7 items from 2015
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.
Bill Murray’s Late Show highlights. Bill tries to lead the crowd in a cheer to convince Dave to stay.
Bill’s goodbye isn’t as touching as Norm’s, Martin Short’s, or many others, but it was distinctly Murray. Murray hops out of a cake and feeds it to someone — Dave’s wife?
Rupert Jee, often a surrogate for Dave’s mischief, »
- Max Wood
This is the sound of David Letterman retiring.
Over the last few weeks, viewers of the veteran latenight host’s “Late Show” on CBS have been treated to a series of once-in-a-lifetime musical moments: John Mayer crooning Don McLean’s “American Pie”; Tracy Chapman doing a stark rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”; John Fogerty doing a punky mashup of his Creedence Clearwater Revival hits; and an enigmatic Bob Dylan crooning the standard “The Night We Called It A Day,” an appropriate shout-out to a TV figure who will make his last “Late Show” appearance during a late-afternoon taping Wednesday. And, in a nod to Letterman’s stated fondness for acerbic songwriter Warren Zevon, the show has in its final days featured a rendition of “Mutineer” by Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires and a digital-only take on “Desperadoes Under The Eaves” by Dawes.
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- Brian Steinberg
David Letterman closed out Tuesday’s episode of “The Late Show” with an anecdote about telling his son what are the two most important things to know in life, one of which was recognizing that “the greatest songwriter of modern times is Bob Dylan.” Letterman then introduced Dylan and his band, who performed the song “The Night We Called It a Day,” off of Dylan’s 2015 album “Shadows in the Night.” Dylan became one of the last musical guests to ever appear on “The Late Show.” The performance marked the first time he had been on the program since 1993. See »
- Joe Otterson
In David Letterman’s penultimate episode of Late Show last night, it was only fitting that Bill Murray would be the final guest of a “normal” show (tonight’s series finale is going to be more of a retrospective and send-off). Murray was Dave’s first guest on both his NBC Late Night gig, and Late Show, and he showed up in his typically memorable fashion to say farewell to Letterman’s late-night career. After an appearance by another longtime Letterman guest and frequent butt of good-natured humor, Regis Philbin, and before a performance of “The Night We Called It a Day” by Bob Dylan later in the show, … Continue reading →
- Jeff Pfeiffer
For the final scheduled musical guest in David Letterman's Late Show history, the retiring host welcomed Bob Dylan, who he considers "the greatest songwriter of modern times." Dylan, making a rare late-night television appearance, performed the oft-covered "The Night We Called It a Day," a single off his Sinatra-inspired 2015 LP Shadows in the Night. Dylan last visited Letterman in November 1993, just months after the Late Show launched.
"I spend a lot of time, like everyone does, driving around with my son Harry, and sometimes you take an opportunity to »
Now that you know the story behind Bob Dylan's first Letterman performance (if you don't, it's a damn good read), it's only right to watch his last. Dylan appeared on Letterman's penultimate Late Night show Tuesday night, his first time on that stage in 22 years, for a performance of a Frank Sinatra essential, "The Night We Called It a Day" — which is both a touching farewell to Letterman and sneaky promo for Dylan's latest Sinatra covers album. Well played! »
- Dee Lockett
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.
Bill Murray was David Letterman's very first guest -- 33 years ago -- and he was also his last, Tuesday night on "Late Show with David Letterman." Dave's final show is tomorrow but it'll be a celebration send-off; this is the last classic round of guest interviews. Bill arrived for his big moment by popping out of a giant "Goodbye Dave" cake. He hugged Dave, then visited the band and went into the audience to smear people with cake. In his cake-covered sit-down interview, Bill told Dave they all just want more from him. He got the audience to chant "More! More! More! More!" Then he went outside to »
- Gina Carbone
7 items from 2015
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