Letterman Genius

For days, trading video links with Dan about performances or interviews or sketches from David Letterman and the world’s most dangerous band. His winces, grit teeth, uncomfortable straight-arm clapping was Bob Newhart with tennis shoes, Johnny Carson with hangups, Peter Jennings with sardonic ease, Jay Leno with talent, Mario Cuomo with apologies, Lorne Michaels with a chip on his shoulder, Tom Green with common sense, Chris Elliott with charisma, Evel Knieval with discernment, and a Pied Piper coaxing strange music for a classroom of caffeinated, defiant, goof-drawn, somewhat apolitical toddlers. Love him.