Bill Murray Pops Out of a Cake for David Letterman—Watch Now!

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Bill Murray Pops Out of a Cake for David Letterman—Watch Now!.

Bob Dylan was the final musical ever on The Late Show with David Letterman, hitting the Ed Sullivan Theater on Tuesday night for the first time since 1993. “I spend a lot of time, like everybody does, driving around with my son Harry. The actor was Dave’s first guest back in 1982 when he hosted NBC’s Late Night, and he was his first guest again in 1993 when he became the host of CBS’ Late Show. Sometimes you feel like you take an opportunity to teach him or reinforce things for him,” Letterman said in his introduction of Dylan. “I say, ‘Harry, what are the two most important things to know in the world?

Throughout this 33-year span, Bill visited his late-night pal many times, but Tuesday’s show (Dave’s second-to-last one before retirement) was extra special. Jimmy Fallon offered up his on Monday, and Seth Meyers, who currently presides over Letterman’s original “Late Night” show, paid homage to his predecessor with this special title sequence Tuesday night.

And a couple thousand hours of “The Late Late Show.” The retiring host is the founder of Worldwide Pants Inc., which produced both programs, as well as a handful of sitcoms. But it was Jimmy Kimmel‘s words of gratitude during Tuesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that really stood out from those of his talk-show colleagues.

Yet to be an admirer of Letterman’s to have a fondness not just for a television star who came to prominence decades ago, but for a television sensibility from a different era. The ABC late-night host was so overcome with emotion that he started choking up before his speech even began, and just speaking the words “Late Night With David Letterman” was a challenge. Letterman’s peers, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, host programs crafted for the social media generation, with skits and nuggets that people share online the following day. “The Web has changed how people interact with archival footage,” said Jeffrey P.

Kimmel talked about how watching “Late Night” as a kid was instrumental in developing his career, and also how Letterman’s “Late Show” changed his life. “The reason I have this show,” Kimmel said through tears, “is because the executives at ABC saw me when I was a guest on Dave’s show and hired me to host this show.” He also reiterated his decision that out of respect for the man who taught him everything, Wednesday’s episode of “JKL” will be a rerun. “I would like it if you made sure to watch [Letterman’s last show], instead of our show,” Kimmel told his audience. “Especially if you’re a young person and don’t understand what all the fuss is about. That said, Dave’s not really looking forward to throwing down. “I’m not looking forward to it at all,” he told CBS Sunday Morning’s Jane Pauley earlier this week. “I don’t want to go to a party. Dave is the best and you should see him.” Before things got a little too maudlin, Kimmel closed out this segment by airing part of a classic “Late Night” after-school special parody from 1983, which, as he said, “sums up how I feel this week almost supernaturally well.”

I recognize that it’s good, cathartic perhaps, for all of us to be together, because it’s not been easy on anybody who has been here any length of time, for this to end. Now, the rudimentary elements of a late-night show—from monologue to guests to musical performance—are all about the search for five minutes of footage absurd, surprising, inventive, or sharp enough to get clicks the next morning. Worldwide Pants has produced several other shows, including “Ed” and “Bonnie,” the most successful being “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which it co-owns with HBO and CBS.

Letterman’s segments that do make the rounds are usually taken from interviews. (Neither Kimmel nor Fallon, who excel in other aspects of hosting, is a master of this fundamental in the way Letterman is.) It’s just not an arena in which Letterman chooses to compete. It’s been licensed again and again; a 2005 deal with Time Warner Inc.’s TBS netted around $650,000 an episode — which added up, considering there are 210 episodes.

But the owners have already extracted most of the value from the hit, as shows command less money the longer they’re in syndication. “Raymond” has ceded its place in culture to “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Office,” both of which TBS also licensed. And Worldwide Pants hasn’t been as active in producing sitcoms recently, with Burnett and Letterman focusing instead on the “Late Show.” It’s easier to map out how much revenue a sitcom will generate in syndication than a talk show that has few predecessors and isn’t popular overseas. “The Letterman show doesn’t have the same kind of value that syndicated hits have,” said Seth Willenson, a former executive at RCA and New Line Cinema Corp. “There’s a very active half-life on variety shows. Clips would generate more revenue, but I don’t think it would be revolutionary.” The volume and breadth of those clips will make the library valuable, Burnett said. Kimmel and Fallon are trying to please everyone: They want to produce content likable enough (read: not too weird) that any viewer would immediately understand and retweet it.

This really unusual looking man who made me (and millions like me) feel like we were in on this massive prank on conventional television as we knew it. His total lack of hipness made him “buzz-worthy.” He was the underdog who always seemed to get the shaft and wasn’t respected by “the suits.” There’s the rub, I guess. One of my favorite pull quotes from an article hung on my mirror. “David Letterman has never cried on Oprah, has never posed in the kitchen for People. He has ignored all the rules and he won anyway.” The year I graduated high school, my dad surprised me with a trip to New York to see this thing that was my universe in person. My college girlfriend (now wife), Christine likely wondered if I was being honest about my sexuality, as she would later tell me she remembers staring at big pictures of Dave overhead while we…studied.

By my junior year in college, with the help of some great friends and about thirty student volunteers – I realized my dream of hosting my own television talk show. Through almost literal force and harassment, he pressed me to put together my first resume and cover letter until I dropped it in the mail addressed to “Late Show.” Patiently we waited by the mailbox. Chosen to come to New York…to interview with 29 other selected college kids across the country…on my own dime…and if things went well, I’d be chosen as one of the final 15 interns for that coming fall semester. The woman in “Late Show’s” human resources gave me a brief overview of the building and sent me department by department around the building to meet with staffers of the show.

You got in the door of your idol and you’ve coolly talked your way into the mail room.” The woman pressed. “C’mon, I know that’s what you’re supposed to say. According to the show’s archivist at the time, no intern or staff member new to the show had ever been cast in a segment as early as day two on the job.

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