One night when I was in high school, I was awake to watch Late Night with David Letterman. I don’t know why I’d stayed up, but I’ll never forget the Top Ten List: Top Ten Arnold Schwarzenegger Rejected Movie Lines. When Arnold said “time to make the doughnuts, you bastard,” I lost it. That was the funniest thing I think I’d seen in my life up to that point. To this day, I actually use that line in RPGs and other barely-relevant life situations.
It wasn’t long after that Dave switched over to Late Show, but by then I was in college and could stay up as late as I bloody well pleased. Many were the times where I’d be drawing comics while that show was on, or reassembling my original (Fourth Edition!) Magic deck, or doing whatever the heck it was that I did in the mid-90s.
I haven’t had much chance to watch over the past decade or so, but that’s only because I don’t watch a lot of TV these days. YouTube is a thing, though…Martin Short did a story about his first time on The Tonight Show that was funnier than the actual appearance. Letterman doesn't even really say anything in that segment, but somehow still makes it funnier.
So, the clip-fest attached to this post is from Dave’s last show, and like Dave himself, it’s one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands. It’s rather poignant for those of us that have this much nostalgia built up, but hey, maybe I’ll drain out all of my emotions this morning so that I have that sang froid that I’ll need tonight watching my kids graduate.
One more reason to thank Dave.