David Letterman Takes on Internet Jihadist With Jokes


Obviously David Letterman, back from a two-week vacation, dedicated his entire Late Show monologue and top ten list to the man on an al Qaeda Internet forum who asked American jihadists to “cut the tongue of the lowly Jew” and “grant the sincere monotheists his neck.” (Letterman is not Jewish.) After thanking his audience for acting as a “human shield,” the host riffed repeatedly on the threatened “fatwa” and subsequent investigation. “And so now, State Department authorities are looking into this. They’re not taking this lightly,” Letterman said. “They’re looking into it. They’re questioning, they’re interrogating, there’s an electronic trail — but everybody knows it’s Leno.” In true Letterman fashion, George Lopez and Kim Kardashian got some related ribbing when Dave ran through the top ten thoughts that went through his head after hearing about the threat. And number five had some self-deprecation, for good measure: “And here I thought nobody watched the show.” See the rest below:

Dave’s comedy of ‘terrors’ [NYP]