Our parents had Johnny Carson and The Tonight Show and Generation X had David Letterman. Growing up all I heard from people was how awesome Johnny Carson and his Tonight Show was. I watched a few times, and saw some brilliance in Carson’s comedy, but a long came David Letterman. David Letterman and his Late Night With David Letterman which followed Carson at 12:30 was more hip, crazy and spoke to the new generation of television viewers.
As Carson had legends on his show like Bob Hope, Milton Berle and Jimmy Stewart Dave had new guests like Howard Stern on his show. A lot of people didn’t understand David Letterman’s NY cynical humor, but I ate it up. It was a talk show like you never saw before with people living under the audience seats, Larry “Bud” Melman and more.
I’m going to miss David Letterman, I didn’t watch The Late Show as much as Late Night because I felt like CBS watered down Dave a bit at 11:35 p.m. With the end of David Letterman’s run at Late Night, it is time for the next generation to take over with Stephen Colbert , Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon catering to the next generation of television viewers. Thank you Dave for changing the world of television and giving OUR generation something to laugh about.