Barack’s ‘Late Show’ Top 10

The Illinois senator made a surprise appearance last night on Letterman, appearing on the North Salem resident’s show via satellite to deliver the “Top 10 Interesting Facts About Barack Obama.”

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My favorites:

10. My first act as President will be to stop the fighting between Lauren and Heidi on “The Hills.”

8. When I tell my kids to clean their room. I finish with, ‘I’m Barack Obama and I approved this message.

5. I have canceled all my appearances the day the “Sex and the City” movie opens.

Enjoy the rest after the break.

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Goodbye to a beard (David Letterman), a camera (Stephen Baldwin) and 2007 (Hayden Pannetierre and Lindsay Lohan)

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Of the following celebrities who have called Mount Vernon home, who was scheduled to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today?

A. Sean “Diddy” Combs
B. Sidney Poitier
C. Phylicia Rashad
D. Denzel Washington

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Letterman to shave ‘General Lee’ beard on tonight’s show

mike-and-dave.jpgLast week, Robin Williams nicknamed David Letterman “General Lee” after witnessing the beard the talk show host sported after returning from the hiatus caused by the Writers Guild of America’s strike. But that beard will vanish tonight, according to media reports.

The (New York) Daily News reported Letterman expressing a willingness to shave off the fuzz on tonight’s show:

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‘Monday, I think the beard is going away,’ the late-night funnyman says on tonight’s telecast. ‘Can we get a guy in here Monday to shave me? Now, a good guy, because the last time we did this, I looked like – when he was done, I looked like I’d been in a knife fight.’

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The News doesn’t have the reaction of Bedford resident Paul Shaffer, but I bet it’ll be something like “Haaaaaaaaaaaa!” followed by a keyboard riff.

On an episode of “Late Show” last week, Letterman’s North Salem neighbor and New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg awarded the key to the city to Letterman’s beard. Post-shave, expect to see the freed facial hair and an oversized golden trinket snuggling up to Lindsay Lohan in the V.I.P. section of Marquee later this week.

(AP Photo/CBS, J.P. Filo)

Paul Shaffer, David Letterman power 50 Cent’s ‘Ayo Technology’

paul-david-502.jpgI saw this clip of 50 Cent’s infectious “Ayo Technology” rerun on “Late Show with David Letterman” shortly after the Writers’ Guild of America strike began and have been meaning to blog about it ever since. It’s simultaneously awesome and awkward, which makes it a perfect fit for Suburbarazzi.

No shortage of things to look out for here:

1. Bedford resident Paul Shaffer’s CBS Orchestra does an impressive job recreating Timbaland’s heavily produced track, right down to the intricate and hyperactive video-game beeps that Shaffer appears to be duplicating on keyboards. Reminiscent of LL Cool J’s “MTV Unplugged” episode.
2. Although the song’s featured vocalist, Justin Timberlake, is nowhere to be found, 50 still gives him a shout-out at the beginning.
3. The opening half-rhyme scheme was altered not only to please the FCC, but also a certain North Salem resident at the end: “50 Cent, Justin, Timbaland, Letterman.”
4. 50 Cent sings like Justin raps.
5. Old folks in the Ed Sullivan Theatre throwin’ their hands up!

What else did you love/hate about this clip?

(AP Photos — Shaffer by Diane Bondareff; 50 Cent by Kevork Djansezian; Letterman by Adam Rountree)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Talk show travails, ‘SNL’ regales and Halloween tales

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This week’s quiz: Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre is moving to L.A., but where are his houses in the Lower Hudson Valley?

A. Harrison and Mahopac
B. Hartsdale and Mamaroneck
C. Haverstraw and Mount Kisco

The answer is at the end of the video or after the break.

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Writers’ strike likely means reruns for Letterman, Leno

leno.jpgletterman.jpgFans of late-night TV will be among the first to realize the impact of the writers’ strike, as talk shows — including those of New Rochelle native Jay Leno and North Salem resident David Letterman — are “expected to go into immediate reruns” as early as tonight, according to Reuters.

Both acknowledged the prospect of a lack of a contract last week.

Leno said that if one of the timely jokes viewers see involves the “Where’s the beef?” lady, it might be a rerun.

And astute Suburbarazzi readers already know that one of Letterman’s Top 10 lists last week included “No number 3 – writers making picket signs for upcoming strike.”

(Leno: AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater; Letterman: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Letterman’s Top 10 ‘Things Overheard During Dick Cheney’s Hunting Trip’

letterman.jpgThe trip, of course, was to a hunting outfit in LaGrangeville, just over the Putnam border in Dutchess County. The segment aired on Wednesday night’s show. I sure hope this writer’s strike doesn’t go through, or else Dave (who lives in North Salem) is going to have to come up with gems like this all by his lonesome.

10.    “Has everyone updated their will?”

9.    “The crisp air is giving me goosebumps – no, wait, it’s another heart attack.”

8.    “This can’t end well.”

7.    “My pacemaker also makes bird calls.”

6.    “I want the quail taken alive – let’s find out what the son of a bitch knows.”

5.    “Bush was supposed to come, but his father got him out of it.”

4.    “Condi, grab a shotgun and go get yourself a man.”

3.    No number 3 – writers making picket signs for upcoming strike.”

2.    “You shoot one old guy in the face, avoid talking to authorities, delay taking a blood-alcohol test and you’re labeled a bad guy.”

1.    “Duck!”

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie hot for Halloween (as opposed to any other time)

brangelina.jpgFor those among the celebrity-obsessed seeking to be a star for a day, the hot costumes this Halloween are of power couple Brad Pitt and former Sneden’s Landing resident Angelina Jolie.

US Weekly cites a Captain Morgan/Kelton Research survey of 600 Americans, who rate Brangelina as this year’s most popular celebrity inspiration for holiday get-ups. Presumably, couples who dress up this way will spend the night arguing with each other over who’s more good-looking. Blech.

Other couples popular in the poll were Britney Spears and Kevin Federline; Chappaqua residents Bill and Hillary Clinton; recent Pelham dweller Tom Cruise and wife Katie Holmes; David Beckham and Posh Spice; and George W. and Laura Bush.

Among the late-night TV show hosts, New Rochelle native Jay Leno beat out North Salem resident David Letterman, among others — just like in the ratings. I’d prefer Letterman as a costume or as a talk show host, myself.

(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Forbes’ rich list has lots of LoHud love, Richard Moll gets ‘Fantastic’ in Yorktown

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This week’s quiz: Of these “Today” show personalities, who did NOT make Forbes’ most recent list of Top TV Earners?

A. Matt Lauer (formerly of Ardsley, Chappaqua and Hartsdale)
B. Al Roker (formerly of Yorktown)
C. Meredith Vieira (currently of Irvington)

The answer is at the end of the clip and after the break.

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Shockingly, the answer’s Al Roker. The guy’s been on “Seinfeld” for cryin’ out loud! Give him a raise.

From Lauer to Leno to Letterman, LoHud celebs dominate Forbes list of TV’s Top Earners

letterman.jpgNorth Salem resident David Letterman earned $40 million from June 2006 to June 2007 through television, ranking him fourth on Forbes magazine’s new list of TV’s Top Earners and tops among celebrities who have lived or attended college in the Lower Hudson Valley.

His newest BFF, Oprah Winfrey, tops the list. And it isn’t even close. She made $260 million in that one-year span, about $200 million more than the runner-up, Jerry Seinfeld ($60 million) and even more over “American Idol” staple Simon Cowell ($45 million).

Suddenly Alex Rodriguez’s contract doesn’t seem so out of the ordinary.

Other LoHudders on the list: Westchester real estate maven and golf course owner Donald Trump (No. 5, $32 million); New Rochelle native Jay Leno (No. 6, $32 million); former Putnam County resident (Judge) Judy Sheindlin (No. 7, $30 million); former Chappaqua, Ardsley and Hartsdale resident Matt Lauer (No. 17, $13 million); Sarah Lawrence College graduate Barbara Walters (No. 18, $12 million); and Irvington resident Meredith Vieira (No. 20, $10 million).

(AP Photo/John Paul Filo, CBS)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Letterman’s the ‘get,’ Moll’s on the ‘Net, and Amurri’s tête-à-tête

Yesterday, I chatted on RNN about Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming interview of North Salem resident David Letterman; “Night Court” star Richard Moll’s Yorktown Heights shoot for an Internet mockumentary; and Eva Amurri’s rejection of the risque role that her mother, Pound Ridge resident Susan Sarandon, made famous.

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After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: Chappaqua resident Bill Clinton and his nephew ran into the family of Al Gore’s oldest daughter at what unusual Manhattan location a couple of weeks ago?

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David Letterman books his first appearance on ‘Oprah’

oprahumadave.jpgAll that’s missing is Uma Thurman.

The Associated Press reported yesterday that North Salem resident David Letterman will make his first-ever appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show next month.

Letterman’s Sept. 10 interview at Madison Square Garden will be broadcast live in some markets and delayed in others, according to her production company.

For those unaware, the two talk show hosts had feuded for about a decade, with Letterman cracking jokes at her expense and Winfrey refusing to return to his set. In 2003, she told Time magazine she was “completely uncomfortable” with those jokes. Perhaps the most famous of the barbs was the most benign: When Letterman hosted the 1995 Academy Awards, he introduced two uniquely named celebs to each other: “Oprah, Uma. Uma, Oprah.”

As you can see in the photo, the Uma-Oprah-Dave reunion in a way already happened. When Winfrey returned to Letterman’s show on Dec. 1, 2005 to officially end the feud, she presented him with a framed photo of her and Thurman.

But my favorite hatchet-burial moment between the talk show hosts has to be this commercial, which ran during this year’s Super Bowl.

(AP Photo/Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS)