Funnyman David Letterman may have ended his iconic "the David Letterman Show," but he is still putting smiles on faces. Recently, the comedian traveled with Al Franken to St. Paul, Minnesota. The Star Tribune reported that Letterman was in town to shoot an episode of his new docu-series that will air on Netflix.

While in town the duo stopped at the Afro Deli owned by Somali-born Abdirahman Kahin. Franken is a regular at the establishment; he even praised Abdirahman's entrepreneurship along with his creative Mediterranean and African cuisine at ex-President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address.

The 'Mark Twain' for Letterman

David Letterman recently received the prestigious Mark Twain award. The talk show host received the honor in a star-studded ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Among the attendees were previous awardees Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Jimmy Kimmel, Eddie Vedder and Al Franken.

Letterman who is 70, hosted late-night shows on television for 33 memorable years and has the credit of the longest running shows on NBC and CBS. The final telecast for his storied career on May 20, 2015, was episode number 6028. The late-night host had even shattered the record previously held by his mentor Johnny Carson.

Legendary run on Late Night TV

The "David Letterman" show run on NBC was iconic, with his unique brand of comedy influencing a whole generation of television watchers.

What helped was the fact that his time slot followed immediately after Carson’s "Tonight Show." Letterman used the opportunity to steal the younger audience from his mentor by using his humor to entertain them. Two of his iconic yet silly amusements were the Stupid Pet Tricks and Stupid Human Tricks that brings laughter to the audience.

Among his bizarre antics were tossing objects from the top of a five-story building; he was even instrumental in making cult figures out of people like Larry “Bud” Melman.

Humble beginnings of the icon

Letterman started off as a radio talk show host and an Indiana TV weatherman, then later he moved to Los Angles in the mid-70s and started performing stand-up comedy.

The comedian also wrote jokes for Jimmy Walker, who catapulted to fame on “Good Times.” Letterman was eventually invited to be a part of Carson’s “The Tonight Show.” Subsequently, he performed from 1978 as a regular guest host, and a few years later he started the Late Night show.

"The David Letterman Show" debuted on February 1, 1982, on NBC. The very first guest was actor Bill Murray, the Mark Twain awardee in 2016. Murray recently presented the iconic comedian with the prestigious Mark Twain Award for 2017, capping his illustrious career as a talk show host.