I remember watching Letterman when he was uncomfortable and weird on camera, and his show was uncoordinated and saved by the stunts, like dropping things off the back of the building. He got better.
He got much better, and the weirdness became an affectation. Weird Pet Tricks became predictable.
But one of his traditions remained, and rightly so: Darlene Love singing “Baby Come Home For Christmas” Different every year (so I hear, I stopped watching when the Stewart/Colbert duopoly took over) and always good. Since Letterman is retiring next year, they pulled out all the fucking stops this year:
THAT. WAS. AWESOME.
I kept expecting the 12-string guitarist to stop mid-song to tune it.
I hope Colbert finds a similar tradition, perhaps Rush playing every Christmas season, but I have no fear.
But at the end of the day,. Letterman has just convinced me that I will be tuning in for HIS final week, like I did for Colbert’s.