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The Incomparable

The Incomparable #247: Monkey Cam

We’re entering David Letterman’s last week as host of the Late Show, capping 33 years of his hosting a late-night talk show. Letterman’s early years were extremely influential in how I view humor, irony, and even creativity.

So this week’s Incomparable is a little different. I talked to several people I know who are big Letterman fans—current and former TV critics Tim Goodman and Aaron Barnhart, and writers Andy Ihnatko, John Gruber, and Philip Michaels—and mixed in my own thoughts about Letterman’s career arc, why he was influential, what happened when he went to CBS, and the long, slow end-of-career fade.

I’m pretty proud of the result, and I hope you’ll check it out. (You can also gorge yourself on all my raw interviews if you’re so inclined.)

Episode linkMP3 (1 hour, 6 minutes)