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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss the new Tim Burton movie Dark Shadows and how his latest collaboration with Johnny Depp stacks up. They also discuss the new PBS American Masters documentary Johnny Carson: King of Late Night and Carson’s place in late-night and comedy history. Finally, the Gabfesters are joined by Slate columnist Dan Engber for a look at the “moral panic” about concussions in football.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
The original television series Dark Shadows
The Tim Burton movies Ed Wood and Beetlejuice
Kenneth Tynan’s 1978 New Yorker profile of Johnny Carson, Fifteen Years of the Salto Mortale
Bill Zehme’s biographical essay about Johnny Carson
Splitsider’s article “Drew Carey on Johnny Carson’s Impact on Stand-Up Comedy”
Dan Engber’s “The Concussion Panic” from Slate
Former NFL safety Dave Duerson, who committed suicide in 2011
How football can be changed in response to the concussion panic
Dana’s picks: The Klaus Nomi biopic The Nomi Song, the Peter Sellers biography Mr. Strangelove, and the original television series Dark Shadows, available streaming on Netflix and Hulu
Julia’s pick: Elevator Repair Service’s production Gatz
Stephen’s pick: Martin Scorsese’s 1983 movie The King of Comedy, Kenneth Tynan’s 1978 New Yorker profile of Johnny Carson, “Fifteen Years of the Salto Mortale,” and Michael Agresta’s Slate article, “What Will Become of the Paper Book?”
Outro: “Johnny's Theme" by the Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen
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This podcast was produced by Mark Phillips. Our intern is Sally Tamarkin.