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CHAPTER TWO:
DAVE PERFORMS STAND-UP!

It was at the Comedy Store, in Los Angeles, California that Dave first met Jay Leno. Jay was quite impressed with Dave as a comedian and considered him serious competition. Dave admired Jay Leno as well - and studied Jay's interaction with his audience members, noting that Jay tried to befriend his audiences and make them part of his show. Dave's edge was that he was extremely creative and that he was an excellent writer. He is quite intelligent and this shows in his material. On stage, Dave was no longer insecure and unpopular and he began to "own the stage" with his new found confidence. This fresh/smart/ hip Comedian continued to have success at The Comedy Store, and was soon admired by his fellow comedians.

Although Dave enjoyed success at the Comedy Store - his personal life was beginning to suffer. He did not like Hollywood and thought that it was phony and dishonest. Dave finally hired an agent, but his agent turned out to be a bad choice. So, Letterman fired her and decided to manage his own career. But his association with the agent did give him some confidence that he was desired by the entertainment world.

Dave's career began to progress after parting with his manager. This is almost unheard of in the entertainment world. But Dave's comedic talent saw him through - even without an agent. After Dave appeared at several other Comedy Store type clubs - the television industry started to take note of him. So Dave gave the manager thing another try, hiring Jack Rollins, an Entertainment manager whose resume included such stars as Woody Allen, Billy Crystal and others.

Dave's new manager wanted Dave to steer his career toward television. Dave wanted to steer his love life toward a new person that he met at the Comedy Store. Once an Art teacher in So. California, Merrill Markoe wanted to take her career in another direction. Apparently, she loved to write comedy and tried to write comedy for television. She also performed stand up comedy at this time at, where else but - the Comedy Store. I am sure you can deduce what followed next. Dave asked Merrill to go out with him. Soon, a relationship started to develop. As a result of this relationship with Dave, Merrill began to write comedy for Dave's act.

Dave began to discuss his dreams of becoming a Late Night Talk Show Host with Merrill. Dave polished his act and fine-tuned his stage presence until he felt confident enough to hold an audience captive for more than thirty minutes at a time. Dave decided to try out for the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in November of 1978. Dave was ready but nervous and anxious - this was his big moment and he did not want to lose his big chance...

 

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