Robin Williams, Lizzy Caplan, Icona Pop, and a special Top Ten list sung by Renee Fleming.
PLUS: a bobbing Liberty; a reminder that we once won Emmys; Ted Cruz gets by; Hump Day; and the grand opening of the United Nations General Assembly.
" . . . . and now, the ebullient one . . . . . . . . . David Letterman!"
-"The government shutdown is imminent. Things may get bad. Today, Diana Nyad swam back to Cuba."
Mariano Rivera Bobblehead Doll Day at Yankee Stadium last night. Unfortunately, the bobbleheads never arrived. Yankee "fans" were in a panic and ready to riot. Pathetic, isn't it? But bobbleheads are a really big deal. Have you been to New York harbor recently? We take a look at Miss Liberty. Even she has the bobblehead! We see her head slowly bobbling. I think that's why the head was closed to tourists for so long. Ensuring safety inside a bobbling Miss Liberty takes a lot of time.
Just in case you forgot, we display a graphic at the bottom of the screen. The Late Show is "A 1998 Emmy Award Winner!!" I still have my certificate in my office . . . under some papers and books somewhere.
Hey, have you heard about that Senator Ted Cruz filibustering in Washington. Depending on what side you're on, he's either a nut or a great American. He was at is for over 21 hours, and it's not easy to fill 21 hours with talk. He got kind of desperate there for a while. We take a look.
We find Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the middle of his filibuster. He's resorted to the use of a ventriloquist dummy to fill time.
DUMMY: " . . . then the Obamacare doctor said, 'The bad news is, you have six months to live.'
I asked him, 'What's the good news?'
He said, 'I'm nailing the nurse.' "
Rim shot is heard. I hear a ka-ching.
Out of the clip, the stagehand with the velvet voice, Tommy O'Brien, enters and stands by Dave. Tom has a hump on his back.
TOMMY: "Dave, guess what day it is. Guess what day it is!
DAVE: "What? Oh, I know what this is. Ha ha ha. No, I'm not going to say it. You want me to, but I'm not. No no. Uh uh. You really want me to say what day it is?"
TOMMY: "What day is it?"
DAVE: "Today? You really want me to . . . . OK, I'll play. It's Hump Day."
TOMMY: (disappointed and angry): "No, it's my birthday! Thanks for making me feel bad, you inconsiderate prick."
Tommy storms out.
CBS made us bleep "prick"? From my sketchy records of such things, I have at least 10 instances of our use of the word "prick". It was heavily used in 2006, and it was used in a similar context as above. I don't know if we had to bleep it then.
We really can't say "prick"? Have you watched primetime lately?
The United Nations General Assembly is underway here in New York City. The U.N. has actually released a trailer promoting the event. We take a look.
Various U.N. interior shots.
DRAMATIC ANNOUNCE: "For more than 60 years, leaders from across the globe have met in one place. This week, the excitement begins."
We see the assemblage silent and bored in their seats. (No, wait, that was our audience. Hey-O!) Those in the General Assembly have nothing to do and are doing nothing. Nothing is happening. Boredom dominates.
DRAMATIC NARRATION: "Can . . . . You . . . . Handle It?"
ANNOUNCE: "The 68th Annual General Assembly Debate, September 2013."
Do you like the opera? Who doesn't? So you're in luck tonight because tonight's Top Ten topic is TOP TEN OPERA LYRICS.
With tonight's Top Ten List is the four-time Grammy winner and recipient of the 2012 National Medal of Arts, the great American soprano Renee Fleming.
The radiant and lovely Ms. Fleming.
The National Medal of Arts is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual artist and is presented by the President of the United States.
Renee Fleming has performed at the Beijing Olympics, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, and at Buckingham Palace. Dave laughs and says she can now add this to her resume. (DING!) Then she'll start getting gigs.
TOP TEN OPERA LYRICS
-OK, stop reading right now and get over to the Top Ten video to watch this list. Phenomenal. There are a few things I want to be when I grow up: centerfielder for the New York Yankees; a great soldier; and the world's greatest tenor. So far . . . well, my life's not over yet so there's still hope for all three.
While watching the Top Ten, use this as a guide. She sang the lyrics to the tune of well-known opera librettos.
10. O Mio Babbino Caro
9. La Donna E Mobile
7. Der Holle Rache
6. Vesti La Giubba
5. Largo Al Factotum
4. Caro Nome
3. O Fortuna
2. Quando M'en Vo
1. Un Bel di Vedrermo
Brava, Ms. Fleming! Brava!
I pitched this idea: At the end when Dave crossed over with roses, single roses and flowers should have been thrown in her direction from behind the camera. (BUZZ) Someday when I'm in charge . . . . .
Renee Fleming – her new CD is entitled, "Guilty Pleasures," is in stores now.
And the Metropolitan Opera opens this week here in New York City. Now that the Yankees are out of the playoffs, I'm going!
I asked around . . . . do you think Robin Williams will do some opera when he comes out? DING! It was a no-brainer.
Robin Williams . . . . it's been 20 years since his Mrs. Doubtfire. He says finding the voice was the hardest thing about the role. Wearing women's clothing, no problem. He remembers going to a sex shop in San Francisco while in costume. He took the pleasure in asking for the double-head dildo. (Wow, I never thought of wearing a costume!) Robin recalls his early beginning in television. He lends that Dave actually appeared on Mork & Mindy. Robin suggest you google it. What does Robin remember from his early days of television? He admits, "Not much." He says he was on everything but skates back then.
He is very thankful that there was no TMZ because he would have been on it around the clock. He loved his time on M&M, especially the last year because he got to work with his idol, Jonathan Winters. Dave and Robin share memories of the great Jonathan.
Robin Williams is now back on a weekly series, "The Crazy Ones.". He plays a guy, a dad, who has gone through rehab. Robin says he's done a lot of research on that part of his character. He's lived it. Robin says he went to rehab in wine country just to keep his options open.
Robin Williams – "The Crazy Ones" - it premieres Thursday night at 9 PM right here on CBS. Welcome to the Tiffany family.
Going into commercial: Backstage Photo Club - Steve Kaufman
ANNOUNCE: "Drop by again tomorrow as Dave welcomes Bono, Johnny Galecki, and Kings of Leon. Plus, check out Kings of Leon Live on Letterman. Kings of Leon's exclusive Ed Sullivan Theater concert webcast is live Thursday at 9 PM Eastern, 6 PM Pacific. Only at CBS.com/Lateshow.
See you soon, Ban Ki-moon!"
She was supposed to be here last night but we ran out of time. We all agree to blame Cher.
Lizzy is the Johnson in the new Showtime series, "Masters of Sex." It's about the sexual research performed by Masters and Johnson. Naturally, a subject like this will involve a lot of sex on camera. Lizzy says that it becomes very easy to get used to and it gets old real quick. She remembers backpacking through Europe back in her young 20s and stopped in Amsterdam. When in Amsterdam, you have to go to the red light district. She went to a live sex show. It was a very proper theater, a very proper show, a very proper audience. She sat there and a couple came out and had sex. Ten minutes later, a new couple came out. And every ten minutes, another couple performed. The audience of tourists was wide-eyed and a bit shocked. The performers paid them no-mind. She couldn't believe that the characters were carrying on with idle chatter while dozens look on as they did "it". And now . . . she's like them. Sex stuff going on right in front of her and it's nothing.
Dave is familiar with TV series in that after each show in front of a live audience, the performers come out and take a bow. Do the sex partners on "Masters of Sex" do that? Do they come out for applause at the end of the show? So far, not yet. I wonder if it's like "American Bandstand" or "Soul Train" where you watch to pick up new moves.
"Masters of Sex" – premieres this Sunday at 10 PM on the Showtime.
The Swedish duo performed "All Night" from their brand-new album, "This Is . . . Icona Pop."
And that was our show for Wednesday, September 25, 2013.
The government is in danger of a shutdown. Putin! Save us!
I like me the Renee Fleming. And what I like most is she is a SUNY State School grad from the University of Potsdam.
-The word "opera" means "work" in Italian.
-The words of an opera are known as the libretto.
-During the 17th century, women were not allowed to sing on stage. Castrated males, or castrati, would sing the soprano/mezzo/alto parts.
Many of the above Opera Fun Facts are important to know when doing a Sunday New York Times Crossword Puzzle.
If the words of an opera are known as the libretto, instead of tonight's Top Ten being Top Ten Opera Lyrics, shouldn't it have been entitled, "Top Ten Librettos"?
-Opera composers would sometimes hire a group of people to cheer their works or boo the works of others.
That one reminds me of a laugher I would hear on "Cheers." The guy's laugh in the audience was very distinctive and the one you would always first. The rest of the audience would follow. One day I was reading the newspaper while the TV was on. This was after Cheers had gone off the air. I forgot what show was on but I heard that same laugh leading the way for everyone else. I knew he had to be a stooge, there to get the audience laughing.
-Mozart wrote his first opera at the age of 12.
-Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) was the 18th of 21 children, only three of whom lived beyond infancy.
-Placido Domingo performed the title role in Verdi's Otello in Vienna in 1991 and the audience applauded for one hour and 20 minutes, setting a new world record for the longest applause ever.
-Luciano Pavarotti received 165 curtain calls in February 1988 after singing in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore in Berlin.
That was my voice as the dummy in the Senator Ted Cruz ventriloquist piece.
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