“Let’s say you did not survive the attack. Who would take up the cause?” “I would hope that many people would have stood up.”
That’s Malala Yousafzai, speaking on Netflix’s David Letterman talk show. My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman sees the US TV veteran interview guests from all walks of life, with the main criteria being that they are extraordinary figures whom Dave finds fascinating. In interviews that take place both inside and outside a studio setting, the conversations are intimate, in-depth and far-reaching, delivered with David’s levity and humour.
While his previous guests have included Barack Obama and George Clooney, his third is perhaps the most inspiring yet: Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate in history. She was shot in 2012 by a Taliban gunman, but has recovered and survived to become a prominent activist for female education and equality.
In a new clip from her interview, released on Netflix today, she emphasises to David Letterman the importance of fighting against the ideologies that counteract women’s equality.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman is available on Netflix UK, as part of £7.99 monthly subscription.
Watch: Clooney and Letterman get burgers on Netflix talk show
8th February 2018
“I notice you didn’t dig down to give the guy a gratuity.” That’s David Letterman calling out George Clooney for not tipping a burger chain employee called Travis.
The former ER heartthrob and the US talk show legend chatting as they chow down fast food? If it sounds like Netflix’s David Letterman series is essentially copying Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, that’s likely more about marketing than the actual interview itself, as the streaming giant looks to ride the wave of Jerry Seinfeld’s vehicular web series arriving on the platform last month.
As for My Next Guest Needs No Introduction? The filmed segment with Travis will join the familiar stage interview that Letterman hosted with President Obama in Episode 1. You can read our review of that here – or watch the clip below from Episode 2, which premieres on Netflix on Friday 9th February.
First look: Obama on David Letterman’s Netflix show talks dad moves
11th January 2018
This Friday, Barack Obama makes his first talk show appearance since leaving the White House, as he’s interviewed by none other than David Letterman. The twist? This will be released on Netflix, as the streaming giant launches its new talk show: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, which will see Letterman talk to extraordinary public figures once a month.
The six-episode, hour-long show will feature George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey, Howard Stern, but it kicks off with President Obama, and now, we have our first look at what a conversation between Barack and David Letterman would be like. The answer? Exactly what you’d expect, with Obama on typically funny, effusive form, as he describes dancing on stage with Prince and daughter Sasha, and how “staying in the pocket” is the key to keeping his dad moves in check.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman arrives on Netflix worldwide on Friday 12th January. Here’s the video:
Obama will be David Letterman’s first Netflix talk show guest
5th January 2018
Barack Obama will be David Letterman’s first guest on his new Netflix talk show.
Titled, rather brilliantly, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, the series will debut new episodes every month, with a whole host of guests who really do not need any introduction. They include George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey, Howard Stern and did we mention President Barack Obama?
The announcement is a huge win for Letterman, as he comes out of retirement, and for Netflix too, with the opening episode serving as Obama’s first talk show appearance since leaving office.
The six-episode, 60-minute show is produced by RadicalMedia and Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, Incorporated, with the main criteria for guest selection being that they are extraordinary figures whom Dave finds fascinating. In interviews that take place both inside and outside a studio setting, the conversations are intimate, in-depth and far-reaching, delivered with David’s levity and humour. Field segments will bring Dave to locations far and wide, expressing his curiosity and desire to dig deeper on a specific topic related to the iconic guest featured in the episode.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman is directed by Michael Bonfiglio, executive produced by Justin Wilkes, Dave Sirulnick, Jon Kamen, and Aaron Bergeron serves as the series producer for RadicalMedia. Episode 1 will premiere on Friday 12th January.
Here’s a trailer:
David Letterman makes his return to TV on Netflix
9th August 2017
David Letterman is returning to TV. On Netflix.
The longest-serving host in US late night television – the original host of Late Night (NBC) and The Late Show (CBS) – is something of a legend on America’s small screen.
In 33 years on late-night television, David Letterman hosted 6,028 episodes of Late Night (NBC) and The Late Show (CBS). As a writer, performer and producer, he’s also one of the most-nominated individuals in Emmy Award history, with 52 nominations, resulting in 10 wins. He’s a two-time Peabody-Award winner, a Kennedy Center Honoree, and will even receive the Mark Twain Prize in October.
From his roots in comedy, Letterman also became renowned as an interviewer, sharing the stage with US cabinet officials, Medal of Honor recipients, and virtually every presidential candidate for more than 20 years. Through his guest interviews, Letterman also brought to light important global issues, such as world hunger and climate change.
Letterman announced his departure from The Late Show in 2014, and aired his final episode in May 2015 to an audience of 13.76 million people. Now, two years later, the world of TV has changed, and Letterman is changing with it: he’s teaming up with Netflix for a new, untitled series.
The six-episode show will see Letterman combine two interests for which he is renowned: in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humour. In each hour-long episode, Letterman will conduct a long-form conversation with a singular guest and will also explore topics on his own, away from the studio – providing a counterpart, perhaps, to Chelsea Handler’s own Netflix talk show, which has not been widely well received on the streaming service.
“I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here’s what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely,” says Letterman.
“Just meeting David Letterman was a thrill; imagine how exciting it is for me to announce that we will be working together,” adds Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “David Letterman is a true television icon, and I can’t wait to see him out in the wild, out from behind the desk and interviewing the people he finds most interesting. We’ll have to see if he keeps the beard.”
The project is being produced by RadicalMedia, the Emmy-winning company behind Netflix’s What Happened, Miss Simone?, Oh Hello on Broadway and Abstract: The Art of Design, and Letterman’s Worldwide Pants.
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