Top Ten Moments from the ‘Late Show With David Letterman’

Late Show with David Letterman

In honor of David Letterman’s retirement announcement, we’ve compiled a Top 10 list of some of his best moments on the “Late Show.”

10. Drew Barrymore flashes David Letterman on his birthday.

9. Crispin Glover nearly kicks Letterman – he appears to be high – and Letterman goes to a commercial. When he returns, the actor is gone.

8. Warren Zevon appears on the show after a fatal cancer diagnosis. They talk about his life and career.

7. Letterman hosts Dan Rather – who breaks down in tears – on his first show post the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

6. Johnny Carson appears on Letterman after retiring from “The Tonight Show” and brings his own desk with him.

5. Joaquin Phoenix stops by the “Late Show” bearded and wearing sunglasses for one of the most bizarre talk show appearances in recent memory (Phoenix later apologized for his behavior and said it was for his documentary spoof “I’m Still Here”).

4. Letterman has to apologize for telling a joke about Sarah Palin’s daughter. (Here’s the joke)

3. John McCain cancels an appearance on Letterman at the last minute during the 2008 campaign, then goes and gets interviewed by CBS News. Letterman lets him have it in an extended monologue.

2. Letterman jousts with Bill O’Reilly about the conflict in Iraq. Some zingers: “You’re putting words in my mouth, just like you’re putting artificial facts in your head,” and “I have no idea what I’m talking about, but I don’t think you do either.”

1. Madonna appeared on the show in 1994 and dropped a whopping 14 f-bombs in one of the most talked about late night appearance of the ’90s. After she walked off stage, Letterman quipped “”Oh, I see we’ve been canceled.”

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  1. David Letterman is one of the funniest men on TV, he has an off the wall sense of humor that out does anyone else. I loved the clips, some of them were not new but they did pick 10 of the greats. Hope his replacement is half as good.

  2. Howard Fan says:

    Big omission – Wrestler Jerry Lawler slapping Andy Kaufman. Put Letterman on the map.

  3. Shari says:

    when ‘he’ was doing…

  4. Shari says:

    Please tell me that at least you realize that almost half of these are from when is was doing Late Night with David Letterman on NBC, right?

  5. Shari says:

    How pathetic can you get in sloppy reporting? The CLIP with Carson is from freakin’ 1985. Carson retired in 1992. If you couldn’t figure out from the content that Johnny was still on the air, you really need to not have any sort of job involving facts. I mean, hey – who cares about fact checking. It just gets in the way. Obviously, Variety has just become another blog. Shame on you guys.

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