Nashville’s own Keith Alberstadt walked into the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City Monday afternoon and taped his first appearance on “Late Show with David Letterman.” The episode will air on Friday, February 6th. Other guests include Dakota Fanning (Coraline) and musical group Beirut (EP, “March of the Zapotec”).
“The whole experience was surreal and amazing.” Keith told NashvilleStandUp from New York, “The entire crew and staff were incredibly hospitable and welcoming. I almost felt like Dakota Fanning’s entourage. My intro song was Brickhouse by the Commodores, in honor of the mighty Vanderbilt Commodores. I hope my alma mater appreciates my loyalty. If they don’t, then I will rescind the donations that I’m not already making.”
Keith grew up the son of a Vanderbilt professor and a craft artist. He worked local stages around Nashville, and toured the nation full-time for several years before moving to New York City. A regular performer for the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, Keith has been described as “absolutely hilarious” by Armed Forces Entertainment and “a hidden gem” by the Boston Globe. He’s also a contributing writer for Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, National Lampoon and has appeared multiple times on both CMT and “The Bob and Tom Radio Show”. Friday’s Late Show appearance marks his network television debut.
Keith says he had a ball. “It was cool to hear Paul and the band laugh during my set. One of those guys giggles like a school girl, but they meant well, so it’s all good.”
Watch Keith on CBS Friday night at 10:35 p.m. (Central). Until then, keep busy reading his columns and topical jokes on KeithComedy.com, listen to his podcast over at http://keithcomedy.comedypodcast.com/ (also on iTunes), and send Keith your congratulations on MySpace.