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Spike TV to Air a Tribute to Don Rickles, Featuring Letterman, Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, and More

Spike TV announced today that they're making a big star-studded tribute special to Don Rickles that will air on the cable network next month. Called One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles, the 90-minute special will be shot at NYC's Apollo Theater on May 6th and air on Spike on Wednesday, May 29th, at 9pm. David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Kimmel, John Stamos, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Ray Romano, and Brad Garrett are all set to perform and pay tribute to Rickles at the event, with not a single female on the bill for some reason. Spike [...]

David Letterman Gives Stephen Colbert His 'Late Show' Blessing

"Stephen has always been a real friend to me. I'm very excited for him, and I'm flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses."

- David Letterman gives his Late Show successor Stephen Colbert his blessing in a statement.

The Episode Where David Letterman Rotated the Screen 360°

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.)

Yesterday it was announced that very soon we would be coming to the end of an era. Next year, David Letterman will retire [...]

David Letterman Announced He's Retiring in 2015

David Letterman announced his retirement from late night today at the taping of tonight's episode of The Late Show, saying that he's stepping down from his post sometime next year, which is when his contract expires. REM's Mike Mills, who's on the show tonight, first tweeted the news, and CNN's Brian Stelter confirmed it.

Here's the video of his announcement:

Seth Meyers on Taking Over 'Late Night' vs. Taking Over "Weekend Update"

"[David Letterman's suggested title is] a great title, The Tomorrow Show, but I would never … it would seem so pretentious to change the name of a legacy show. But, yeah, I feel a great deal of pressure. When you do something like Weekend Update you think, 'Oh, my god, so few people have done this job.' But it’s still four or five times as many who have done this job. You don’t want to be the guy who screws it up. I’m such a fan of the three people who have done it before me."

- Seth Meyers in an interview with The LA Times about David Letterman's suggestion [...]

This Week in Comedy: Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman

In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-CBS quickly announced that Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman as host of Late Show in 2015. Now that The Colbert Report is set to end in December, we looked at Comedy Central's options for the soon-to-be open 11:30 time slot.

-Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are going to star as sisters in SNL writer Paula Pell's upcoming feature The [...]

CBS Announces Stephen Colbert Will Take Over for Letterman

CBS announced today that Stephen Colbert, longtime host of The Colbert Report, will take over for David Letterman as host of the network's 11:35pm program Late Show in 2015. Letterman announced last week that he will be retiring sometime next year though a transition date has not yet been set. Colbert will become Late Show's second host; Letterman originated the series in 1993. Colbert has signed a five-year agreement to host the show for CBS. "I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me," Colbert said in a statement. "Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."

Stephen Colbert's contract with Comedy Central [...]

The Comedy Community Reacts to Letterman's Retirement Announcement

After news broke of David Letterman's retirement yesterday, the internet exploded with reactions from his fellow late night hosts, those who know him personally, and the countless others who credit him as one of their earliest comedy influences. With that, here's a collection of some of the many praises and displays of gratitude offered up by the standups, late night hosts, and even presidents in honor of all the unforgettable entertainment Letterman's provided us over the years.

Revisiting the 'Late Night' Debuts of Letterman, Conan, and Fallon

Tonight sees the premiere of the fourth iteration of NBC’s Late Night franchise, with Seth Meyers taking over the position previously held by David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Jimmy Fallon. In honor of Meyers’s debut, we decided to look back at those of his three predecessors. Each host’s first night came with some of the same: characters, bits, and segments that would return in the future, and ones that failed, often due to nerves. Although it’s unfair to judge a host based on their first show alone, it’s interesting to look back at how each era of the show started.

The Best of Chris Elliott on Letterman

Chris Elliott was an important part of David Letterman's Late Night ever since it began. While working as an NBC page, Elliott met and impressed Letterman, who hired him onto the show as part of its original writing staff in 1982. Elliott wrote for Late Night alongside other influential comedy scribes like Jim Downey, Merrill Markoe, Andy Breckman, and George Meyer, and he quickly started appearing on camera, making his acting debut on the show just a couple of weeks into Late Night's run.

Elliott soon became a beloved part of the show, often playing himself or a bevy of snotty recurring characters like The Guy Under the Seats, Marv [...]

Comedy Central's Four Main Choices for the 11:30 Timeslot

Today's big news that Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman as host of CBS's Late Show in 2015 is causing the usual domino effect that a late night host jumping shows usually does, but the line of succession for Colbert's soon-to-be-vacated slot at Comedy Central isn't as clear and obvious as NBC and CBS's recent late night changes. The Colbert Report isn't a franchise. In addition to his persona and comedic voice being so thoroughly ingrained into the fabric of the show, his name is also built into the title instead of having the "______ with ______" title format that makes for smooth changeovers for other late [...]

Report: Stephen Colbert Is CBS's Top Choice to Take Over for Letterman, and He Wants to Do It

As you've probably heard, David Letterman announced he's retiring from late night in 2015, and succession talk started the second that was announced. Mashable reports today that Stephen Colbert is CBS's top choice to take over Late Show in 2015 and that he is interested in the job, according to their anonymous sources in both Colbert's camp and at CBS. The report says that Colbert hasn't had any formal negotiations with the network and has no agreement in place but that he had engaged with CBS execs about the job prior to Letterman announcing his retirement. "We’re not commenting on any rumors or speculation about succession," a CBS [...]

Who Will Replace David Letterman on 'Late Show'?

David Letterman announced his retirement from late night at the taping of tonight's episode of Late Show. Letterman has been one of the most prolific late night hosts of all-time, hosting NBC's Late Night from 1982 to 1993 and CBS's Late Show from 1993 until next year, but who will take over once he retires? As with Late Night, Letterman was the first host of Late Show, and we've assembled a list of 9 people likely to be on the shortlist to become the second host of Late Show.

It should be noted that while this is a great opportunity to diversify late night, we’re not expecting much from CBS. [...]

Watch the Cast of 'HIMYM' Do Letterman's Top 10 List

David Letterman trotted out the cast of How I Met Your Mother last night to compete against Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show debut. Here's the show's stars, Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan, Colbie Smulders, Jason Segel, and Neil Patrick Harris, doing Letterman's Top 10 list.