As Letterman says goodbye, a look at the ‘Late Show’ during elections

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A Tearful Jimmy Kimmel Urges His Fans To Watch David Letterman’s Last Show [VIDEO].

In honor of the final Late Show With David Letterman Wednesday night, we surveyed a number of cultural figures on their favorite Letterman memories, both on and off the show. “Stupid Pet Tricks” and Chris Elliott’s man under the stairs were crowd favorites, while some couldn’t pick just one, choosing instead to reflect on his legacy. “If you watched it without paying attention, it was a lot like The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, with guests and an audience and a band, but it was weird,” said Kimmel. “Even though it looked like every other talk show, it wasn’t.Over the past few weeks he has slowly wrapped up his tenure by welcoming old friends onto the show, including Bill Murray – who was his first guest – Tom Hanks, and George Clooney.

He proved just how much influence his fellow late night host had on him Tuesday when he dedicated six minutes of his show to the 68-year-old, whose last show airs Wednesday night. Kimmel says he used to draw pictures of Letterman on his school textbooks, and on his 16th birthday his mother baked him a “Late Night with David Letterman” cake. “I watched the show every night and never missed it, and little did I know that many years and many pounds later, that watching the show was a great education for me. There were enterprising efforts to capitalize on the moment — one man brought an easel and offered to sell his oil painting of the famed blue-and-gold marquee. When Letterman noted the president hadn’t seen him naked, Obama was quick to reply, “We’re gonna keep it that way.” Meanwhile, Romney wasn’t as keen on visiting the Late Show, prompting Letterman to instruct viewers not to vote for him if he didn’t appear before the election. Romney did appear in December 2011 prior to the GOP primaries and delivered a “Top 10″ list on “Things Mitt Romney Would Like to Say to the American People.” Presidential candidates learned a valuable lesson from the 2008 campaign: Don’t cancel on Letterman.

But watching ‘Late Night,’ not only did I learn how to do everything from Dave, the reason I have this show is because the executives at ABC saw me when I was a guest on Dave’s show and hired me to host this show,” Kimmel said with tears in his eyes. By noon, “Late Show” crew members — wearing team jackets emblazoned with “Thank You and Goodnight” and the number 15 — were busy working out of two trailers parked on 53rd Street, a frequent setting of outdoor hijinks for the show and also the home of the Hello Deli, another favorite “Late Show” location. He agreed and visited the studio, but when he arrived he went to sit down on a chair and toppled over onto the ground while the cameras were still rolling. “I just did the Letterman show, then went to dinner and had oysters, rose wine, red wine, and duck,” he told O’Donnell.

John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, suspended his campaign in September to return to Washington following the onset of the financial crisis. Reggie showed off her button souvenir from that day and tried to persuade a crew member to get Letterman to autograph a copy of Time magazine with him on the cover. I’ve met a lot of celebrities, but every now and then you meet someone who’s had a real impact on the culture, and that’s a different experience.

When asked if he’d ever actually put lipstick on a pig — a reference to a phrase Obama had used to describe McCain policy proposals, which some Republicans suggested was an attack on vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin — the then-Illinois senator noted that he had not. Reggie said she also watches Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” and other latenight shows, but no one compares to Letterman. “We’ve seen him many times,” she said. Come Thursday morning, there will be a different kind of activity at the Ed Sullivan Theater as Stephen Colbert prepares for his Sept. 8 debut as “Late Show” host.

So what happened was, he’d tell an odd joke, you’d think it was hilarious, the audience in the studio would have a weird reaction, and then he’d look directly into the camera, like you’d think he was saying, You and I know this is funny, and the people here don’t get it. I was telling him about how I worked for a knife company, Cutco Knives, and they were like, “You have to sell it to your friends and family.” And the first person that I tried to sell it to was my best friend’s mother, but I couldn’t stop crying during it. I was thinking about him the other day in the shower. [Chuckles.] I was thinking about the fact that his show is coming to an end, and I was thinking through my formative years when he was on NBC and then on CBS. But for some reason, Bill Scheft, a comedy writer and friend of his, at the show, said to me, “He wants to come see you in the David Mamet play November.” I said “Well, great.” He said, “Yeah, I’ll let you know when, it’ll be a last-minute thing.” And so he calls and says, “We’re gonna come Wednesday night.” And I said, “Oh, don’t come Wednesday night.

David Letterman is coming!” So we start the play, and we always knew how the play was going to go by the opening lines, which was me saying to him, “We’re losing points in the polls and we don’t have enough money for something,” and I say, “Why is all this happening?” and he would say, “Because you’ve fucked up everything you’ve touched.” So if people didn’t laugh, we knew we had a long night ahead of us. We just sort of sat in my dressing room for about five, ten minutes and chatted and then he finally said, “Well, I’m sure you want to rinse out a few things before you go.” And then he left. And the interview went something like this. “So, Billy, you got a big hit record.” “Yep.” “So, how are you enjoying the United States?” “Pretty nice.” “Yep.” “Nope.” So, I got on the next night, and I think David was pretty concerned about the pace of the interview, so we went back and forth pretty fast. So on my bedroom wall—and this was in the age of Teen Beat and Tiger Beat or whatever—I had Harrison Ford, this great picture of David Letterman, I think from GQ, and Pee-wee Herman.

In his original show, when Gene Shalit is sitting in the seat and being interviewed, and Letterman says something like, “Cut the giant hammers,” and they cut to two crew guys in the back and they say, “Did he just say, ‘Cut the giant hammers?’ I think he did!” and they cut a rope and two giant hammers go smack into Gene Shalit’s head. My favorite Letterman moment was when he did a Stupid Pet Trick where there was a guy who had a dog, and he put money in a paper bag, and the dog went and bought beer for the guy. Paul McCartney’s really funny, and Letterman was like, “Why haven’t you ever done my show?” And he was like [high British accent], “Because I don’t like your show.” It was just the way he said it that made me laugh, and it’s fun to watch Letterman because he’s been doing it forever, so it’s nice to see him not care. And this is my teen humor, I was like, “Dave, I know that’s not a real skyline behind you.” And then we’d do a musical number together, outside with the real New York skyline. And he really went there in terms of like having on wrestlers and, I mean, he had so many clips that I think were never even aired, where Crispin Glover punched him in the face.

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