David Letterman was never big on giving interviews when he hosted CBS’s “The Late Show” — or, for that matter, when he hosted NBC’s “Late Night” before that — but now that the late-night trailblazer is off the air he’s been opening up like never before.
In his latest interview, Letterman sits down with GQ for a wide-ranging chat that touches upon Bill Cosby’s alleged rape scandal, his feelings on providing a talk-show platform for Donald Trump and why he believes Amy Schumer is the most original standup comic out there at the moment.
Letterman made the latter comment when he was asked to identify who he feels is funny right now.
“The “Oh, Hello” boys — Nick Kroll and John Mulaney — they, to me, are the funniest thing I’ve seen in years,” Letterman responded, pointing to the Broadway show from the former “Kroll Show” star and one-time “SNL” head writer Mulaney.
“I think Norm Macdonald is without peer,” he added. “Amy Schumer… I don’t want to say she’s like Richard Pryor, because that doesn’t make any sense, but I think she’s a real breakthrough.”
Asked about Bill Cosby, Letterman admits he’s had a long relationship with the embattled comedy icon who’s about to stand trial after being accused of sexual assault by more than 50 women.
“Jeez, I don’t know,” says Letterman. “I’ve known Bill Cosby since before I had my own show. He’s a part of American culture… If he’s guilty of everything he’s accused of, that’s a ruined, broken individual.”
In addition, Letterman is asked if he regrets having Donald Trump on his show so frequently.
“No, no reason to regret it,” responds Letterman. “I’m disappointed that this man is representing me and my country. It makes me sick. But we always looked forward to having him on. He was a great guest. He was just a big, wealthy dope who’d come on and we would make fun of his hair. I would refer to him as a slumlord. But now, this goon… I don’t know. He’s demonstrated himself to be a man without a core, a man without a soul. Is there a guy in there?”