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Tuesday, October 8, 2013 Nobel Prize winner Dr. James Rothman has big evening plans.
Show #3918
Seth Meyers, Michael Fassbender, and Amos Lee.
PLUS: "Captain Phillips"; Pharmaceuticals Without the FDA; Nobel Prize Winner Dr. James E. Rothman; the YouTube Music Awards; a Top Ten List; and Other Countdown Clocks on the News.

" . . . and now, the next Batman . . . . . . . . . David Letterman!

ACT 1:
- "'Gravity' is the number 1 movie in America. Some conspiracy theorists believe it was actually filmed on a soundstage."
- "The Washington Redskins are being pressured to change their name because 'Redskins' is offensive. At this point, isn't 'Washington' the offensive word?"

Dave is a big fan of Tom Hanks and even though Hanks was a guest on last night's show, Dave still wants to promote his upcoming film, "Captain Phillips." Dave asked Tom to send over some footage of the film so we could play it on the show, and Dave didn't want the stuff we've seen on commercials. Dave wanted special, not seen anywhere else footage. We take a look at some clips of Tom Hanks from "Captain Phillips."
Hey-Ohhh! It's Tom Hanks on "Love Boat", early 1980s. When you're still new in the business, you do what you have to do. A gig is a gig. But, you know, for laughs I have a feeling Tom would still do the Love Boat today . . . . except with a different bathing suit.

Because the FDA is closed for the government shutdown, there are fewer checks on drug companies, which might explain this commercial Dave saw last night. We take a look at this Lunesta commercial without the stringent Food and Drug Administration restraints.
ANNOUNCE: "The rest you've been craving is finally here with Lunesta. Not only is it a proven sleep aid, Lunesta also makes you smarter, taller, thinner, gets you a higher-paying job, improves your tennis game, gives you the strength of five oxen, fixes your overbite, and makes you live forever. Lunesta. Be perfect."

First there was Emmy Week, and then Fashion Week, and then the United Nations Week. Now we are in to Nobel Prize Week, and tonight in our audience we have the winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine, Dr. James E. Rothman. Dave has the good doctor stand to be acknowledged. The audience gives Dr. Rothman a fine, appreciative ovation for his great work in science and medicine.
DAVE: "Welcome to the show. Where are you from, Dr. Rothman?"
DR. ROTHMAN: "Excuse me?"
DAVE: "Where are you from?"
DR. ROTHMAN: "I'm from Atlanta, Georgia, originally."
DAVE: "Good to have you here. Why don't you explain what you won your Nobel Prize for."
DR. ROTHMAN: "Dave, I won the Nobel Prize for Medicine for the discovery of machinery regulating vesicle traffic. That's a major transport system in our cells."
DAVE: (impressed) "Wow! And that will be good for us to know that information?"
DR. ROTHMAN: "Yes. I think so."
DAVE: "And I understand the Nobel Prize comes with a million dollars? Have you given any thought to what you're going to do with the million dollars?"
DR. ROTHMAN: "Yes. After the show I'm going back to the hotel and order a cheeseburger and a couple of whores."
Wow! See that? Even though he's a Nobel Prize winner, he's no different from us!

When Dave asked Dr. Rothman where he was from, that wasn't in the script. It caught Dr. Rothman off guard and he had to ask Dave to repeat the question. When in the audience, the actor doesn't get cue cards. He was probably keyed in to his 3 or 4 responses and wasn't ready for the "Where are you from" question, as simple as the question may appear. I didn't ask "Dr. Rothman" after the show, but I imagine he actually is originally from Atlanta, Georgia.

Hey, the YouTube is getting into the Award business with a new YouTube Video Music Awards. We take a look at a YouTube Music Award contender.
ART CARD: "YouTube Music Award Contender"
ANNOUNCE: "Chris Christie's 'Wrecking Meatball' Video"
We see a naked Chris Christie swinging on a giant meatball, a la Miley Cyrus naked on a wrecking ball. The meatball and chain cannot hold the hefty governor and he crashes to the ground. Stay strong, New Jersey.

ACT 2:
During the commercial break, Dave learns that Nobel Prize winner Dr. James E. Rothman has something he would like to say. Dr. Rothman stands and says, "The people in Sweden found out about the whores, and now I have to give my Nobel Prize back. Thanks a lot, 'sdd'hole!" Well, at least the Nobel people have no problem with cheeseburgers.

TOP TEN: OTHER ASTRONAUT FEARS - Inspired by "Gravity," astronauts have said their number one fear was their becoming untethered during a spacewalk and floating off into the dark, cold void.
7. Rare affliction,"Astronuts"
5. No sign of Miss Universe anywhere.
4. While you explore space, neighbor explores your wife.

If I had time, I would have offered this to the list, though not likely to make the cut:
- "Running into Alice Kramden on her way to the moon."

ACT 3:
The head writer of "Saturday Night Live" and co-anchor of "Weekend Update." Yikes! "Saturday Night Live" is now in its 39th season. I remember when it first came out. I heard a lot about it but never watched since it was on Saturday nights. I was out "getting it done" on Saturday nights and was never in front of the TV. Now I don't watch "Saturday Night Live" because it's on too late. Paul Shaffer was on the SNL for its first 5 seasons.
Congratulations to Seth. Six weeks ago he was married. He credits his wife for doing everything. She did all the planning. Yes, most men pretend they want to help but when the ball gets rolling, it's best to stay out of the way. You know it's no place for a man when there is a 3-hour discussion on what kind of cake there should be at the reception. Most guys could offer no more than, "I don't know . . . white . . . with some chocolate?" Marriage is easy compared to planning a marriage.
Seth's only contribution was the night before the wedding. He suggested that he and the bride-to-be splurge and share some oysters. The next morning Seth got a phone call that his engaged was on the way to the hospital with food poisoning. We see a photo, pre-approved by wife Alexi, of her sickened in a hospital bed. A nurse took one look at her and said, "You're not getting married today." And like a superhero emerging from the rubble, Alexi rose up and growled, "I AM GETTING MARRIED TODAY!" We then see an after photo of Seth and Alexi. She looked fantastic. If you've ever had food poisoning, you know it was a miraculous recovery.
Seth will be changing jobs in the near future. He's leaving Saturday Night Live to become the new host of "Late Night." Our Dave originated the "Late Night" show, moving Tom Snyder's "Tomorrow" off to the side. Why didn't Late Night simply take the "Tomorrow" name? Dave isn't sure, but thinks it's because people would be looking for Tom Snyder and become confused, which is curious since most Late Night viewers at the time would be considered confused. Dave suggests to Seth that he take back the "Tomorrow" name. Free advice. Seth considers it but then remembers that the show just printed the new mugs. Nice idea, but he'll pass.

ACT 4:
The news networks all have clocks monitoring how long it's been since the government shut down. But that's not the only thing they're monitoring. We take a look at some of the other clocks they are showing.
- The Debt Ceiling Clock deadline: 9 days, 00:20:10
- The Senator Ted Cruz countdown clock showing when he is due for his next Thorazine pill: 4 hours, 11 minutes, 8 seconds.
- The countdown clock for when the partisan gridlock shuts down the government next year in 2014: 357 days, 18 minutes, 26 seconds.
- The countdown clock for the time remaining until Congressional aides find Speaker John Boehner passed out in a puddle of spray tanner and urine: 9 hours, 3 minutes, 48 seconds.

ACT 5:
ANNOUNCE: "Get back here tomorrow for Dave and Lucy Liu, Director of the Atmosphere and Energy Program at Stanford University Mark Jacobson, and The Weeknd. Visit to watch Two Door Cinema Club Live on Letterman. Two Door Cinema Club's exclusive online concert from the Ed Sullivan Theater can be streamed on demand. In fact, I recommend you watch it twice."

ACT 6:
He's in the new film, "The Counselor." Michael also has a new film coming out soon after "The Counselor" entitled, "12 Years A Slave." It's based on an 1853 autobiography of a free northern black man who was tricked, captured, and sold into slavery. It's got the Oscar-talk going on.
Michael does a lot of traveling and while shooting "12 Years A Slave" he did a bit of the fly fishing. He was new at it but caught a fish on his third cast. Really? I tried fly fishing and figured it was the best way to fish if you didn't want to catch a fish. Those in the know say it's the best way to fish, the most fun, the most challenging, and the most successful if you know what you're doing. Dave and Michael talk a bit about the art of the fly fishing cast; no wrist, all elbow, 10 to 2.
Oh, the fish Michael caught, some kind of trout, was about 6 inches long. People scoffed, but isn't just as hard to catch a small fish as it is to catch a big one? Or is it harder to catch a big fish because it's big and, therefore smart, having never fell for the fake fly before?
The next trip Michael is planning is motorcycling around South America. That's mine, too, except for the motorcycling and South America part.
"The Counselor" - it opens October 25th.

ACT 7:
From his new album, "Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song," Amos Lee performed a very enjoyable "Chill In The Air." I'll be giving the album a full listen.

And that was our show for Tuesday October 8, 2013.

"Tomorrow" starring Dave Letterman, with Paul Shaffer.

I will consider myself old when I stop running up steps. I don't know why but that's the line for me. Two steps at a time, running. When I can no longer do that, or when I decide I no longer want to do that . . . . . that's the day I will think of myself as being old.
What's your line?

I thought of this last week and since then I've seen it in a few places. It's a holiday gift idea for this year only. It's the Thanksgiving Turkey Menorah. Hanukkah begins on Thanksgiving this year. My idea would have a turkey with 8 candle-feathers. That's right, the feathers on the turkey would double as candles. You would light the candles one-by-one each night of Hanukkah, just like if it were a menorah. And get this . . . . the turkey head is the Shamash!
Hello, Shark Tank?

I went to the local high school game this weekend. It was the big rivalry game; big crowd, lots of emotion, kids playing their hearts out. My team was losing most of the game but took a 1-point lead in the 4th quarter. And then with 16 seconds left in the game, the other team lined up for a 33-yard field goal for the win. Even though it was the other team, there was a big part of me rooting for the kid to make it. I always root for the last-second field goal in football or the foul shot in basketball. You hate to see any kid miss it in that situation. The kid missed it wide. There was a lot of joy on our side, but I could tell by looking at the dads who played high school sports that they immediately felt the pain of the kicker. We all quietly agreed we were pulling for him. But it wasn't to be.
The kicker either gets all the blame or all the glory, but a field goal takes a lot more than just a kick. There is the snap and there is the hold. I was a holder in high school. We practiced field goals and extra points maybe 5 times a week. It's a heck of a lot to ask for when precision is tantamount. And to this day, I'm more interested in the snap and the hold than the kick itself when watching a football game. The holder is supposed to spin the ball so the laces on the football are facing out. You don't want the kicker to have to kick the laces-side of the football. In high school, I never worried about that. I just wanted to catch it and place it. So the next time you watch a high school kicker, pay attention to the holder and the snapper. The kicker can't do anything without those two.
This high school game was on Saturday. And in Sunday's New York Times there was a big article on the art of football's snap/place/and kick. How 'bout that?!
Look for it in Sunday's New York Times: "Athletic Art: 3 Acts and 3 Points
A Meshing of Talents on Every Field Goal Attempt"

Time now for This Date In CAMEO MENTION OF A WAHOO READER History.
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