The Late Shift (1996)

This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!

“[embarrassed] How can a television show be worth all this embarrassment?” – David Letterman

Number of Times Seen – Twice (7 Oct 1999 and 22 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – As Johnny Carson was getting ready to retire, the battle for his late night spot raged on between Jay Leno and David Letterman.

Bottom Line – Sch a fascinating look behind the scenes as to how both Leno and Letterman vied to be the heir to Carson. The story unfolds really well and the fact that both John Michael Higgins and Daniel Roebuck do amazing impressions of these men adds so much to the story. Kathy Bates stands out among everyone else as Leno’s agent who will do all she can to help him succeed. Rich Little is superb in his few scenes playing Johnny himself. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – A few days after the film’s premiere, John Michael Higgins was booked on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) to talk about the movie and what it was like to portray Letterman. Higgins then sat in the green room as Letterman spent the next hour padding bits and doing filler, all the while promising Higgins was “coming up”. At the end of the show Letterman apologized to Higgins for “running out of time”, pointedly saying he hoped the actor could “come back again soon.” Higgins was never re-booked. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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