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'Dick Cavett Show' Audience Member Recalls the Day a Guest Died

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 25th 2010 10:10AM
Dick Cavett'The Dick Cavett Show' has long been a talk show of legend. It not only broke the traditional late night mold of jokey sketches and characters, but it also birthed a long list of interesting and historic television moments from the famous "Woodstock" show to his public support of John Lennon as he faced deportation that scored him a special mention on the Richard Nixon tapes.

One of the most infamous moments resurfaced on television when Cavett made a guest appearance on Jimmy Fallon's 'Late Night'. Cavett recalled one episode that the public never got to see because a guest, Dr. James Rodale, actually died on tape.

The episode has never seen the light of day even though the tape still reportedly exists in the network's vault, but Kathy Starcher of Bridgeport, Conn. sat in the audience for that show and recalled what it was like to watch a TV moment that only a few people have ever seen. Read our interview with Mrs. Starcher after the jump about her fleeting foray into TV history.

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Brian Williams is funnier than you will ever be - VIDEO

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 4th 2009 10:07AM
If you asked the average TV watcher what celebrity makes the funniest late night interviews, news anchors would probably be the furthest answer from their minds. It would also just be after physicists, felons convicted of violent crimes and Joaquin Phoenix.

Lately, however, one dedicated newsman has become the most entertaining guest on the late night talk show circuit with the kind of timing, humor and comedic gravitas that even some so-called "professional" comedians have trouble displaying. It could with the greatest of ease turn his own news program into the most hilarious show on television, if the news he reported didn't make us want to jab a corkscrew in our eyes.

That man is NBC's Brian Williams.

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The Roots are ready to rock, rap, jazz and even disco the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 27th 2009 9:20AM

The Roots are taking their new gig as the official house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon very seriously, even if their initial chances of scoring such a gig seemed like nothing more than a joke by a couple of the show's overworked staffers.

"We were the musical supervisors for [Chappelle's Show] season two and three ... and Dave's partner Neal Brennan was brought over as a consultant, and he sort of jokingly recommended The Roots as a house band," said Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson in a conference call last Tuesday with Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter. "I guess the joke was sort of like, you know, I dare you to ask them, even though they're too busy to take it."

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5 Reasons Jimmy Fallon Might Not Fail

by Maggie Furlong, posted Feb 26th 2009 1:02PM
Jimmy Fallon might not be the next Conan O'Brien yet, but he's no Carson Daly either.

He's a 'Saturday Night Live' vet, a Grammy nominee, a three-time host of MTV Movie and Video Music Awards shows and, yes, even a 'People' magazine's 50 Most Beautiful alum. So why wouldn't Jimmy Fallon be a good heir to Conan O'Brien's 'Late Night' throne?

It obviously takes more than some comedy roots, a love for all things pop culture and a head of fiercely gravity-defying hair to captain a late night talk show, but who's to say Fallon doesn't have that same magic touch that made O'Brien such a cult favorite ...

While we're not placing any bets for or against Fallon's post-midnight success, we do feel qualified to plead his case to any total naysayers out there. So, without further ado, may we present the five reasons we think Jimmy Fallon could possibly be better than everyone thinks he'll be -- and maybe, just maybe, make this whole late night thing work. -- By Maggie Furlong


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