I love Letterman, again. He lost me as a viewer somewhere in the late '80s when he began to be unforgiveably rude to certain guests, for no apparent reason. I remember his morning show. I guess I watched it in the summers during my high school years (there, that dates me as a non-baby boomer). I loved it. He used to buy the stupid junk from backs of magazines and give demonstrations--a comb with wavy teeth that will "curl your hair instantly." As far as discomfort goes, I haven't seen Pekar on the show, but the Rush Limbaugh show was extrEEEEmly uncomfortable. Dave's audience is pretty left of center--which may be one reason I like to watch--and they simply wouldn't laugh along with Limbaugh. Dave wouldn't either. As far as the age of Dave's audience--when did Dave start calling his audience "kids"? I don't remember this when I was watching as a "kid" (are college-age folk "kids")? What might this say about the way Dave positions himself as an aging entertainer. How is it that Johnny Carson always gets such amazingly positive audience response when he comes on Dave's show? Carson's retirement and his general star quality may factor in to the response, but I can't help feeling that Dave has made Carson popular with a new and young crowd. Maybe that's stretching it.