There is so much that is remarkable and poignant about this clip: that Kirby is both funny and relatively healthy...how WCCO (CBS affilitate) anchorman Don Shelby is actually funny in the breaking news inserts...the genuine affection the Minnesotans in the studio audience had for Engelbert Kirbydink...seeing David Letterman in the period before he became crabby and partisan. It reminds me how much has changed in 15 years...
For context, this airing ocurred less than one calendar year after Kirby's traumatic, premature retirement, when glaucoma robbed him of the sight in his right eye. I know that Bob Dylan said "Don't Look Back." Yet, to submit for your approval, you can gleen how much you've lost or gained in doing so. Yours to decide. Either way, it's nice to see Kirby smile and laugh (see 1:38 mark, etc.)
As our good old friend at the mic (Herb Carneal) would say:
"...and the count rides along." - TT