Last week, Nikki Finke wrote an article debunking the Variety theory that the late night hosts were in talks to cross the picket lines and return to the airwaves. And it seemed like Nikki's article reflected the reality of the situation. After all, David Letterman decided to pay his staff out of pocket rather than return to the air, and Jay Leno has been so busy visiting the picket lines in person to provide support (and donuts) that NBC has already scheduled to air "vintage" episodes while his production is shut down.
Nikki, and everyone else, apparently forgot about Carson Daly. He's got a late night show too, and in Carson's opinion, the show must go on!
I know what you're thinking. Carson's a helluva talented guy, but how could he possibly write, produce and star in a late night talk show all by himself? There may actually be a sensible answer to that question, but until someone figures it out, Carson's solution is to ask his friends and family to call a telephone hotline with jokes. You know...his parents, his doctor, his dad's golfing buddies, his "celeb friends", etc.
Yup. You can click to see the email Carson sent out and the phone number you can call to submit jokes.
Is this a stupid gag about the strike for a late night talk show struggling for material? Yeah. Of course.
Does Carson hate his writers? No, probably not.
Was this still a completely lame idea on his part? Absolutely.
We've got a lot of unemployed writers reading this site. If anyone wants to leave jokes for Carson in the comments section (or, hell, just give him a call), please feel free. You won't be paid for it, but you'll be helping Carson out. The strike's been tough on him.
Posted by United Hollywood at 11/27/2007 04:43:00 PM