After a 33-year run, David Letterman will bring down the curtains on three decades of late-night comedy and fun when he says goodbye to the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS tonight. Letterman, who turned 68 last month, is easily the longest-serving late-night talk show host in television history, starting with the then Late Night with David Letterman show which debuted on NBC on February 1st, 1982.
Letterman announced his retirement in April 2014 and CBS later named his replacement — Stephen Colbert, who has hosted another popular late-night show, The Colbert Report, since 2005. Letterman’s last show details remain a mystery, but according to Us Weekly, the network promises a show full of surprises and one last edition of Letterman’s famous top ten list.
Letterman’s last guest, on Tuesday night’s show, was one of his most frequent guests, actor Bill Murray — he is also the guest on Letterman’s very first night on air back in 1982 — who returned to the show for the 44th time. The show also featured a cameo by Regis Philbin and a live performance from the rather less ubiquitous Bob Dylan, who returned for the first time since 1994.