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Last Night on Late Night, 5/20/15: Dave retires

Last Night on Late Night, 5/20/15: Dave retires

Late Night

Real comedy still happens on late night, we can prove it. If you like Conan comedy gold, Fallon friendliness, cutesy Corden, list-making Letterman, kneedy Kimmel, and all the rest, I hope you’ll enjoy this column too.

Last night was David Letterman’s last time ever hosting a late night program. Other late night hosts gave thanks, and Dave looked back at some favorite memories, with music by the Foo Fighters. If you can gauge which other hosts/networks like Dave the most based on who begged the audience to switch over to CBS, it’s Kimmel and Conan. Kimmel didn’t even air a live show last night, and Conan got Patton Oswalt to make enough references to Halloween 3 and The Andromeda Strain that everyone was forced to tune out.

Late Show with David Letterman 

  • What a great bit.
  • Best of Dave with kids, some truly classic stuff.

  • Kids aren’t sold on David Letterman.
  • Dave at Taco Bell, vintage comedy.

  • The last top ten list was a celebrity “Top Ten Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say to David Letterman”, with some extra great jokes from Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Carrey, and Jerry Seinfeld.

  • His son Harry looks so embarrassed. I guess it doesn’t matter who your dad is, at that age you’re mortified.
  • And finally, some highlights from all the years, including the Monkey Cam!


  • Conan gives thanks to Letterman in his witty, sensitive, and intelligent way.

  • Conan is probably not wrong about the importance of Dave’s appearance on Conan’s Late Night. Not just for ratings, but for his own confidence as a host and broadcaster.
  • Patton Oswalt and Conan on Letterman’s importance to weird brands of comedy everywhere.

  • Conan and Patton tell the audience to stop watching Conan and switch to CBS for Letterman’s final appearance. Bedlam ensues.

The Late Late Show with James Corden 

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon