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The 8 Best Tributes to David Letterman


David Letterman is calling it quits tonight as he airs his final show after 33 years of hosting first Late Night with David Letterman and then The Late Show with David Letterman.

The last few weeks have been filled with ongoing tributes to the long time talk show host has he bids adieu.

Here are the best goodbyes.

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    Bill Murray gave Letterman a cake


    This was especially sweet since Bill Murray was Letterman's first guest in 1982 and, though it wasn't Letterman's last show, Murray was his last official guest.

  • 2

    Patton Oswalt credited Letterman with helping start his stand up career

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    Norm McDonald flatters Letterman with impersonation, tears


    Jeez, what a touching bunch of words and a pretty solid stand up bit from Norm McDonald.

  • 4

    Tina Fey gave her spanx for all the memories



    She had a very special message for both him and for herself.


  • 5

    Adam Sandler actually made us laugh


    Did you all know that Adam Sandler could be amusing? Neither did we!

  • 6

    Jimmy Fallon takes time on his show to tell America what Letterman meant to him

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    Jimmy Kimmel did the same and teared up almost immediately

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    He was apparently infatuated with the Late Night show, even having a personalized "L8 Night" license plate on his first car.

  • 8

    Conan O'brian took to the pages of Entertainment Weekly to say goodbye

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    So let's keep it simple: Not one single writer/performer in the last 35 years has had Dave's seismic impact on comedy. Every day, I read that a new comic has 'changed the game,' and admittedly there is an absurd abundance of talent and creativity out there right now. But in today's' world of 30 late night programs, it's tempting now to take Dave for granted. Do not. Dave was a true revolution—and I believe his innovations are up there with the light bulb and the Twix bar. Like all revolutions, it was such a seismic shift that it was disorienting and a bit messy at first, and it has taken us time to realize the sheer magnitude of the shift.


    The whole thing is available here.
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