Sarah Silverman Rebooting ‘Stupid Pet Tricks’ From David Letterman
Fireworks season is over, so your pets are coming out from under the covers or couch again. And just in time, because cable network TBS is reviving the old David Letterman segment “Stupid Pet Tricks” as a full-fledged TV show — with none other than Sarah Silverman as host.
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Variety reports that the show Stupid Pet Tricks will begin production in Los Angeles later this year, with Silverman as host and executive producer, and Letterman’s Worldwide Pants as the studio behind the show. Shows will be 30 minutes long, and TBS has ordered up 10 episodes for Season One, though no premiere date has been announced.
Sarah Silveman told Variety, “The rule in show business is, ‘never work with animals or children’ but I choose to work with David Letterman anyway.”
“Stupid Pet Tricks” first aired in 1980, before David Letterman even had a late night show, on his failed NBC morning talk show The David Letterman Show (which was cancelled in four months). But he took the segment to Late Night with David Letterman when that show premiered in 1982. Co-writer Merrill Markoe told the Hollywood Reporter, “We briefly considered Stupid Baby Tricks, but we were concerned that the idea would inspire desperate attention-seeking people to commit borderline child abuse.”
The rebooted version will probably not have the segment’s tagline “This is only an exhibition. This is not a competition. Please, no wagering.” Deadline reports that one winning pet will “crowned with the coveted title of Stupidest Trick of the Week,” indicating this is indeed a competition.