I don’t stay up late enough to watch late-night TV; I think the last time I stayed up to watch an entire episode of one of those shows was the night Johnny Carson retired. So it didn’t come as big news to me yesterday when David Letterman announced that he was retiring from his show next year.
I have seen a lot of clips from his show over the years, though, and he’s funny all right in that deadpan Midwestern style that is up there on a level with some of the more notable comics I admire. But a few people are comparing him favorably to Johnny Carson, calling him a “force of nature” on a par with the Beatles in terms of changing how we see late-night comedy. Really?
As I said, I never watched an entire episode of his show, so I leave it to you to tell me if I missed out on something.