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Doing David Letterman

By Steve Rhodes

I used to be a huge David Letterman fan - long before he had a late night show. Letterman started on network TV with a morning show that was as brilliant as anything that's ever been on TV; just like his late night show was in its early years, the morning show was as much a parody of morning shows as it was for real. I bailed on Letterman years ago, though, when his late night show became too fratty - and too much like the very thing he once slyly and savagely parodied. You know, he became like Leno.

To wit:

1. Animal psychic segment.


2. The morning show ran bumpers for segments that never were to come.


3. One of the coolest parts of the morning show was the news segments by Edwin Newman. You don't get to see his wit here, but you can get a tiny little whiff of the action.


4. By 1994, Letterman had become ripe for parody rather than the parodist. Mike Judge brought the clip with him when he made his first Letterman appearance.


5. Then the parodists - Beavis & Butt-head - went on Letterman to flog their movie.


6. Likewise, Family Guy took a crack at him.


7. And then Peter Griffin wound up on the show as well.


8. And - also with something to sell - Homer Simpson followed suit.


Comments welcome.


Posted on October 7, 2009

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