|My Former Boss Gets an Award | David Letterman to Receive Kennedy Center Honor
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Posted: September 20, 2012
by Ted Greenberg
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The Kennedy Center Honors has lauded members of the creative arts for their contributions to American culture. This year’s honorees include musician Buddy Guy, actor/director Dustin Hoffman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, and rock band Led Zeppelin. Nearly 20 years after late night talk show pioneer Johnny Carson received his award, David Letterman, my former boss, will receive his.
I’m thrilled for Letterman. I was honored to work as a writer on the early days of Late Night with David Letterman, even winning an Emmy, and there is no one like him. His top ten lists are enduring and part of the national fabric. His interviews are classic. Think about Joaquin Phoenix (nothing was weirder than this) or Teri Garr (I posted about hers before) or Julia Roberts or any presidential candidate. Letterman is golden, witty, incisive and entertaining. Always. And, no one has incorporated their mother into their TV show the way Letterman did. No one. Check out the Joaquin Phoenix interview below.
Mazel tov to you, David Letterman, on this well deserved honor. And what great company you keep. Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman and Led Zeppelin are legends in music (Buddy Guy and Led Zeppelin) and film and theater (Dustin Hoffman). Ballerina Natalia Makarova, who isn’t as well known as her counterparts, is also phenomenal. Enjoy receiving the honor and meeting with President Obama. You deserve it.
The honorees are nominated by members of the Kennedy Center’s national artists committee as well as previous recipients of the award. I found this tidbit interesting. Oprah Winfrey, a previous honoree and one-time Letterman nemesis, made recommendations for this year’s award. Maybe burying the hatchet with Oprah years ago after the Oscars fiasco was a fantastic idea. Here’s their make-up interview.
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