The reviews of Stephen Colbert’s first episode of Late Show With Stephen Colbert are in. The verdict is: sure, this will do. But the future of the show will rest on how well Colbert can blend surrealism with affability, a formula perfected by his predecessor David Letterman from just about opening night 22 years ago.
David Letterman got a lot of famous people to deliver his final top 10 list and it was perfectly unflattering.
Letterman gave a final monologue and it was dry and funny and not bad.
Whether you regard the examples above as creepy lechery or benign flirting, this way of communicating is a part of David Letterman’s legacy.