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comments on Letterman's tribute to Johnny, which I caught Monday night.
At first, I thought something went wrong and CBS was showing a repeat, because the jokes in Letterman's monologue were not up to the minute. Then Letterman revealed that the jokes were all Johnny's.
Needless to say, it was interesting to see the normally irreverant and sarcastic Letterman speak with sincerity and humility. (I missed his post 9/11 show). But the best part was the clips from the Letterman show over the years featuring Johnny. In one, Letterman and Paul Schaffer are in California, changing a tire on the side of the road. Letterman flags down a convertible, and it's Johnny, who just shakes his head and drives off.