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Step aside, gals of “Pitch Perfect 2” — the boys are taking over acapella duties for an evening. Jimmy Fallon‘s barbershop quartet, The Ragtime Gals, brought in a ringer for Friday night’s “Tonight Show”: Sting. Together as a five-piece, the fellas killed it on the former Police frontman’s hit “Roxanne.” Good luck in September against this sort of thing, Stephen Colbert. Also Read: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Jimmy Fallon Deliver Dumb '80s Commencement Speeches on 'The Tonight Show' (Video) The Ragtime Gals include Fallon, head writer A.D. Miles, and comedians Tom Shillue and Chris Tartaro. »
- Tony Maglio
The caps are off! Commencement season is underway and thousands of new graduates have embarked on a new chapter of their lives, with the wise words of Stephen Colbert, Matthew McConaughey and more to guide them. Below, take a look at some of the highlights from this year's celebrity commencement speeches. 1. Matthew McConaughey's guide to life Click here to view. McConaughey surprised the audiences at the University of Houston's commencement ceremony when he stepped onstage to a deliver a 45-minute long speech to its graduating class. The Oscar-winning actor, who was offered $135,000 to speak (a sum
- Meena Jang
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.
Dave’s final entrance. Dave wishes Stephen Colbert all the best. The show will be in excellent hands. »
- Max Wood
David Letterman's final episode of Late Show was on Wednesday night, and Conan O'Brien is the latest to speak out about what an enormous influence Letterman has been on television. Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden, and Jimmy Fallon have all talked about the host's retirement and what a large impact he's had on TV. Take a look at what all the late-night hosts and Letterman's successor, Stephen Colbert, have said about the legendary host recently, and check out Letterman's final Top 10 List. »
As you probably know, David Letterman said goodbye to latenigth TV last night. Letterman has delivered tons of unforgettable bits and interviews over the years, but my personal favorites are his Top Ten lists and, sure enough, Letterman included an especially epic, star-studded one during the final episode of the Late Show. Check out "Top Ten Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say To Dave" for yourself below: It's hard to pick a favorite amongst Alec Baldwin, Barbara Walters, Steven Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Peyton Manning, Tina Fey and Bill Murray, but I'm always especially amused by Carrey's antics, Fey was spot-on as usual, and the look on Seinfeld's face when Louis-Dreyfus came out and said, "Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale," was absolutely priceless. But, as funny as the segment was, it also evoked some serious nostalgia »
- Perri Nemiroff
After signing off from late-night television last night, David Letterman has some pretty big shoes to fill. Not to mention pants. But the future of Worldwide Pants Inc., the production shingle the comedian-host founded in 1991, is very much up in the air. Aside from the Paul Rudd-Selena Gomez movie “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving,” which is now in post-production for an expected 2016 release, the company’s once-robust slate is notably thin. Wwp will not be producing Stephen Colbert’s version of the CBS 11:30 p.m. offering, which debuts on Sept. 8. Nor is it producing “The Late Late Show With James. »
- Tony Maglio
Well, this is depressing! Less than 24 hours off the air, and David Letterman's Late Show set pieces are already in dumpsters, Us Weekly can exclusively reveal. Moving trucks arrived at 53rd Street near the historic Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City on Thursday, May 21, an insider tells Us. Making room for Stephen Colbert's takeover, Letterman's famous skyline backdrop, desk, and several chairs have already gotten the boot. The show's marquee is also coming down next week. The comedian, 68, said his final farewell on Wednesday, [...] »
The much ballyhooed series finale of Late Show With David Letterman on Wednesday night/Thursday morning delivered its largest audience — 13.8 million total viewers — in 21 years, since its Feb. 25, 1994 outing (which led out of Winter Olympics coverage).
In the 18-49 demo, Late Show scored a 3.1, its best rating since Dec. 1, 2005, which featured the end of Dave’s 16-year “feud” with Oprah Winfrey.
Letterman’s Late Show sendoff thus outdrew and outrated every Wednesday primetime broadcast, and on the final night of May sweeps »
An impressive list of celebrities literally lined up to say goodbye to David Letterman Wednesday night as they read the final Late Show Top 10 list. Working with the topic "Things I've Always Wanted to Say to Dave," Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Chris Rock, Peyton Manning, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Barbara Walters and Alec Baldwin all gave the long-running late-night host a gentle ribbing.
One of the funniest was Rock's: "I'm just glad your show is being given to another white guy." As the guests and audience laughed, »
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
This is it. The end of an era. Wednesday, May 20 was all about David Letterman's retirement from late night TV after 33 years, and his final night as host of "The Late Show." Stephen Colbert will take over "Late Show" on September 8. You should head to TheLateShow on YouTube to catch up on all the videos posted from the past few weeks, but here are the main segments from last night -- if nothing else, you should watch the epic star-studded Top 10 list.
Here's Dave's final show entrance, with the crowd standing to cheer: Dave's final monologue started after he forced the audience to calm down and stop chanting for him. »
- Gina Carbone
The waning days of David Letterman’s farewell were so filled with appreciations and emotion that it was hard not to wonder where all those folks had been as his ratings languished. The truth is the host had become such a part of the latenight firmament as to be taken for granted, and had lost some of his own drive in recent years, regaining it as he neared the finish line. All that culminated Wednesday in an extra-long finale that mixed clips and memories but was distinguished, ultimately, by what Letterman does – or did – best: Sit at a desk and communicate.
To be honest, Letterman has never been the warmest and fuzziest of personalities; indeed, his crankiness and occasional indifference to the machinery from which he has profited so handsomely was in many respects part of his charm. Even as longtime guests dutifully lined up to say their goodbyes in recent weeks – Tom Hanks, »
- Brian Lowry
The veteran late-night host is signed off for the last time after 33 years of post-11 o’clock entertainmentHe was joined by guests including the Foo Fighters, Steve Martin, Peyton Manning, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey and Jim Carrey
Review: a stoic but touching send-off for the Late Show
Thank you and goodnight -David Letterman #ThanksDave pic.twitter.com/KV9F3CiLZd
Oh, a segment dedicated to the times he’s blown stuff up: ok
Is there something else? …
I’ve got to admit: he’s been clever here. The jokes weren’t the sharpest at the start but he’s really let the show do the talking all night, dropping in clips that really communicate how much a part of Us »
- Lanre Bakare in New York
After 33 years in the latenight game — which included more than 6,000 episodes and 20,000 guest interviews between his time on CBS and NBC — David Letterman bid his final farewell to the Late Show on Wednesday night. And he went out strong.
VideosWatch David Letterman Make His Final Late Show Entrance
Rather than getting sappy with his opening monologue — we’ll leave that to Jimmy Kimmel — Letterman kept things light at the top of his final hour, offering up jokes like “It’s beginning to look like I’m not going to get The Tonight Show,” then announcing his next venture as “the new face of Scientology. »
David Letterman walked out to thunderous applause and a standing ovation during his final night as host of CBS’ “Late Show.” Letterman signs off from the “Late Show” desk after 22 years, making way for Stephen Colbert, who takes over on Sept. 8. The Foo Fighters will be the final musical guest to appear on Letterman’s show Wednesday night, which will also feature a star-studded Top Ten List, highlights from his long run and surprise appearances. Also Read: 10 of David Letterman's Most Memorable Guests (Photos) While no other guests have been announced, some of Letterman’s celebrity friends have already put in their. »
- Linda Ge
As David Letterman bows out tonight for good, and we prepare for Stephen Colbert to step in (Sept. 8), we can't help but pause and wonder once again what would have happened if CBS had taken a chance on a new host who looked a little different. Especially after chatting with the funny and talented Aisha Tyler, who believes that hiring a host who is not a white male will of course happen--because it's the smart thing to do. And whose name has come up in the late-night-shuffle conversation for years now. Of course, everyone knows Colbert is a national treasure, and most likely, he will slay in his new Late Late Show spot, which premieres Sept. 8. But CBS' choice of Colbert also means that the late night »
The streets outside the theater at Broadway and 53rd Street were clogged with news vans and fans who came to snap pictures of the “Late Show With David Letterman” marquee. There were enterprising efforts to capitalize on the moment — one man brought an easel and offered to sell his oil painting of the famed blue-and-gold marquee. Another group was hawking black and white “Letterman’s Final Show” T-shirts across the street from the theater.
Details of the plan for tonight’s show have been kept tightly under wraps. By noon, “Late Show” crew members — wearing team jackets emblazoned with “Thank You and Goodnight” and the number 15 — were busy working out of two trailers parked on 53rd Street, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Tonight’s show will be the final episode of David Letterman’s tenure as the host of Late Night, marking the end of a 33 year run for the comedian as a host of late night television, who will be succeeded by Stephen Colbert. One the course of his tenure, Letterman has proven himself an iconic figure, with many of his segments becoming hits on their own, along with counterpart and Johnny Carson successor Jay Leno, becoming synonymous with late night comedy for a generation of aspirational comedians.
One of those comedians, Jimmy Fallon, paid tribute to Letterman on Monday’s show. Fallon himself has gone on to be an accomplished comedian in his own right, becoming a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live before being named Jay Leno’s successor. Fallon’s tribute can be seen below.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
Bill Murray said his goodbye to David Letterman in the sweetest way possible: By jumping out of a cake! The actor was Dave's first guest back in 1982 when he hosted NBC's Late Night, and he was his first guest again in 1993 when he became the host of CBS' Late Show. Throughout this 33-year span, Bill visited his late-night pal many times, but Tuesday's show (Dave's second-to-last one before retirement) was extra special. The Grand Budapest Hotel star will likely return to the Late Show again when Stephen Colbert takes over, but last night marked his final visit to the Ed Sullivan Theater with Dave sitting behind the desk. Bill realized this occasion was cause for celebration, so he made a »
As I begin writing this I'm watching David Letterman, in one of his final appearances as host of "The Late Show," walk out to greet the audience as he's done thousands of times. He's talking about the weather in New York, again, as he's done countless times. After Wednesday, he'll never walk out onto that Ed Sullivan Theater stage and shoot the breeze about the weather again. He'll never again throw it to Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra to kick off the show. The misfits, alas, will have lost their shepherd. Because at his core, that's who Letterman is and has been. He has represented the off-brand sensibilities of an audience allergic to the vanilla stylings of his cool kid contemporaries. He has been the kind of personality who could give us Stupid Pet Tricks and turn throwing a football at a meatball-topped Christmas tree into an annual tradition. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Tomorrow night, David Letterman will officially retire from late-night TV. And already, the late-night new school is singing his swan song. Jimmy Kimmel previously announced that he wouldn't dare compete with Letterman's final show, instead airing a rerun of his show Wednesday night. And on Monday night's The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon took a few minutes to honor Letterman. In his brief tribute, Fallon revealed that one of his eighth-grade teachers predicted that one day Fallon would replace Letterman on The Late Show. That teacher obviously hadn't met Stephen Colbert, but cool story!Elsewhere on The Late Show, Eddie Vedder stopped by to perform "Better Man" for Letterman. Things got emotional, obviously. »
- Dee Lockett
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