A look at Letterman’s top 10 political moments

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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Wednesday night will mark David Letterman’s final time hosting the Late Show, so it’s only right that we look back at an interview with one of the biggest stars to ever grace his stage: a 23-year-old Michael Jordan.

The transplanted Hoosier, who made Top Ten lists and ironic humor staples of television comedy and influenced a generation of performers, is hosting his final episode of CBS’ “Late Show” on Wednesday.“I just did the Letterman show, then went to dinner, had oysters, rose wine, red wine, duck … and then rushed here to do your show,” explained Murray to Lawrence O’Donnell during the interview. I didn’t remember appearing on “Late Show With David Letterman.” But I definitely knew what she meant by “small town news,” the segment where Letterman gleefully makes fun of mistakes and weird details in newspapers from around the country. Dylan’s first-ever performance on “Late Night,” back in 1984, was momentous for the show and its musical legacy; Vulture recalls that, back then, Letterman was “far more of a counterculture hero than Bob” (he’d just released a bunch of evangelical Christian albums).

To win, like our news.com.au Entertainment page, and below the Facebook post in 25 words or less, tell us: if you were a spy, which celeb would you spy on and why? Dylan appeared on the second-to-last “Late Show” Tuesday night with the song “The Night We Called It a Day” off his most recent album, “Shadows in the Night.” Letterman introduced him to the stage with a gushing anecdote: “I spend a lot of time, like everybody does, driving around with my son Harry.

Anticipating the end, viewers sent Letterman to the top of the late-night ratings the week before last for the first time since Jimmy Fallon took over at NBC’s “Tonight” show and they competed with original telecasts. And what’s the other one?’ He says, ‘The greatest songwriter of modern times is Bob Dylan.’ That’s all you need to know in life.” The legend didn’t come close to matching Letterman’s enthusiasm in his moments following the performance. Somebody ought to call that Nikki Finke!” Letterman continued, name-checking the Hollywood blogger who kept tabs on the late-night host drama. “There’s your story. Celebrities used to being fawned over either clicked with his prickly personality or didn’t, and when Cher called him a more profane version of “jerk,” it became a memorable moment. His audience welcomed him back after a heart bypass, listened as he became the first late-night host back on the air after the 2001 terrorist attacks and saw him acknowledge to inappropriately having sex with a subordinate.

Because no matter what you think about Letterman, there’s no question that he transformed the world of late-night television, starting with “Late Night” on NBC. As retirement neared, Letterman joked about second thoughts. “Next week I’ll be Googling foods that improve prostate health,” the 68-year-old host said Tuesday.

When he didn’t get “The Tonight Show” in 1992 (even though he was poised to take the reins from a retiring Johnny Carson until Leno swooped in), he went to CBS and started a new kind of show. It doesn’t matter if you’re a celebrity: Sometimes, you’re not going to get that promotion or dream job, no matter how much you deserve it, and you’ll be devastated. That’s what Letterman did, and it’s been the underlying theme of his comedic persona for the last two decades on “The Late Show.” It’s possible I’m just ingrained to think this way, but even when he’s making fun of you for a tiny mistake, it’s still not all bad to be mentioned by an iconic TV figure — especially one well-aware that things can’t be perfect all the time. It’s hard to watch his show sometimes.” Rival Jimmy Kimmel paid tribute to Letterman by not making a fresh ABC show on Wednesday, where he usually competes in the same time slot.

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