Top 10 Ways David Letterman Changed Late Night TV

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Bill Murray jumps out of cake on final Letterman appearance.

He created two network franchises, NBC’s “Late Night” and CBS’ “Late Show,” the latter in a time period when the TV equivalent of tumbleweeds once roamed.Murray, who was the first-ever guest on Letterman’s Late Night show in 1982, smashed his way out of the cake emblazoned with the words “Goodbye Dave”.The knives are out for actor and comedian James Corden just two months after he was unveiled as the new presenter of The Late Late Show on the American network CBS.The two most important things to know in the world, David Letterman said he tells his son, are a) “you have to be nice to other people,” and b) “the greatest songwriter of modern times is Bob Dylan.” Yes, “that’s all you need to know in life,” Letterman said on Tuesday’s Late Show.

The Ghostbuster’s star wore overalls and protective googles and was covered in cream as he embraced Letterman, rubbing the hosts’s suit and thinning hair with cream. Less than two weeks ago, NBC’s The Tonight Show, hosted by comedy king Jimmy Fallon, took U2 busking on the New York subway — the band’s first outing since Bono smashed his arm in a cycling accident in Central Park. So, of course, for his final appearance on Letterman — the last scheduled performance of any musician on Letterman — Dylan chose a Sinatra song, “The Night We Called It a Day.” The song (actually written by Matt Dennis and Tom Adair) is on Dylan’s newest album, a tribute to Frank Sinatra, but it works pretty well as a farewell number for Letterman, too. Murray was making his 44th appearance with the late night host, dating back to the debut episode of Late Night with David Letterman on Feb. 1, 1982 on NBC.

There also was the quintuple bypass heart surgery he underwent in 2000. (First joke when he returned five weeks later: “Wait till you hear what happened to me!… Plus, I got a haircut.” And then he choked up introducing the surgery team that saved his life.) Above all, there were the shows after Sept. 11, 2001, especially the first one after his return on Sept. 18, which included the finest eight minutes in Letterman’s 33 years on the air: “If we are going to continue to do shows, I need to hear myself talk,” he said, and did, in a sustained, emotional and powerful tribute to New York and the people that protect it. After several weeks of star-studded shows (the three most recent shows alone included Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Eddie Vedder, Bill Murray and Bob Dylan), CBS is keeping a lid on what to expect for tonight’s finale, only saying that Letterman’s goodbye will include “surprises, memorable highlights, the show’s final Top Ten List and more.” Longtime bandleader Paul Shaffer from Thunder Bay, Ont., drew his own laughs setting up the segment with a jab at Letterman’s long-time rival, attributing “I’m bored with it all” to Jay Leno instead of Winston Churchill. When Corden launched his U.S. show he only broadcast three nights a week, with repeats on Thursday and Friday, which led to concerns about paucity of material.

There were two other Canadian content notes — Murray came out to Shaffer and his fellow musicians playing The Band’s Chest Fever, while Letterman introduced one segment as “having never been done anywhere … not even in Germany … not even in Calgary.” Letterman received drop-in visits from frequent guest Regis Philbin as well as Rupert Jee, owner of the local Hello Deli owner who first appeared as a “man on the street” foil in 1994. He initially turned down approaches from CBS, then agreed on condition it hired his friend Ben Winston, son of the Labour peer and IVF pioneer Lord Winston, as producer. ‘I’ve just finished a novel,’ Margaret, 75, told me at the Ondaatje Prize party. ‘I’ve just sent it to my agent. It’s about old age and death.’ Prince Harry’s ex Cressida Bonas arrived yesterday for the opening night of her one-woman West End show, An Evening With Lucian Freud, armed with a baguette and a banana for the ordeal ahead. Which probably helps explain why his farewell and thank you message to Letterman got so emotional, with Kimmel tearing up not once, but at least twice. “Not only did I learn to do everything from Dave,” he said, but “the reason I have this show 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 then specifically asked people to watch Letterman on Wednesday night, not his show (which will be a rerun), “especially if you’re a young person who doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. She is required to play the part of a 21-year-old virgin who attracts the wandering hands of the philandering 81-year-old artist, who sired 14 children.

Dave is the best, and you should see him.” He ended his tribute with an old Late Night segment he dug up that “sums up how I feel this week almost supernaturally well.” It’s as moving a farewell as Letterman is likely to get. —Peter Weber If you don’t launder your new clothes and sheets — yes, even the packaged ones — after bringing them home from the store (or getting them in the mail), you’re making a gross mistake, according to Wall Street Journal contributor Heidi Mitchell. Untold numbers of people have touched the item, there may be mold and probably are chemicals like formaldehyde, and the “surprises are even more disgusting,” Mitchell tells Tanya Rivero in the video below.

—Peter Weber Step into any doggy day care, and you might meet the type of person Amy Schumer skewers in this Inside Amy Schumer bit: An indulgent owner who treats her pet like a person and raves about the over-the-top way the pup was rescued. Louis, while another was a purebred child dog soldier rescued from the Darfur Galleria — but the highlight is finding out why one woman refused to let her dog get his shots. “I didn’t get him vaccinated because Jenny McCarthy said it can cause pawtism,” she reveals solemnly. Seth Meyers opened his show with a shot-by-shot (approximate) recreation of Late Night’s opening credits in 1982, when Letterman launched the post-Tonight Show program.

But of course you can’t turn back the clock to 1982, especially in midtown Manhattan. “The biggest difference between 1982 New York City and now, today’s New York City: So, so many fewer pornography theaters,” Meyers explained. “It’s so sad, because people still bring families here for vacation, and I don’t know where they go anymore.” 1982 Letterman probably could have said it better himself. They were born to mother Chai Li and father Nah Fun at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, but once Chai Li demonstrated she would not care for them, experienced zookeepers stepped in, and the cubs are being fed and attended to around the clock. —Catherine Garcia The Metropolitan Transportation Authority runs the Music Under New York program, and on Tuesday, a panel inside Grand Central Terminal listened to 70 musicians from around the world as they sang and played a variety of instruments. Months ago, 300 people applied just for the chance to be heard, and out of these final 70, about two dozen will be selected to play in subway stations across the city.

It is illegal for people without a permit from the MTA to perform in the subway system, and those who get the opportunity can make several hundred dollars a day in tips. He’s had a lot of great moments, transformed late-night TV into something more fun and unpredictable, and made a lot of people laugh and feel less alone. And I believe, because I’ve done a little of this myself, pretending to be courageous is just as good as the real thing. [Letterman] The rest is worth watching, too — it’s all heart and tears and a crust of comedy.

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