Alec Baldwin; and Ken Jennings.
is "Jeopardy" on the level?; an update on news
anchorwoman Sharon Reed of WOIO in Cleveland; the annual
lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree; the
Million-Dollar Holiday Sweepstakes Extravaganza; and a special
top ten from 2004 NASCAR champion Kurt Busch.
Alec Baldwin is here tonight to promote the film about
Howard Hughes, "The Aviator." Dave says
what a strange and complex man Howard Hughes was. Paul adds
that it was Howard Hughes who invented the padded bra. That
doesn't sound strange or complex to me at all.
been watching the Jeopardy for months now and is amazed at what
Ken Jennings has accomplished, thought things seem
to be a little . . . fishy. Dave doesn't want to say the word
"FIXED" but I think that's what he was angling at.
We see a clip to support his claim. We see Alec pose the
answer, something about "an underground container for
sewage." Ken Jennings responded, "Who is Willie
Nelson." Alex barks, "Right!"
Dave has a point.
We poke our head into
Rupert's to see how he is doing. Any holiday
specials? "Not yet," says Rupert. Dave wonders,
"Waiting till the middle of February?"
receives a note: He says with a mix of sadness and anger,
"I just received a cold, hard abrasive slap in the
face." The big boss of the bosses of WOIO-TV in Cleveland
refuses to allow nude newswoman Sharon Reed to
appear on the Late Show. More on this to come.
Every year, something goes wrong. Tonight was the 72nd
annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas
Tree and once again, catastrophe. Seconds after the
lighting, a huge rat scurries across and knocks the tree over.
Oh, the humanity.
Back to Rupert's and we find him with
Emily of Short Hills, New Jersey. Emily does
voice over work on commercials. Anything we would be familiar
with? She does a quick 'read' from memory for an Easy Bake
Oven commercial. Very good! Sign her up!
tonight's game at Tuesday's with Rupert? It's the
Million-Dollar Holiday Sweepstakes Extravaganza! And what are
we playing for? Alan announces, "Dave, it's a
million-dollar holiday sweepstakes extravaganza in Rupert Jee's
Hello Deli!" How do we play? Emily has 30 seconds to
fill up a basket of everything she can get her hands on in the
Hello Deli. Quick! What would you go for first?
Emily makes her way around the deli, finishing off with a case
of the Red Bull. Total value and retail price? Rupert checks
out his losses and says, "Ohhhh, about 60
And that is how we play
"Million-Dollar Holiday Sweepstakes Extravaganza."
Dave is still a bit ticked about this Sharon Reed thing.
It seems she can appear nude on a local newscast but she can't
appear fully clothed on our show. Does it make sense? Dave
receives this note: a General Manager at WOIO in Cleveland says
the station's parent company, Raycom, in Alabama will not allow
Sharon Reed on our show. Dave adds, "And we're also told
we can't mention 'Raycom.'"
Thoughts That Cross Your Mind When Going 190 Miles Per
- Last week at the Homestead/Miami Speedway,
Kurt Busch and the #97 Sharpie/Irwin Ford team clinched the 2004
NASCAR championship. And here to present tonight's top ten
list, 2004 NASCAR champ Kurt Busch.
#6. "Uh oh,
that wasn't Powerade --- that was Pennzoil."
"Damn, that Jeff Gordon is handsome."
He's in "The Aviator." It opens December 17th. Alec
was nominated for an Academy Award in his role in "The
Cooler," losing to Tim Robbins. He says the weird thing
about being nominated for an Academy Award is that now people
expect it to keep happening. In a thick New York accent, Alec
says, "I'll be walking down the street and a doorman will
say, 'Hey, Baldwin, what's your next project? What you got
coming out next?'" Alec says I can say anything, like
"I'm starring in the Captain Kangaroo story" and
they'll come back with, "I smell an Oscar, Alec. I smell
I like when Alec Baldwin is a guest
because he has a daughter the same age as my twins, now 9 years
old. Hoping to spend some quality time with his daughter,
he'll suggest, "Honey, let me buy you a new coat."
She'll then go into the little daughter whine, "Nooooooooo!
Nooooooooo! I wanna go to the toy store! I don't want a
coat!" And then the change is overnight. Days later
they're in the clothes store and his daughter is now flicking
back her hair, very Beverly Hills-ish, knowing all the styles,
all the name brands. I know the feeling. It's about then
you yourself start whining, "Let's go to the toy store.
Let's buy some dolls." But it's too late. They're not so
The other day I was working with
Dominique on her math homework. We started
talking about college. I asked, "What do you want to study
in college? Do you want to study math?" Dominique puts
her pencil down and says, "No, in college I'm gonna
parrrrrrrrrrrrty!" Just like a Beastie Boy. I have no
idea where that came from. I kindly told her, "Yes.
That's what we all do in college. But you're not supposed to
admit it to your parents."
- in theaters December 17th. It's on my list of movies I would
see if I actually went to movies.
"And now it's time for the Late Show
Employee of the Week. For screwing up the 12th floor
copy machine, spilling toner everywhere and then walking away
like nothing happened . . . . Mike McIntee, you're
the Late Show Employee of the Week!
has been the Late Show Employee of the Week. Tell
OK, OK. Hold on. It was Monday
morning. The copier needed a new batch of toner. The last
time I changed it I got yelled at by the fix-it guy, accusing me
of not shaking the new toner cartridge before putting it in.
There was something else wrong with the machine at the time. It
had nothing to do with my not shaking the toner enough. I
'yessed' him, even though I knew I shook it enough. I just
wanted it fixed. So Monday morning the toner needed changing
again. I was called in to do the procedure. I got a new toner
cartridge and shook it up. I was about to put it in the copier
but I wanted everyone to see that I was shaking it, so I shook
it some more. Who knew that there was a little latch on the
end of the toner cartridge that, when pressed, dispenses the
toner. Apparently, my finger hit the latch and as I shook the
toner, a good amount came flying out. I ended up looking like
Al Jolson. And that's how I won the Late Show
Employee of the Week.
KEN JENNINGS: The
Jeopardy champion won a record 74 consecutive games and earned
over $2.5 million. This is the most ever by a game show
contestant. He played for 15 weeks worth of games, defeating
148 players along the way. His first game: June 2nd.He lost
earlier tonight, missing the final "Jeopardy"
The category: Business and Industry.
"Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees
work only 4 months a year." Ken wrote, "What is
Fed-Ex?" Buzz. The correct answer/question: "What
is H&R Block?" Dang! I knew that one!
the end of the segment, we Dave conducted his own
"Late Show Jeopardy" game.
1. "It's the tastiest breakfast meat."
Ken: "What is Sausage?" BUZZ.
Bacon. We were looking for bacon.
prison nickname is 'Good Thing.'"
"Who is Martha Stewart?" DING
"It's the least successful Donald Trump enterprise."
Ken: "What is the Trump Home Combover
Set." BUZZ --- but I liked the effort!
Answer/Question: "What is Donald Trump's hair."
4. "He's America's most popular late night talk show
Ken: "Who is David
Letterman?" BUZZ. We were looking for Jay Leno.
And that was our show for Tuesday, November 30,
Hey! I forgot to
mention that November 25th, was the 8th Anniversary
of the very first Wahoo Gazette. It
appeared on November 25, 1996. How did I get this gig? Way
back in the mid 1990's I ran the weekly Late Show
football pool and on the back of the football sheet I would
print out the results and add my opinions of how staffers were
doing with their picks. Much was tongue-in-cheek and filled
with sarcasm, but staffers did not mind just as long as they
were mentioned. At the same time, Walter and Jay were putting
together this Late Show website thing (check it out
at www.cbs.com/lateshow) and asked if I would like to write a
behind-the-scenes look at the show. Not knowing what I was
getting myself into, I readily agreed. The Wahoo
started as a twice a week edition, maybe a half page each, and
has since expanded to 5 days a week with each issue about 5
pages long. (I need an agent. Any available?)
is a reprint of my very first Wahoo Gazette:
"Monday, November 25, 1996 - Tonight
is the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in New York City's
Rockefeller Center. So if you like pushing, shoving, and
pickpockets while listening to 'Silent Night,' that's the place
to be. And that was it! That was the
very first Wahoo Gazette. Can you believe I got
away with that crap? Anyway, the Wahoo you read today got its
birth over 8 years ago; growing, evolving, and mutating all
along the way.
Mailboy Bob Borden is scheduled to appear LIVE
on tonight's show and is in his dressing room at this very
moment running his lines. Bob is wearing a navy blue
terry-cloth robe, white towel around his neck, open back
slippers, and is sipping from a green coffee mug.
you believe we have a grown man on our staff who calls himself,
Some plans by Late Show staff
members for the Thanksgiving holiday . . .
Agostini - work
2. Zoran Zgonc - work
Chris Schukei - work. . . . more tomorrow."
It's "Rudolph the Red Nosed
Reindeer" on CBS Wednesday night. You won't want to
miss it. Hear for yourself, "Herbie" or
I know, I know. There's isn't an
argument. It's Hermey. But like I've said many times before,
you can see the dentist elf referred to as "Herbie" in
enough places to make it an interesting topic of discussion.
Well, maybe after 5 years it isn't so interesting anymore.
I gave a quick search for my first mention of the
Herbie/Hermey discussion. I found this from
December 13, 1999.
RED-NOSED REINDEER UPDATE: The elf who wants to be a dentist.
Is it Herbie or is it Hermie? I went to my source who said
it's a question she's wanted to know for years. She thinks they
use both on the show. A Wahoo reader says she watched Rudolph
with the closed caption and it read 'Hermie.' The drug store,
CVS, is selling Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer dolls from the
show and in a big advertisement in my local paper they had
'Herbie.' The questions continue. I have a Rudolph book at
home I will check tonight. My theory: It's 'Hermie' but
since Rudolph has that big covering on his nose at the beginning
of the show, it sounds like he's saying
'Herbie.' Hmmm. Seems not much has
changed in 5 years.
Looking for something to do this
weekend? Check out Darlene Love at the Apollo
Theater in her concert, "Love at the Apollo for
Christmas." Also appearing will be Steve Van
Zandt, Ben E. King, Cissy
Houston, and our very own Paul
And if you can't make the show, be sure
to watch Darlene on the Late Show December 23rd.
You'll be glad you did.