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I was planning on putting up a post today in honor of Dave’s 70th birthday and then lo and behold, I read on the internet this morning that Dave’s mom, Dorothy, has passed away at the age of 95. My first thought after sadness for her passing and sympathy for Dave and his family is the […]

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Our Don Rickles set for today comes from a 2009 appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” They were an unlikely duo but the fact is, Letterman loved Don Rickles and the admiration seemed to be mutual. Letterman, as much as his early TV work was a type of deconstruction of the talk show model, actually […]

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On Monday, April 11, 2016, the Dodgers renamed the street in front of Dodger Stadium, Vin Scully Avenue, after the longest active member of the Dodger team. Then yesterday, on the 55th Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, and Scully’s last as “the voice of Dodger baseball,” the team held another very special ceremony at Chavez Ravine. Scully, […]

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Tom Dreesen might be the greatest comedian you’ve never heard of. If you’re old enough, like I am, you may remember him from his many appearances on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” and both of David Letterman’s late night endeavors, “Late Night with David Letterman” and “The Late Show.” He is what I like […]

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I am not a huge fan of Joe Pesci. I don’t dislike him but, as a movie fan, his type of role and films, as a rule, aren’t my cup of tea. I loved David Letterman but even I admitted that near the end of his run, he’d become bored and disinterested with most of his […]

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You know, within the last year I’ve had to see three TV hosts to whom I had a strong loyalty, walk away from their respective jobs: Stephen Colbert, Craig Ferguson, David Letterman. Now, I have to go through it all again with Jon Stewart. However, Stewart is a little different for me than the rest. […]

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Well, the deed is done. Dave is gone. But the situation may be more serious than just losing Dave. I watched David Letterman’s final “Late Show” last night with at least 12 million other people and like Dave, I got emotional but never cracked. It’s almost too sad and scary to just shed tears over. […]

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We showed and discussed Norm Macdonald’s emotional farewell to David Letterman last Friday night in a post yesterday but here’s a clip from Norm’s second-to-last appearance with Dave where he makes an important announcement and/or observation. Norm hit it right on the mark for me when he told Dave, “You are my Johnny Carson . […]

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I’m having trouble thinking of anything other than David Letterman’s departure from Late Night TV which is now less than 48 hours away. The last couple of weeks, the powerful and the popular, have all been coming through the doors of the Ed Sullivan to sing his praises despite everyone making mention of how much […]

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It’s really getting tough to watch “The Late Show with David Letterman” if you’re a long-time fan of the program as I am. I’m starting to get the feeling of dread that I had in May of 1992 when Johnny Carson retired from “The Tonight Show.” It’s not quite as bad because I have more […]

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