Who would you pick?
and he's taking Paul
Okay, by now everyone knows that David Letterman announced he'll be retiring from the Late Show next year. And it sounds like he's taking Paul Shaffer with him.
But, the show must go on
5. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
The whole "Seinfeld curse" thing appears to be conquered by Julia Louis-Dreyfus who recently won an Emmy for the HBO series Veep. I highly doubt she'd consider hosting the Late Show, but I've always been impressed by her storytelling ability and how down-to-earth she comes across in person.
Her comedic talent is unquestioned and I'm certain she'd be stellar - however, I know it'd be a long shot to see her in Dave's role.
Up next, enjoy this short clip of her acceptance speech at the Emmy's:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Emmy Acceptance Speech
The Tonight Show
4. Tina Fey
With Amy Poehler?
Having been on SNL and the show's first female head writer, she'd also be great. Tina might have more creative ventures to get out of her system though, before settling into a steady late night hosting gig. Just my observation, but I can see her getting bored with it - too many creative juices churning in that one. Plus her and Amy Poehler make such a fantastic comedic team.
Of course, she'd be brilliant - just look at her in 30 Rock or the string of movies she's done. I wonder what her thoughts are. Somehow I think hosting the Golden Globes with Amy Poehler and their separate acting careers are enough, for now:
The 71st Golden Globes
Best Of Tina Fey And Amy Poehler
3. Samantha Bee with hubby Jason Jones
Yes I'm Canadian and I'm extremely biased
I think Sam Bee would be brilliant. Her and hubby Jason Jones promised to work together, so they'd make a fabulous pairing to host the Late Show. I often wonder if they could use their Canadian "guilt tripping" abilities to convince fellow Canadian Paul Shaffer to stay. Hmmm.
The deal is, I also had Whoopi Goldberg in mind for third place, but then found out she wouldn't do it. She was quoted as saying, "I have a job here. I work for ABC."
I used to watch The View on occasion. And I have to admit, Whoopi was the one person I seemed to agree with the most. She's a solid, well-rounded person and a hilarious comedian. I also adore her ability to tackle controversial issues and break down all the BS that mainstream thinking entails.
She has the guts to disagree with people - yet she provides good reasons why.
Yet, Sam Bee would be amazing with her hubby. I think that Canadian comedians have trouble securing a long-term, decent paying gig here (re: Jon Dore, Jeremy Hotz, and perhaps Ed the Sock came close though). I have no idea if Sam Bee would even consider it, but I had to toss her hat in the ring once I found out Whoopi wouldn't do it.
Rarely can I access Daily Show clips since
I'm Canadian, but I found a Dove Truth Files clip:
2. Chelsea Handler
I know she could do it, she's daring and edgy. I wonder, though, if Chelsea might not get every guest to appear (that the network would want). And perhaps, she might be too interesting at times - making her guests pale in comparison. Similar to how I feel about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, there might be too many creative juices flowing in her.
Yet, her contract ends this year as talk show host of Chelsea Lately on E! Purportedly, she's "in talks" with CBS [about Dave's job].
And, I like the idea of having a strong female role model who takes risks to fill Dave's spot. She appears to be one of the most promising candidates (at least, according to the articles I've read). The following clips illustrate the depth of her comedic talent:
Canadians will "get" this short clip
Chelsea Handler apologizes to Vancouver's mayor
Best of Chelsea Handler's Appearances
The Tonight Show
You might find Cher an odd pick - but think about it. She's done it all and I think life on the road must be exhausting. As a child, I watched Sonny and Cher. She can do comedy, she can do anything serious. She's a solid entertainer. If Cher called me up and said, "We'd love to have you on the show," I'd be there, yesterday. Wouldn't you? Who'd say no to Cher?
After reading more about her life, I came to appreciate her even more. She's well aware of all the pitfalls of fame and I think she'd be able to recognize talent a mile away.
When Sonny died, she honored him in such an endearing and respectful manner. She has compassion for the struggles of women and anyone disadvantaged in society, really. Whenever I've watched her being interviewed, I've always come away thinking OMG she's wise.
She's the kind of person I feel I could open up to about the hardest times in my life. I feel Cher would be an incredible interviewer - one who would convey the same compassion as Oprah. Actually, Cher is my top pick to replace Dave.
May 22nd, 1986 Cher speaks her mind
Cher calls Dave an asshole (scroll to 3:45 mark)
Cher talks to Dave about Chaz
She helps to explain societal misconceptions
Dear Mom Love Cher (2013)
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