Video: Letterman's Late Show Tribute to Feature Iconic Bits, Tons of Stars

David Letterman Tribute

We don’t envy the editors working on David Letterman: A Life on Television, who were tasked with paring down the late-night host’s 33-year career into 90 minutes.

In a preview of the May 4 special, host Ray Romano — who owes much of his success in comedy to Letterman — offers a hint of what viewers can expect from the sendoff.

“If you have children, you should wake them up,” Romano says of the tribute, which will include some of Letterman’s most memorable interviews, Stupid Pet Tricks and Top 10 lists.

As for that infamous desktop dance from Drew Barrymore, which will (of course) be revisited? Romano warns, “Tell [your kids] to go inside and get their Cheerios.”

As previously announced, Letterman is retiring as Late Show host on Wednesday, May 20; Stephen Colbert grabs the reins on Sept. 8.

Press PLAY for a preview of the homage to Letterman, then tell us: Which Late Show moments are you hoping to see in the special?

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9 Comments
  1. Dean says:

    Leno now Letterman. It truly is the end of an era.

  2. Mr. Tran K says:

    Can’t wait until May 20th for Letterman’s emotional farewell to The Late Show. Wonder if Stephen Colbert’s new Late Show gig stays in New York City the same site where Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers respective talk shows are set.

    • Faye says:

      from The Huffington Post…..”CBS has announced the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” will debut on Sept. 8 from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City”

      • Mr. Tran K says:

        Thanks for the update. Can’t imagine if there’s going to be a huge set makeover for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

  3. ann says:

    He needs to give us an update on that woman named Meg who worked in an office across the street from him. He’d call her and convince her to do crazy things.

  4. Andrew L says:

    Glad CBS was able to use NBC footage for this special.

  5. TV Gord says:

    It’s nice to see some NBC clips in there. It’s nice to see that they have evolved to be a little more magnanimous in its success.

    God, I’m going to miss Dave! He’s television’s most endearingly self-conscious “Big-Ass Ham”! :-)

  6. Faye says:

    from The Huffington Post…..”CBS has announced the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” will debut on Sept. 8 from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City”