Late-night will soon belong to Letterman’s kids

04.03.14 4 years ago


Late-night will soon belong to Letterman”s kids
As Jeff Jenson notes of David Letterman's retirement, his “persona  – the one forged in NBC years before CBS, 11:30 and more life matured him; the self-deprecating smart-ass; the loose-canon insider-outsider, speaking snark to power, usually his own network – and his comedic sensibility – honed in the freer, wilder spaces of late night”s later hours; ironic and irreverent; the master of the calculated joke fail; impish tweaker of talk show genre conventions; all originally forged in the late, late hours of l – can be seen in almost all of his younger rivals. Conan, Kimmel, Stewart, Colbert, Ferguson, more – late night will soon officially belong to Letterman”s kids, nerd-comics with writer-humor bent, not stand-up comedian bent, who”ve inherited the fringe terrain that Letterman terra-formed for them.”

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