Jimmy Kimmel Bids Farewell To David Letterman
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[Jimmy Kimmel Bids Farewell To David Letterman]
[James Christian “Jimmy” Kimmel (born November 13, 1967):] Source: LYBIO.net
First, I want to say something if I could – Um… Oh, no – is the word. When I was 15 years old…I – I All right. Let me start over.
I wanted to be an artist as a kid and I loved to draw, and every night after my parents went to bed I would sit at my desk in my room and I would draw until it was very late. While I was doing that, I would watch a television show that is very important to me, as you can tell. It was called Late Night With David Letterman.
If you watch it – Let me collect myself here.
If you watched it without paying attention, it was a lot like The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. They had guests and an audience and a band, but it was weird. Even though it looked like every other talk show, it wasn’t. It was totally original, primarily because the host of the show, who a lot of times seemed embarrassed to be there [and] did not seem like a part of show business – was uncomfortable. He never pretended to be excited. His way of saying things was so subtle that a lot of times the people he was talking to didn’t know he was joking.
This is a very small example, but a good one, I think. Dave once took a camera crew into a store that sold nothing but lampshades. The store was called Just Shades…and there was a hug sign out front it said Just Shades –
He walked in and he asked the very serious woman who owned the store, ‘So what can you get in here?’ And she said, ‘What can you get in here? Shades. Just shades.’ And Dave said, ‘But seriously, what can you get in here besides shades?’ And she said, ‘Nothing.’ And he said, ‘Have you ever thought about just going crazy and selling lamps also?’ And the woman said, ‘No. Never. We do not sell lamps, only shades. That is why our name is Just Shades.
It was like he had one of those tiny-sized screwdrivers you use on eyeglasses and he was always just gently twisting a little screw all the time. And I loved it, I loved it – I started drawing pictures of Dave on the cover of my textbooks at school. When I turned 16, (we have a picture) That’s my Aunt Chippy –
My mother baked me a Late Night With David Letterman cake, and I – and you can see I’m wearing a Dave Letterman letterman jacket.
My first car, I went to the DMV and I got a L8 NITE vanity plate. That’s my little brother wearing pajamas [jams], he’s still wears them by the way.
[Jimmy Kimmel:] Source: LYBIO.net
We had no VCR, so I’d have Late Night With David Letterman viewing parties at my house in the middle of the night. My friends, who also loved the show… Cleto [Escobedo] was one of them would come over at midnight. My parents would be asleep and we’d drink soda and watch the show. Looking back, I’ve now figured out why none of the girls at school wanted to have sex with me.
I watched the show every night and never missed it, and little did I know that many years and many pounds later, that watching the show was a great education for me. I learned almost nothing in college. I really didn’t. But watching Late Night, not only did I learn how to do everything from Dave, the reason I have this show is – is because the executives at ABC saw me when I was a guest on Dave’s show and hired me to host this show, so I want to thank Dave and his writers and producers.
[Jimmy Kimmel:] Source: LYBIO.net
I want to say – this is great – he probably would of signed the show. Tomorrow night is Letterman’s Farewell show and I’d like it to make sure you watch that instead of our show – we will have a show tomorrow – it’s gonna be a re-run – please especially if you’re a young person who doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. Dave is the best and you should see him. And uh…I wanna – I want to show you a little piece of one of my favorite segments from the show – this is something that we would quote over and over again where kids it’s a parody of one of those after school specials that they used to run on all the major networks in the 70’s and early 80’s – I looked this up on YouTube the other day and I think this sums up how I feel this week – almost supernaturally well.
[David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947):]
Jimmy! Oh, Jimmy! Jimmy! Jimmy, I’ve been looking all over for you, hey hey hold – hold on there, come on, Jimmy! I know how you feel, hurt at first, but believe me, you’re going to get over it.
You don’t understand. Nobody does.
Jimmy, just because the show is canceled doesn’t mean it goes away forever. It can live on through reruns and syndication.
You mean, I might see Voyagers again?
Well, ya, maybe in some form or another. You know Jimmy, I remember when they cancelled Six-Million Dollar Man. Boy, I thought my world was going to end. But then the Fall Guy premiered and my prayers were answered. Sure it was a different time Slightly different format but I adjusted. And you know what, I grew a little in the process too.
And one more thing you know – Cleto before we do this – I want to say – Cleto Escobedo, our band leader who I’ve known since I was 9 years old is very uncomfortable speaking in public – we had a friend who got married Cleta gave the single worst best-man speech that has ever been given and I was a wedding DJ, I’ve seen hundreds of them – true yes?
That’s true. Yes, sir.
So what you are about to see is a bonafide act of love Cleto would like to say something about counter-part at Late Show the Great Paul Shaffer. So – go ahead Cleto you have the floor.
[Cleto Escobedo:] Source: L Y B I O . N E T
You know, I’ve been watching and learning from Paul since I was a kid, never knowing I’d end up here with this – with this job and I think uh…any of us who are fortunate enough to have a job like this owe a lot to Paul and I believe he’s the gold standard. He’s been so generous and kind to us over the years that I’m just going to really miss seeing Paul and his most dangerous band in my living room every night so here’s to you Paul… Thank you …. fabulous. Fabulous…
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