The Letterman Effect: 15 Comedians Talk About What Performing on Letterman Meant to Them

Adam Newman on Letterman

“I performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and it changed my whole comedy trajectory. I went from featuring and playing bar shows all over the country to instantly being able to headline some of the best clubs in the country. It legitimized me. It made me feel  like I had hit the  mountaintop of comedy. It meant everything to me.”

“The night I did Letterman went perfectly. It was one of the best days of my life.  But about three weeks before I taped Letterman was the date I was originally supposed to. I got bumped. It sucked allthe air out of me. I got physically ill.”