Well, it’s finally happened. The news we all knew was coming, but none of us wanted to hear. This week, David Letterman announced he will be retiring from the late-night game sometime in 2015. As host of NBC’s Late Night from 1982 to 1993 and then CBS’s Late Show from 1993 until the present, Letterman has done more to change the landscape of comedy than perhaps any other comedian of his time.
Now, it’s hard to know where to begin when paying tribute to a legend. How can you begin to cover everything there is to cover? Fortunately, when you’re this great, for this long, people will jump at the chance to honor you well before you’ve decided to hang it up. With that, below are 10 videos that all pay tribute to just how great David Letterman was and undoubtedly will be through 2015.
LATE NIGHT 10th ANNIVERSARY HIGHLIGHTS
TRIBUTE TO LARRY "BUD" MELMAN
TRIBUTE TO GREAT MOMENTS IN PRESIDENTIAL SPEECHES
ARE THOSE YOUR DRUMS?
DAVID LETTERMAN HAIRCUT MONTAGE
BEST OF THE LATE SHOW HOLIDAY QB CHALLENGE
JIMMY KIMMEL INTERVIEWS HIS HERO, DAVID LETTERMAN
COMEDY CENTRAL TRIBUTE COMMERCIAL
LETTERMAN BIDS FAREWELL TO LATE NIGHT
KENNEDY CENTER HONORS