I don’t watch much late night tv anymore, and I never liked Dave as much at 11:30 as at 12:30, but he was one of my two biggest influences in my teen years. (I won’t tell you who the other one is since I know many of you don’t like her.) I’m sad to hear he’s retiring.
I guess my favorite bits were the crazy Chris Elliot appearances and the recurring characters Father Biff and Dwight the Troubled Teen. I also always loved the music, whether it was the musical guests or Paul’s choice of songs for interview guests — “The Clean-Up Woman” for Martha Stewart and “Tennessee” for Al Gore stand out.
Here’s two of my favorite musical moments: Warren Zevon’s last live performance and Bill Murray’s appearance as the 12:30 show’s first guest ever.