Stand Up Sit Down Discusses THE WAR FOR LATE NIGHT

war for late night

~ post by Steve(n)

Hey, everybody! Welcome to the BookPeople blog! Another scorcher out there, huh? If it got any hotter on those sidewalks, I think those bums in the Stand Up Sit Down Book Club would have to peel themselves out of the gutter, walk into the bookstore, and start doing some real work for a change. I’m kidding! I’m kidding!

In all seriousness, folks, the Stand Up Sit Down Book Club does a real service to our literary community here in Austin. They serve as a cautionary tale about the dangers of sloth, drunkenness, and an obsessive analysis of comedic literature!

I mean, have you heard about the book they’re discussing on Monday April 28th at 7PM in the cafe at BookPeople? I KNOW! The War for Late Night by Bill Carter? It’s like, does this book club even have a will of its own? If this book were any more “of the times”, the front cover would just be a picture of disgraced Canadian pop star Justin Bieber getting a tattoo on his back of plus-sized New Jersey governor Chris Christie eating singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne’s questionable racism. Have a little creativity and self-respect, laff nerds!

Now, ladies and gentlemen, you know I tease because I love. Change is in the air, and this month, the Stand Up Sit Down Book Club is paying homage to the recent late night comedy switcheroos by chewing over Bill Carter’s exhaustively researched, comprehensive investigation of nighttime talk shows, The War for Late Night. This is familiar territory for Bill Carter, who, in the early ’90s, published The Late Shift, a lightning strike exposé of NBC’s frenzy to replace Johnny Carson as host of The Tonight Show. Almost two decades later, some of the faces have changed but the deceit, treachery, and greed have stayed the same as Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien both now vie for America’s attention weeknights at 11:30. Don’t go anywhere, buckaroos, because The War for Late Night is a journalistic opus that will have you reaching for the popcorn until the last page.

The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club meets on the last Monday of every month in the BookPeople cafe at 7PM to ham it up over the intricacies of the latest and greatest in comedy memoirs and histories. We’re always excited to hear from people about the simple stuff that makes them laugh, snicker, or cringe, so join us this Monday April 28th at 7PM to discuss The War for Late Night by Bill Carter. Who knows? The way things are going, you may get your own talk show out of it.


The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club meets on the last Monday of every month at 7PM in the BookPeople Cafe. Next month, they’ll be discussing Flip by Kevin Cook on Monday, May 26th at 7PM. Bonus: Book Club selections are 10% off for those who attend the discussion!

One thought on “Stand Up Sit Down Discusses THE WAR FOR LATE NIGHT

  1. This is a great book. I actually enjoyed it more than “The Late Shift”. Probably because I’m more of a Conan fan (I’m in my mid twenties) and wasn’t five years old when the Leno/Conan debacle was happening. Enjoy it!

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