It’s difficult to imagine Letterman feeling nervous about a guest on his late night talk show, but he has a list.
Warren Zevon was on years ago, and we all knew he was dying (Zevon died in 2003 due to inoperable lung cancer.) I was at a loss because I couldn’t think of an entry point for a conversation with a dying man on a television show that’s supposed to be silly. ‘How are you doing? You look great!’ doesn’t exactly work. I was really dissatisfied with my part of that conversation. I was ill-equipped to connect with a friend who was going through something like that.
The first time Bill Clinton was on the show, I was a little anxious for totally different reasons. Of course, what I learned about Bill was that you don’t even need to be in the studio for that interview. He’ll take care of it
What? Madonna wasn’t on the list?