Terry Dashner….. Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013
In his autobiography, Leading with My Chin, comedian Jay Leno recounts numerous stories of his rise as a young Boston comedian to hosting “Tonight Show” as successor to legendary Johnny Carson. One chapter tells of his appearance on Dinah Shore talk show where he learned importance of what in showbiz parlance is called “outcue.”
“Okay,” said talent coordinator. “What’s your last joke, so band knows when to play you off?” “Listen, do I have to give you my last line?” Leno asked. Like all comedians, he hated to have any band step on a laugh and cut off applause. But eventually he agreed. “How about if I just say, ‘Thank you, thank you very much!’ Twice, okay? And that’ll be cue.”
Unfortunately, Dinah Shore’s welcome was so warm and audience’s ovation for his one-line entry was so overwhelming that Leno was taken aback. Flustered, he muttered “Thank you, thank you very much.” The band leader looked up in panic, stubbed out his cigarette, brought band crashing in, and ushered Leno out. Whereupon Dinah Shore smiled even more broadly, audience went wild with applause, and interview was over before it started. “It was most ridiculous slot of my career,” Leno said ruefully.
An amusing, somewhat embarrassing anecdote in a book full of stories and jokes, Leno’s account has only one problem: it didn’t happen—or rather it didn’t happen to Leno. As a New York journalist brought to light, incident actually happened to a fellow-comedian and friend of Leno’s. But Leno was so delighted by story that he paid his friend a thousand dollars for rights to use story as his own material for a chapter in his autobiography. [Os Guinness, Time For Truth, (Baker Books: Grand Rapids, Michigan) pp 40-41.]
There is nothing odd about this practice, especially in a postmodern society like modern-day America. Truth is no longer something to be discovered. Truth is created. Remember President Bill Clinton? He was first postmodern president of United States. The Lewinsky affair is therefore an excellent gauge by which to assess impact of postmodernism on American politics and law. In terms of standing of truth in American republic, scandal represents postmodern crisis of truth in presidential form: America’s “Nietzchean moment” in Oval Office; year America learned to live with lie. [Ibid, p. 59]