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Old 02-01-22, 11:07 PM
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Re: Dave Letterman announces he will retire (Last show 5/20/15) / Colbert signed as host

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Dave will be stopping by Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Late Night".
Thank you. I had forgotten this was tonight. Was recording it anyway.
Old 02-02-22, 12:23 AM
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Re: Dave Letterman announces he will retire (Last show 5/20/15) / Colbert signed as host

https://www.youtube.com/c/Letterman/playlists

New youtube channel with archive of Letterman clips including 80s clips
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Man, I saw a photo of Dave on a news website yesterday (because of the Late Night anniversary) and my first thought was "Fuck, please don't be dead, please don't be dead!" and was so relieved when I read the story. This made me realize that when it finally does happen, it will hit me very hard, Dave has been a hero of mine since I started watching Late Night while in high school.

Originally Posted by Count Dooku View Post
https://www.youtube.com/c/Letterman/playlists

New youtube channel with archive of Letterman clips including 80s clips
Very cool! I've been watching old clips on Don Giller's Youtube channel for years now (tons of Letterman stuff on there), so it's nice to have an additional source of Dave's old stuff.
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Re: Dave Letterman announces he will retire (Last show 5/20/15) / Colbert signed as host

What I'd give to see a 24 hour channel dedicated to nothing but full uncut episodes of NBC's Late Night with David Letterman. That show was truly something special.

It's hard to remember my first viewing of Letterman as a kid (I was fan from a young age) but it was probably my brother who told me about it. I do remember seeing his name in my TV listings and for whatever reason being intrigued by it.

When my parents got our first VCR in the mid 80's I soon figured out how to program it to record Late Night. Of course it was a little noisy turning on and shutting off and made more complicated with signal sourced from a rooftop antenna. I just wish I'd kept some of those tapes but as a kid I was lucky to have a few to use. I remember loving all the gimmicks like the 360 degree rotating show or the one from the back of a flatbed, the sped up show, the time he was at home commenting on a repeat with Bob Hope, the Regulator Guy with Chris Elliot, so many inventive hilarious shows that sadly haven't been equaled in late night since.
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Re: Dave Letterman announces he will retire (Last show 5/20/15) / Colbert signed as host

Originally Posted by philo View Post
What I'd give to see a 24 hour channel dedicated to nothing but full uncut episodes of NBC's Late Night with David Letterman. That show was truly something special.
These days there are Twitch channels that run older content. Instead of showing game streams, there are people that run nonstop Iron Chef episodes, 90s MTV with commercials, etc. No Letterman that I know of though.
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Re: Dave Letterman announces he will retire (Last show 5/20/15) / Colbert signed as host

Originally Posted by Count Dooku View Post
https://www.youtube.com/c/Letterman/playlists

New youtube channel with archive of Letterman clips including 80s clips
Awhile ago I found the episode that I attended in March 2001... Cokie Roberts with musical guest, Uncle Kracker. It was a blast. Can't find it now.
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Re: Dave Letterman announces he will retire (Last show 5/20/15) / Colbert signed as host

I’d love to see some of those daytime episodes he did for 6 weeks.
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Re: Dave Letterman announces he will retire (Last show 5/20/15) / Colbert signed as host

Originally Posted by whotony View Post
I’d love to see some of those daytime episodes he did for 6 weeks.
daytime was when I first discovered him. Changed my life
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I never saw it.
Depending on when it was on I was either still in high school that time of day or was down the shore for the summer.
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Re: Dave Letterman announces he will retire (Last show 5/20/15) / Colbert signed as host

Originally Posted by whotony View Post
I never saw it.
Depending on when it was on I was either still in high school that time of day or was down the shore for the summer.
It was def on in the summer, I just stumbled across it one morning while wasting my youth.
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Re: Dave Letterman announces he will retire (Last show 5/20/15) / Colbert signed as host

Is it possible Peacock could carry all of the original Late Night with Letterman shows?
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NBC probably owns it but I wonder if they would put it up without Letterman’s approval even if they don’t need it.
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Originally Posted by Kurt D View Post
It was def on in the summer, I just stumbled across it one morning while wasting my youth.
Funny that last night Dave said the morning show lasted 6 weeks or maybe two months, but it was on for four months. Despite the show's failure in the ratings, I would think he would have vivid and fond memories of his first show.
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Is it possible Peacock could carry all of the original Late Night with Letterman shows?
In November 1993, E! Entertainment Television purchased syndication rights to Late Night with David Letterman.[15] The network aired complete shows from various years five days per week from 1993 until 1996. Then, Trio: Popular Arts Television (owned by NBC/Vivendi Universal Entertainment) picked up reruns and showed them from 2002 until the channel went off the air in 2005.
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Originally Posted by Count Dooku View Post
Funny that last night Dave said the morning show lasted 6 weeks or maybe two months, but it was on for four months. Despite the show's failure in the ratings, I would think he would have vivid and fond memories of his first show.
If I may ramble like an old man for a bit, IIRC Letterman's morning show was on during the same era Bert Convey was hosting Super Password. They both had a 'fuck it' seat of the pants attitude. I remember they had a person physically changing letters behind the Password backdrop, and sometimes he would screw up, and pop up from behind the backdrop, and Convey would make fun of him and the low-rent failings of the show. Good times. That was before irony was institutionalized. Now I'm going to find a cloud to yell at.
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Re: Dave Letterman announces he will retire (Last show 5/20/15) / Colbert signed as host

Originally Posted by whotony View Post
I’d love to see some of those daytime episodes he did for 6 weeks.
I've seen one or two small clips on Don Giller's Letterman channel on YouTube but that's it. Some more of those must exist out there, I'd love to see more myself.
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Re: Dave Letterman announces he will retire (Last show 5/20/15) / Colbert signed as host

Thought this was a fun video from last week. Jimmi Simpson remembers his recurring bit as Lyle the Intern.

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it is sad Colbert is the ratings king.

I thought you had to be funny to host a late night talk show?
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it is sad Colbert is the ratings king.

I thought you had to be funny to host a late night talk show?
You just sound sad, dude.
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By the time Lyle started showing up on Letterman, I was many years past being a regular watcher, but this comedy bit just shows what was wrong with Dave's show. They would latch on to something that weird thing that amused Dave, and then beat it to death.

Off-putting can equal funny, but off-putting does not automatically equal funny.

I am old enough to have loved Dave in the 80s when his show was regular must-see TV, and he was always better than Leno, but Dave and his show got old and tired in his last decade on TV. He was always so proud of having looong time staff and writers around, but at some point that just means everybody has old ideas and wants to do the same things over and over.
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Everybody blasts Fallon but I would rather watch his show over Colbert any day.
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No way in hell.
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Originally Posted by Count Dooku View Post
By the time Lyle started showing up on Letterman, I was many years past being a regular watcher, but this comedy bit just shows what was wrong with Dave's show. They would latch on to something that weird thing that amused Dave, and then beat it to death.

Off-putting can equal funny, but off-putting does not automatically equal funny.

I am old enough to have loved Dave in the 80s when his show was regular must-see TV, and he was always better than Leno, but Dave and his show got old and tired in his last decade on TV. He was always so proud of having looong time staff and writers around, but at some point that just means everybody has old ideas and wants to do the same things over and over.
I watched Dave since around 1984 and his show was magical back then (those late nights were rough for me on school nights, but worth the lack of sleep!). But yeah, as the Late Show progressed, he lost a lot of the magic he had in the earlier days, and I stopped being a regular watcher near the end.
I just finished this book and it's a fascinating look at the ups and downs of his shows, from the morning show all the way to the last days of the Late Show. Highly recommended to Letterman fans (although it did tarnish my image of my hero a little bit):



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Everybody blasts Fallon but I would rather watch his show over Colbert any day.
I've never thought that Fallon was very funny, since back to his days on SNL. I find him very bland. I'll watch Colbert once in awhile, but for me it's usually Kimmel and then Seth after that.
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Never cared much for Fallon--his interviews are horrible--and especially not Corden--never found him funny. Kimmel and Myers are okay, but I rarely take the time to watch them. I still DVR Colbert's show every night and will sometimes watch the next day, sometimes just delete.

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