Late Night Will Never Be The Same (A David Letterman Tribute)


David Letterman has been a part of my life since before I could even form words. My father would obsessively watch his show, to the point that stupid animal tricks, top ten lists, and dropping watermelons off buildings just felt like commonplace. I'd always see stacks and stacks of his VHS tapes piled on the floor (I can still picture the weird orange and purple that adorned several of them). He's a constant in my life and has been since the day I was born. There are few things in life that are certain, but one thing that always seemed certain was that David Letterman would be on my television at night. Sadly, after more than 30 years, his reign has come to a close and late night television will never be the same again.

The era we live in allows us to form bonds and connections with people we haven't even met. Being done through familiarity, it's obvious how such a bond can form between someone we see on TV five times a week. They interview and have conversations with people we admire, and due to their banter, make us feel like we're friends. No one was better at that than Dave. Just look at the out pour on twitter from… well everyone that has had a hand in the entertainment industry. He is one of the most well respected figures around. I mean, who else has the influence to get introduced by the last five presidents of the United States?

Stressing the importance of Dave to my life still feels like an understatement. Letterman is the reason I went to the college I did. I wouldn't have even heard of it, nor would my dad, had it not been for a certain alumni making a big donation towards their audio/video program. It just increased my appreciation further as he continued to push Ball State on his national TV show, giving it recognition time and time again. He's a constant reminder that just because I grew up in the Midwest, it doesn't mean I can't achieve my large scale dreams. Dave meant a lot to me, as he did to everyone.



Watching the last episode is a rush of emotions I never thought I'd feel while watching late night TV. Seeing just how many A-listers were willing to come in for just a thirty second spot on the show signals the importance that Dave carries in their lives as well. He is the ultimate interviewer. And seeing the clips of just how many people Dave has interviewed throughout the years, it's crazy to see how important he was to the cultural lexicon.

Sure, not every joke in the monologue hits but that's the most fun part about it; Dave reacting to the failed jokes and having himself a chuckle over it. That was absolutely one of my favorite parts of the show, no matter when I watched. The "dad" jokes that would work their way in always felt natural and added to our familiarity with Dave as a viewer. As did his interactions with Paul Shaffer, the likes of which we haven't seen between a host and his band leader before or since.

Having the Foo Fighters close out the show was appropriate for so many reasons. Being so important to Dave both as his favorite band and the one that got him through his heart attack, it's hard not have a lump in your throat as they perform "Everlong" to a series of clips from the shows history. And just as Letterman did last night, I leave you with that performance, as we just try and ask ourselves 'if everything could ever feel this real forever. If anything could ever be this good again.' Without Dave around, the question to that is looming, but with the countless people he's inspired and the late show landscape he helped shape, we're sure to be in good hands.

Thank you, Dave.



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