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David Letterman’s new show has a name and Barack Obama

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After months of rumors and vague reports, Netflix has at last announced an official title and guest roster for David Letterman’s new interview series, confirming the “show” won’t just find Letterman posing riddles to the drifters he’s tied up in his cabin. My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman will make its awkwardly-lacking-in-punctuation debut on the streaming service this January 12, with a new episode debuting every month thereafter for a total of six. Each chapter will center on an hour-long conversation between Letterman and “one extraordinary figure whom Dave finds fascinating,” both with and without an audience, all supplemented by field segments where Letterman goes out into the real world to explore some topic related to their talk.

The lineup of guests includes former President Barack Obama in Letterman’s initial hour, with Obama making his first talk-show appearance since leaving office—a time he has presumably spent brushing up on his anecdotes. Subsequent interviews with people who similarly don’t need introductions, with or without David Letterman, include George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, JAY-Z, Tina Fey, and Howard Stern. And if you find that you do need introductions to any these people, get them on your own damn time. David Letterman is 70 years old and doesn’t have to be your monkey anymore.


Here’s the first teaser for the series, in which Letterman promises that the show will hopefully make you “learn something.” Eh, we’re still going to watch it.

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