Late Night Shows Have Fun With Wallenda
Letterman, Leno and Conan all have fun with Sarasota resident Nik Wallenda's walk across Niagara Falls.
By Charles Schelle
June 19, 2012
Conan's Tightrope Walker One-Ups Niagara Falls Stunt - CONAN on TBS
On Conan, the show re-enacts a tight rope stunt of their own behind Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter:
"We have a tightrope walker with us this evening attempting a far more danagerous stunt. Renowned daredevil Anton Sinclair— he's going to attempt to walk across the Santa Monica Bay located right behind me in this real window," Conan said.
Sinclair nearly makes it before seagulls and a bear attacks. Oh no!
In Leno's monolgue on NBC's The Tonight Show, Leno ran a bit where Bear Grylls delivered the Olympic flame down a zip line and then magically crashed into Wallenda walking the wire over Niagara Falls.
On The Late Show with David Letterman, Letterman starts with a zinger before settling into his monologue to open with Wallenda for a full two minutes:
"What an ugly crowd we had Friday night. These were the kind of people who would heckle a Wallenda," Letterman said.
He then asked if anyone watched the show, remarking how beautiful Niagara Falls appeared explaining how there was a cable connecting the United States and Canada sides.
"It's I don't know, how many miles? Forty? And then they got a guy — they got a Wallenda and so he has to walk across a two-inch cable."
Letterman then poked fun at the tether, saying he wouldn't fall into the "raging, rapid falls" but go "woo, woo, woo" spinning around the cable. (It's best towatch all of this starting at the 2:30 minute mark.)
And what happens, if he would have fell?
"He would get his shirt wet," Letterman deadpanned.
Wallenda reached out to The Late Show via Twitter offering Dave a one-on-one lesson:
Hey @Late_Show! I loved Dave's monologue piece about my walk! Does Dave want a #wirewalk lesson from the #kingofthehighwire?