Well, we’re clearly in the home stretch of the 2008 presidential election – only 9 major candidates left! What better way to celebrate than by remembering the long list of losers who have already dropped out of the race.
If you think your parents were horrible, remember, it could have been worse; they could have been international terrorists. One of Osama bin Laden‘s kids, Omar, has recently been in the news, trying to promote – of all things – world peace! Well, this got me to thinking about what it must have been like having OBL as a dad. That led to a nice little joke that I wrote which Dave Letterman told to close out his monologue on Wednesday’s Late Show (1/23/08):
Osama bin Laden’s son Omar had a troubled childhood.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, you know there’s been a writers strike going on for a while now. For a couple of months this meant that us Late Show monologue joke freelancers had no show to submit to, as it was off the air. A few weeks back, Dave Letterman struck a deal with the Writers Guild of America so he could come back on air with his full writing staff, which meant I could submit jokes again.
Well, it took a couple of weeks, but I finally landed another joke on the show. In fact, Dave told not one but two of my jokes on Monday‘s show (1/21/08). First, he opened the monologue with this one:
It was freezing cold today here in New York City.
The key to beating the cold is to dress in layers. So today I’m wearing two hairpieces.
Even better, as you can hear in the audio, when Dave told this second joke there was some sort of cue card malfunction. Because of that we got a good shot of Dave’s longtime cue card guy Tony Mendez holding the card with my joke on it! I have a couple of these cards with my jokes at home and it’s always interesting to see how Tony writers them out for Dave. Take a look:
You can also watch the video of the entire monologue here.
Here’s a new video of jokes that I wrote for and David Letterman and submitted to the Late Show last week, but which were rejected. I’ve tried to recreate the feeling of a real Dave monologue and I think you’ll find it hard to tell that you’re not watching the real McCoy.
I had the distinct honor of being interviewed live on-air by Boston radio legend Matt Siegel earlier today. We talked about the writers stirke, writing for David Letterman and Cup O Politics! A good time was had by all.