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David Letterman's 65th birthday: 'Late Show' all-time Top 10 lists
Talk show legend and North Salem resident David Letterman celebrates his 65th birthday today. What better way to mark the occasion than to count down “Late Show with David Letterman’”s best Top 10 lists of all time?
That’s right, we’re doing a top 10 of Letterman’s Top 10 lists. Before we start, you might want to check out this slice of history: Letterman’s first-ever list, which dates back to 1985. The topic was a little underwhelming -- “top 10 words that almost rhyme with peas” -- but perfectly encapsulates the host’s sardonic sense of humor.
Here now, from the home office in North Salem, are the Top 10 “Late Show with David Letterman” Top 10 lists of all time.
10. Top 10 Barack Obama Campaign Promises
Presented by then-presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008, one of his promises was to appoint his future presidential rival Mitt Romney as “the Secretary of Lookin’ Good.” And his number one promise? “Appoint Vice President Oprah.”
9. Top 10 things That Sound Cool When Said By Snoop Dogg
The artist now known as Snoop Lion delivered the Top 10 list in his signature laconic style. His delivery of “let’s go to the Gap and buy underpants” is a particular highlight.
8. Top 10 Favorite George W. Bush Moments
Letterman always seemed so personally tickled by the former president’s foibles, and a Top 10 list gave him an opportunity to revisit all of of GWB’s “greatest” hits.
7. Top 10 Reasons I Like Being an Actor
Film legends Robert De Niro, who owns a home in Ulster County, and Al Pacino, a Palisades homeowner, teamed up for this Top 10 list. Both issue their lines with straight faces, but the best moment might be De Niro’s deadpan delivery of “It’s the makeup. I like wearing the makeup.”
6. Top 10 Things We'll Miss About Jay Leno
Letterman recently used his Top 10 list to pay a tribute of sorts to Jay Leno, a New Rochelle native, after it was announced that former Saugerties resident Jimmy Fallon would take over “The Tonight Show” from Leno in 2014. While it wasn’t screamingly funny, it was oddly sincere.
5. Top 10 Things Bob Barker Can Say Now That He's Retired
What makes this so funny is how Bob Barker delivers the list with gusto -- as if these were real things he was giddy to say now that he was no longer hosting "The Price is Right." Barker made every line sing, most memorably when he said, “On my last show I’m going to tell people, ‘go neuter yourselves.’ ”
4. Top 10 Favorite California Names
Presented during a "Late Show" taping in San Francisco in 1996, this top 10 list featured Californians saying their unintentionally funny (and punny) names. So of course you have your guys named Dick and Harry, but also a poor woman name Justa Duck.
3. Top 10 Effects of Y2K
On the eve of the new millenium, James Earl Jones, a Pawling resident, delivered a list of 10 things that will be affected by Y2K. (Remember when the Y2K bug was something everybody feared?) Jones' mellifluous voice heightened the hilariousness of his delivery, especially when he uttered, “stuff’s going ‘splode.”
2. Top 10 Things U2 Has Learned Over the Years
To promote their 2009 album “No Line on the Horizon,” rock megastars U2 stopped by The Ed Sullivan Theater. The group shared the top 10 things they have learned from their time as rock stars, which the four band members delivered with aplomb, especially when The Edge went off-script and made a jab at fellow musician Sting.
1. The Top 10 Things Never Before Said On "The Sopranos"
"The Sopranos" aired its series finale in 2007, and the show's cast got together to share arguably the best Top 10 list ever delivered on the show. Each cast member delivered their lines just as their characters would have, which added to the fun, and Edie Falco, a former Purchase College student, had one of the list’s biggest laughs with, “I can’t go to prison -- Martha Stewart will eat me alive.”
What’s your favorite Top 10 list from “Late Show”? Let us know in the comments!