Friday, May 22, 2015

Goodbye David Letterman

Photo from: Martin M.C. Edwards Pinterest account

The King of talk shows, David Letterman wrapped up his final show in New York today at the show's usual home of the Ed Sullivan Theater. For those of us playing at home in Australia we saw the big finale of The Late Show tonight. Letterman has been making audiences around the world laugh since his days hosting, Late Night with David Letterman, which debuted on NBC in 1982. The Late Show with David Letterman aired on CBS in 1993 and the rest they say is history, because Letterman went on to become one of the most respected and funny comedic talk show hosts of all-time. (He's certainly one of my favourite comedians). 

David Letterman has interviewed some of the most famous people in the world,including US President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, Janet Jackson and Madonna. They are on the long list of Letterman's celebrity encounters over the years. I have been watching a lot of David Letterman clips on Youtube lately, in the lead up to the final show and I think one of my favourite, and most funny celebrity interviews that Letterman did was with Marilyn Manson in 1998. Letterman asked Manson about his parents and laughed hysterically when he found out that Manson's parents had such normal names as Barbara and Hugh.

Letterman has had some very popular segments on his show, including his antics with Hello Deli owner, Rupert Jee, his Summer jobs at Taco Bell and McDonalds and of course his famous top ten lists. We also cannot forget about The Late Show with David Letterman's musical director and David Letterman's sidekick Paul Shaffer. Shaffer has been an integral part of Letterman's show since those early days at NBC. 

After watching David Letterman on television for so many years I realised he is a very modest man, so if he were reading this blog entry he might think it unnecessary for me to say this, but I will anyway. David Letterman has left a huge legacy in comedy and his influences are seen on many other talk shows around the world from Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and if you watch back episodes of Rove, you will see Letterman's influences on our very own, Rove Mcmanus (I often used to refer to Rove as the Aussie version of Letterman).

David Letterman, I have enjoyed watching you entertain audiences worldwide for many years. You have made me laugh and cheered me up on many occasions. You will be dearly missed on television Mr Letterman, because now more than ever the world could always do with a bit more laughter. I'll leave you all with a special video of a few funny David Letterman moments and celebrity appearances from over the years.

Do you guys have any favourite David Letterman moments or celebrity guests? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comment box below!


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