David Letterman Making A Comeback But Not As A Late-Night Standup — Will Go To India For Climate Change Docu-Series

David Letterman is making a comeback. However, the veteran showman won’t be reprising his role as a late-night comedian.

David Letterman has made fun of many on his shows and interviewed thousands. He has even featured talented animals and other unorthodox guests on his much-loved late night shows. Though there were no crazy shenanigans, Letterman’s shows were packed with stories that were often off the beaten path.

While Mr. Letterman is doing something different this time as well, it won’t bring laughter as much as knowledge and enlightenment. David Letterman has decided to take on a much more serious role of examining how a nation of a billion people is trying to harness the power of the sun. Mr. Letterman will be visiting India to examine how the country is gearing up to massively capture solar energy and to benefit the population.

As part of the climate change docu-series Years of Living Dangerously, David Letterman and 10 other celebrities will journey through the south Asian subcontinent. While Letterman’s role isn’t exactly clear, given the fact that along with light-hearted celebrity chit-chat he has also interviewed eminent scientists, Letterman could be soon asking some hard-hitting and serious questions to some of the most brilliant and concerned experts in the field of climate change, explains the Hollywood Reporter.

Producers Joel Bach and David Gelber are spearheading the venture and speaking about roping in David Letterman.

Bach said, “It’s thrilling to have him do this — we’re beyond excited. The reason why Letterman’s part of this is that we just noticed that he seemed to perk up when this issue came across his lap. We reached out to him to see if he’d want to be part of this, and he said, ‘Absolutely.’ He said [that climate change is] something he does think about a lot.”

As part of the series, David Letterman is expected to meet and talk with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well, reported First Post.

Years of Living Dangerously is a docu-series that is supposed to be an investigative journey on how the human civilization has been rampantly consuming earth’s resources and burning fossil fuels, all at the expense of nature, and has upset the delicate balance. While some scoff at the idea of climate change, celebrities like David Letterman have been raising their collective voices to urge the governments of the world to take action and curtail their use of polluting fuels. The large-scale use of solar, wind, tidal, and geothermal energy could be the only long-term solution.

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