The last ever Late Show Christmas show aired on Friday 19th December before the Christmas break and it was as spectacular as ever.
Paul Shaffer’s legendary impression of Cher was brought out for one final airing and it didn’t disappoint:
A Late Show tradition, the one and only Lone Ranger story with Jay Thomas, was told for a final time with as much enthusiasm as it was told for the first time many years ago:
Then came the next Late Show annual tradition, the Late Show Quarterback Challenge (without Vinny Testaverde of course) where Dave and Jay Thomas take shots at the top of the Christmas tree with footballs trying to knock the meatball from the top of the pizza pie perched on top of the tree:
Josh Brolin was the main interview on the programme talking to Dave about his shared bemusement of Joaquin Phoenix:
The big finale, of course, was the always incredible performance of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Darlene Love – it really does get better every year, so a real shame we’ll never hear it on TV again as she told Dave before her performance but it’s poignant the tradition will end with the Late Show.
So it’s the end of an era – the last ever Late Show Christmas show with Jay Thomas and Darlene Love, and the last ever performance of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Darlene Love on TV.
CBS kindly put up a video of a mashup of past Darlene Love appearances prior to the last Christmas show airing:
One last little gem is a web exclusive video of Paul Shaffer and the band performing You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ whilst they were setting up for Darlene’s performance:
Video messages from serving men and women of the US army featured when going into and coming out of commercial breaks as usual.