The late night host of my generation.
Sure, I’m old enough to remember Johnny Carson. I was even old enough to be indignant when Johnny chose Jay Leno to take over his desk instead of Dave when he retired.
‘Cause Dave was the new guard…and Jay was just more of the same.
Dave threw things off of the top of tall buildings just to watch them explode. Dave made celebrities out of the neighborhood deli employees long before Jimmy Kimmel made his parking attendant Guillermo a star. Dave was surly and controversial and random (well, before he had a child).
He made it okay for late night hosts to be unique and adventurous.
That’s why his future replacement should honor his philosophy — already does, in fact, by blowing up the idea of what a late night show should be every single night:
And if he keeps the show here in New York City, I will be very, very, very excited.