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

Kathleen Madigan on Letterman

“The first time I was on I felt like I was as high as I could go for tv stuff, so I was really excited.  Letterman I think gives you the street cred amongst your peers, and people that, maybe you’re a little bit more on the inside.”

“The Late Night Show thing– he took it in a kind of sillier direction, like with the Top Ten lists and stuff like that. Carson had his silly moments, but Letterman took some of the reverence out it, I think, and made it just a little more fun, I guess.”