May 24, 2015

The last of Letterman

Ace sums up my feelings pretty much.

Letterman was at his best in the mid-late 80s (thankfully, my college years) when he was following Carson at 12:30. His bits were so stupid, so outlandish, and so silly that they were gut-bustingly funny.

Who else would have a camera follow a line of people for over a minute, moving towards the front of the line ... only to discover that folks were waiting to pay $5 to have their picture taken with Will Lee, the bass player in Paul Shaffer's band??

And remember the Late Night Bookmobile? How to Play Guitar in Your Bare Feet by then-band guitarist Hiram Bullock and You Too Can Do Haiku by Lee Majors (complete with Six Million Dollar Man glamor photo) had me laughing so hard I almost lost consciousness.

But once Dave got the CBS 11:30 gig, he got boring and let his politics show (liberal, natch). Rival Jay Leno's "Headlines" and "Jay Walking" were much funnier, and Leno was middle-of-the-road with his politics.

Posted by Hube at May 24, 2015 08:11 AM | TrackBack

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I never thought he was very funny, to be honest. Then again, I wasn't around during his "Late Night" days.

Posted by: Carl at May 25, 2015 07:53 PM

THe velcro suit was one of the funniest things i ever saw.

Posted by: Arthur at May 27, 2015 01:55 PM

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