David Letterman Tribute ‘Too Late at Night’ 1982

David Letterman Tribute ‘Too Late at Night’ 1982

On May 20th 2015, David Letterman retired from late night.

I’ve been a David Letterman fan pretty much from his stand-up days. Following him from guest hosting the Tonight Show for Johnny Carson, to his NBC morning show, to the Late Night show, and finally, his move to CBS.

I was still in art school when ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ premiered, and man, was it a wild show. Stunts like ‘Stupid Pet Tricks’, ‘Monkey Cameras’…and dropping watermelons from rooftops are now legendary. Not to mention his pranks on the streets of New York City. And I’ll NEVER forget the original ‘World’s Most Dangerous Band‘, (…and they really were! Steve Jordan, Will Lee and the late Hiram Bullock) lead by keyboardist, Paul Shaffer.

To me David Letterman at his peak was the closest human persona to Bugs Bunny I had ever seen.

One of my final projects in Will Eisner’s class at the School of Visual Arts was a 4 page portfolio piece I wrote, & drew parodying the Late Night with David Letterman show in 1982. It was never published, but it was a popular part of my portfolio when I’d go around shopping it to art directors while job hunting as a freelancer.

I’ve run into several people who were involved with the Letterman show over the years. Paul Shaffer has seen the parody, and told me that he’d “love a copy of it”. I also remember meeting one of the shows original producers, Barry Sand, as well as sports caster, Marv Albert who also got a kick of seeing my parody…

But alas, I never got to meet the elusive David Letterman himself.

So Now that Dave is retiring, I wanted to pay tribute with not only a look back to my original 1982 comic. But, I also drew a brand new portrait of Dave on my iPhone to bring it full circle to 2015.

Fans who remember the old NBC show will get some of the gags I threw into the comic. There’s a Larry Bud Melman cameo. Guitarist, Hiram Bullock is shoe-less, Pencils crashing through the windows… You may want to double click on the pages to enlarge to see all of the details.

Thanks for all the laughs Dave!

~Gwiz

David Letterman by Gwiz 2015

David Letterman by Gwiz 2015 iPhone sketch

Too Late at Night by Gwiz Pg.1 (Click to enlarge image)

Too Late at Night by Gwiz Pg.1 (Click to enlarge image)

 

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Too Late at Night by Gwiz Pg.4 (Click to enlarge image)

Too Late at Night by Gwiz Pg.4 (Click to enlarge image)

 


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