Seinfeld Swaps Places with ‘Talk Show Animal’ Letterman

The comedian's final Late Show appearance included a great Larry Sanders reference.

God bless Jerry Seinfeld for referencing The Larry Sanders Show.

Last night on The Late Show with David Letterman, after swapping places with the retiring talk show host to interview Dave as a guest, the comedian telescoped back to the 1992-98 HBO series:

“Do you remember that line that Rip Torn had, where he’s trying to convince Garry [Shandling] not to quit or something? He said, ‘You’re a talk show animal. Half-man, half-desk.’ You remember that line? My favorite line from that series. And that’s what you are…”

When Letterman asked Seinfeld, father-to-father, what he should expect during son Harry’s forthcoming 12th year, the comedian touched on the “animated movie infinity wheel of hell” and the unspoken audience catch-22 responsible for 15 centuries of circus performances.

To mark the end of Letterman’s run, Seinfeld also started out last night by reprising material from his very first Late Night stand-up routine in 1982.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.