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Brief Encounters by Dick Cavett

BriefEncounters thumb“Funny and poignant stories and essays about [Cavett’s] life, his career, family, politics – it’s all here. So intelligent and witty and charming and innocent. Kind of like Dick Cavett himself. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this book. I know I did.” —Jimmy Fallon

Dick Cavett, the legendary talk show host, NYTimes.com columnist and raconteur, is back with a new collection of provocative essays, of his reflections and reminiscences about Hollywood legends, American cultural icons, and the absurdities of everyday life in BRIEF ENCOUNTERS: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks.

In his signature charming prose, Cavett introduces readers to the fascinating characters that have crossed his path. He recounts meeting John Lennon and Yoko Ono in bed at the St. Regis; sparring with Muhammad Ali; being wooed by Steve Jobs to be Apple’s first celebrity pitchman; and flirting with the ultimate Hollywood star, Elizabeth Taylor. Other notable figures that cross Cavett’s path in these pages include James Gandolfini, Mel Brooks, Nora Ephron, Tony Curtis and Groucho Marx. Delightfully, Cavett also shares his youthful – and not so youthful – escapades, including his first violent hangover and a few instances when he almost found himself in the county jail.

Jimmy Fallon, the host of The Tonight Show, has called him “a legend and an inspiration” and has written a foreword to BRIEF ENCOUNTERS that makes clear Cavett’s sizeable footprint on today’s talk show hosts.

“The best bathroom reading ever written! Each story takes just the right amount of time.” —Mel Brooks

You can leave a comment about the book here.

Dick Cavett's Vietnam

The Vietnam War was the first “television war.” Night after night, the evening news broadcast the conflict into living rooms across America. As the country watched coverage of the fighting, Dick Cavett’s late night talk show featured thoughtful conversations and often-times spirited debate about the war from all sides of the political spectrum, mirroring the public’s growing unrest and the divisiveness that was ripping the country apart. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon (April 30, 1975) and the end of America’s presence in Vietnam, Dick Cavett’s Vietnam examined the conflict and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted by the iconic host of “The Dick Cavett Show.”

The Dick Cavett Show

Dick Cavett hosted "The Dick Cavett Show" on multiple networks for more than 35 years while interviewing a wide range of guests, from authors and politicians to musicians, actors and other creative types. He often featured controversial people and topics which weren't the norm for the variety talk shows that were airing at the time. He won three Emmy Awards for his work and is currently is a contributing blogger to the New York Times.

Clips from Dick Cavett Show interviews are now available for licensing. Contact our Licensing Manager for information about licensing clips from the Dick Cavett Show.

View a selection of episodes and guests here.

The Dick Cavett Show has been on various television networks over the years:

  • ABC daytime (March 4, 1968–January 24, 1969) (originally titled This Morning)
  • ABC prime time (May 26–September 19, 1969)
  • ABC late night (December 29, 1969–January 1, 1975)
  • CBS prime time (August 16–September 6, 1975)
  • PBS (October 10, 1977–October 8, 1982)
  • USA prime time (September 30, 1985–September 23, 1986)
  • ABC late night (September 23–December 30, 1986)
  • CNBC (April 17, 1989–January 26, 1996)I

Cavett Shows Available

Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and the DECADES Network, the new multicast network from Weigel Broadcasting Co. and CBS Television Stations, announced a multi-year distribution deal to bring the critically acclaimed Dick Cavett Show back on television. Now you can watch Dick Cavett Shows on ShoutFactoryTV.com, Hulu, and Decades.

To view the Decades Channel over the air your local CBS affiliate must carry it and you will need a digital antenna. Decades is also carried by some cable systems. Check here to see if your cable company carries the Decades Channel. In New York City the Decades Channel is carried by Comcast, Verizon, Cablevision, and RCN Cable. In LA it is carried by Charter, Fox, and FIOS.

Cavett in the Times