Here’s David Letterman’s final Top 10 list

22 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

David Letterman’s ‘peeping’ photo of Cher offered another laugh.

And so it finally happened: the man who despite of—or perhaps because of—his own depressive nature and personal demons united millions of people through his small screen antics has departed from TV. “Dave is a reclusive, shy guy who absolutely adores his son, Harry, who will be the reason Dave opts to stay in New York,” said Dreesen, who has been close friends with Letterman since 1975 — when both worked as unknowns at L.A.’s Comedy Store. “But if it wasn’t for Harry, my best bet is Dave would be hidden in the mountains of Montana, living on his ranch, riding one of his 27 horses,” added Dreesen, who hails from Harvey, Ill. “He loves Montana.

Much of the work involved shooting celebrities — including the night in November, 1987, when David Letterman convinced Sonny and Cher to perform an impromptu duet of “I Got You Babe” on his “Late Night” show.In this image released by CBS, David Letterman appears during a taping of his final “Late Show with David Letterman,” Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.WASHINGTON — In the weeks leading up to Wednesday’s final show, David Letterman has been hailed as a comic genius, a revolutionary who stormed the networks in a Velcro suit.

Predictably, the answer is, it was both wonderful and, for the diehard Letterman fan, pretty darned hard to watch—a mix that was established right from the very start. But before turning his back to the CBS show where he spent 22 years of his 33-year-long career, Letterman delivered his final Top 10 list and monologue with the help of some of his closest pals. After 33 years in late night television, 6,028 broadcasts, nearly 20,000 total guest appearances, 16 Emmy Awards and more than 4,600 career Top Ten Lists, David Letterman is retiring. (Jeffrey R.

Watching Letterman literally sprint across the stage as the show opened, you couldn’t help but think, “It’s nice that Dave is leaving when he is still in command of all his faculties.” But you also couldn’t help but think, “If Dave is still in command of all his faculties, why the hell is the big galoot leaving at all?” But leave he did and in a manner which, regardless of an extremely starry finale guest list, reminded you that Letterman was always more interested in making comedy than making celebrity pals. 6. “Top Ten Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say to Dave” read by, among others, Alec Baldwin (“Of all the talk shows, yours is most geographically convenient to my home”), Chris Rock (“I’m just glad your show is being given to another white guy”) Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale”), and Bill Murray (“I’ll never have the money I owe you”). 5. After joking “so it’s beginning to look like I’m not going to get The Tonight Show” and “I hope to become the face of Scientology” during his opening monologue, Steve Martin, Peyton Manning, Barbara Walters, and more of his A-list pals helped end his final show on a high note. When Johnny Carson — Letterman’s hero — died in 2005, Dave opened the show by reading a collection of jokes Carson had been faxing him since retirement. Dave saying, “We’ve done 6,000 shows, and I was here for most of them, and I can tell you, a pretty high percentage of those shows just absolutely sucked”—and probably meaning it. 2. After commercial, Letterman explained what it was like to learn of Carson’s passing. “I had this strange feeling that I had been through this before,” he said. “I was nearly this sad when the guy retired as when you find out that he’s actually passed away because that part of our lives…” has come to an end, he was about to say.

Dave will get involved in his production company Worldwide Pants . . . and then just fade away, like they say about old soldiers.” “Look, we started out together. Sure, there was the celebrated awkward moment with Cher, a recent gruesome exchange with a clueless Dan Patrick and a teary moment with Lindsay Lohan.

He saw my performance and said he really liked my set. “We became fast friends as stand-up comics, along with the rest of the unknowns at the club like Robin Williams, Jay Leno, Michael Keaton, Gallagher . . . and, oh yeah, Debra Winger was the girl waiting tables. “I’m extroverted. John McCain (R-Ariz.) stood him up (and lied about the reason) during his 2008 presidential campaign, Letterman turned the incident into a running gag. He was never comfortable as a stand-up comedian. “He is also a picky eater and never comfortable in big, fancy, public restaurants, although one day he surprised me by inviting me to dine at the 21 Club in New York. “So we walk in, and Martha Stewart waves hello, and we walk past her and go down some winding stairs until we hit a brick wall and then a door opens and we’re in a little room like a wine cellar with a table and five chairs. “It was where people like Elizabeth Taylor kept her wine stored, and that isolated setting was David all the way. Tom Snyder of ‘The Late Late Show’ made a comment like, ‘I want to see reaction of the crowd when this no-name comes out!’ A year later, Snyder’s show was taken off the air and Letterman replaced him!” “One night outside the Comedy Store, I got into a fight. I wouldn’t have used the word ‘sock.’ ” “I told him, ‘You are not physically mean, but intellectually you can cut someone to ribbons.’ One night a drunk heckler was giving him a hard time on stage — and Dave cut him down to size.

Turned out it was Ringo Starr.” Speaking of careers, Dreesen, who was the opening act for legendary singer Frank Sinatra, hits town in June and is performing in his hit show, “An Evening of Laughter and Memories of Sinatra,” June 12 -13 at the Theatre at the Center in Munster, Ind. . . . Singing during the seventh inning stretch June 24 at Wrigley Field . . . and making appearances all over the city June 10-29, while visiting family and old friends.

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