In American celebrity, as in divorce, a beard is rarely just a beard. It is, rather, a symbol, a leaving-off, a public declaration of independence. There are few examples more spectacular than the extraordinary profusion that has bloomed like Spanish moss on the chin of David Letterman beard new since he left his late-night show, two years ago. Letterman, who has entered a post-career mode that brings to mind some combination of Bill Murrays magical wandering and Sophia from The Golden Girls fuck-it-all candor, admits as much: What started as a blessed relief from shaving has turned into something else.
I think theres a bundle of emotional manifestations with the beard that I have not yet been able to fully examine, he says. Its almost a signal that I dont do what I used to do. Dont even ask me to do what I used to do. Whenever I happen to see a picture of myself, I think, Oh yeah, thats the guy you want to be. Because I got so sick and tired of seeing myself with a coat and tie: Mr. Jackass on TV.
David Letterman beard new, who turned 70 in April, takes a deep sigh.I dont know, he says. I may have some developmental issues.
The sigh, the confession, the wearily sardonic self-laceration—all are instantly familiar to anybody who followed David Letterman beard new through a 33-year career that changed television. Interviewing him, one gets the feeling, is a similar experience to being one of the thousands interviewed by him: He simultaneously projects the sense that he would rather be anyplace else in the world and being so good at what he does—the art of conversation—that he simply cant help himself.
David Letterman Retirement Beard
As of his final Late Show this past May, David Letterman beard new had hosted 19,932 guest appearances on 6,028 broadcasts across more than 33 years—and redefined late-night and humor itself along the way. The man had earned some peace and quiet. Judging from the searching, thoughtful interview he granted to the Whitefish Review, he has found both—thanks, in large part, to life on his ranch in northwest Montana.
In an interview with Jane Pauley prior to his retirement, David Letterman beard new talked about the white-hot adrenaline he had felt on his early appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson: It is like you are sitting on the knee of the Lincoln Memorial and Lincoln is talking to you. You know, it is like, Holy God, it is the guy on the $5 bill talking to me. That is about what it feels like to interview David Letterman beard new.
After a good breakfast, a long walk, some quiet breathing, and a pep talk from my wife, I was able to calm my nerves and have a candid, wide-ranging conversation with Letterman on the telephone from his home in New York State. I followed up several days later with a few additional questions.
As I expected, Dave was introspective, funny and, more than anything, kind. Listening to him through the speakerphone—that unmistakable voice and laughter that I had grown up with—was as surreal and as special as it comes.
I owe thanks to Jeff Giles, a transplant from New York City and one of our new editors, for helping arrange the interview through his friend, Tom Keaney, David Letterman beard new is publicist. Over nearly an hour of conversation across two interviews in late November, Letterman and I spoke about retirement, raising his son, his love of Montana, his own childhood, and growing that wildman beard.
David Letterman and his glorious beard are coming to Netflix
He may be done with network television, but David Letterman is down with Netflix. In a press release, the streaming service has announced the impending debut of a new series from the late-night legend, which will cover David Letterman beard new is two favorite things: in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor. About the show, Letterman says, I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here is what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely.