Friday, February 07, 2014

Shaking Hands and Potted Plants

"He started his show every night by wading into a crowd of audience members and shaking hands – or rather pulling hands like a Swiss bell ringer...He wore dark suits and delivered his monologue framed by somber wood paneling and potted plants, a décor better suited to a personal injury law firm."  
  
An Emotional Jay Leno Bids Goodbye to ‘Tonight’  
Alessandra Stanley  
The New York Times  
  
These are the details that come to my mind the most when I think of Jay Leno, and part why I preferred Letterman since at least high school. Letterman's distance from his audience and his theater's shiny polished floor always felt more real to me than Leno's shaking hands chumminess and living room set.