Dr Robi & Scott Ryan Live

Dr. Robi Ludwig makes room on the couch for Scott Ryan to visit and discuss David Letterman. Watch this half hour discussion about the new book The Last Days of Letterman. Scott and Dr. Robi talk about the guests, the legacy and all the emotion that played out as David Letterman said goodbye to his fans.

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Last Days of Letterman Reading

Join Scott Ryan for a live reading and Question and Answer session about the new book, The Last Days of Letterman. This event was recorded live at Barnes and Noble in Columbus, Ohio. JB Minton introduces Scott. Listen to the appearance here:

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All of It Interview

Letterman writer Bill Scheft and Author Scott Ryan guest on “All of it” hosted by Allison Stewart to talk about the new book The Last Days of Letterman. It start at 19 minutes after the guy who wrote a book called 1000 books to read before you die. You can listen below.

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Brad Dukes Interview

Author Brad Dukes stops by the Red Room to talk about his newest book, China Beach. Scott and Brad talk about how they met through Twin Peaks, what it is like to be an independent author, and China Beach. Listen in to two author’s who have covered shows that are gone and almost forgotten. Then go order Brad’s book.

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Julee Cruise Interview

 

Singer and actress Julee Cruise joins Scott for a talk about her albums, career and Twin Peaks. Recently Julee’s second album, The Voice of Love was re-released on vinyl. You will learn what Julee thinks about this album compared to her other work. If you are lucky maybe Julee and Scott will duet on a song…but I don’t think you’ll ever guess what song it would be. Enjoy a look back at the music of the angelic, Julee Cruise.

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The Voice of Love

Floating into the Night

The Art of Being a Girl

Special thanks to Julee and her record company for the use of the songs. Please support the artist and pick up some of the tunes you don’t already have.

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Press Release

New Book Takes Unprecedented Look Inside the

Final Days of the Late Show with David Letterman

 

[New York; September 17, 2018]  The Last Days of Letterman: The Final 6 Weeks by Scott Ryan, a meticulously researched account of the final weeks of David Letterman’s reign as television’s longest-running late night host, will be published by FMP on November 6, 2018. The first book to document the TV titan’s historic denouement in such an in-depth fashion, The Last Days of Letterman will leave readers with a poignant, informative, and yes, humorous, look inside one of the most beloved talk shows of all time—and the singular comedic talent behind it.

Focused on the final 28 telecasts of the Late Show as a lens to Letterman’s 33-year career as an icon of late night television, Ryan shares nearly two dozen on-the-record interviews with a veritable Who’s Who of Letterman’s Late Show writing, directing and producing staff. The book features a foreword by longtime Letterman monologue writer Bill Scheft. 

“I was kind of shocked at how forthcoming the Late Show staff was with all the deeply personal stories and insights they shared,” said author Scott Ryan. “This was their life, this was their family, so they cared a great deal about honoring the show’s legacy.”

Ryan’s insider account takes readers through the halls of the famed Ed Sullivan Theater, from the fateful day Letterman called his inner circle into his dressing room and dropped the retirement bomb up to the emotional final show on May 20, 2015—and all of the star-studded hoopla in-between. From Oprah Winfrey to Julia RobertsTom Hanks to Bob Dylan, the book details in spectacular fashion the ultra A-list line of marquee names that traversed the CBS soundstage during those final weeks.

Peppered with carefully curated photographs, the narrative is chock-full of juicy tidbits: how “ultimate fan girl” Sarah Jessica Parker set the tone for what would be a six-week long farewell to Letterman; how Cher personally reached out to the show because she “wanted to do something” for Dave; how Michelle Obama was intent on creating a TV moment in her final Late Show appearance; and the special significance behind Foo Fighters’ musical performance at the finale.

Ryan also details a barrage of behind-the-scenes facets of the Late Show‘s enduring mystique: Letterman’s legendary rapport with other comedy giants (DonRicklesHoward SternJerry SeinfeldSteve MartinTina Fey, Ray RomanoMartin Short, Amy Sedaris—as well as his forever-mentor, Johnny Carson); the exhilarating, maddening, ingenious process of developing the day’s infamous “Top Ten” list; and the devilishly clever ways Late Show musical director Paul Shaffer came up with the musical pieces to accompany guests’ entrances. There’s even a surprise appearance by Rupert Jee, so memorably featured in the show’s comedic cutaways to Hello Deli. 

“This was one of the most important shows—and one of the greatest performers—in television history,” said Ryan. “I wanted whatever story that ended up being told to be a fitting tribute, and to really do it justice.”

The Last Days of Letterman marks the debut title from FMP (Fayetteville Mafia Press), a new nonfiction imprint focused on media-themed and pop culture titles.

 

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About the Author

Scott Ryan is the author of thirtysomething at thirty: an oral history and Scott Luck Stories. He is the director of the documentary A Voyage to Twin Peaks, host of The Red Room Podcast, and managing editor of the Twin Peaks-themed Blue Rose magazine. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

 

About Bill Scheft

Bill Scheft is a novelist, columnist, and television writer, who has established himself as a singular and influential comedic voice over the last three decades. As a writer for David Letterman from 1991 to 2015, he was nominated for 16 Emmy Awards. He is the author of four novels: The Ringer and Everything Hurts, both optioned for films; Shrink Thyself;  and Time Won’t Let Me — a finalist for the 2006 Thurber Prize for American Humor. A former stand-up comic and sportswriter, Bill was a regular humor columnist for Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazine. A collection of his columns, The Best of the Show, was published in 2005. He has also contributed humor essays to The New Yorker, The New York Times,  Salon, Esquire, George, and Talk – and has written special material for the Academy Awards, Emmy’s, Tony’s, ESPYs, and numerous roasts. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College.

 

The Last Days of Letterman: The Final 6 Weeks by Scott Ryan

 

Non-fiction/Pop culture, on-sale date: November 6, 2018

 

Publisher: Fayetteville Mafia Press 

 

 www.lastdaysofletterman.com

 

 ISBN: 978-1-949024-00-5

 Ebook ISBN: 978-1-9490024-01-2

Contact: Judy Twersky Public Relations, Inc.

              Judy@JudyTwerskyPR.com

Debbie Zoller Interview

Emmy nominated Make-Up Artist Debbie Zoller takes a stop at the Red Room to talk with Scott about her amazing career. Twin Peaks, Star Trek, Kill Bill, Lost Highway, Mad Men and so much more. Scott could have talked to her for 3 hours, but Debbie is a busy woman. So enjoy this hour discussion about make-up, Lynch and all kinds of fun.

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Podcast interview with David Marchese

Recently while reading an interview by David Marchese with Billy Joel, I was shocked by what I read. It was an actual good interview with Billy Joel. I had read the same old same old for years. Then I found out that David Marchese had also interviewed David Lynch and David Letterman. I had to get him on the show to talk about how he happened upon all of my heroes.

Listen to our 30 minute conversation where we talk about talking and I interview him about interviewing. After you listen, check out the links below to some of his interviews.

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Read the Billy Joel interview

Read the David Lynch interview

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Need more? listen to the newest Scott Luck Story.

Need more Billy Joel and David Lynch? Check out this video Scott made a year ago to promote the Blue Rose magazine.

New Scott Luck Story: The Grade Market

Scott Luck Stories returns with a dandy of a story. Listen to Scott talk about how he plotted to secure good grades as a senior back in 1988 and compare that to how his daughter did 30 years later in 2018. You will never think about a valedictorian the same way again. You may have heard of many people playing the stock market, now listen to Scott play “The Grade Market.”

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Twin Peaks Unwrapped with Scott Ryan (Dave & Twin Peaks)

Scott Ryan guests on Twin Peaks unwrapped to talk about David Letterman, why not. David Letterman and Twin Peaks go together like… well they don’t. So this podcast has a bit of both. First up, Ben and Bryon and Scott talk about a big interview get that Scott scooped up for Issue 8 of The Blue Rose Magazine. (then we go back to talking about Twin Peaks around the 45 minute mark)

Then the talk moves to the new Letterman book. (The Letterman talk begins at the 15 minute mark) So listen to the parts you want to hear, skip what you don’t or just enjoy all the fun. Scott, Ben and Bryon have been good friends for a couple years so this is a pretty crazy interview. Enjoy the crazy.

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