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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.

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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.

Any Questions #178

Jan 23, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are staying up past their bedtime this week.

Comedian, writer, director and actor Dion Flynn, best known as Barack Obama on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show brings his brand new, autobiographical one-man show to Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY on Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18 at 8:00pm.

He joins us along with Hubbard Hall's Executive Director, David Snider.

Students at an upstate college are planning a TV "viewing party" Monday.

College of Saint Rose Students, faculty and staff will gather late Monday night at the Touhey Forum for a Student Association-sponsored viewing party to watch on the big screen and cheer as Saint Rose alumnus and Saugerties native Jimmy Fallon debuts as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” 

From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and permeated the American consciousness.  During the apex of his reign, Carson’s longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin.

Bushkin writes of his time with Carson in the new book, Johnny Carson.