For Some Late-night Hosts, The Laughs Come Cheap

Freelance writers send in jokes, hoping to hear them on TV. The pay? $75 to $100. It may violate the WGA's contract, but enforcement is tough.
"Beautiful day in New York City," David Letterman mused on the "Late Show" recently. "Am I right about that? A gorgeous day. It was so nice today that AIG gave a bonus to Al Roker."

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    10/17/2014 - 2:10 am | View Link
  • Late night hosts get the last laugh after Justin Bieber's arrest
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    01/23/2014 - 4:00 pm | View Link
  • WATCH: Rob Ford continues to get laughs on late night TV shows
    TORONTO — The hosts of TV’s late night shows continued to crack wise Monday about troubled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. On The Late Show, David Letterman — introduced at one point by announcer Alan Kalter as “a crack smoking drunk” — explained why ...
    11/19/2013 - 1:59 pm | View Link
  • ‘God’s gift to comedy,‘ quips late night host about Rob Ford
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    11/18/2013 - 10:33 pm | View Link
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  • In 3 minutes, this Late Night host hilariously sums up the ...
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    10/28/2014 - 6:39 pm | View Website
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  • Who's the Best Late-Night Comedian?
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    10/28/2014 - 3:37 am | View Website
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    10/22/2014 - 8:30 am | View Website
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    09/12/2014 - 7:23 am | View Website
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