David Letterman took one last run across the stage on May 20 on his last night as the host of ‘The Late Show.’ But naturally, he wasn’t alone for the finale.
It was tough to hear anything David Letterman was saying on Wednesday night’s episode over the applause and name chanting. But after 33 years and 6,028 episodes, Jim Carrey, Tina Fey, Peyton Manning and many more all arrived at the Ed Sullivan Theater to pay tribute to the comedian on his last night as the host, before Stephen Colbert takes over in September. If you missed it, I’m here to fill you in — and yes, I covered the last Top 10.
David Letterman’s Last ‘Late Show’
“When I screw up and Lord knows, I’ll be screwing up, I’ll have to go on someone else’s show to apologize.” That was just one of many many jokes of David’s opening monologue — but what we were really waiting for was the Top 10.
Top 10 Things I’ve Always Wanted To Say To Dave, read by 10 frequent Late Show guests and good friends of the show:
10. Alec Baldwin: “Of all the talk shows, yours is most geographically convenient to my home.”
9. Barbara Walters: “Did you know that you wear the same cologne as Muammar Gaddafi?”
8. Steve Martin: “Your extensive plastic surgery was a necessity and a mistake.”
7. Jerry Seinfeld: “I have no idea what I’ll do when you go off the air. You know I just thought of something . . . I’ll be fine.”
6. Jim Carrey (with a “Spank You” shirt on): “Honestly, Dave, I’ve always found you to be a bit of an over-actor.”
5. Chris Rock: “I’m just glad your show is being given to another white guy.”
4. Julia Louis Dreyfus: “Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale.” (Yes, with Jerry standing right there!)
3. Peyton Manning: “You are to comedy what I am to comedy.”
2. Tina Fey: “Thanks for finally proving men can be funny.”
1. Bill Murray: “I’ll never have the money I owe you.”
Thank You & Goodnight
Most of the rest of the show was filled with memories — iconic kid moments, that amazing Taco Bell skit, behind the scenes moments (like how early Dave wakes up!), and a lot of thank you’s. Dave thanked his wife and son, Harry, who were proudly sitting in the audience! “Seriously just thank you both for being my family. I love you both, and really, nothing else matters, does it?”
The show closed out with The Foo Fighters, and we found out that it was because after Dave had bypass surgery, the band was the first to come on the show (15 years ago), and perform a song that meant a lot to Dave. Oh and they left their tour in South America to do it. So for Dave’s last show, they performed “Everlong” (you may know it as Chandler/Monica’s wedding song).
Dave did say he wanted the fans to save a little praise for his funeral. Well for now, we’ll keep praising you, Dave. What did you think of the final show, HollywoodLifers?
— Emily Longeretta