How Did The Late Show with David Letterman Say Goodbye?

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Conan O’Brien tells viewers to watch David Letterman instead.

As David Letterman said goodbye to “Late Show” fans, rival late-night hosts have taken time during their programs in recent days to wish the comedy legend their heart-felt farewells. “I want you to record this show and watch it in a few days and just focus on the commercials,” Mr.

David Letterman signed off as the king of late night for the last time Wednesday with heartfelt thanks to everyone who made his dreams come true in a finale that ran some 20 minutes over schedule. Unfortunately for us, David Letterman’s last show was filled with good jokes, hilarious old clips, sweet montages and loving tributes to the people to made The Late Show work all these years.

O’Brien added. “That is where we make the money.” On Tuesday, Jimmy Kimmel also told his audience that he wanted them to watch Letterman’s farewell show and that his ABC late-show would air a rerun on Wednesday. “I would like it if you made sure to watch that [Letterman], instead of our show,” Kimmel said. “Especially if you’re a young person and don’t understand what all the fuss is about. Letterman ended his 33-year career in late-night on Wednesday as he had started it — with the irreverence, self-mockery and mischief that made him such an iconoclastic talk-show host. For the final Late Show, Letterman enlisted 10 celebrity friends – from Alec Baldwin and Barbara Walters to Tina Fey and Chris Rock – to roast him with “Top Ten Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say To Dave.” Fey was the winner, but let’s not sleep on the comedic timing of Peyton Manning. Letterman took fans on a trip down memory lane, showing highlights of some of his 6,000-plus episodes, from funny conversations with kids to a stint taking orders at a Taco Bell. It’s possible that we’ll never be able to hear the Foo Fighters’ “Everlong” without tearing up a bit, and we’re OK with that, though it will be a bit weird to close our eyes and see pictures of David Letterman and his various guests over the years imprinted on the back of our eyelids, but that is probably what will happen thanks to us watching that ending several times over already.

His farewell was much better than the usual mawkish television send-off: He mixed favorite segments like his Top 10 list with clips of classic skits and a few restrained fillips of sincerity and humility. After discussing how David Letterman impacted his own career, Conan told his viewers to change the channel just as Letterman’s final show aired for his goodbye after 33 years. CBS Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves, sometimes the butt of Letterman’s jokes, came on stage even before the taping began to thank the broadcasting giant for his stellar run. We lost it during the montage of Dave interacting with children, and we could barely keep it together as a 1996 Letterman attempted to work at Taco Bell with not much success.

Towards the end, Dave claimed there was nothing he could do to ever repay his audience for all that they have given him, but in truth he’s already given us thirty-three years of comedy of strangely beautiful and beautifully strange comedy and pop culture moments we’ll never forget. Letterman’s retirement has gotten an extraordinary amount of focus — a frenzied outpouring of fan devotion, celebrity tributes and nonstop media attention — perhaps because he was so important to the last generation of viewers who grew up watching shows on a television set, and not on a smartphone.

Members of the last audience of the “Late Show With David Letterman” walked out of the historic event at the Ed Sullivan Theater in Midtown dabbing their eyes and smiling. “It was epic. Letterman was sweet and strong and thankful,” said Stephanie Sirola, 48, of Chelsea, who summed up the final show as “beautifully emotional.” Lucy Pratti, 56, of Brooklyn, admitted to getting choked up when the lights of the theater were turned on and Letterman introduced his wife, Regina, and 11-year-old son, Harry. “I really did not expect that. Letterman’s crack about younger performers who use Twitter and Facebook was a shout-out to the talk-show host’s core audience, the late-night viewers who decades ago defined themselves as the insurgents who preferred Mr.

It was centered around his appreciation for the audience,” Nininger said. “He thanked everyone, and you could see love on the stage.” “The show was so uplifting,” Medney said. “Everything was silly. He then showed a clip of one of his more famous pranks when he posed as a server at a drive-through Taco Bell and tormented customers with terrible service. Gene Szymanski, 44, who has worked in the props department for 22 years, wore a jacket reading, “Thank You and Good Night” — a gift from his now ex-boss. Angela and Glen Stanton flew in on a 5:45 a.m. flight from Atlanta sporting T-shirts that read “Thanks Dave” in the signature Late Night block lettering. “We don’t let just anyone share our bedroom,” Glen, 60, joked. “He’s got a very quirky sense of humor, very Midwestern sense of humor.

We’re originally from Illinois and Ohio, so we appreciate that.” “It’s special because there will never be another one,” said Bill, who had seen the show live three times before. “A son of the Midwest becomes a comedy legend. Letterman joined CBS in 1993, a year after HBO introduced “The Larry Sanders Show,” a mock behind-the-scenes parody of “The Tonight Show” that starred Garry Shandling as an insecure, self-absorbed talk-show host. Letterman never lost his arch, ironical self-awareness; he did not sink into the easy, quid pro quo conventions of late-night talk shows, he kept defying them.

On Wednesday, he described all the encomia as “over-the-top” and said he found it “flattering, embarrassing and gratifying.” Mixed feelings make sense in a comedian who was always paradoxical – a winning, witty and supremely confident performer who offstage was practically a hermit and riven by self-doubt. Letterman in part because they know his psyche so well: He is an intensely private celebrity who kept processing his personal life in front of the camera. He brought his medical team onto his show after his 2000 quintuple bypass, and he even described his affairs with women in his office as “creepy” in an unnerving mea culpa in 2009. Letterman said that one of the worst things about retiring is that, as he put it: “When I screw up now, and lord knows I’ll be screwing up, I have to go on somebody else’s show to apologize.” He mixed jokes about his future with serious references to pivotal moments in his past.

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