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30 years of David Letterman

Slide 1 of 36: Ticket holders wait in line to enter the Ed Sullivan Theatre to watch the first episode of the "Late Show with David Letterman" to air since Letterman's production company struck a deal to allow writers to come back to work, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, in New York

After more than 30 years of late-night comedy, interview and Top 10 lists, David Letterman signed off the "Late Show" on May 20. Some are saying that's why the show's in the running for the Outstanding Variety Talk Series Emmy Award this year. Will retiring give him the edge? Let's take a look back at some of the highlights over the years, first at NBC's "Late Night with David Letterman", and for the long-run on CBS' "Late Show.'

© Peter Kramer/AP
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