Do you remember when talk shows were made for people like us?
We could provide a litany of moments to prove the thesis, but the short list ranges from Norman Mailer and Gore Vidal feuding on the Dick Cavett Show to Andy Kaufman fighting with Jerry Lawler on Letterman. Oh, how I long for the days when Crispin Glover would kick Letterman. Has there been anything that good in the last decade?
It's revealing that the best talk show moment in recent years was Kimmel insulting Leno on his own show. Even talk shows hate talk shows.
Late night shows were once weird and spontaneous, but now everything gets rung out by publicists beforehand. (Even celebrity meltdowns like whatever Joaquin Phoenix was doing Letterman are scripted.) My personal theory is it all started going downhill when Jason Voorhees was on Arsenio.
Which brings us to the clip above, Tom Hanks doing slam poetry of Full House on Jimmy Fallon. It's the kind of thing that seems out of time, reminiscent of a truly great '70s moment, Shatner performing "Rocket Man."
Late night television needs more weird things like this.