This week's late night talk show highlights:
Don Rickles (4/30)
PC be damned
A Jew, a Chinaman and a colored guy walk into a ba... Ah, good old fashioned American racism, eh?! The equal opportunity insulter hasn't changed his act in over 60 years and, well, it shows a bit. But, if sarcasm and putting hecklers in their place is your thing, there have been few better. You'd also be hard pressed to find a decent comic in the last 30 years who doesn't give a grudging nod to the old master.
Stephen Colbert (5/3)
Walking that fine line
The host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report is living proof of two truths. One, he is a master of political satire. And two, conservatives are intrinsically unable to grasp irony. It would be fascinating to know the number of Republicans who take his show seriously. His exaggerated views have certainly become policy in the camp. Life imitating art, yes?
Norah Jones (5/2)
The contemporary jazz goddess performed a concert at the Ed Sullivan Theater in an exclusive for Dave Letterman's show. Songwriter, instrumentalist, performer, and possessing the voice of an angel, it's not hard to see the progeny of Ravi Shankar and Sue Jones as a continuing force in music for years to come.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Chris Evans (4/30)
Mild mannered actor by day ...
The only thing more pathetic than the bottom-of-the-barrel scrapings used for superhero movies these days is the guy who seems to be willing to play them all. Torch? Captain America? This toady probably picks up Stan Lee's dry cleaning under the guise of "Fabric-man."
Cameron Diaz (5/1)
Why is it we, as a culture, have decided to suffer the likes of Cameron Diaz for so long? Save for There's Something About Mary and Being John Malkovich, has she ever offered any return on our entertainment dollar? She is always horribly miscast and appears in more bombs than nitrogen. Yet, she is paraded around as Hollywood elite; showing up at Oscar ceremonies, talk show gigs, and industry functions as if she were our modern day Grace Kelly. Sadly, she's more like our new Farrah Fawcett without the depth.
William Shatner (5/1)
Still going strong
Priceline negotiator! James T. Kirk is 81 years old. That is simply amazing. He looks great, is breeding horses and winning trophies, and actually, somehow, has written books and won an Emmy. If there ever was a testament to the American Dream, the real one wherein people of moderate to no talent can rise beyond their station, surely ole T.J. Hooker is its spokesperson.