Top 10 Things You Should Read About Letterman
'Late Show' host signs off tonight
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2015 7:23 AM CDT
In this May 4, 2015, file photo, host David Letterman smiles during a break at a taping of "The Late Show With David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(Newser) – David Letterman has been doing late-night television longer than any other host out there—33 years—and tonight, his 6,028th show, will be his last. In honor of the Late Show host's iconic Top 10 lists, we've compiled the 10 best pieces of Letterman reading out there:

  1. "David Letterman, Prickly Late-Night Innovator, Counts Down to His Exit": The New York Times offers a sort of obituary for Letterman's career that answers one question you may not have known you had: Was he friendly with his favorite guests in real life? "I've never seen him outside of the building," says a laughing Julia Roberts, who had great onscreen rapport with Dave during her 26 visits to the show.
  2. "The Top 10 List of Top 10 Lists About the Late Show": Yes, lots of outlets are playing off the "Top 10" idea, and the Guardian rounds up the best (including the 10 best times Roberts and Letterman flirted).
  3. "David Letterman and Bill Murray Share One Last Late Show Moment": Murray is another one of Dave's memorable repeat guests, and last night he went out with a bang. The Raw Story also has video of Murray's first appearance on the show.
  4. "8 Comedians Who Worked for David Letterman Before They Were Big": One of the names on Mashable's list: Louis CK.
  5. "Why David Letterman Is Among Television History's Biggest Losers": Not all of the coverage is fawning. The Washington Post highlights Letterman's "very long, very public tenure as second banana."

  1. "My Favorite Moments of Late Night With David Letterman": Merrill Markoe, the Late Night writer who created "Stupid Pet Tricks," among other iconic Letterman segments, compiles her list of favorites (with video for all) from the Late Night days in the early 1980s.
  2. "Jimmy Kimmel Pays Tribute to David Letterman": Kimmel spent more than six minutes of his show last night honoring Letterman (and he'll continue honoring him by airing a rerun tonight).
  3. "David Letterman's Friends, Enemies, and Frenemies Through the Years": WaPo continues its let's-be-honest coverage of Letterman by reminding us of those who didn't get along with the "prickly" host, including sometimes-awkward video.
  4. "David Letterman's First Episode of Late Night Was Totally Bizarre (and Fun)": Entertainment Weekly offers highlights from the 1982 episode "that helped kick off ... his reputation for trail-blazing."
  5. "How We Freaked Out David Letterman": Penn Jillette offers a behind-the-scenes look at Penn & Teller's ... memorable second appearance on Dave's show.
Click for five great tributes to Letterman from other comedians and VIPs.