The Late Show with David Letterman, final episode, review: ‘star-studded and …

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Celebs and fans flock to Letterman finale.

After a record 33 years in late night and 6,028 shows, David Letterman departed CBS’ “Late Show” last night with an episode filled with vintage clips, laughs and just a little help from his celebrity pals. David interviewed countless celebrities on his beloved CBS broadcast Late Show over the past 22 years and many of Hollywood’s biggest stars have taken to social media to express their gratitude for him. “Tonight is David @Letterman’s final show.A star-studded “Top Ten” list and a final send-off from the Foo Fighters helped turn David Letterman’s final “Late Show” into a farewell for the ages on Wednesday, as the gap-toothed host signed off after 33 record-breaking years on late-night TV.

What a wonderful, inspiring, hilarious, groundbreaking, amazing ride. #ThanksDave (sic),” comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, who currently hosts daytime talk programme The Ellen DeGeneres Show wrote on Twitter Wednesday night. Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Steve Martin, Barbara Walters, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jim Carrey, Peyton Manning and Bill Murray all contributed to a Top Ten list of the “things I’ve always wanted to say to David Letterman.” Three living former presidents — both Bushes and Clinton — and President Obama appeared via video.

For the first few minutes of his much anticipated farewell broadcast, however, it looked as though the last show might never even begin, as the studio audience – which included 68 year-old Letterman’s wife, Regina, 54, and their 11 year-old son, Harry – welcomed the veteran host with a rapturous standing ovation that showed no signs of ever becoming a seated one. “I don’t know what to do,’ Letterman admitted, beseeching them to sit down several times before he was finally obeyed. The show as expected featured no sit-down guest interviews, relying heavily on clips of Letterman shows going all the way back to his 1980s morning show on NBC.

The previous night’s penultimate show had featured Bob Dylan, along with Late Show stalwart Bill Murray, who was Letterman’s first guest back in 1982, and who celebrated his long time friend’s swansong by jumping out of a cake and enveloping Letterman in an icing-covered hug. It opened with news footage of former President Gerald Ford intoning, out of context: “Our long national nightmare is over,” referring at the time to the Watergate scandal. He wished his replacement, Stephen Colbert, well in the job. (Colbert starts in September.) Of the over 6,000 shows, he said, “I was here for most of them, and I can tell you a high percentage of them just absolutely sucked, and in light of all this praise, merited or not, do me a favor, save a little for my funeral.

The 24-year-old Silver Linings Playbook star posted a sweet image of herself on her Facebook page in which she was featured holding a note written from her to David, with the letter reading: “Don’t do this! I’ll you something else, and I know you are people are well-meaning, but I am sick and tired — maybe, Paul, you get a little of this — “What are you going to do now that you’re retired? Last night’s final show, however, was without a sit-down interview (which celebrity, even in Hollywood, would deem themselves worthy of that particular spot?), freeing up time to meander through the archives, replaying some memorable segments and stunts from the past three decades. Much was resurrected from the early Eighties, when Letterman’s sarcastic and irreverent style first brought anarchy and offbeat humour to a landscape of hitherto predictable late night television, along with a genuine desire to champion new and interesting musicians, and a total disregard for the traditional sycophancy of interviewing.

There are some nice insults aimed Letterman’s way, but a lot of the jokes were about the people making them — Jim Carrey, for example, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who also (hilariously) threw a little shade at Jerry Seinfeld, another of the presenters. For his swansong, Letterman, who started in television as a weatherman in his native Indianapolis, dropped his edginess and instead thanked his staff, his audience and CBS executives, including president and CEO Les Moonves who was on hand. In the post, the 43-year-old Freddy Got Fingered star shared a link to an interview he did with Winnipeg Free Press, with the headline reading: Tom Green recalls filling in for his ‘hero’ on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’. “David Letterman was a revolutionary and still one of my biggest heroes. Letterman’s tenure hosting CBS’s “Late Show” and NBC’s “Late Night” before that makes him the longest-running late-night host in TV history. The green room at the intimate Ed Sullivan Theatre in Manhattan must have been fairly straining at the seams, as regular guests of the show, including Alec Baldwin, Barbara Walters, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Jim Carrey and Chris Rock all delivered barbed, deadpan tributes to the departing host. “Thanks for finally proving men can be funny,” said Fey; “I’m just glad your show is going to another white guy,” said Rock, the other white guy being Stephen Colbert, who will take the reins later this year.

Letterman even took a moment to introduce his wife Regina and son Harry as the lights briefly came up in the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan’s Times Square district. I thank him for all the years he spent making us laugh,” Tom wrote online. “Stephen Hawking added it up, and in 33 years there’s been eight minutes of comedy. Later in the show, Foo Fighters, who cancelled a European tour 15 years ago to perform on Letterman’s first broadcast back after open heart surgery, played the show out with his favourite song, Everlong, to a montage of more iconic moments, flashing through pop stars, presidents, punch-ups, and monkeys with cameras fixed to their heads. The one segment which, perhaps, hit a slightly wrong note, was a peek behind the scenes , ‘A day in the life of David Letterman’, from his arrival at the offices around 6am, to the end of a show, which is pre-recorded in the afternoon.

—Peter Weber Her flavor — toasted coconut with sea salt — hit grocery store shelves earlier this month, and she told The Huffington Post that she’s certain it will become “habit forming.” It was a “long and interesting process” creating a cracker, and Stewart said she tried several different combinations before selecting coconut and sea salt. I hope you enjoy this. (Cut to a video showing staffers gathered around a hologram Letterman, who waves and then blinks out of sight.) That was — moving for all of us. Some nerdy fans may delight in being invited behind the curtain, but production offices and writers’ rooms are uniformly dreary, cramped and physically uninspiring places; why ruin the magic of great television by revealing its working parts?

People say to me, “Dave, when did you know it was time to retire?” I said, there were signs. there are always signs along the way, and I think one of the signs was Todd, the cue card kid, came up to me and he said, “For the love of God, Dave, I can’t write the words any bigger.” Remember that? We all like salt.” Stewart said she’s not really a snacker — when she does grab a bite to eat between meals, it’s fruit — but believes a well-stocked pantry must have a few different types of crackers. She wouldn’t serve her Triscuits alone, but would add crab meat and lime or avocado and hot pepper, and also suggests turning them into an elevated s’more by topping a cracker with melted milk chocolate and a marshmallow. Of course, you have to present them on a gleaming silver tray alongside Waterford goblets and perfectly folded linen napkins, but you already knew that. I remember, Paul, you remember this, when we started the show, there were mixed — half of the people said, “That show doesn’t have a chance.” On the other hand, the other half of the people said, “That show doesn’t have a prayer.” I was having trouble sleeping last night because so I’m up late and I’m dialing around the channels and I came upon something I thought was enjoyable.

Take a look at what I saw last night. (Animated video of Homer Simpson saying Dave has been on since “Bart and Lisa were kids, and Maggie was still a baby.”) Crazy, isn’t it?

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