Thursday, January 03, 2008
The Beard Brothers
--Roland S. Martin, 360 Contributor
David Letterman takes the stage amid a line of chorus girls on Wednesday's "Late Show."

Dan Akroyd and John Belushi comprised the Blues Brothers. Wolf Blitzer and yours truly? We're the Beard Brothers. Since we're the only two cats on CNN who are willing to regularly sport a beard, I couldn't help but weigh in on the travesty I witnessed last night from David Letterman and Conan O'Brien.

Both men returned from a writers-inspired hiatus looking like they'd been walking the streets instead of camping out at home. David Letterman's beard rivaled that of Charlton Heston in "The Ten Commandments." And with his red beard, Conan looked like the brother of actor/director Timothy Busfield, known to wear a beard on NBC's long-running show -- and a favorite of mine -- "The West Wing."

Guys, if you're going to wear a beard on the air, please, get it neatly trimmed. My man Wolf's white beard is always smooth and sharp, and my black beard -- with some gray creeping in -- is a bit lower, but still even and proportional. The key is not to look scruffy on the air. It makes you look haggard, and we know women don't fall for the Shaggy D.A. look.

What does Wolf think?

"Their beards need work. A decent start but they need work," he said. "Lots of work. I could give them some advice if they call. I have years of beard experience. My recommendation -- shave."

Dave and Conan, the two of you make more in a week than I'll make in a year, so call in a good barber and let them start trimmin'.

And you don't have to hire the guy who cut John Edwards' "do" for $400.

Please, you're on TV. So set a good example.
Posted By CNN: 7:04 PM ET
  2 Comments
One man's shaggy beard, is another man's stylish DO.
Are you saying that all whiskers aren't created equal?
My, My, sounds like a catfight is brewing...Whose beard is scruffy, Whose beard is sleek? I guess only MOSES, knows.....

Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.
Posted By Blogger Lorie Ann : 7:48 PM ET
Conan and Dave with beards? Now that's an image that I'm glad I missed! Perhaps they are trying to start a new fad - the wilderness look or the old testament look.....if they are I hope it doesn't take.

While Wolf's beard looks neat and distinguished and very stylish, not all men can carry it off. I think Wolf has that market cornered. Like you said - they need to shave and shave quick!!

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 7:53 PM ET
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