The new MSNBC Friday night interview show, Up Late with Alex Baldwin, debuted in early October. I missed the premiere, but fortunately MSNBC has offered it a great deal of the content online for folks like myself.
Judging by the most recent episode, with 2001: A Space Odyssey stars, Gary Lockwood and Keir Dullea (discussing the film classic’s long-term cultural influence), Baldwin is going to book some obscure guests. That’s a trend I hope continues. Past guests support my impression considering that Debra Winger was the focus of one episode.
“I met him [Albert Brooks] in the early ‘90s when I was working at ‘The Larry Sanders Show.’ I had dinner with him a couple times with Garry and I was just in awe to be around him because his ‘Saturday Night Live’ movies were a really big influence on everything we did at ‘The Ben Stiller Show’ and obviously ‘Defending Your Life’ and ‘Modern Romance’ and ‘Real Life’…”
As the comedians note in tribute to David Letterman (from last night’s Kennedy Center Honors on CBS), it is fun to see Dave be uncomfortable. People (namely Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel and Ray Romano) complimenting and honoring him definitely makes him squirm.
This tribute was great to watch, except the end, when producers made all four presenters interact in a scripted manner. That was awkward for everyone.
In what seems like a lifetime ago, in the mid-1980s, painter Brendan O’Connell and I went to high school together. The other day he dropped me a note to let me know he had upgraded his website. Imagine my surprise when I strolled over to find he was interviewed by actor Alec Baldwin.
I have been trying to interview O’Connell for years, but now that I understand he’s got Baldwin wanting to interview him, well hey, it makes sense why I am still waiting. Go read the interview. I am always impressed at what O’Connell has done since our high school days, and I look forward to seeing what lies ahead for him and his ever-evolving pursuit of art.
The Betty White hosted episode of Saturday Night Live was an unequivocal success, no doubt (as noted by this New York Times piece). But personally I’m enthused to see Alec Baldwin showing up this week to host for a 15th time (allowing him to catch up with Steve Martin’s number of hosting gigs). Here’s a collection of teasers: