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Letterman : the last giant of late night

Author: Jason Zinoman
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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In a career spanning more than thirty years, Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. Yet he is a remote, even reclusive, figure whose career is widely misunderstood. Zinoman goes behind the scenes of Letterman's television career to illuminate the origins of his revolutionary comedy, its overlooked influences, and how his work intersects with and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: David Letterman; David Letterman; David Letterman
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jason Zinoman
ISBN: 9780062377210 0062377213
OCLC Number: 952206999
Description: xvi, 345 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I: Education of a talk-show host, 1947-1979. Shock jock ; When David met Merrill --
Part II: The anti-talk show, 1980-1984. The art of stupid ; Not tonight ; The Harvard takeover --
Part III: The archangel of irony, 1984-1987. The founding fathers of late night ; The writer under the stairs ; The Letterman generation ; The two Daves --
Part IV: Writer's block, 1988-1993. Comedy is not pretty! ; Meg and Mom --
Part V: The very big show, 1993-2015. The agony of victory ; The Oscar myth ; Hinky ; More fun than humans should be allowed to have.
Responsibility: Jason Zinoman.

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In a career spanning more than thirty years, Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. Yet he is a remote, even reclusive, figure whose career is widely misunderstood. Zinoman goes behind the scenes of Letterman's television career to illuminate the origins of his revolutionary comedy, its overlooked influences, and how his work intersects with and reveals his famously eccentric personality.

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"I devoured this book. Not only a rare and richly detailed account of the life of one of my comedy heroes, but I loved that you can feel Zinoman's curiosity about, and admiration for, Dave's singular Read more...

 
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