11/27/2007

Exciting Employment Opportunity!


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.

great,
United Hollywood

60 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Carson, here's a joke for you: How many talentless douche nozzles does it take to betray a noble cause?

Anonymous said...

I'm just hoping the only guests he can get on the show are his dad's golfing pals.

Anonymous said...

How many talentless douches does it take to convince the masses that their begging and refusal to work is for a noble cause?

Well, more than are striking now... Currently the writers guild is making a mockery of itself.

Kudos to Daily!

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, for the most part, the jokes "his parents, his doctor, his dad's golfing buddies" will call with are not jokes they wrote, but jokes they heard. That someone else wrote. So, he'll not only be using scabs he'll be stealing material.

Joe Gillis said...

I think we're all asking the same question here...
Carson Daly still has a television show?

Anonymous said...

Leno, of all people, should be angry with his writers. He, like many other late-niters could probably do better by themselves.

Are their no talented writers left in late-night?

After the strike ends in mass-firings, maybe the new talent will actually be talented.

Anonymous said...

Um... Aren't you the guy who people said would be the next Dick Clark, only to be beaten to the punch by Ryan Seacrest?

Wow.

Don't worry, Carson, the end of that bottle is only twenty slugs away.

Love,

JLH

Jake Hollywood said...

Hell, I didn't even know the guy had a TV show. I think I'll call...

Me: "Carson, this is a joke, right? I mean, how long have you had a show anyway? Does it air in America? This isn't something that gets broadcast out of your parents basement, is it?"

I'm sure there be some scab crawling out the woodwork to help him out.

errrm said...

What's with the upswell of negative posts lately?

Are the studios really at the point of deperation that they troll the internet posting on random blogs now?

Anonymous said...

I would try to say something funny here but as my mother used to say, why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free?

Anonymous said...

Hey, why not write to Carson directly? Here's his MySpace page:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=38464843

Anonymous said...

Hey Carson,

You're a member of AFTRA. AFTRA supports the WGA. Have someone read you your emails that aren't from strippers.

PS
You still have a TV Show? Congrats.

A WGA Member

Anonymous said...

Go for it Carson...The IA salutes you.
Last time I checked, this was a "right to work" state.
And these "writers" are fooling themselves if they think that this is a noble cause.
Mo' Money, Mo' Money, Mo' Money

jr. writer said...

anonymous from 6:01 pm: until you understand the difference between "their" and "there" (and hell, let's throw in "they're" too) you officiallly lose the right to lambast other peoples' talent. or writing. or typing for that matter.
p.s. carson's a douchebag.

fake consultant said...

it appears the joke has already been written.

Anonymous said...

Wow, these negative posts are really...not affecting me at all. At least come up with something new, because the strike has been going on for three weeks and it's the same old shit from you clowns.

Good luck with your "angry at Unions" world. Turns out, in this fight, you are shockingly irrelevant.

Anonymous said...

CARSON -

Way to go. Saved your show, lost your soul.

CARSON
"Hunh?"

Justine Bateman said...

I think a lot is being revealed lately about who will and won't be included in the New after everything is tuned upside down. Count on it. Place your bets well now.

Anonymous said...

Carson, you want a joke? Look in the mirror, asshat.

Anonymous said...

Writers -

That joke about losing my soul. I don't get it.

What's the punchline?

---Carson

Anonymous said...

*sigh*

On another note, I know it was just a random line, but you say Nikki posted the news last week, and we just found this out today. How is that "forgetting"?

VC said...

Is this really happening? This seems like a bad joke or somthing the "suits" set up.

Anonymous said...

Roll over E. R. Morrow, Carson is here to...

How does that go?

-- Carson

Jayce yea thats my name said...

Maybe I have lost my faith in TV now that I know Carson has a show........

Anyway he has the right to work, but the way he gets his material is laughable.

Keep it up WGA!!!

Anonymous said...

Car - I've got a good one so I tried to call you on your private line. But I got a "disconnected" message. Call me back on my cell phone when you're alone. If you can't reach me, call Heidi.

Anonymous said...

How many Carson Daly's does it take to change a lightbulb?

None. After sucking GE's cock, they gave him one of those unreleased ones that never burn out.

Anonymous said...

Why did Carson Daly cross the road?

Because the retard factory and the Luckiest Person Alive Awards were on opposite sides of the street.

Anonymous said...

wow...those last two jokes were probably written by "writers" who were unemployed BEFORE the strike.

Anonymous said...

Yikes, guys...keep your day job if you have one.

Anonymous said...

to 7:51 PM.

Nope, those are by the same writers who are striking (which explains the time they have to fill up blogs). It makes you wonder why the studios wouldn't pay them more :)

Actually, without the unions they would be sitting on a bench at Venice Beach trying to sell their crap to tourists.

Anonymous said...

Wow! The trolls are out in force tonight. LOL

College Student for WGA said...

So anyone up for calling his hotline and telling him that he shouldn't be doing the show? I mean, since he'd basically tank without them.......(sorry Carson.)

Anonymous said...

His writers were shit anyway, the lamest jokes I've ever heard! Can't get much worse trust me. I watch for the musical acts those are the best part. Leno should just have a concert each night this is going on I bet he'd get double the ratings

Anonymous said...

Say it ain't so, Carson.

And if it is, don't blame it on your tortured writing team.

Anonymous said...

cgaber

The GladGirl said...

Ha..I see that as an improvement to his show.
I can't understand how he's stayed on this long.
I tried to watch it a few times to get to the end and see the musical guest. (which in the last few years hasn't been very good either.)
That show has always sucked. (sorry to Carson fans.)
Any lame material from wannabe's might be an improvement. I'm surprised to know he had WGA writers in the first place. I thought it was written by frat brothers.
Oh- and to any "celeb" friends he might have call in jokes, they just don't get it. But then again, we're talking about people like Tara Reid.

Gil said...

Here's a joke for you Carson:

Knock, knock? Who's there? Amos. Amos who? A mess of a show that's only going to get worse now.

Anonymous said...

Are the studios hiring dumber trolls? We don't seem to be getting any quality negativity here, just the drunk frat boy level of trollishness.

Anonymous said...

Just when you thought someone couldn't sink lower...

Not a lot of people are going to be returnng your calls, Carson. I would hate to be his booker.

Anonymous said...

I thought Carson was dead.

Peter said...

I'm actually getting into the trolls. They're kind of fun, like dogs. Stupid, yes, occasionally annoying, yes, but hell, those bad spellings and mindless comments can sure be cute! Let's all adopt a troll!

VDOVault said...

A more productive thing to do is call Jeff Zucker's office at NBC at 1-212-664-4444

Tell them that you're displeased with what Carson Daly has done (especially that email) and that 1) NBC needs to pay the writers something for downloads and streams as well as something more for DVD residuals
2) That you won't watch NBC's shows, download anything from iTunes or Amazon's unboxed, watch streams at hulu.com or NBC.com and you're not buying any new DVDs
3) That Carson Daly needs to be so fired for this stunt...in theory he might have gone back to work to save the jobs of his crew but that email he sent out encouraging scab writing even if meant to be humorous is painfully unfunny.

Go WGA

ama said...

Don't give Carson such a hard time, he's been through some rough times.

Like having to have sex with both Jennifer Love Hewitt and Tara Reid. I bet his agent called and said, "Carson if you don't cross the picket line we're going to get you drunk enough to have sex with Britney Spears."

But in this case Carson, I think you should have taken one for the team because believe it or not, even in her horrific state, even Britney is too good for a low life douche like you.

Jamie said...

There were a couple of times I fell asleep with the television on and woke up to find Carson on television. It came as a surprise the first time because I considered him a has-been. I was surprised the second time I woke to Carson on TV for the same reason.

I only learned today that Carson actually has writers. After watching him on television I just assumed the guy was a hemisphere short of a beautiful mind and mumbled his own material.

Anonymous said...

Shame on Carson Daly.

You don't cross a picket line period. Anyone that doesn't understand the benefit of unions needs to study the history of the industrial revolution. The only person a union doesn't benefit is the corporate fat cats who would be much happier if we all worked 12 hour days in dangerous conditions with no health insurance or pensions for a low wage. You let one corporation get away with it and they'll all try.

Hurmoth said...

Who the hell is Carson Daly anyway? Oh yeah, that guy from MTV (for the old folk here, the channel that only anyone under the ages of 18 watches). No wonder NBC put him on after 1AM; those of us with real lives can’t stay up that late.

Ron H. said...

Looks like Carson had some trouble with that lame "dial a joke" line he set up. When you try to call the number now, it says it is a non-working number. Look, we're talking about a guy who once dated Tara Reid...in public, no less. Good taste and sound judgement are not two of his strong points.

go figure said...

Gosh, I would say that I'll never watch his show again for doing this, but I never watch his show anyway. So, I guess I will just have to say what I first thought of when I read this, "He's still on the air? Who knew?"

EMC said...

Did he really think that email was going to stay with the "trusted few" he was sending it to? Is he really that dumb??? Seriously, I want to hear from any writer that worked on his show. Is the guy an idiot?

KatInPhx said...

I don't think his attempt at running his show this way is serious. I think he's trying to make a point that without the writers he really can't have a show. Maybe i'm just reading too much into that and he's doing it for totally selfish reasons, but i'd like to think Carson and his producers are smarter than that.

Anonymous said...

Hey Carson how bout you sack up and follow the leads of your other late night counterparts. If you want to help your staff out, put your own time and money on the line and show you support them.

And to the trolls, out of touch much?

Anonymous said...

Carson is the show I turn OFF after Conan.

Lovingly and totally supportive,
A fan of quality television

Anonymous said...

Peter -

Remember, if you adopt a troll, please remember to help control the Internet population. Have your troll spayed or neutered!

Anonymous said...

jr. writer said...
anonymous from 6:01 pm: until you understand the difference between "their" and "there" (and hell, let's throw in "they're" too) you officiallly lose the right to lambast other peoples' talent. or writing. or typing for that matter.
p.s. carson's a douchebag.

Dude, try the shift key. Glad you have figured out that whole there/there/they're thing as it shows you can learn after all. Try to remember this simple rule: There are no words in the English language with three "L's" in a row. Thanks

Mike Wood said...

Carson Daily was a dolt already.

Now that he is doing this, I don't know exactly what to describe him as anymore.

Anonymous said...

Sure, he's a dolt. But how come out of all the late night folk, only Jay Leno has been to the picket line? Where's Jon Stewart? Stephen Colbert? Conan? Dave? These guys are WGA members, right? Where are they? Don't they have to log in and picket like everyone else?

Anonymous said...

Here's a great joke:

Carson Daly's career.

Shame on you, you has-been-conceited-two-nail-painting-because-you-think-you're-hip-but-really-you're-just-sad-loser.

Crazy Raven Productions said...

Carson who?

I'm not just being sarcastic. I've seen Leno, Steward, Colbert, and O'Brien, and I don't even WATCH late night TV... I honestly have never seen even so much as a clip of Carson Daily mentioned anywhere in anything I follow.

Anonymous said...

But I thought "Queer Eye" has been off the air for years.

rpp said...

This blog is so relatively old that my comment might be seen by maybe 4 people, but it's important. There were some brave protesters who visited the Daily set the other day and in a scene reminiscent of Spartacus, stood as writers who were upset at his choice of continuing to cross the picket lines. Now, granted it's just Carson Daily and not Ellen, but the point was made. And that's where it should have stopped. When the "writers" (and I'm not sure or care how many actually were/are writers, I just applaud them for their gumption) --when the writers, having made their point, were asked by the show's security to please leave, some of them became BELLIGERENT and confrontational. Even to the point of offering to fight one of the guards. This is 'not all right', for a number of reasons. First it betrays the tennents of Ghandi and subsequently Martin Luther King Jr.'s spirit of peaceful protest, and two, I know one of these guards. He has a wife and a baby girl and is my son's Karate teacher. They guys good. Not just at doing his job and protecting himself, but he's a good person. He supports the WGA and what we're doing. He's a member of a union himself. But if you're representing the WGA and you become aggressive and confrontational, you must remember that the person you're addressing your anger toward is not always the best choice. So, in the future, Members and supporters, please, for your own good and for the public face of the cause, DO NOT BECOME ANGRY in the wrong place and at the wrong time. This situation where you were representing the WGA could have become another embarrassing "don't taze me bro" event with you ending up sporting a few, brave, broken bones. Be smart, stay calm, and the same job will be accomplished.