Tuesday, February 01, 2005

LETTERMAN'S CARSON TRIBUTE

Well, last night was David Letterman's much-anticipated tribute to Johnny Carson- and he began his tribute in unassuming fashion, with a monologue full of jokes about current events, Paris Hilton, George W. Bush and John Kerry, and so on.

Later, he sat down at his desk to pay tribute to Johnny Carson, and Letterman revealed to everyone that every joke that he performed during his opening monologue had been written by Johnny Carson.

Now how good was that? Letterman honors Carson by telling the jokes Carson had submitted to the Late Show for the last few months. In retrospect, what we saw from Letterman last night was Carson's final monologue.

That's pretty mindblowing when you think about it. What better tribute could you come up with to a late night legend.

Letterman's guests last night were Peter Lassally, Carson's producer for so many years and also a producer for Letterman, and Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Band. The show featured some old Tonight Show clips and some old Late Show and Late Night clips featuring Carson and Letterman. All in all it was a great show and you got the sense that when Letterman paid tribute to Carson last night, you knew full well he was speaking from his heart about his mentor and friend.

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