It seems that the whole world has been saying a long goodbye to David Letterman, who ends his 33-year run as host of the Late Show tonight. The veritable king of late-night has given us plenty of moments to talk about over the years, from Dave dunking himself in a suit made of Alka-Seltzers, to Drew Barrymore's revealing intervew, to Joaquin Phoenix using the Late Show as an opportunity to try on an interesting new persona. Before viral was viral, the Late Show was creating moments to watch. Over the last few weeks, Dave and Co. have packed the episodes with visits from favorite guests and friends. See below for a few handpicked moments from Dave's long farewell that have gained traction as the show builds up to a close.
Tina Fey's #LastDressEver. Fey isn't comfy in the Spanx she's wearing beneath her fancy dress, and she wants the world to know. Fey's baring it all on the Late Show stage has become one of the most-watched moments of the goodbye series and has even inspired a hashtag - #LastDressEver. Watch Fey's tribute to Dave, and also, as she says, "the last time I'm wearing a fancy dress on a talk show, ever."
Adam Sandler's Goodbye Song. Sandler, known for penning the "The Chanukah Song" for Saturday Night Live, lends his musical gifts for a tearful farewell ode to David Letterman. "He's leaving after thirty years, and he will be missed," he sings. "If gap-toothed men in double-breasted suits are your thing, he's number one on your list."
Norm MacDonald Chokes Up. MacDonald's wry humor can't quite cover up the tears. Hear him retell a joke from the first time he saw Letterman do stand-up (around the 5:50 mark) and offer one of the most heartfelt farewells of all the guests so far.
Tom Hanks Whips Out the Selfie Stick. Lovable Tom Hanks convinces Dave to take a selfie using one of those ubiquitous, newfangled selfie sticks. "You know what, Dave? They sell these all over Florence, which was the birthplace of the Renaissance!"
Bill Murray Pops Out of a Cake. Bill Murray was one of the Late Show's first guests in 1982. And he's always up to something. Now see him give Dave a big, gooey hug after jumping (with some difficulty) out of an enormous cake.
Click here to see other clips from Letterman's long goodbye. And tune in this evening (May 20th, 11:30 EST) for the last episode. And let us know if you have any favorite viral moments from Letterman past.