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« on: May 02, 2015, 06:10:46 PM »

In only 18 days, one of my comedy heroes, David Letterman, will be signing off the air. In my opinion, Letterman was part of what was perhaps the most inventive and creative comedy show in American television history. Here is in my opinion his landmark moment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECz945gq33s

Does Dave going off the air mean as much to anyone here? It seems like a real end of an era to me.
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2015, 06:50:47 PM »

I used to watch him all of the time.  Thought he was the one who should have replaced Carson.  I think I liked the show significantly better BEFORE the move over to CBS.   Then...as I got older...I didn't stay up as late.  I also thought that Dave lost the edge a touch and, was kind of 'mailing it in' a little bit.  I won't miss him as much because I seldom watch anymore...but HE was great...and innovative. 

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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2015, 07:00:09 PM »

I used to watch him all of the time.  Thought he was the one who should have replaced Carson.  I think I liked the show significantly better BEFORE the move over to CBS.   Then...as I got older...I didn't stay up as late.  I also thought that Dave lost the edge a touch and, was kind of 'mailing it in' a little bit.  I won't miss him as much because I seldom watch anymore...but HE was great...and innovative. 

AND...smaller was bigger.  [true of Paul's band as well.] Cool Guy

I agree - the early years were the best years. Well...I'd say 1985 to 1995 are pretty unparalleled. That takes us into the CBS years. He did curb his edge when he went higher in the time slot, absolutely. But those early shows at CBS, despite being less edgy, were crazily jam packed, with some pretty crazy stuff going on on a nightly basis. Like you suggest, though, it was on a bigger scale than the NBC years and this eventually worked against the show, especially when Letterman stopped doing the remote pieces, which I'm pretty much certain ended after his major heart surgery.
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2015, 06:18:59 AM »

Shake, as a big fan of Letter, do you think this video was ad-libbed on air or it went by scenario? Is David really irked by a guest?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8daN-y85Jw
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2015, 12:08:28 PM »

Shake, as a big fan of Letter, do you think this video was ad-libbed on air or it went by scenario? Is David really irked by a guest?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8daN-y85Jw

I'm afraid I haven't had time to re-watch that video in total, but I have seen it before and remember it fairly well. I'm sure most of that was ad-libbed -- Letterman's interviews weren't scripted. This is one of the ways that Letterman was unique - he was famous for not giving his guests a free pass and, consequently, he had numerous on-air feuds with guests. Here are a couple of notorious ones:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBr4NxujLvw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh2UVul29CM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltIXYmGovaQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPXMHZ4XEs0
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2015, 08:51:35 PM »

I loved David Letterman in the early years. Back then he was edgy and off the wall. Now, unfortunately, he just seems like a grumpy old man so I haven't watched his show in ages. I'll never forget his tribute to Johnny Carson when he died, though. It was pretty special.
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2015, 06:19:32 AM »

I used to watch him all of the time.  Thought he was the one who should have replaced Carson.  I think I liked the show significantly better BEFORE the move over to CBS.   Then...as I got older...I didn't stay up as late.  I also thought that Dave lost the edge a touch and, was kind of 'mailing it in' a little bit.  I won't miss him as much because I seldom watch anymore...but HE was great...and innovative. 

AND...smaller was bigger.  [true of Paul's band as well.] Cool Guy

I agree - the early years were the best years. Well...I'd say 1985 to 1995 are pretty unparalleled. That takes us into the CBS years. He did curb his edge when he went higher in the time slot, absolutely. But those early shows at CBS, despite being less edgy, were crazily jam packed, with some pretty crazy stuff going on on a nightly basis. Like you suggest, though, it was on a bigger scale than the NBC years and this eventually worked against the show, especially when Letterman stopped doing the remote pieces, which I'm pretty much certain ended after his major heart surgery.

It's funny you mention these years as the mid to late 1990s was when I started to check out on Letterman.  I used to be a big fan.  I may check out his last show at least.  Although, I'll still take Letterman on his worst day before Jimmy Fallon on his best day.

Although in the mid 2000s, I did used to tune in just to see "Great Moments in Presidential Speeches." 
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2015, 09:10:49 AM »

It's funny you mention these years as the mid to late 1990s was when I started to check out on Letterman.  I used to be a big fan.  I may check out his last show at least.  Although, I'll still take Letterman on his worst day before Jimmy Fallon on his best day.

Although in the mid 2000s, I did used to tune in just to see "Great Moments in Presidential Speeches." 

I definitely still liked Letterman a lot during the mid to late 90s - it's just that I found his peak (and, in my view, the best streak of anyone in late night comedy) to be 1985-1995. But I remember the late 90s fondly too. It was around that time where he replaced Larry Bud Mehlman with another older man who seemed even more bizarre. Not sure what ever happened to him - it's as if he never existed. I remember Letterman also did the no-commercial show around this time which was cool. If you can remember particular episodes, it would help re-jog my memory in terms of what happened when -- I was definitely watching virtually every episode around this time.
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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2015, 11:19:52 AM »

Unfortunately, even though I remember watching pretty regularly, it's difficult for me to recall any specific episodes.

I think that shows like his, unlike serial shows, don't stay in the memory bank as long since they're not rerun on a regular basis. 
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2015, 11:35:17 AM »

Unfortunately, even though I remember watching pretty regularly, it's difficult for me to recall any specific episodes.

I think that shows like his, unlike serial shows, don't stay in the memory bank as long since they're not rerun on a regular basis. 

You make a good point.

This is from 1999, but I feel like this sums up that particular era:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j95dC8DSnOA
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« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2015, 12:29:46 AM »

Count me as another Dave fan!
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« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2015, 08:43:42 AM »

I'm looking forward to Colbert
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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2015, 08:13:18 PM »

I'll miss Dave's sharp wit, and his often poignant comments about current events. He can give a serious interview as well as Charlie Rose - and I appreciate even more how great Dave is at it, since Dave's mainly known as a funnyman.

And as for funny - to this day, the way he looks at things, and the comments he can make - regarding just about anything - always gives me a good laugh, due to his most unique sense of humor, and delivery!

So I will miss that from Mr. Letterman, along with the aforementioned heart-filled things he has to say when serious topics are spoken of on his show.

Dave's the best TV broadcaster, for me. No one else comes close. But he's certainly earned his retirement; I've enjoyed his show so much over the years, and I hope he has a wonderful retirement!
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« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2015, 08:28:01 PM »

Although, I'll still take Letterman on his worst day before Jimmy Fallon on his best day.
I agree with this wholeheartedly. I don't dislike JF as a person, but as an interviewer, he is not good. I am being kind, here.

In contrast, Dave, as mentioned, can do wonderful interviews. It would be nice if Dave did some interviews here or there in the future, but if not, I respect his decision and thank him for all the years of great entertainment!  Afro
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« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2015, 04:04:03 PM »

Jimmy's NOT doing a LIVE show Wednesday niight out of respect for Dave.  Gonna 'tape' the last 3 shows...as I'll be sleeping but I don't wanna miss 'em.  My best late night talk guy ever.  I was too young to really appreciate Johnny all the way...and Ed was a fuckin' log.
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« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2015, 06:48:46 AM »

It's funny you mention these years as the mid to late 1990s was when I started to check out on Letterman.  I used to be a big fan.  I may check out his last show at least.  Although, I'll still take Letterman on his worst day before Jimmy Fallon on his best day.

Although in the mid 2000s, I did used to tune in just to see "Great Moments in Presidential Speeches." 

I definitely still liked Letterman a lot during the mid to late 90s - it's just that I found his peak (and, in my view, the best streak of anyone in late night comedy) to be 1985-1995. But I remember the late 90s fondly too. It was around that time where he replaced Larry Bud Mehlman with another older man who seemed even more bizarre. Not sure what ever happened to him - it's as if he never existed.

That would be Leonard Tepper.  He passed away back in the late 90's.  Very funny during his short run. 
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« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2015, 07:40:05 AM »

It's funny you mention these years as the mid to late 1990s was when I started to check out on Letterman.  I used to be a big fan.  I may check out his last show at least.  Although, I'll still take Letterman on his worst day before Jimmy Fallon on his best day.

Although in the mid 2000s, I did used to tune in just to see "Great Moments in Presidential Speeches." 

I definitely still liked Letterman a lot during the mid to late 90s - it's just that I found his peak (and, in my view, the best streak of anyone in late night comedy) to be 1985-1995. But I remember the late 90s fondly too. It was around that time where he replaced Larry Bud Mehlman with another older man who seemed even more bizarre. Not sure what ever happened to him - it's as if he never existed.

That would be Leonard Tepper.  He passed away back in the late 90's.  Very funny during his short run. 

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« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2015, 09:42:30 PM »

Letterman was an early hero of mine too.  Man, was he good!  But he lost something.

The Late Night TV format got lame -- as does anything that becomes influential, since "certain types" of people (without talent or the ability to persuade) infiltrate these institutions to spread their  hackneyed ideologies.  As a result, just like the Evening News and the Sitcom -- the format up n' died, and with it, its big gun -- David Letterman.  A true innovator, gone.

His great early years were edgy and humorous -- and that's how I choose to remember him.


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« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2015, 07:46:26 AM »

I DVRed the final show, and watched it yesterday evening. 

I enjoyed some of the retro bits that reminded me of why I used to like Letterman so much at one time.  The bit from 1996 of him working the Taco Bell drive thru was hilarious.  But, unfortunately, there were a lot of jokes that seemed stale that reminded me of why I stopped watching him. 

The good byes at the end were pretty touching.  Although my DVR cut the show off just as The Foo Fighters started. 

David Letterman is the last of the classic era of late night talk, which is why I decided to tune in one more time.  Stephen Colbert is OK, but I think what he does is more schtick, and doesn't feel as genuine as Dave did.  I will never understand the appeal of Jimmy Fallon.  He must have incriminating pictures of somebody at NBC.  But the Gen-Y people seem to dig him. 
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« Reply #19 on: May 22, 2015, 08:14:50 AM »

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« Reply #20 on: May 22, 2015, 04:38:58 PM »

The thing I've always really liked about David Letterman and where I think guys like Kimmel, Fallon, and Corden pale in comparison is that Dave never really cared about celebrity culture and building his show around it. He was more interested in real people. Only Dave would have given so much air time to guys like Rupert Jee and Biff Henderson (and I'm so glad he did) and anytime he did have big celebrities, he never sucked up to them for his audience's approval and said exactly what he thought of them. And that's what made Dave worth watching. He seemed like a regular guy who found his job absolutely ridiculous and wanted us to know that while still looking like he was loving every minute of it.
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