Film and TV

Only Bill Murray, Tina Fey Outrank Peyton Manning on David Letterman's Last Top 10


As pretty much everyone with a working knowledge of broadcast television knows, David Letterman hosted his final Late Show last night, bringing to a close a 33-year run as a yakker for various networks.

To mark the occasion, his nightly top ten list, featuring the topic "Things I've Always Wanted to Say to Dave," was delivered by a star-studded cast.

And who was number three? Peyton Manning, quarterback of your Denver Broncos.

Granted, Manning was present mainly for his achievements as the QB for his previous team, the Indianapolis Colts. Letterman's from Indiana and reveres Manning for having brought a Super Bowl to his home state.


Yet the esteem in which Letterman holds Manning was illustrated by where he fell among the other nine celebs: number three, ahead of Alec Baldwin, Barbara Walters, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carey, Chris Rock and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and behind only Tina Fey and Bill Murray.

And at least Peyton did wear an orange tie.

His line? "You are to comedy what I am to...comedy."

Look below to see a clip focusing on Peyton as shared by the University of Tennessee, his alma mater, and the complete top ten.


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