By Natasha Brown
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — David Letterman’s retirement is the talk of the town.
The late night legend has had a big impact on fans and rising stars in our area.
The news came as quite a shock to Letterman fans in Philadelphia.
“What! I’m shocked,” a Letterman fan said.
“When it’s time to call it quits, it’s time to call it quits,” another fan said.
After 22 years on late night television, David Letterman is calling it quits and the stunning news is reverberating throughout crowds in the city, like here at Helium Comedy Club.
“It’s just one more icon who won’t be on TV anymore, kind of take those things for granted,” a fan said.
Rich Vos is performing his standup routine Thursday night, and while he hasn’t ever performed on the David Letterman show, he says his wife, who is also a comedian, has.
“My wife’s done it twice. Hands down he’s the best,” Vos said.
“This is the card that David Letterman read when our band went on,” Scott Terry of Moorestown said.
Terry holds on to this memento. He founded the band Red Wanting Blue. Years ago they were a little known group until they got their chance at the spotlight on the Letterman show.
“It was a milestone for our band, it was our first time on national TV, so for us it was a huge moment,” Terry said.
Terry has held on to fond memories of his interaction with Letterman and what the band’s performance on the show meant.
“Now in light of all this news, now I’m hoping I get to shake his hand one more time. It’s the end of an era to have Dave Letterman be leaving late night television,” he said.
The end of an irreplaceable era in late night TV.