Moontower Comics on Letterman and on Letterman


David Letterman announced yesterday that he will be stepping down sometime next year. The voice of a generation, Letterman inspired scores of comics everywhere and reinvented the talk show. It’s hard to imagine the talk show landscape without him. Here now are some Moontower comics alternately appearing on Letterman and talking about his influence.


Andy Kindler on “replacing Letterman.”

Ian Karmel’s a fan.

Mike Birbiglia gets real.



Hannibal Buress makes his Letterman debut.

Marc Maron talks interviewing Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner.

Mike MacRae performs during ‘Impressionist Week’

Let’s raise a glass to Letterman this weekend. He was our Johnny and then some. Thanks for the laughs.

mm John Merriman

John Merriman has worked with the Moontower festival since it's inception in 2012. He is the co-host of the festival's long-running interview series "Inside Joke" where he has interviewed luminaries including Steven Wright, Maria Bamford and Patton Oswalt. Before Moontower, he spent five years at the Austin Film Fesival as a film programmer where he helped launch the Comedy Vanguard program and the Funniest Filmmaker in Austin series. He has called Austin his home since 1996.

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