NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE GETS SOME LAUGHS ABOUT DAVID LETTERMAN’S JOKES REGARDING HIS WEIGHT WHEN THE GOVERNOR MAKES HIS FIRST VISIT TO CBS’ “LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN” TONIGHT
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gets some laughs of his own about David Letterman’s jokes regarding his weight when the Governor makes his long-awaited first visit to the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Monday, Feb. 4.
Gov. Christie came out onstage to Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra playing “Thunder Road” by the Governor’s favorite musician, Bruce Springsteen.
Letterman: “Welcome to the show.”
Christie: “Ah, thrilled to be here!”
Letterman: “Now, you, uh – how do you feel about me?”
Christie: (laughs) “I love you, Dave. No, no, a love that I have a difficult time really explaining but a deep and abiding love.”
Letterman: “Well, now, now, we have a real problem. But I’ve made jokes about you, not just one or two, not just ongoing, here and there, intermittent – “
As Letterman is speaking, Gov. Christie pulls a donut from his suit pocket and starts eating it, as the audience laughs.
Christie: “I didn't know this was going to be this long." (audience laughs)
Letterman then continued about the weight jokes, asking, “All kidding aside, is it an issue or is it not an issue? And you tell me how you see things.”
Christie: “Well, I only care if you’re funny. I mean, from my perspective, if the joke is funny, I laugh, even if it’s about me. If it’s not funny, I don’t laugh. But I’ve never felt like it was, you know, anything that really bugged me all that much, no.”
Letterman: “Now, what percentage of the jokes have you found funny?” (audience laughs)
Christie: “About 40 percent – roughly, roughly.”
Letterman: (laughs) “That’ll get you in the Hall of Fame.”
Later in the interview, Christie read Letterman some of his favorite examples of jokes the host has told about him in the past.
Christie: “You mentioned before, by the way, about the jokes – I do have a couple that actually are some of my personal favorites.”
Letterman: “No, wait a minute, jokes I did about you?”
Letterman: “Oh, for the love of God.”
Christie: “Can I read them? …All right, here’s two of them that we particularly like. First one was, ‘Celebrity birthday today – Chris Christie turned 50. He blew out the candles on his cake, and he wished for another cake.’” (audience laughs) “And this one I thought, I don’t know if it’s one of your best ones, but I think it’s very topical given what went on yesterday: ‘A billion dollars will be spent on potato chips for Super Bowl Sunday, and that’s just at Governor Christie’s house.’”
Letterman responded to Governor Christie’s joke reading by taking a bite out of the donut the Governor was eating earlier, as Governor Christie and the audience laugh and applaud.
Gov. Christie’s entire interview can be seen on the LATE SHOW tonight (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Also featured on the LATE SHOW tonight are Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco from the world champion Baltimore Ravens and a performance by Elvis Presley tribute artist Cody Ray Slaughter.
The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Barbara Gaines, Matt Roberts, Jude Brennan, Maria Pope, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel and Rob Burnett are the executive producers.
RATING: TV-PG (Rating may change on day of broadcast due to specific subject matter.)
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