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Saying Goodbye to 'The Late Show'

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David Letterman retires on May 20 after 33 years. He is the longest-serving late-night host in television history. We look back at a legacy that has shaped American TV culture and comedy.

David Letterman retires on May 20 after 33 years. He is the longest-serving late-night host in television history. We look back at a legacy that has shaped American TV culture and comedy.
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San Francisco, United States

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Film

Comedy

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David Letterman retires on May 20 after 33 years. He is the longest-serving late-night host in television history. We look back at a legacy that has shaped American TV culture and comedy.

Language:

English


Episodes

David Letterman's Top 10 Late-Night Memories

5/19/2015
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David Letterman retires Wednesday after 33 years. Here's what he told TV Critic Eric Deggans about leaving the Ed Sullivan Theater one last time. (Take Two, KPCC, 5/14/2015)

Duration: 00:05:00


Late Show Tonight

5/19/2015
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With the changing of the guards on late-night television, Jon Macks, long-time writer for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and the author of Monologue: What Makes America Laugh Before Bed (Blue Rider Press, 2015), talks about the end of the Letterman era. Plus: what he's learned about topical jokes and who's a good guest. (Brian Lehrer, WNYC, 5/19/2015)

Duration: 00:14:00


Letterman Announces Retirement

4/9/2014
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According to NPR TV critic Eric Deggans, Letterman "reshaped late night TV and succeeded as an edgy outsider more interested in making fun of show business than participating in it." (Morning Edition, NPR, 4/4/2014)

Duration: 00:04:00


Alec Baldwin Interviews David Letterman

4/9/2014
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Listen to Letterman's interview with Alec Baldwin from 2012. (Here's The Thing, WNYC, 6/18/2012)

Duration: 00:45:00


Behind the Scenes of Late Night

4/9/2014
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From Fresh Air's late night TV theme week: Listen back to Letterman's 1981 interview, in which he discusses the differences between morning and late night programming. (Fresh Air, NPR, 4/26/2013)

Duration: 00:46:00


The Writers of 'The Late Show'

4/9/2014
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Jesse Thorn interviews Eric and Justin Stangel, co-Head Writers of The Late Show with David Letterman, and Bill Scheft, a long-time monologue writer on the show. (Bullseye, Maximum Fun, 1/20/2009)

Duration: 00:38:00