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Mike’s Review: Late Night with the Devil (SXSW 2023)

Mike’s Review: Late Night with the Devil (SXSW 2023)

★★★★ out of ★★★★★

🩸🩸out of 🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸 for mild gore.

If you’ve even run across Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, or Dinah Shore you’ll know that they all roiled in a very specific talk show space in the 1970s. Talk shows were smarmy, boozy, and informal affairs that gave audiences time each day to let their hair down and forget about the doldrums of the Viet Nam War and the crushing presence of socio-economic injustice in America. 

These talk shows were also incredibly competitive. Johnny Carson was king, but there was a lot of room under him to vie for advertisers and Neilson ratings. Late Night with the Devil follows that exact story line, by exploring frustrated talk show host Jack Delroy played pitch perfectly by David Dastmalchian.