05:38 PM EDT 09/30/2014
Originally posted 04/05/2014 10:00AM
Over more than 30 years on the air, David Letterman went from the class clown of late night to one of its most respected icons.
In the '80s, Letterman's Midwestern snark and ironic sensibilities were considered groundbreaking in the comparatively staid world of Johnny Carson and Tom Snyder; now they've provided the groundwork for many of today's mainstream comedy trends. (Check out Letterman's 9 Most Unforgettable Late Show Moments.)
As Letterman prepares to step away from the desk for good in 2015, here's a look back at the 10 (could it have been any other number?) best things Letterman gave us:
Originally posted 04/04/2014 11:20AM
Sure, he's irreplaceable. But someone will have to step into the 11:35 p.m. time slot on CBS when David Letterman retires next year after a record 33-year run in late night.
Originally posted 04/04/2014 08:50AM
Originally posted 04/04/2014 06:30AM
Late Show with David Letterman began its run as a consolation prize; it was no secret that the gig Letterman really wanted was The Tonight Show over at NBC. But over more than two decades on the air, the show transformed its host from a cult hero to a TV institution.
Originally posted 04/03/2014 05:30PM
And the No. 1 reason late-night will feel a lot more lonely ...
David Letterman, 66, announced Thursday that he is retiring after more than three decades of making people laugh after their bedtimes.
The funnyman, who began in 1982 on Late Night with David Letterman on NBC before moving to the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS, told the audience at Thursday's taping that he will leave next year.
He said he broke the news earlier to CBS CEO Leslie Moonves. "I said, 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring.'"
Originally posted 04/03/2014 09:45AM
Originally posted 04/02/2014 09:00AM
If Kristin Chenoweth never wanted to do The Late Show again, we'd understand.
The Broadway star was a guest on David Letterman's show Tuesday, and discussed an accident that occurred in 2012: A piece of lighting equipment fell on her on the set of The Good Wife, requiring an overnight hospital stay.
That's when Letterman pulled an April Fools' prank.
Originally posted 03/31/2014 12:00PM
On March 31, 1994, Madonna was a guest on the Late Show With David Letterman. What should have been a seemingly innocuous interview has become a piece of talk-show history.
Madge's language and behavior – including 14 F-bombs and her refusal to leave the stage – caused waves of controversy. Her profanity made the show the most-censored network talk show episode in history, but it was also one of the highest-rated of Letterman's career.
Originally posted 03/27/2014 07:00AM
Someone hasn't done his homework.
Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, who plays fan favorite Tyrion Lannister, visited The Late Show Wednesday, and confessed a shameful secret to David Letterman: He hasn't read the books the HBO series is based on.
Originally posted 03/24/2014 11:15PM
SPOILER ALERT: The text below reveals major plot points to the Sunday, March 23, episode of The Good Wife.
"What the hell happened?!" exclaimed David Letterman, kicking off his Monday interview with Josh Charles with a question many Good Wife fans would like the answer to, as well.
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