Thursday, March 03, 2005

Late-Night Advancement

Legal news from

Jay Leno, who has been subpoenaed for Michael Jackson's child molestation trial, wants the judge to lift or clarify a gag order that could keep the comedian from one of his most vital sources of punch lines. Attorneys for the star of NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" said Judge Rodney S. Melville's sweeping order barring anyone involved in the case from discussing it outside court "could be interpreted to limit Mr. Leno's ability to publicly speak about the trial."
In the late-night world, Letterman is Advanced, Conan is Overt, and Leno is no good. Leno is sort of like the Sting of late night in that he used to be really funny a long time ago, but he is so unrecognizable now that I guess he must have just had good writers working for him. Imagine how much comedy Letterman or Conan would get out of the gag order if it were they who were testifying. It would be so much funnier than making more stupid Michael Jackson jokes. But Leno doesn't have the imagination to think that the gag order could actually produce something interesting, and so he sues.

By the way, Michael Jackson is Advanced, but I believe he has crossed over into mental illness.

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