Look who was back on TV this week — Chris Elliott on David Letterman’s “Late Show.” We laughed so hard that Chris easily earned the top position in this week’s Top Five.
1) Flour child: Yes, Chris Elliott, a very special and very funny entertainer, turned up on the “Letterman” show this week after what seems to us to be a very long absence between appearances. Elliott — the son of humorist Bob Elliott (of Bob and Ray), of course, and currently starring in the Adult Swim series “Eagleheart” on Cartoon Network — has long been one of Dave’s faves.
He was one of Dave’s writers many years ago and he remains one of those comedians that you can just tell Dave loves having around. Well, in this appearance, the running gag was Chris getting flour-bombed like Kim Kardashian. But the comedy also touched on “Downton Abbey” and last week’s incident aboard that Jet Blue flight in which the pilot had to be restrained by passengers after he appeared to endanger the flight.
Certainly, that was hugely upsetting to the passengers aboard that jet, but to Elliott, it wasn’t serious at all, as you’ll see. We’re posting three clips of Chris on “Late Show” here — that’s how hilarious he was.
2) Well, he is the frontrunner: That’s why we’re including Mitt Romney’s appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in this week’s Top Five. Certainly, we wish Mitt was funnier somehow, but he wasn’t as dull either as some critics make him out to be. In fact, like many other presidential candidates who turn up on the late-night shows, Mitt came across as easy-going and likable. Late-night shows make that a cinch.
Parts Two and Three of Mitt Romney on “Leno” are available here, on our “Tonight Show” page.
3) Bill O’Reilly takes on Oprah: We hadn’t checked in on Bill O’Reilly and his nightly “Talking Points Memo” in a while, and when we took a look at the “Memo” from this past Thursday, we found O’Reilly taking on Oprah Winfrey on the week’s most incendiary subject: The Trayvon Martin tragedy. In his Thursday “Memo” seen on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News Channel, O’Reilly criticized Oprah in particular and the news media in general for “rushing” to judgment based on details of the case to which none of the commentators are privy.
Hey, Bill, we get your point, but rushing to judgments, commenting on subjects based on “information” that isn’t really known or verified (such as all the details about what actually happened in the confrontation between Martin and the man who shot him, George Zimmerman), critiquing “the justice system,” in this case, Florida’s, from thousands of miles away — this is what the media, and people in general, do. Sorry, Bill, but we doubt this “Talking Points Memo” will persuade any of the commentators or Oprah Winfrey to remain quiet.
4) Checking in with “30 Rock”: Speaking of shows we haven’t kept up with lately: Here’s this week’s “30 Rock,” a series that, once upon a time, was among the most buzzed-about sitcoms ever seen on network television. And now, well, it’s drawing about 3 million viewers a week. Still, we have a soft spot for this show.
5) And finally, “The Good Wife”: Why? Because this CBS series is among the most stable shows in all of prime time. This particular episode drew 9.77 million viewers last Sunday — a number consistent with what it’s been scoring all season. Why not catch up on what “Wife” Julianna Margulies has been up to lately?