Eddie Brill is out as the comedy booker for The Late Show With David Letterman, according to Mirth, though he will still serve as the warm-up comedian for the show; the show’s official reason for his firing, Mirth says, is that he gave an unauthorized interview. In a barbed profile last week, Brill told the Times that “there are a lot less female comics who are authentic” and that he screens “a lot of female comics who to please an audience will act like men” — which is why he booked only one female comedian (but 21 male comedians) in all of 2011. These quotes went over like a dated, sexist, out-of-touch lead balloon, and now Brill has apparently been stripped of his booking duties. (When Mirth’s editor-in-chief wrote an editorial chastising Brill, the comic posted in the comments that his words were taken out of context and he was being unfairly judged — an accusation the Times’ Jason Zinoman went on to deny with his comment. Brill weighed in one more time and seemed more penitent, saying that he “respect[s] women comics and all comics” but “it is time for me to accept the consequences of my printed words.”) Just to be clear, only booking one female comic in a year won’t get you canned at The Late Show, but giving an interview when you weren’t supposed to will.
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 23: Comedian Eddie Brill performs onstage at the Project A.L.S. ‘Tomorrow Is Tonight’$2 9th Annual Gala at Cipriani October 23, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images for Project A.L.S.) Photo: Scott Gries/Getty Images for Project A.L.S.