This Friday marks David Letterman’s annual Christmas show, always featuring Darlene Love singing “Christmas, Baby Please Come Home.” I wait for this performance every year. Last year, as the grateful guest of Matt Scott, I watched Darlene perform it live!
There is a formula followed year-after-year, which is why I’m currently worried.
First there’s Jay Thomas. He tells the story of the Lone Ranger at a car dealership. Then a guest with something to promote comes on. Last year the beautiful, but cold as a fish, Naomi Watts. Then (after an interminable production stop while the studio gets reconfigured) Darlene, full orchestra with strings and a choir.
I checked this year’s lineup. John McEnroe, Kristen Wiig, Darlene. No Jay Thomas!
Uh, oh. This isn’t good. I’ll keep my ear to the tracks to find out what’s happened, kimosabee.
Note: See the comments for more on Jay’s absence.