i have to admit that as much as i dislike the show, i am watching the final few episodes much as i did Carson, and Leno. I don;t respect DLs political leanings and never found him funny - but he obviously had it together for a long time and i think i can learn from anyone. Bill Murray tonight ... could be fun. i liked his bits with Clooney - Tom Hanks, not much.
Love Letterman. Only 2nd to Johnny. Jay Leno is a hack.
Late night all together has become a joke. These guys go nuts competing and at the end of the day nobody is really watching anyway. Any bits or performances worth watching can be seen via the web the next morning.
Letterman had some funny stuff and some great musical guests in the day, IMO. I lost interest when he started wearing his politics on his sleeve. He stayed on about 10 years too long. I just don't get Jimmy Fallon and can't watch his show.
Here is one of my very very favorite moments on his old show, actually two of them, ok three. The first is Tom Terrific telling the story of a kid that got suspended from school for bringing in one of his records. And he says he wrote the teacher "and did what I could" and the way he says it just cracks me up every time. The other is the song itself, it's just a beautiful song if you like Waits and his style. It's dedicated "to all the little boys that have run away from home" and it will almost always bring me to tears, I'm a softy, just a relentless softy. Hope you like both moments....
Tom Waits "On The Nickel"
One of my other favorite performances from his old show is Mandy Patinkin performing Over The Rainbow, not sure why but I just fell in love with it when I saw live back in the day and I never forgot it. I think it's the pure emotion that he puts in it, it's so earnest and exposed, at least for me it is.
I'll miss him a lot. With Dave and Craig Ferguson gone, no reason for me to watch unless there's a really special guest I want to see. And even then, not Jimmy Fallon. Not ever. That guy gives me the creeps.
They make a big deal out of Ole Dave around here. He went to College here & donates some money to the University. I really don't get it myself. Never much cared to watch his (not so funny to me) show...............
To me, Letterman was the heir to the throne that Johnny Carson sat upon. Letterman may have been a bit goofy, but he has class, and will remain one of the greats. I don't watch late night TV anymore, as I'm old and need my beauty rest (more than any of you will ever know), but Fallon and Kimmel don't do it for me. What little I've seen of Conan is good, and I think he will be the next heir to the throne. Having said that, Kimmel not competing with Dave on his last night, and his nod to Dave being the reason he is on late night TV, shows he does have some class, and I applaud him for doing it.
Buh-bye. Letterman has become a grumpy and rather mean-spirited old codger, who too plainly doesn't like most of his guests or respect his audience. Frankly, he hasn't really been funny since he moved to CBS.