David Letterman: TV’s Greatest Host

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

8 of the most notorious Letterman moments.

Murray told Letterman during the interview: “You got out of Indianapolis and didn’t look back. Tuesday marked the penultimate episode of “Late Show With David Letterman,” but it was guest Bill Murray who stole the spotlight with his tribute to the exiting host — and with his antics when the show was over.Murray and Letterman go way back — he was the first guest on two of Letterman’s Late Show incarnations — so what better way to say goodbye than covering everyone in icing?When David Letterman signs off from the Ed Sullivan Theater one last time on May 20, he’ll be saying goodbye to decades of interviews with celebrities and “celebrities” alike.

Whether it was “Late Night” on NBC in the 1980s or from 1993 onwards on the “Late Show” on CBS, Letterman’s show was a staple for drivers – oftentimes those who won the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar series championship, whatever the iteration.On Letterman’s second-to-last-ever “Late Show” Tuesday night, Murray made his final epic appearance by popping out of a giant cake, and proceeding to do the entire interview in cake-and-frosting-smeared coveralls. The impetus for this is that Letterman is a native Hoosier, a lifelong open-wheel racing fan whose passion for the sport also has had a business aspect. 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? The comedian “feuded” with professional wrestler Jerry Lawler in the early ’80s, culminating in a furious debate over who was to blame for Kaufman ending up in a neck brace.

Since 1996, Letterman has been a co-owner in what is now Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, as he purchased a small share of what was then Team Rahal that year. In the run-up to Thursday’s episode, Letterman has recruited A-listers across all disciples for a trip down memory lane, including Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. After Letterman introduced the pop star by saying, “In the past 10 years, she has sold over 80 million albums, starred in countless films, and slept with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry,” Madonna retaliated with 14 f-bombs and enough sexual innuendos to make the interview one of the highest-rated TV programs of the year.

In 1995, a young Drew Barrymore hopped onto Letterman’s desk and delivered the flash seen around the world. “It was scary,” Barrymore told EW about the moment. “I’m so glad that from the moment I went on—especially with my fun little dance number, which was completely spontaneous and not calculated in any way—he let the audience know that it was all okay.” Fawcett went a little off-script—or rather, make that way off-script. In a rambling interview, she impersonated a New Yorker, defined the word “embankment,” and baffled Letterman, who would go on to refer to her appearance in several shows to come. Though he mastered physical comedy long ago, Murray’s slip from his “Last Word” seat seemed genuine, as did his occasional slurred speech during his unscheduled chat about the end of Letterman’s era. Richards—Kramer to Seinfeld fans—appeared on the show via satellite after Jerry Seinfeld persuaded him to make an on-air apology for spewing the N-word at a West Hollywood comedy club. Ahead of his final show tonight, we ran the gamut in looking through the archives on YouTube and found a bevy of clips of drivers on Letterman’s show, from the 1980s through to just last week.

Instead of inspiring sympathy from the studio audience, however, his disjointed appeal—along with his use of the term “Afro-Americans”—welcomed laughter that only made his situation worse. Letterman eventually gave up trying to coax full-sentence responses out of Phoenix, and told the star, “We’re sorry you couldn’t be here tonight.” It’s plenty uncomfortable to watch—even knowing that the whole thing was just an act for Phoenix’s faux-docmentary I’m Still Here.

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