Life After Letterman

Last night, the final episode of Late Show with David Letterman aired, drawing to a close a 33-year career in late night broadcasting for the respected comedian. But behind the scenes, an entire cast and crew—some of whom have been with Letterman from the beginning—are now wondering what they will they do next.

One of these employees is Steve Young, who has been a writer with the show since 1990. He recently told the New York Times that he’s not in any hurry to go back to an office job, and instead will run “a thriving eBay business, selling junk from my office.”

But Young’s work with Letterman seems like it was far from office drudgery. While writing bits for the segment “Dave’s Record Collection,” Young stumbled across an entirely forgotten genre: “industrial musicals.” After getting curious and digging deeper—much deeper—he turned his research into a book. We talked with Young in 2014 about these lavish and often ridiculous corporate-sponsored productions. Listen below, and check out the video for Young’s appearance on Letterman in 2013.

Everything's Coming Up Profits

Industrial Musicals - Steve Young

Steve Young talks about his book, "Everything's Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals."

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