The Life Unwired with Ben Combee (unwiredben) wrote,
The Life Unwired with Ben Combee

Sometimes We Need "The Show With No Name"

Last weekend when I talked with Charlie, the former host of "The Show With No Name", he commented that he doesn't mind not doing the show anymore, but he did miss not doing it the weekend after Johnny Carson died. He would have loved to do a show that paid tribute to the king of late night television. I think I feel the same way tonight on hearing about the apparent suicide of Hunter S. Thompson.

On the show, we had three HST clips that we occasionally aired. One was a rambling conversation between Keith Richards and HST in the back of a limo. This bit feels like its too long, and you can't really understand anything they're saying, but it's got plenty of coolness.

I don't really remember much of the second clip. It's an interview between HST and David Letterman; I think Thompson was uncooperative and pouting the whole time. I'll have to dig that up from my archives and watch it again.

My favorite HST clip, and one we showed at least four times, was an early bit from Conan O'Brien's late night show. He and HST go to a shooting range, try out a variety of hard liquors, and then shoot really big guns at a number of objects, including a NBC peacock, a stuffed bear, a giant poster of Conan, and a copy of HST's current book. This really highlighted HST's personality, showing him as demented rebel. I hope we can show a a little of this at the live show at the Alamo on March 5th.
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