Saying Goodbye to David Letterman: A Look Back at His 33-Year Legacy

When NBC handed David Letterman Late Night in 1982, his offbeat humor ushered in a new era of late night.

Thirty-three years later, he’s stepping down from a late-night landscape that changed around him, having stayed true to himself as the medium changed from appointment viewing to something to be easily digested the next morning in three- to four-minute clips.

Joan Rivers, Johnny Carson & the Bumpy Road to Tonight

Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday, was one of late-night television’s true pioneers. And inextricably tied to her legacy of trailblazing is her relationship with The Tonight Show, and the long shadow that Johnny Carson cast over her career.

Comedian Steve Rossi Dies

Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV variety shows, died Sunday at age 82.

His friend of 40 years, Michael Flores, told the Associated Press on Sunday that he visited the pal who introduced him to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in hospice care in Las Vegas on Friday, and that Rossi was weak from cancer of the esophagus that had spread but wasn’t in any pain.

Johnny Carson's Nephew Brings Tonight Show to New Generation

Heeere’s Johnny!

Twenty-one years after the King of Late Night retired from NBC’s The Tonight Show after a 30-year run, Johnny Carson is back on the small screen – this time on tablets and smartphones via iTunes starting Tuesday.

Carson, who was 79 when he died of emphysema in 2005, filmed 4,351 episodes of the late-night staple.

Tonight Show Pays Loving Tribute to Johnny

As fans of the late Johnny Carson placed flowers on his Hollywood Boulevard star and at a makeshift memorial in New York’s Times Square Monday, the home base of TV’s host of hosts, NBC’s Tonight Show, paid proper tribute with an affectionate, all-star retrospective in beautiful downtown Burbank.

On hand, with current host Jay Leno, were Carson stalwarts Bob Newhart and Don Rickles, Carson discovery Drew Carey, and Carson’s professional sidekick for three decades, Ed McMahon.