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September 28, 2006 |
Dear Mr. Keillor,
I can't recall having ever seen you on any television talk shows and I'm curious if I've just missed you or if you don't do talk shows. If you don't why not? I'm sick of watching their usual round of guests and so I rarely tune in any more. Is there any possibility of ever seeing you conversing with say, Jon Stewart of the Daily Show or maybe at length with Larry King?
I used to do talk shows, Cathy, back when I was famous but I'm a recovering celebrity now and so it's not that interesting. Also, they don't ask me. That makes it easier to say no. The last one I did was the Craig Ferguson show in L.A. They tape it in the late afternoon and the audience is made up of unemployed twentysomething people who are herded like cattle into a studio and sit on bleachers for an hour as a deranged bald man runs around with a hand mic and makes them scream on cue. He's the warm-up guy. The same happens at the Letterman show. They bully the audience and abuse it and for some reason people enjoy this and get excited. The fact that they are treated with contempt makes them believe that the show must be really really good. So you get this hyper audience prepared to salivate at the sound of a bell, so that all the host need do is raise an eyebrow and the audience screams with delight. It isn't the branch of show business that I signed up for, Cathy.