Watch Bill Murray Jump Out of a Cake for David Letterman

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Ahead of the Wednesday finale, see the host’s accomplishments by the numbers.

But when David Letterman leaves late-night TV after his final show on Thursday night, he will leave as an also-ran. Steve Martin, Jim Carrey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Barbara Walters are among the stars filtering into the Ed Sullivan Theater as David Letterman readies his final “Late Show” taping.Wednesday night marks David Letterman’s last Late Show, and in the run-up to the finale, the comic legend has invited some of his all-time favorite guests and musicians to celebrate his 33-year run on late-night TV.NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — After more than 30 years and more than 6,000 shows, David Letterman‘s legendary career in television will come to a close tonight.Letterman debuted on the network in 1993 after over a decade hosting the NBC show “Late Night.” He also served as a weatherman and had a morning show, “The David Letterman Show,” also on NBC.

No matter how much moral outrage his defenders can muster — no matter how many column inches were filled by writers who said America should like him more — Letterman is the man who couldn’t beat Jay Leno, and sometimes couldn’t beat Leno’s replacement. “He was a former weatherman and a failed morning-show host who perfected a sort of snide, irreverent attitude towards showbiz types,” Rolling Stone wrote after Letterman announced his retirement last year. “After getting noticed by Johnny Carson and making a fan out of NBC bigwig Fred Silverman, however, David Letterman found himself taking his goofy antics to a 12.30am time slot — and thus, a late-night TV legend was born.” There was no doubt that the legend was, well, legendary. Additionally, the Foo Fighters have officially confirmed rumors that they will perform at Letterman’s last episode of “The Late Show” on Wednesday, tweeting a photo from the set. In addition to his Midwest style and clever and pertinent insight, I thought his flirty interviews with starlets were the perfect pitch channeling the likes of Milton Berle, Joey Bishop and even Dean Martin and his Golddiggers. For 30 years, Letterman has consistently delivered goofy, memorable lists with subjects like “Top Ten Ways The World Would Be Different If Everyone Was Named Phil” or “Top Ten Cocktails for Santa.” It’s hard to imagine Late Show without the Top Ten List — but like any great comedy bit, it had to start somewhere.

These on-air tributes, which expertly mix tears, laughter, nostalgia, and respect, will make you miss America’s favorite sarcastic grump before he’s even said goodnight one last time. His last several episodes have included several notable guests, with Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, and President Barack Obama, among others, all making appearances. In preparation for his departure, the network put together a top 10 list—one of Letterman’s signature features on the show—tallying up his many hijinks over the last 22 years.

From his Stupid Pet Tricks and Top Ten lists to always keeping guests on their toes – New Yorkers and Americans alike have happily traded rest for reveling in The Late Show’s best moments,” Gov. Singer Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performed on the show recently and Bob Dylan performed the song “The Night We Call It a Day” on the May 19 episode. He invented the “Top 10″ list; he invented “Stupid Pet Tricks”; he poked a hole in the absurd, celebrity-fueled gas bag that was late-night television. In a well-orchestrated crisis management maneuver, Letterman addressed his affairs with employees, claiming them to be consensual, coming clean with the public and quickly getting back to the business of being funny. Night in and night out, throughout thousands of tapings and guests from around the world, Dave made it clear that he felt lucky to be in the middle of New York City.

Together with his stalwart sidekick Paul Shaffer, he ushered in a new generation of late night comedy that has both inspired and influenced countless comedians and hosts. People admire the New York Yankees, but not because they lost to the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 American League Championship Series. “I’m awash in melancholia,” he told the paper of tonight’s exit. “Over the weekend, I was talking to my son, and I said, ‘Harry, we’ve done like over 6000 shows.’ And he said, [high-pitched child’s voice] ‘That’s creepy.’ And I thought, well, in a way, he’s right. On Tuesday night, Letterman talked with Murray about the 35th anniversary of the iconic movie “Caddyshack” – in which Murray played groundskeeper Carl Spackler.

It is creepy.” “It is creepy”: Not exactly the note any showman should want to go out with while comparing retirement to “a good, solid punch to the head.” Contrast this to Leno’s first act after he retired the first time: He stole back his own show from Conan O’Brien and, after his second retirement, won a Mark Twain prize and leaped back on to the stand-up comedy circuit. All Rights Reserved Tina Fey takes off her dress after her last appearance on the CBS Late Show with David Letterman, Thursday May 7, 2015 on the CBS Television Network Photo: John Paul Filo/CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. However, “Late Show” producer Rob Burnett told CNN, “I don’t think so” when asked whether Leno will pop in. “We invited Jay … it didn’t come to pass.” Fellow late night hosts Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and Jimmy Kimmel all recently paid tribute to Letterman, mentioning how Letterman changed the late-night talk show format as well as what audience members expected of a late-night program. “I think this show, what late night has become, is a result of him playing with the genre and experimenting and exploring, and I, like every kid who grew up watching him, will miss him,” Fallon said during his show, while Kimmel said during his program, “I learn[ed] how to do everything from Dave.” Meanwhile, O’Brien called Letterman “a comedic revolution” when writing for Entertainment Weekly. “Like every comedian of my era, I watched Dave’s subversive, untamed morning show with delightful incredulity… Dave didn’t belong, and he had no interest in belonging. The song appeared in his recent pop standards studio album “Shadows in the Night.” When Philbin suggested that he should appear on Letterman’s last show on Wednesday night, Letterman replied: “Last show booked solid, sorry. Instead, he joked about Amy Fisher before getting down to business. “As some of you may know,” Letterman said, “in the past year and a half, I’ve kinda been interested in doing a show earlier than the one I’m doing now.” Ever the smart aleck, he thanked CBS for its “patience,” “support” and, slyly, “generosity.” (Letterman’s three-year deal was worth $42 million.) For a while after that press conference, Letterman was riding high.

Everything about that show was surreal and off-kilter … Not one single writer/performer in the last 35 years has had Dave’s seismic impact on comedy.” He joined Letterman to look back at a 1994 skit in which Jee went around to restaurants and outdoor cafes and annoyed customers and staff – reciting lines that Letterman fed him through a two-way radio. “He looks forward to spending the summer with his family, and after that, well, I don’t think he’s going to just lie down. I think we’ll see something from David Letterman,” said his longtime musical director Paul Shaffer. “I think it’d just be too difficult for me, emotionally too difficult for me.

Earlier this week, “Late Show” announcer Alan Kalter stopped by CBS2, 1010 WINS and WCBS 880 to talk about what it’s been like working for Letterman. People just liked watching his show more than they liked watching my show.” “As Leno prepares for his final few Tonight Shows, he finds himself in a unique position: More widely watched than any of his competitors, yet widely reviled by the majority of his peers,” EW wrote last year.

And he fessed up to an extramarital affair in 2009. “I want to be the person I always thought I was and probably was pretending I was,” he told Oprah Winfrey in 2013. “I hurt a lot of people … I’m not looking to blame anybody. As the ABC 7 explained: “I was delighted by everything that happened — except you losing your job,” Letterman told O’Brien on The Late Show in a May 2012 interview, during which both TV hosts did a mock imitation of Leno.” If Letterman wanted to use a 20-year-old feud for laughs or simply remind his audience the feud existed, such comments seemed irrelevant. The following night Bill Cosby becomes the first person other than Letterman to host the “Late Show.” • Sept. 17, 2001: Letterman returns to the airwaves for the first time since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in a show that featured Dan Rather and Regis Philbin.

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