The primetime special – David Letterman: A Life On Television – looking back at Dave’s career on CBS, NBC and beyond aired on CBS last night.
The 90-minute programme featured many of the iconic moments of Late Night on NBC and the Late Show on CBS. It was surprising to see NBC allowed so many Late Night clips to be used and even a few clips from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Many key moments in Letterman history were mentioned including Dave’s historic return to the Late Show following his quintuple bypass surgery, Letterman’s return to the programme after the 9/11 attacks in New York & Washington and the many times when he’s featured every day heroes on the show.
Many of the political interviews were featured including appearances from President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, President Obama, Senator John McCain’s awkward appearance after he ducked out of his original interview, Chris Christie’s cringeworthy appearance and President George W. Bush.
The supposed feud between Letterman and Oprah was shown including Dave’s infamous “Oprah Log” feature and Pat & Kenny’s hilarious segment “Pat & Kenny Read Oprah Scripts”.
Show regulars like Hello Deli owner Rupert Jee, the Late Show girls, Mujibur & Sirajul and “Jungle” Jack Hanna all had some time devoted to them as did legendary regular segments Stupid Pet Tricks, Stupid Human Tricks and throwing stuff of the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theater.
Many Late Show staffers were featured including Biff Henderson and the late great Calvert DeForest.
It was nice to see they devoted part of the special to talk about Dave’s hero Johnny Carson.
Memorable interviews shown included the infamous Madonna interview where she constantly swore, that time Joaquin Phoenix “couldn’t be here tonight”, Gillian Anderson & Julia Roberts flirting with Dave, Drew Barrymore jumping up on Dave’s desk to give him a special dance for his birthday and Oprah Winfrey’s memorable appearance on the Late Show after so much ridicule over previous years.
Unforgettable music performances were shown including Paul McCartney performing on the Late Show marquee, The Beastie Boys roaming the streets of New York and the legend that is Darlene Love.
Some non talk show memories were also touched upon including one Dave might want to forget – that time he hosted the Oscars. Who could forget “Uma, Oprah”?