Posted by: ckckred | February 2, 2012

30 Years of Letterman

David Letterman in his first late night interview with Bill Murray

It’s hard to imagine David Letterman has been on TV for over 30 years now.  Yesterday was his quiet anniversary celebrating 30 years of late night comedy.  And looking back, he did change it.

When Letterman came on air back in 1982, he introduced a new way of hosting.  Johnny Carson used old-fasioned comedy routines while David Letterman used comic zaniness, self depreciation, and comic sketches.

Eventually, late night started turning more what Letterman did than Carson did before.  Late Night comedians today like Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon follow Letterman’s structure perfectly.

And he’s done of the most memorable things on television, such as switching to CBS, getting cursed by Madonna, having an infamous stint as host of the Oscars, his 9/11 speech, and so on.

I always enjoyed seeing Letterman up on stage, and preferred him over Jay Leno.  Letterman’s impact on the TV screen shouldn’t be ignored either.

So here’s to 30 years of late night.  We don’t know where we’d be without you, Dave.

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