I have written this on many past occasions, but here and now, it is the most fitting: when I was asked, as a child, what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was "David Letterman." How I knew of him and his Late Show's existence at such a young age is a testament to the awesomeness of my parents, and I can't think of anyone else who has so molded and influenced my own sense of humor.
Tonight was David Letterman's final Late Night, and there have been innumerable wonderful retrospectives of his finest and funniest moments throughout the years. But because I am sappy and nostalgic and just dang sad right now, here are my own personal favorites.
1. Norm MacDonald Interview (1998)
My favorite interview of anyone ever.
2. Foo Fighters performance (2000)
As Letterman mentioned on his final show, his musical choice for the return show after his heart surgery was the Foo Fighters playing his favorite song "Everlong." Unfortunately, they were on tour in South America . . . which they then promptly cancelled so they could honor the request.
3. Fun with Rupert Jee (1995)
Anytime Dave teamed up with Rupert's Deli owner Rupert Jee it was comedy gold, from asking a McDonalds security guard if he was calling Mayor McCheese to ordering an eight-scoop ice cream cone as Haagen-Dazs and then declaring he was lactose intolerant. But this sketch - involving two very angry dining customers and rubber gloves - is their finest moment.