But as any comedian will tell you, staying out of the spotlight isn't easy. Dave's lineup of influential guests includes George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey, Howard Stern and President Barack Obama.
David Letterman's anticipated return date to television is set.
Almost 14 million people watched Letterman's final show on CBS in May 2015.
In fact, the only thing that might overshadow the TV icon on his new Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, is his first guest: former President Barack Obama. The first episode will stream on Friday, Jan. 12, and a new episode will be made available each subsequent month.
The streaming platform teased the new show's January 12 launch in a tweet with a lineup topped by the former United States leader: "Obama".
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman premieres Friday, January 12th on Netflix. Netflix and the Radical brothers put this show idea together.
The Late Show standby is back for a six-episode series with some of his most impressive friends.
As hinted with the series's title, Letterman's latest show will be largely interview-based: according to a press release, each hour-long installment will feature "one extraordinary figure whom Dave finds fascinating". Interviews will take place both inside and outside a studio setting. But if we're lucky, this could just be the beginning of Letterman's work at Netflix.