On Friday night, I had the extreme privilege of hanging out with one of my comedy idols, Garry Shandling, at the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California. He had stopped by to try out material for his upcoming Letterman appearance.
I was thoroughly impressed with Shandling's work ethic. He studied his voluminous notes prior to the show, did a howlingly funny 20 minutes and sat around in the green room with the other comics afterward discussing his material.
As you can imagine, I was anxious to see what jokes would make in on to The Late Show. I was especially interested to see if he would do one of the tag lines I had suggested.
But, instead of laughing once again at Shandling's bits, I sat in horror as I watched Dave completely butcher the interview. Garry didn't have the chance to be funny. Dave stepped on his lines, fed him awkward questions and generally made both of them uncomfortable.
Shandling came prepared with wildly funny stuff. It's a shame America didn't get the chance to see what I saw.