted to his CBS exit interview with Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times. The piece was a Q&A and covered everything from Letterman talking about the end of his show, his legacy, his aloofness, his health and even his extortion sex scandal.

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  Gerard Mulligan has spent the majority of his professional career writing for David Letterman. Dating from Letterman’s short-lived NBC morning show, to Late Night with David Letterman, also at the Peacock Network, and running well into the  Late Show run.

Among his many duties - Gerry was a monologue writer and presented jokes to Dave daily. He also made many on-camera appearances often with Fellow Late Nighter Chris Eliot and he even played Hillary Clinton – with wig, dress and his full beard. He retired from the show in 2004. But, he has returned many times since then.

  Ever since Johnny Carson first popularized the late-night talk show in 1962 with The Tonight Show, the eleven p.m. to two a.m. comedy time slot on network television has remained an indelible part of our national culture. More than six popular late-night shows air every night of the week, and with recent major shake-ups in the industry, late-night television has never been more relevant to our public consciousness than it is today.

Jon Macks, a veteran writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, takes us behind the scenes of this world for a look at what really makes these hosts the arbiters of public opinion.

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