I stayed up to watch David Letterman’s final show and I am now paying the price for it in lost slumber.
But, as I wrote the other day, I did it for my hometown boy Paul Shaffer. When am I ever going to see someone from Thunder Bay on TV again? Well, I suppose I could watch the NHL playoffs. Marc Staal has a good chance of going back to the Stanley Cup Finals with the New York Rangers.
It was the first time I’d seen the show in a couple of years and clearly I haven’t missed much. Dave had already left the building and was going through the motions. The only time I laughed at anything he said was during the flashbacks to his interaction with kids and the Taco Bell skit from almost 20 years ago.
It is amazing to consider that Letterman was on the air longer than Johnny Carson. As with Letterman, Carson’s humor got stale and hung around longer than he should have. But Carson’s send off was better and, ultimately, I think his humor is far more enduring although it is no secret that Carson preferred Letterman over Leno.
Although Letterman has been more annoying in recent years, there was a time he made me laugh. I cannot say the same for Letterman’s successor, Stephen Colbert or, for that matter, Jon Stewart.
I’ll leave you with a part of an interview Letterman did in his first year on the air in 1982 with Pete Best, the original drummer for The Beatles.
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