Dear David Letterman

I used to occasionally watch and enjoy your show, especially your top ten segment. That is why it is so very distressing to me to realize you may have taken leave of your senses; specifically your sense of humor and your sense of propriety.

To help get you back on track, I’d like to offer a some simple tests you can use to determine if your jokes are actually funny or just in poor taste.

Test 1

Would you consider telling your joke to your mother or daughter? Or a nun? If not, your joke may not be funny. Proceed to Test 2.

Test 2

Would you consider telling the same joke about your wife, mother, sister or daughter? If not, there is a good chance that your joke is not funny. If you still have doubts, proceed to Test 3.

Test 3: Ultimate Litmus Test

Would you consider telling the same joke about Michelle Obama? Or about Sasha or Malia Obama? If not, your joke is not only not funny but has very likely passed beyond the bounds of decency. Anyone telling this joke should probably be banned from polite society.

Mr. Letterman, since you seem to be both humor and propriety impaired, I hope you make use of these simple tests when formulating your top ten lists in the future.




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9 responses to “Dear David Letterman

  1. Shawn O'Rourke

    Well written Mamn! I think all of us need to use these three simple tests from time to time.

  2. sulla

    Letterman’s show reminds me of a line from Tom Lehrer. “I find that if you take the various popular song forms to their logical extremes, you can arrive at almost anything from the ridiculous to the obscene – or, as they say in New York, sophisticated.”

    Or as they might say these days of someone with whom they agree, “edgy.”

    Dave stopped being edgy/sophisticated years ago. Now, he’s just angry, partisan, tasteless, and…obscene. He’s everything he imagines Rush Limbaugh to be.

    Sad, really. Another once-amusing entertainer lost to the siren song of self-importance.

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  4. Letterman has jumped the shark!

  5. Where is the outrage from A Rod? Letterman insinuates he would impregnate a young woman during a seventh inning stretch and he’s silent on this? If I were him I’d be using Dave’s head for batting practice.

  6. thank you for speaking up for decency, it should not matter what side of the fence, it is a matter of respect for women, it does matter, thank you

  7. Crista

    It’s nice to visit your blog.

    • paulag1955

      Well, thank you for visiting. I really appreciate the fact that people take the time to read it.

  8. Kat

    Somebody posted a link to a Huffington Post article on Twitter that was supposed to show how opportunistic Palin was being about Letterman. Unfortunately, I think it showed how long the “funny” people have been scummy. They list 10 incidences that been ignored including a few by Rush and McCain, both of which were repugnant, but as I remember the right were not happy about those remarks…at least I thought they were over the top.

    Cindy has a point. Has A-Rod commented at all on this?

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