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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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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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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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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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Okay gang, the news is out for who Dave’s guests will be for this week’s shows and I guess I have to say I’m just a little disappointed. I’d predicted and/or hoped that Dave’s last guest would either be odds-on-favorite Bill Murray or dark horse Julia Roberts. Most people were guessing Bill Murray because Murray […]

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Well, we marked the centennials of both Alice Faye and Orson Welles this week so I thought we’d include them in our weekly Friday musicale. I threw in Nathan Lane’s “farewell song” to David Letterman as well. Yesterday we showed Martin Short’s so I thought it was only fair to include Nathan Lane’s! Happy Weekend! […]

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The parade of David Letterman’s favorite guests, friends and stars coming to pay their respects and say good-bye to Dave continues on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Last night it was long time Letterman favorite, Martin Short. I can say without fear of exaggeration that Martin Short is one of the best Letterman Show […]

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I’ve been losing sleep this week as I stay up to watch David Letterman in his waning days as host of “The Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS. If you’ve been living under a rock, Dave announced his retirement last year and his final show will be May 20, 2015. I had actually posted […]

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