A man of letters

A man of letters

Channel-surfing the vast cultural wasteland: David Letterman, now the longest-tenured talk show host on late-night TV has extended his contract with CBS and will remain at the “Late Show” until 2015, giving him a year to compete head-to-head with Jimmy Kimmel on ABC and Jimmy Fallon on NBC (Page B4).

Herewith, the Top 10 reasons Letterman is sticking around:

No. 10. Not tired of making jokes about not winning an Emmy each year.

No. 9. Doesn’t want the guilt of an unemployed Paul Shaffer on his conscience.

No. 8. Hasn’t even scratched the surface of Stupid Human Tricks.

No. 7. CBS’ great dental coverage.

No. 6. Only just recently nailed the pronunciation of his boss’ name, Leslie Moonves.

No. 5. Paul repeating punch lines never gets old.

No. 4. Needs an excuse to avoid joining Jay Leno for a road trip when he retires.

No. 3. Won’t run for public office; too many idiots in Congress as it is.

No. 2. Holding out hope for that elusive interview with Mitt Romney.

And the No. 1 reason David Letterman is sticking around: Kinda likes the idea of being the filling in a late-night Jimmy sandwich.

—Jon Bauer, Herald staff

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