Another reason to love Jon Stewart: He’s (almost) visibly nervous to chat with Tom Waits! The iconic troubadour did the NYC talk show circuit this week, hitting Letterman on Monday and stopping by the Daily Show yesterday afternoon. Tom’s appearance wasn’t all talk, though. Here’s his performance of Real Gone’s “Day After Tomorrow,” with the deep-burning smoke of his vox accompanied by double bass, some electric finger-picking, and the Stewart studio’s reverence.

Jon & Tom Q&A after the jump! Stewart’s a life-long fan and was taken by “how unbeaten by life” Tom is, saying, “I used to listen to your music and think, ’Boy, I’d love to lie in the street nearly dead with that guy.’”

And at Jon’s thought that the Iraqi conflict could be solved with “Tom Waits, a 2×4 guitar, and a little bit of nice music,” Tom’s reply: “It’s probably something that simple.” Respect.

As part of the talk show sweep, Tom sat with Letterman and flexed some more anecdotal wit, talking about the humiliating dilemma faced by all turkey vultures. Watch the interview here, and then take a look at Tom (and his kid, Casey) do the new tune “Lie To Me” here. It’s the best procrastinating you’ll do all day.

Comments (12)
  1. Thanks for posting these.

  2. jon  |   Posted on Nov 29th, 2006 0

    i love that man. i was eternally disappointed on the opening sale day of his show tickets… they sold out in 8 minutes. it was at the ryman, too. what an amazing show that must have been.

  3. frankie  |   Posted on Nov 29th, 2006 0

    i was at the taping of the daily show yesterday.
    during the break jon stewart gushed about how doing the interview was like being on a date– he just wanted DESPERATELY for waits to like him. it was really funny.

    and although i saw tom on the mule variations tour, i wasnt nearly as close as i was last night (10 feet away from the old man!) it was incredible. i got all bleary-eyed. it was marvelous.

  4. i was there as well and it was an incredible experience. right before tom’s interview, an assistant came out and whispered something to jon. we could read jon’s lips: “what?!?!” “is he alright?!?!?!?” “how the fuck did that happen?!?!?” as jon explained later, the bathroom ceiling fell down on tom.

    too bad they cut the end of his song — after the bathroom ceiling fell on tom’s head, you’d think they would have shown him more respect.

  5. Matlac  |   Posted on Nov 30th, 2006 0

    I CANT BELIEVE THEY CUT THAT OFF!

    that footage better be around here somewhere.

  6. Matlac  |   Posted on Nov 30th, 2006 0

    I CANT BELIEVE THEY CUT THAT OFF!

    that footage better be around here somewhere.

  7. Matlac  |   Posted on Nov 30th, 2006 0

    I CANT BELIEVE THEY CUT THAT OFF!

    that footage better be around here somewhere.

  8. Matlac  |   Posted on Nov 30th, 2006 0

    I CANT BELIEVE THEY CUT THAT OFF!

    that footage better be around here somewhere.

  9. Alex  |   Posted on Nov 30th, 2006 0

    They cut it off worse in broadcast (had to keep to the schedule, and it’s a long song).

    I wish they’d have posted the full version to the website though. Bastards. That was one of the highlights of the Detroit show.

    Admittedly, the show was basically one big highlight from the moment he walked out on stage and did the scarecrow pose.

  10. Doug  |   Posted on Nov 30th, 2006 0

    Everyone talks about this performance as a weak Tom Waits moment, yet it brought tears to my eyes. I wanted to break the TV when they cut it off!

    Mothers!

  11. klax  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2006 0

    The Daily Show should be summarily cancelled for cutting this off. I don’t care how pathetically sycophantic Jon Stewart is, he better regret for the rest of his life that his stupid little show couldn’t support the weight of Waits.

    Because that’s just what it is when Jon Stewart fawns and flatters and pretends: all an act. He clearly doesn’t get it, if he expects me to tolerate this.

    ‘I CANT BELIEVE THEY CUT THAT OFF!’

  12. klax  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2006 0

    Comedy Central website is featuring the effort in its entirety. Good thing, too: I was about to start killing.

    Also, it is magnificent. Apparently, in any case, “we are made of the things we have lost”.

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