Letterman scores Kennedy Center honor

September 13, 2012
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More than the Super Bowl, more than the Oscars, the one televised event I look forward to most each year is the Kennedy Center Honors. Each year, the D.C.-based cultural center not only picks five artists or groups with significant careers in the arts, but it also creates celebratory performances for each.

This year, the event will be even more significant to Hoosiers with the inclusion of David Letterman among the honorees. By my count, the last Indiana-connected artist to be on the list was 2008's Twyla Tharp. This puts Letterman in the esteemed comedic company of Mel Brooks, Steve Martin, Victor Borge, and Bill Cosby.

And, FYI, Johnny Carson made it in 1993. Leno? Nope.

The performance will take place at the Kennedy Center on Dec. 2 with the program airing Dec. 26 on CBS.

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  • Excellent!
    Like you, Lou, I always look forward to the Kennedy Center awards. And as long as I have known about Lettermen (which includes his day as a weatherman on Indianapolis TV), I have been a fan of his sardonic brand of humor. Could not be happier that he is going to be recognized this way.
    • Dave's Kennedy Center Honor
      I can't wait to see the Kennedy Center Honors show for David. He has always made me laugh MAO. I just love him. He is so cranky and quirky, for always wearing white (or are they grey?) socks, and cranky when he yells at Paul when his musical intro is too long. I love when his guests are comics Steve Martin, Amy Sedaris or Bill Murray. They are always so funny with him. Dave deserves this honor! You go Dave!
    • The best, for a long time
      I started watching David Letterman in 1979 when he was with NBC. He has always amazed me with his ability to poke fun out of ordinary situations. Keep up the great work!
    • what's not to love
      David Letterman, the guy accused multiple times for sexually harassing employees, ultimately admitting on air - what a great choice. Oh an he is good at "poking fun" usually only if it against a conervative. I used to watch, no thanks anymore
      • I'll say it ain't so, Joe
        "Joe" says David sexually harrassed his female employees. This is so untrue. He had an "office" affair with his intern, Stephanie, who was quite a willing participant. He may not be much too look at, gapped teeth and all, but his female employees love him, it's a known fact, I've ready many articles when this came out were his employees were quoted as saying they were really into him. I can see why, he's so damn funny. As far as his leaning towards conservatismn, that's a whole other ballgame, and "not that there's anything wrong with that". Romney/Paul can take a hike, but again, that's whole other can of worms. When there was the writer's strike several yrs ago when he grew that goofy beard in support of his writers, he PAID salaries of his writers out of his own pocket to keep his staff from financial burden. Thats a reported FACT too. He's not only funny, but kind and generous.

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