Originally posted by LightsOut:
[QBWow, you've got him pegged. He was really mean to those ventriloquists. Oh wait, no, he wasn't.[/QB]
I like David Letterman, but one thing he didnt
learn from Johnny Carson was how to handle variety performers. While David Letterman was never caustic to the individual performers this week, he never missed an opportunity to joke about concept of having a ventriloquist week on his show. His compliments to the art were all said with a cynical edge; he may as well have been rolling his eyes directly into the camera. The last shot was when they took a look back at the great memories created here this week and, of course, there were none.
One might argue that the jokes were aimed at him and his showwhich is true in most casesbut you have to look at how
he was using ventriloquism as the tool for his ends. The butt of the joke was not the show, it was ventriloquism.
As is typical with David Lettermangoing all the way back to when he did his shows during the dayvariety performers are open to his mockery because it gets David
Lettermans reputation is well founded. It wasnt that long ago that he treated David Roth in a less than respectful manner (and Roth handled it very well). That said, he treated Jason Randal very well, so perhaps he is softening a bit; hence, he didnt treat the individual
performers during this last week like crap.
The good news is that ventriloquism can survive Lettermans attitude. I thought it was a terrific week. Darwin is not my favorite of Jay Johnsons characters, so he wasnt my favorite this week; just my second favorite (he is my favorite ventriloquist). It was Ron Lucas and Scorch that hit the homerun this week.