We seem to be saying goodbye to a lot of beloved stars these days. Joan Rivers died today. She was 81. When I was a boy, I sometimes stayed up late to watch Johnny Carson and David Letterman in the summers. I remember this very special, warm interview between Joan and Mister Rogers fondly. The clip is a wonderful juxtaposition. Rivers was a very funny comedian, if sometimes raunchy, wild and mean. But across from the gentle earnestness of Mister Rogers, her stage persona melts away to a friendly woman who fondly remembers her daughter growing up watching Mister Rogers. I fondly remember both of these fine entertainers who brought a lot of joy and smiles into my life in very different ways.
Peter Joshua: How would I know?
Reggie Lampert: Because I already know an awful lot of people, so until one of them dies I couldn’t possibly meet anyone else.
Peter Joshua: Well, if anyone goes on the critical list, let me know.
— “Charade” (1963)
David Letterman downplays his contribution to late night television. He was not as cool as Johnny Carson, people say. And that’s probably true. Still, Dave, now in his final year, remains funny and relevant. He speaks from the heart with a decency that is all too absent in these times. Here is his kind tribute to his longtime friend Robin Williams.
They tell me I’m riddled with cancer
So I’m planning to croak with élan
If you’ll pass the cigars and decanter
I’ll be dying as fast as I can.
— Felix Dennis, magazine publisher, 1947 to 2014
Source: Funny or Die.
6 P.M. THE GHOST & MRS. MUIR — COMEDY: Tired of the machinations of the mercurial and pompous poltergeist Daniel Gregg (Edward Mulhare), Mrs. Muir (Hope Lange) calls in the Ghostbusters to trap the ghost of the 19th century sea captain. But will she find the smarmy advances of Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) any less terrifying?
Source: Mad Magazine.