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    •  Agreed, Jay has not been funny since he came back (2+ / 0-)
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      soms, abarrenfuture

      He is boring and sounds like Dane Cook or something.....boy, is he lame since returning.

      What happened?

      Change, where?? I see the same ole Washington, alnc. 7/09

      by alnc on Tue Oct 06, 2009 at 08:39:20 PM PDT

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      •  Trying too hard? (3+ / 0-)
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        America was built on a foundation of liberty and freedom, but nowadays it's pretty much about football. --Norman Chad

        by vcthree on Tue Oct 06, 2009 at 08:39:42 PM PDT

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      •  writers are loyal to shows, not props. (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Broader market segment . . . (2+ / 0-)
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        tmo, alnc

        He doesn't want to limit the appeal of the show just to the 11:30 PM crowd, so he's watering down his material a bit to get some laughs.  

        Having said that, I did catch a really funny bit that he did last week on items that were found at the $1 store.  Most of the jokes though in the show that I watched lacked a real edge.

        •  It always struck me as toned down (3+ / 0-)
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          alnc, Wife of Bath, NotGeorgeWill

          11:30 for me, if I'm watching tv, is usually either Letterman, Colbert, or SportsCenter.  (More Dave these days -- Colbert's "character" doesn't work as well for me now that the conservative pundits he's skewering have become really nasty instead of being doofus pro-Bush sycophants.)  MAYBE Charlie Rose.  Can't get into Conan -- he has a Letterman sensibility, but he's too content for going for the safer joke.  Never watched Leno.  The clips of him on the Sunday Funnies always looked like he was trying so hard to sell an obvious joke that couldn't possibly offend anyone.  So if it's even more toned down, egads.

          "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

          by Loge on Tue Oct 06, 2009 at 10:18:19 PM PDT

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          •  My pubradio station ran "Fair Game" at that hour (1+ / 0-)
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            which was a neat little show: newsmagazine content with late-night goofiness. If you remember an NBC show called "Weekend," a million years ago, it was like that. Sometimes the best thing on . . . is on radio.

            As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

            by ticket punch on Tue Oct 06, 2009 at 10:30:40 PM PDT

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            •  Yeah, that was a great, but short-lived program . (1+ / 0-)
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              NPR pulled the plug too early on it.  The show that's replaced it in my broadcast area, "The Story" out of NC PubRadio is pretty good too.  Generally, I listen to a lot more NPR and BBC programming these days than I watch TV.

          •  I'm a Colbert loyalist personally . . . (2+ / 0-)
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            alnc, Wife of Bath

            growing up it was first Carson, then Letterman in the early days he had a real absurd, spontaneous edge to his program.  

            I hung around for a couple years when he transitioned to CBS, but the program was more tame.  I watched Conan too for a while.  Like you, I was never a real big Leno fan.  I didn't dislike his style, but his approach wasn't really must see-TV for me.

            Colbert and Stewart are really the only TV programs that I watch these days aside from the NFL, NBA, the occasional MLB game, and yes, SportCenter.  

            Even in the case of Colbert and Stewart I don't watch them on TV anymore -- I watch their videos on line (same is true with Charlie Rose, I'm only a semi-regular viewer of his programs).  It may be that Colbert translates better to a more web-friendly format than he does on TV.

            Recently I also stumbled onto this web channel called VBS -- it's the future of TV in my view.  Spike Jonze of "Being John Malkovich" fame is associated with the "station" and they have some really great entertainment.  It's a mixture of hi-brow and low-brow entertainment.  

            They have this show called "Soft Focus" where the interviewer talks to aging Indie Rock-Punk stars like Ian Mackaye of Fugazi semi-fame.  The interviews offer some interesting food for thought, in a kind of silly, tongue-in-cheek style.  There's a cool one of Henry Rollins too.

          •  It's ALWAYS Stephen (0+ / 0-)

            I only have eyes for him.

      •  How can you tell the difference? (4+ / 0-)
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        Dems2004, alnc, Heiuan, Cofcos

        Jay was never funny, unless you think leering and smirking is funny.

        We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

        by Simian on Tue Oct 06, 2009 at 11:04:12 PM PDT

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      •  Beware Jay Leno's a lifelong Neocon Shill (8+ / 0-)

        Not just lame...But when he said Obama associated with pimps and Acorn, I vowed not to give Leno another chance ever again.

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