My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman
|My Next Guest Needs No Introduction|
with David Letterman
|Presented by||David Letterman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||11 (+ 3 specials) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||44–58 minutes|
|Original release||January 12, 2018 –|
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (commonly referred to as My Next Guest) is an American web television talk show hosted by David Letterman that premiered on January 12, 2018 on Netflix. The series consists of interviews with one guest per episode both inside and outside a studio setting.
On August 8, 2017, Netflix announced it had ordered a six-episode interview series starring David Letterman. Each hour-long episode was set to feature Letterman conducting a long-form conversation with a single guest and in-the-field segments, in which he would explore topics on his own.
On January 5, 2018, it was announced that Letterman's guests in the first season would include Barack Obama, George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey, and Howard Stern. It was also announced that the series would premiere on January 12, 2018 with Letterman's interview with Obama. This interview was Obama's first since leaving office. On December 14, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had renewed the series for a second season consisting of six episodes. On May 31, 2019, five new episodes were released. On June 21, a bonus episode was released.
The show's theme song and bridging music were written and recorded by Letterman's long-time bandleader, Paul Shaffer. Soon after it was announced publicly that Netflix had given the series an order, Shaffer received a phone call from Letterman asking him to work on the show. Soon after, Shaffer began to receive cuts of episodes from the first season and he started to put music in afterwards where the director thought it was needed.
In developing the sound of the show's music, Shaffer initially looked to Letterman for guidance. Finding none, he remembered he and Letterman's shared love for the sort of music produced at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama describing it as "the honesty you hear, the southern soul feeling." The score initially included drums but the show's producers and director thought that the music should "feel like it's Dave's old friend Paul playing," so it was ultimately stripped down to solely include piano, organ, and bass guitar.
Season 1 (2018)
|Title||Featured guest||Original release date|
"It's a Whole New Ball Game Now"[a]
|Barack Obama||January 12, 2018|
Cold open: Letterman interviewing Obama on Late Show with David Letterman.|
On-location segment: Walking with Congressman John Lewis across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of the civil rights movement's Bloody Sunday in 1965.
"You Be the Newsman, I'll Be Liz Taylor"[a]
|George Clooney||February 9, 2018|
Cold open: Letterman and Clooney outside of LAX watching planes land and eating fast food.|
On-location segment: At the home of Nick Clooney meeting Iraqi refugee Hazim Avdal whom the Clooney family is sponsoring.
"You Know, She Has a Nobel Peace Prize"[a]
|Malala Yousafzai||March 9, 2018|
Cold open: Letterman accompanies Yousafzai as she leads a tour group at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.|
On-location segment: Yousafzai continues to lead the tour group as Letterman tags along, the pair browse in the University of Oxford shop, and Letterman eats lunch with Yousafzai's father.
"I Had a Paper Route Too"[a]
|Jay-Z||April 6, 2018|
Cold open: None|
On-location segment: Letterman visits Shangri La Studio, speaks with music producer Rick Rubin and listens to Madison Ryann Ward recording.
"It's Just Land Mine Hopscotch"[a]
|Tina Fey||May 4, 2018|
Cold open: None|
On-location segment: Letterman and Blues musician Buddy Guy eat chicken and fries at the Athenian Room, one of Tina Fey's Chicago hangouts, while talking about the origins of the Chicago Blues. Later, Guy performs “Skin Deep”, accompanied by Paul Shaffer, at his nightclub, Buddy Guy’s Legends.
|7||6||"Howard Stern"||Howard Stern||May 31, 2018|
Cold open: Letterman interviewing Stern on Late Night with David Letterman.|
On-location segment: Letterman rides horses with paleontologist/geologist Christa Sadler at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
|6||–||"You're David Letterman, You Idiot"||Jerry Seinfeld||May 8, 2018|
|In a behind-the-scenes Netflix event, Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman interview each other.|
Season 2 (2019)
|Title||Featured guest||Original release date|
|8||1||"Kanye West"||Kanye West||May 31, 2019|
|On-location segment: David visits Kanye's house and tries some of his clothes.|
|9||2||"Ellen DeGeneres"||Ellen DeGeneres||May 31, 2019|
|On-location segment: Behind the scenes on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.|
|10||3||"Tiffany Haddish"||Tiffany Haddish||May 31, 2019|
|On-location segment: David joins Tiffany Haddish in her backyard to do some gardening.|
|11||4||"Lewis Hamilton"||Lewis Hamilton||May 31, 2019|
|On-location segment: Letterman races young drivers on a Go-kart track; Hamilton drives laps in a 2019 W10 Mercedes F1 and drives Letterman around a circuit in a Mercedes-AMG E63, Letterman drives Hamilton in a station wagon.|
|12||5||"Melinda Gates"||Melinda Gates||May 31, 2019|
|On-location segment: Gates joins Letterman in a self-driving car simulator; Letterman meets Bill Gates at the offices of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.|
|13||–||"Zach Galifianakis"||Zach Galifianakis||June 21, 2019|
|Joining Dave at a special Netflix event, Zach Galifianakis pays tribute to childhood idols and shares juicy tidbits from the Between Two Ferns set.|
My Next Guest with David Letterman and Shah Rukh Khan (2019)
|No.||Title||Featured guest||Original release date|
|14||"My Next Guest with David Letterman and Shah Rukh Khan"||Shah Rukh Khan||October 25, 2019|
|"King of Bollywood" Shah Rukh Khan opens up about his rise to fame, his family, and his billions of fans as he and Dave meet up in Mumbai and New York.|
The first season of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction has been met with a positive response from critics. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an 83% approval rating with an average rating of 6.79 out of 10 based on 29 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "My Next Guest may not be groundbreaking, but a more intimate setting provides ample room for intelligent, insightful interviews with interesting subjects that go beyond standard late-night conversations." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 70 out of 100 based on 13 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Awards and nominations
|2018||Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Informational Series or Special||My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman||Nominated|
- This is the original episode title at the time of release. It was later replaced with the featured guest's name.
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