The Hardest Working Man In Show Biz, Part Deux

Jay Leno is the closest thing we have to a human public utility.  We always expect him to be there when we flip the switch, we always expect a consistent product, and we always take him for granted.  Until last week.

The man who never calls in sick called in sick.  And we all took notice.  He was in the hospital last Thursday and Friday.  Monday night he was back, and mining the experience for all it was worth.

Jay Leno is 59 today.  Maybe it’s time we started appreciating him.

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I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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7 Responses to The Hardest Working Man In Show Biz, Part Deux

  1. I agree. Leno’s work ethic is admirable. You probably know this, but there’s a Connecticut connection to Leno. Mike Jann, with whom I worked when we were both ad copywriters back in the 80s, is now a staff comedy writer on Leno’s show. Mike’s a Uconn grad. Hell of a softball player.

  2. TonyC says:

    Jay is terrific. A fitting successor to Johnny Carson… and there will never be another Johnny Carson. You and Jay should collaborate on his new 10PM show. Conan at 1130?… I don’t know, I don’t think I’m cool enough…

  3. Gary S. Burr says:

    I have never been a fan of Leno. David Letterman is much more real and hard hitting then Leno could ever be. While Leno sucks up to everyone who comes on his show, Letterman makes it perfectly clear that he does not approve of certain guests, and that is so much more refreshing then this sucking up we see on almost all entertainment shows. You can have your own opinions and you can dislike someone. Leno needs to learn this.

  4. Gerry says:

    Gary, there’s no question their styles are completely different. Truth is, I find Letterman’s humor much more my style than Leno’s. Dave is Dave and Jay is Jay, and neither will change.

    But what dawned on me last week was how much Leno is genuinely liked as a person and taken for granted as an entertainer.

    And he’s about to become the most important person on NBC when he takes over the 10pm time slot Monday through Friday in the fall. It’ll be in interesting to see what kind of show he produces. NBC’s primetime fate will revolve around him, as will the ratings of, as the announcer says, “your late local news.”

    Terry, I’ll bet your buddy has a lot of good stories to share over a beer or ten. And Tony, you’re way cool enough for Conan.

  5. Kathryn D. says:

    In my mind, there could never be a better combination……Jay, NBC30 News at 11 and then Conan My life is complete! 🙂

  6. Gerry says:

    Kathryn, if only we could clone you.

  7. Kathryn D. says:

    Thank you, Gerry!!!!!!

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