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A Letterman Superfan Broke Down the 'Late Show' Finale Highlight Reel Frame by Frame

At the end of Wednesday night's Late Show with David Letterman finale, the Foo Fighters closed out the show while a long photo and clip montage played featuring tons of memories from throughout Letterman's legendary run, most of which only appeared on the screen for a split second. Thankfully, one diehard Letterman fan decided to not only break down every single frame (537 total) used in the montage but contextualize every moment by the year or celebrity guest. It's a fascinating dive into just some of Letterman's best late night contributions from his 30+ year career, and it should at least be a good distraction while we're [...]

Bill Murray Jumped Out of a Cake for His Final Letterman Appearance

Bill Murray made his final appearance on Letterman last night, jumping out of a cake and then covering Dave in frosting before busting out the booze and taking a look back at his many, many appearances on the show. It's kind of hard to believe that this is the last time we'll be seeing these two old friends together on late night.

Norm Macdonald's Final Letterman Appearance Was Perfect

On Friday night, Norm Macdonald appeared on the Late Show for the final time. Already one of the greatest talk show guests of all time, this appearance pretty much sealed it — he did a perfectly Norm standup set before a touching tribute and goodbye to Dave.

'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Will Air a Repeat Episode the Night of Letterman's Final Show

Jimmy Kimmel is a classy guy, and he just made a very classy move out of respect for David Letterman. According to The New York Times, Kimmel has decided not to air a new episode of his ABC late night show on Thursday May 20th, the night David Letterman makes his Late Show farewell over on CBS. "I have too much respect for Dave to do anything that would distract viewers from watching his final show," Kimmel said on the news. "Plus, I'll probably be crying all day, which makes it hard to work." Elsewhere in late night, Comedy Central's The Daily Show and The Nightly Show [...]

CBS Never Consulted with David Letterman About His 'Late Show' Successor

David Letterman's final episode as host of Late Show is just a few weeks away, and to celebrate his long late night reign, The New York Times sat down with him for an interview about how his late night show developed over the years, why he never joined Twitter, what it felt like to be "surrounded by the Jimmys" after Jay Leno left The Tonight Show last year, and more. One of the most revealing parts of the interview came when Letterman was asked about his successor Stephen Colbert and whether or not he had a say in CBS's decision to hire him:

Did you [...]

Conan O'Brien and James Corden Pay Tribute to David Letterman

While they both aired new episodes last night, late night hosts Conan O'Brien and James Corden dedicated moments of their shows to David Letterman, who made his Late Show farewell after 33 years as a television host. O'Brien devoted a portion of his monologue to Dave's influence on his own comedy career and even interrupted his interview with Patton Oswalt at 11:35pm to urge viewers to switch over to CBS, while Corden dedicated several moments to Letterman during The Late Late Show, including a musical opening with Sting, Letterman-style Top Ten list, and special watermelon sign-off.

David Letterman Has His Staff Help Him Out with One of His Last Top 10s Ever

On last night's Late Show, Dave had 10 of his staffers help him out with one of his very last Top 10 Lists, with them running down the things they'll miss about their jobs. It was a bittersweet list, as many of the folks on staff have been working with Dave for decades, with an unclear future before them.

When Letterman Took 'Late Night' to Tokyo, Sort of

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

This is that last edition of From the Archives that will be published during a time that David Letterman is on TV. That’s really weird [...]

Steve Martin Visits David Letterman at 'Late Show' One Last Time

Here's a clip from Steve Martin's final Late Show visit on Friday, where he and Dave talk about his upcoming retirement as well as a new musical Martin's currently waiting to bring to Broadway. Martin also presented Letterman with some retirement gifts before his last show on May 20th, which you can watch below:

Jerry Seinfeld Shows David Letterman What It's Like to Be a 'Late Show' Guest

Here's a clip from Jerry Seinfeld's visit to Friday's Late Show, in which he and Letterman swap interviewer/guest roles so Dave can finally see what it's like to be a Late Show guest before Seinfeld grills him about his decision to leave the show: "This whole 'quitting' idea is the stupidest thing I ever heard." Watch part 2 of the interview below:

Seth Meyers Recreated Letterman's 'Late Night' Opening as a Tribute

With Letterman's last show happening tonight, the tributes are rolling in for the late night legend. Last night, Seth Meyers and his team showed their tribute: a faithful, shot-for-shot recreation of Letterman's original opening titles for his Late Night from way back in 1982. Check out their version above and the original below:

Watch Jim Gaffigan's Tribute to David Letterman

It's hard to believe it's Letterman's last week on the air. But the silver lining to that very dark cloud is that we're getting a bunch of tributes to the man himself, including this touching one by Jim Gaffigan, which aired yesterday on CBS Sunday Morning.

Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, and Eddie Vedder to Be Among David Letterman's Final Guests

CBS has announced the lineup for David Letterman's last week of shows, and it's going to feature some of his old friends, including his very first late night guest and one of his very favorites, Bill Murray. On Monday, Tom Hanks will make his 60th appearance on a Letterman-hosted show, after first appearing on NBC's Late Night in 1984. He'll be joined by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, who will perform, backed by Paul Shaffer.

On Tuesday, Letterman's first Late Night guest Bill Murray will make his 44th appearance on a Letterman-hosted show.

CBS did not list any guests for Letterman's final show on Wednesday, but describes it as "an [...]

Read Conan O'Brien's Love Letter to David Letterman's Late Night Legacy

David Letterman leaves his post at Late Show later this month, and today, fellow late night host Conan O'Brien wrote a touching tribute to him for Entertainment Weekly detailing how Letterman's work on The David Letterman Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and Late Show changed the late night game and ultimately inspired O'Brien to get into comedy. Here's an excerpt:

Dave’s show was that rare phenomenon: a big, fat show business hit that seemingly despised show business. Dave didn’t belong, and he had no interest in belonging. He amused himself, skewered clueless celebrity guests, and did strange, ironic comedic bits that no one had seen on television [...]