One of the most underrated skill or talent is interviewing. People seem to always think that sitting down with someone to ask questions is as easy as reading some questions for a cue card.
There is so much to it than that. It is an art in itself. Just to be able to make the subject feel comfortable enough to answer or act honestly, intentionally or otherwise, takes a great deal of effort.
Here are the few ones who manage to make their own mark – the ones who best show us a different and interesting side of popular personalities.
10. Dick Cavett
He was known for his controversial interviews with controversial people such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He made it a point to talk about issues no other talk show host would talk about. In his last interview with Lennon and Ono, they discussed his single that used the N word. It raised controversies that the network decided to edit it out in the final airing.
However, Cavett decided to make an edit of his own and the tape has found its way on youtube. Watch it below, it starts at 4:07.
9. Matt Lauer
I felt he was left out when Katie Couric got the evening news job instead of him but I am now realizing that Katie deserves the job just as much as everyone else and that it was more of a marketing move than about choosing the best one for the job.
Matt, however, has been proving his worth. He has done so many good interviews and the most famous is that of Tom Cruise and Elizabeth Edwards. He did a good job at provoking Cruise in a way no one has ever done before and he made Edwards feel really relax that communicated to the audience the kind person she really was.
In a way, that has been his trademark – reflect the personalities of his subjects through the tone of his interviews.
Say what you want but she remains to be one of the best interviewers of all time. She is a lifestyle host and that is exactly what she brings to the table.
Questions like “what did your childhood room look like?” and “Did you like your mom?” are poignant and sublime because it is in the littlest of things that you get to know someone really well.
7. Charlie Rose
He can be talking with the Queen of Enland today and Mick Jagger tomorrow and it would be just as credible and just as interesting.
6. Larry King
I don’t think there is any other interviewer in the world who can do a casual interview as he does it and remain critical.
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