Okay, the 21st century is about to really begin.
This week heralded the passing of a generational torch from one well-regarded late-night TV host to another — from David Letterman, who is retiring after three “Late Show” decades, to Stephen Colbert on the ascent.
First, the on-camera reactions from the principals and friendly rivals:
Jimmy Fallon (who recently planted a new flag on the late-night map himself):
The King of All Media (why not?):
And, um, Rush Limbaugh has declared that this means (culture) war:
The change of administrations is scheduled for 2015. And so begins a year of speculation and anticipation, not unlike before a presidential election. Or Oscar night.
As exemplified in a pair of great features on Grantland, the general reaction to Colbert’s succession (not “replacement”) has been huzzahs and goodwill for Colbert, and genuine gratitude and fond affection for Letterman.
Questions are already emerging, of course: Will Colbert be “Stephen Colbert” when he moves from “The Colbert Report” on cable and takes the “Late Show” stage on network television? Or will he be himself? Do we even know the man from the character?
Here’s where we invite readers to post a video link (and maybe a few words) in the comments, sharing your favorite Letterman and/or Colbert moment.
No ranking, no judging. Watch a few, watch them all. We all win.
We’ll start you off with this one, from the Colbert vaults: