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In the wake of Johnny Carson’s death, it was noted that he had kept his finger in the late-night pie by supplying Dave Letterman with a steady supply of monologue jokes.

So how did Letterman show his appreciation?

You heard Johnny Carson had been slipping jokes to David Letterman. You may not know that the “Late Night” host would send his “Tonight” mentor a sly thanks on the air by doing a Carsonesque golf swing. Esquire writer Bill Zehme, who landed the last interview with Carson, tells us Letterman also made sure to send Carson a check for every joke. “Johnny would endorse the check with a smart-ass remark for Dave to read when the check came back to him.”

I’ve noticed Dave doing those swings every so often during his openings, with accompanying drumroll from the band. It was obviously a tip of the hat to Carson’s style, but I was unaware of the linkage as punctuation marks for jokes coming specifically from Carson. I think The Late Show should run a montage of those golf-swing moments, in tribute.

Leno should run such a montage, too. Oh, wait — he doesn’t have any golf-swing moments…

(Via Hooray for Captain Spaulding)

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 01/29/2005 02:37:03 PM
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  1. Leno sucks.

    Comment by Easy — 01/29/2005 @ 09:34:18 PM

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