...What’s amusing is how unamusing he is in the clip. How sour he seems...Well, it appears that David Letterman has spawned a parody in caricature.
This posture was fresh in ’80; it even had energy. But it paralyzes the heart after a while. You end up an SOB who shows up at the end of the night to reassure that nothing matters. I think he may have invented the posture of Nerd Cool, an aspect so familiar to anyone who reads message boards - the skill at deflating enthusiasm, puncturing passion with a hatpin lobbed from a safe distance. The instinctive unease with the wet messy energy of actual people.
(H.T. Ed Driscoll.)
Letterman photo: AskMen.com.
Debbie Downer photo: Brainfitforlife.com