David Letterman’s 33-year career in late-night television memorably gave a lot of would-be comedy writers and producers their own starts in show business as interns, receptionists and pages — and wouldn’t you know it — even his grand finale held true to that formula.
Caroline Schaper, a 22-year-old intern for Letterman who just graduated from the University of Michigan, scored the top two jokes on Late Show with David Letterman‘s final Top 10.
“Things I Always Wanted to Say to Dave” attracted A-list celebs and funny people, with Tina Fey delivering Schaper’s joke for #2, “Thanks for finally proving men can be funny.”
Bill Murray uttered the #1 reveal, also penned by Schaper: “Dave, I’ll never have the money I owe you.”
Schaper spoke to CNN today from France, saying her parents had given her a vacation there as a graduation gift since she majored in French. As for the jokes and her role on Letterman, she explained:
“I wanted to write for late-night TV for a long time, so in my free time at the show, I would just write down Top 10 jokes for practice. And then Chris Belair, one of the writers at the show, found out I was practicing and talked to the head writer, and made it so that I could submit. So for about a month I had been submitting jokes, and it just so happened that the two I wrote for Bill and Tina were the ones that ended up getting said by Bill and Tina.”
Kudos! Roll the clip.