Recommended Re-Viewing is a series in which we make the case for re-watching an old film or TV series which you can stream without leaving your house. It might be a plot that’s so bad it’s good, a scene which deserves more interrogation or a director’s underrated gem.
Here, Esquire’s deputy digital editor delves into the world of talk show’s past with the Dick Cavett YouTube archive.
To offset dwindling TV ratings, America’s late-night hosts have been slugging it out on YouTube for the past few years. Except, maybe ‘slugging it out’ is too generous. They’re all heavyweights, undoubtedly – Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon et al – but it’s more of a drunken scuffle outside a Toby Carvery than a Vegas title fight. Sort of unbecoming, truthfully.
A nice sofa-side chat with Mark Ruffalo just doesn’t cut it anymore. Now we need dance-offs and sing-offs and lip-sync-offs