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Encyclopedia > David Letterman
David Letterman
David Letterman entertaining troops in Iraq.
David Letterman entertaining troops in Iraq.
Pseudonym Earl Hofert
Birth name David Michael Letterman
Born April 12, 1947 (1947-04-12) (age 61)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Medium stand-up, television
Nationality American
Years active 1975–present
Genres Observational comedy, Surreal humor
Subject(s) self-deprecation, everyday life
Influences Steve Allen, Johnny Carson, Ernie Kovacs, Jack Paar, Paul Dixon
Influenced Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Jim Gaffigan, Jon Stewart
Spouse Michelle Cook (1969–1977) (divorced)

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Notable works and roles Host of Late Night with David Letterman (NBC)
Host of The Late Show (CBS)
Website CBS.com/latenight/lateshow
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program
1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 Late Night with David Letterman

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
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David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.) is an Emmy Award-winning American television host and comedian. His first major success occurred on the long-running NBC television program, Late Night with David Letterman, before moving to CBS in 1993 to his current place on the Late Show. In 1969, Letterman married Michelle Cook; the marriage ended by divorce in 1977.[1] He also had a long-term relationship with former head writer and producer on Late Night, Merrill Markoe. Letterman has a son, Harry Joseph, (born November 3, 2003) with longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko. Harry is named for Letterman's father, Harry Joe Letterman, who died at age 57 [2]. The family resides in North Salem, New York[3]. is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Indianapolis redirects here. ... For other uses, see Indiana (disambiguation). ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... An Emmy Award. ... NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw A news presenter is, broadly speaking, a person that presents a news show on television or radio. ... For the documentary about Jerry Seinfeld, see Comedian (film). ... This article is about the television network. ... Late Night with David Letterman was a nightly hour-long comedy talk show on NBC hosted by David Letterman. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Late Show redirects here. ... Merrill Markoe is an author, a television writer and a sometime stand up comedian. ... For other uses, see Girlfriend (disambiguation). ... The Balanced Rock, a North Salem landmark North Salem is a town in Westchester County, New York, United States. ... This article is about the state. ...


Letterman's ironic, often absurd comedy is heavily influenced by former Tonight Show hosts Steve Allen, Johnny Carson and Jack Paar.[4] Ironic redirects here. ... This photograph, a cow with antlers standing on a pole, is an example of surreal humour. ... The First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush and current host Jay Leno. ... Steve Allen on the cover of Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American musician, comedian, and writer who was instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. ... For other persons named John Carson, see John Carson (disambiguation). ... Jack Parr redirects here. ...

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Early career

David Letterman was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father, Harry Joe Letterman, was a florist who died in 1973; his mother Dorothy Letterman (née Hofert, now Dorothy Mengering) (born August 12, 1921), a Presbyterian church secretary of German descent, is an occasional figure on the show, usually at holidays and birthdays. He has an older sister, Janice, and a younger sister, Gretchen. One of his early comic influences was the Cincinnati talk show host Paul Dixon,[5] but the person who influenced his career most was Tonight Show host Johnny Carson.[4] Indianapolis redirects here. ... For other uses, see Indiana (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Flower (disambiguation). ... Dorothy Mengering (b. ... is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Presbyterianism is a Christian denomination following Jesus which is most prevalent within the Reformed branch of Protestant Western Christianity. ... Cincinnati redirects here. ... Paul Dixon, in publicity photo from 1970s Paul Dixon (1918 – December 28, 1974) was a daytime television celebrity and talk show host in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... For other persons named John Carson, see John Carson (disambiguation). ...


Letterman attended Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis and graduated from Ball State University in Muncie IN in 1969; he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He began his broadcasting career at Ball State's student-run radio station, WAGO-AM 570 (now known as WCRD, 91.3). A rare aircheck of Letterman on WAGO can be heard here (paid registration required). (The voice of Letterman's first wife Michelle Cook can be heard on the clip, playing a character in a sketch). Broad Ripple High School, established in 1886, is a high school within the Indianapolis Public Schools. ... The Indianapolis skyline Indianapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Ball State University is a state-run research university located in Muncie, Indiana, USA. Located on the northwest side of the city, Ball States campus spans more than 1,000 acres (4 km²). The student body consists of more than 20,000 students, of which over 18,000 are... Muncie is the name of some places in the United States of America: Muncie, Illinois Muncie, Indiana Differently spelled is Muncy, Pennsylvania. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Sigma Chi (ΣΧ) is one of the largest and oldest all-male, college, Greek-letter social fraternities. ... In the radio industry, an aircheck is generally a demonstration recording, often intended to show off the talent of an announcer or radio programmer to a prospective future employer. ...


Weather

Letterman began his career as a radio talk show host on WXLW (AM), and on Indianapolis television station WLWI (now called WTHR) as a local anchor and weatherman. He received recognition for his unpredictable on-air behavior, which included jokingly calling attention to state borders missing from the weather map, and predicting hail stones "the size of canned hams". (Because this upset his bosses, to this day he occasionally gives out canned hams on his show.) One night he reportedly upset his bosses when he congratulated a tropical storm for being upgraded to a hurricane. He also hosted a talk show which aired early on Saturday mornings called "Clover Power" in which he interviewed 4-H members about their projects. WTHR channel 13 is a television station serving the Indianapolis, Indiana metropolitan area. ... This article is about the precipitation. ... This article is about weather phenomena. ... This article is about weather phenomena. ... Sign announcing 4-H membership on a ranch in Larimer County, Colorado. ...


Move to Los Angeles

In 1975, Letterman moved to Los Angeles, California with hopes of becoming a comedy writer and started writing material for sitcoms such as Good Times. He also began performing stand-up comedy at The Comedy Store, a famed Los Angeles comedy club and proving ground for young comics. Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... This article is about the TV series. ... B. J. Novak in a stand-up comedy routine at Olde English sketch comedy in June 2007. ... This article is about the club in the United States; there is also a Comedy Store in London. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... A comedy club is a venue, typically a nightclub, where people watch or listen to performances, including stand-up comedians, improvisational comedians, impersonators, magicians, ventriloquists and other comedy acts. ...


Letterman appeared in the summer of 1977 on the short-lived Starland Vocal Band Show. He has since joked about how fortunate he was that nobody would ever see his performance on the program (because of its low ratings). Starland Vocal Band is an American pop band, known primarily for Afternoon Delight, one of the biggest singles in 1976 (see 1976 in music). ...


Letterman had a stint as a cast member on Mary Tyler Moore's variety show Mary, a guest appearance on Mork & Mindy (as a parody of est leader Werner Erhard), and appearances on game shows such as The $20,000 Pyramid, The Gong Show, and The Liar's Club. He also hosted a 1977 pilot for a game show entitled The Riddlers that was never picked up. His dry, sarcastic humor caught the attention of scouts for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and Letterman was soon a regular guest on the show. Letterman became a favorite of Carson's and was a regular guest host for the show beginning in 1978. This article is about the actress. ... For the 1985 sitcom, see Mary (TV series) Mary was a variety-type program briefly broadcast by CBS as part of its 1978-79 fall lineup. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Erhard Seminars Training, an organization founded by Werner H. Erhard, offered to the general public (as well as other entities) an intense and rigorous 2-weekend (60-hours) course known officially as The est Standard Training. The purpose of the Training was to allow participants to achieve a sense of... Werner Hans Erhard (born John “Jack” Paul Rosenberg on September 5, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), [11] became arguably best known to the general public for the programs he set up: the “est Training” (1971 – 1981) and the “Forum” (1981 – 1991). ... Quiz show redirects here. ... Pyramid was an American television game show where contestants tried to guess a series of words or phrases, based on descriptions that were given to them, in the shortest amount of time. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Liars Club was an American comedy game show. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The year 1978 in television involved some significant events. ...


NBC

Morning show

Soon afterward, Letterman was given his own morning comedy show on NBC, The David Letterman Show. The show was a critical success, winning two Emmy Awards, but was a ratings disappointment and was canceled after a brief run during the summer of 1980. This article is about the television network. ... The Late Show with David Letterman is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City. ... An Emmy Award. ...


Late Night with David Letterman

NBC kept Letterman under contract to try him in a different time slot, after which Late Night with David Letterman debuted in 1982. Letterman's show, which ran weeknights at 12:30 a.m. eastern time, immediately following The Tonight Show, quickly established a reputation as being edgy and unpredictable, and soon developed a cult following (particularly among college students). Letterman's reputation as an acerbic interviewer was borne out of moments such as his verbal sparring matches with Cher and Shirley MacLaine. The show also featured inventive comedy segments and running characters, in a style heavily influenced by the 1950s and 60s programs of Steve Allen. Late Night with David Letterman was a nightly hour-long comedy talk show on NBC hosted by David Letterman. ... The year 1982 in television involved some significant events. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the entertainer. ... Shirley MacLaine (born April 24, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actress, well-known not only for her acting, but for her devotion to her belief in reincarnation and aliens. ... Steve Allen on the cover of Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American musician, comedian, and writer who was instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. ...


The show often included quirky, genre-mocking regular features, including "Stupid Pet Tricks," dropping various objects off the roof of a five story building, a recurring Top 10 list, and a facetious letter-answering segment. Stupid Pet Tricks, and, subsequently, Stupid Human Tricks, are well-known segments on Late Night with David Letterman, and, later, The Late Show with David Letterman. ... For other uses, see Top Ten. ...


Other memorable moments included Letterman once using a bullhorn to interrupt a live interview on The Today Show, announcing that he was the NBC president and not wearing any pants; interrupting Al Roker on the Live at Five local news by walking into their studio which occupied the same building as Letterman's studio, and staging elevator races with commentary by NBC Sports' Bob Costas. In one highly publicized appearance, Andy Kaufman appeared to be slapped and knocked to the ground by professional wrestler Jerry Lawler. (Lawler and Kaufman's friend Bob Zmuda later revealed that the event was staged.) For other uses, see Today. ... Al Roker (born August 20, 1954) is an American television broadcaster, best known as the weather anchor for NBCs Today show. ... Live at Five (or Live at 5) is a name used by several television stations in the United States and Canada to refer to their local newscasts or talk shows that air at 5:00 PM. The name was coined by WNBC-TV in New York City in 1980 for... Robert Quinlan Costas (born March 22, 1952) is an American sportscaster, on the air for the NBC network since the early 1980s. ... Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman (January 17, 1949 – May 16, 1984) was an American entertainer, actor, and performance artist. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bob Zmuda is an American writer, comedian, producer, and director. ... In professional wrestling, a work is slang for a staged event (that is, one that enforces kayfabe). ...


Late Show with David Letterman

David Letterman with an Emmy in 1987.
David Letterman with an Emmy in 1987.

Letterman remained with NBC for eleven years. Letterman had ironically become a victim of his own success — NBC’s confirming Letterman's high ratings in the 12:30 (EST) time-slot signaled that the network preferred to hold on to Letterman in the 'Late Night' gig. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (775x1201, 98 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): David Letterman ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (775x1201, 98 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): David Letterman ... An Emmy Award. ... Late Show redirects here. ... This article is about the television network. ... This article is about the television network. ... EST is UTC-5 The North American Eastern Standard Time Zone (abbreviated EST) is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) resulting in UTC-5. ...


In 1993 Letterman departed NBC to host his own show opposite Tonight on CBS at eleven-thirty, The Late Show with David Letterman. Three years later, HBO produced a made-for-television movie called The Late Shift, based on a book by New York Times reporter Bill Carter, chronicling the battle between Letterman and Jay Leno for the coveted Tonight Show hosting spot. Letterman would mock the film for months afterwards, specifically on how the actor playing him, John Michael Higgins, did not resemble him in the least. ("They took a guy who looked nothing like me and with make-up and special camera angles, turned him into a guy who looked nothing like me, with red hair.") Carson later made a few cameo appearances as a guest on Dave's show. Carson's final television appearance came on a Late Show episode taped in Los Angeles, when he made a surprise appearance during a 'Top 10 list' segment. The audience went wild as Letterman stood up and proudly invited Carson to sit at his desk. The overwhelming applause was so protracted that Carson was unable to say anything, and he finally returned backstage as the applause continued. (It was later explained that Carson had laryngitis). This article is about the broadcast network. ... Late Show with David Letterman is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City. ... For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ... For the Australian sketch show Comedy Inc: The Late Shift, see Comedy Inc. ... James Douglas Muir Jay Leno (April 28, 1950) is an Emmy Award-winning American stand-up comedian and television host, who succeeded Johnny Carson as host of The Tonight Show in 1992. ... John Michael Higgins (born February 12, 1963) is an American actor whose film credits include Christopher Guests mockumentaries and the role of David Letterman in HBOs The Late Shift. ... Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx. ...


Popularity

The Late Show competes in the same time slot as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. For its first 18 months, The Late Show consistently gained higher ratings than Tonight. But in 1995, ratings dipped slightly and Leno's show has consistently beat Letterman's in the ratings ever since. At one point Leno's lead was as large as two million viewers, but narrowed, as of February 2005, to fewer than a million viewers (5.8 vs. 4.9 million).[6] May 26, 2006 opening monologue of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an Emmy Award-winning American late-night talk show hosted by comedian Jay Leno on NBC. It premiered on May 25, 1992, succeeding The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. ... February 2005 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - → Pope John Paul II is taken to a hospital suffering from a serious case of influenza. ...


Letterman has nonetheless ranked consistently higher than Leno in the annual Harris Poll of Nation's Favorite TV Personality; as of 2004 Letterman ranked second in that poll, behind Oprah Winfrey.[7] Letterman's shows have garnered both critical and industry praise, receiving 67 Emmy Award nominations, winning twelve times in his first twenty years in late night television. Harris Interactive (NASDAQ: HPOL) is an American market research company that specializes in Internet research. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Oprah Winfrey, (born January 29, 1954) is a multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history. ... An Emmy Award. ...


Heart surgery hiatus

On January 14, 2000, a routine check-up revealed that an artery in Letterman's heart was severely constricted. He was rushed to emergency surgery to receive a quintuple bypass. is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Early in a coronary artery bypass surgery during vein harvesting from the legs (left of image) and the establishment of bypass (placement of the aortic cannula) (bottom of image). ...


During the initial weeks of his recovery, friends of Letterman introduced reruns of the Late Show, including Drew Barrymore, Ray Romano, Robin Williams, Megan Mullally, Bill Murray, Regis Philbin, Charles Grodin, Nathan Lane, Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Short, Danny DeVito, Steve Martin and Sarah Jessica Parker. Drew Blyth Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an American actress and film producer, the youngest member of the Barrymore family of American actors. ... Raymond Romano (born December 21, 1957 in Queens, New York) is an Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated, American actor and comedian best known for his starring role on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. ... This article is about the American actor and comedian; for other people named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ... Megan Mullally (born November 12, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is a three-time SAG and two-time Emmy Award-winning Irish-American actress, talk show host, singer and comedian, best known for her role as Karen Walker on Will & Grace. ... William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and BAFTA-winning American comedian and actor. ... Regis Francis Xavier Philbin (born August 25, 1931) is an Emmy Award-winning American television personality best known for his roles as a talk show host, game show host, and presenter at various events. ... Grodin on The Charles Grodin Show Charles Grodin (born April 21, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American actor and former cable talk show host. ... Nathan Lane (born February 3, 1956) is a Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning actor of the stage and screen. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ... Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955) is a Golden Globe- and double Emmy-winning German-born American actor and singer. ... This article is about the comedian. ... Martin Hayter Short, CM (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian/American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. ... Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. ... For other uses, see Steve Martin (disambiguation). ... Sarah Jessica Parker (born March 25, 1965) is an American actress and producer, with a portfolio of television, movie, and theater performances. ...


Subsequently, while still recovering from surgery, Letterman revived the late night tradition that had virtually disappeared on network television during the 1990s of 'guest hosts' by allowing Bill Cosby, Kathie Lee Gifford (recommended by Regis, who was asked first but had no time in his schedule), Dana Carvey, Janeane Garofalo, and others to host new episodes of The Late Show. Cosby, the show's first guest host, refused to sit at Letterman's desk out of respect, using the couch instead; Garofalo followed suit, utilizing a set of grade-school desks instead. William Henry Bill Cosby, Jr. ... VHS box cover of Kathie Lees Rock n Tots Cafe: A Christmas Giff starring Kathie Lee Gifford, copyright 1995 Rock n Tots Joint Venture. ... Dana Thomas Carvey (born April 2, 1955, in Missoula, Montana) is an American actor and comedian best known for his work on Saturday Night Live and the spin-off movie Waynes World. ... Janeane Garofalo (born September 28, 1964) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, political activist, writer and former co-host on Air America Radios The Majority Report. ...


Upon his return to the show on February 21, 2000, a visibly thinner and weakened Letterman brought all of the doctors and nurses on stage who had participated in his surgery and recovery (with extra teasing of a nurse who had given him bed baths—"This woman has seen me naked!"), including Dr. O. Wayne Isom and physician Louis J. Aronne, who frequently appears on the show. In an unusual show of emotion, Letterman was nearly in tears as he thanked the health care team with the words "These are the people who saved my life!" The episode earned an Emmy nomination. For a number of episodes, Letterman continued to crack jokes about his bypass, including saying " 'Bypass surgery - it's when doctors create new blood flow to your heart. A bypass is what happened to me when I didn't get The Tonight Show! It's a whole different thing.'." In a later running gag he lobbied his home state of Indiana to rename the freeway circling Indianapolis (I-465) "The David Letterman Bypass." is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... An Emmy Award. ...


Additionally, Letterman invited the band Foo Fighters to play "Everlong," introducing them as "my favorite band, playing my favorite song." During a later Foo Fighters appearance, Letterman said that the Foo Fighters had been in the middle of a South American tour which they cancelled to come play on his comeback episode. This article is about the band. ... Everlong was the second single released from the Foo Fighters second album The Colour and the Shape. ...


Letterman again handed over the reins of the show to several guest hosts (including Bill Cosby, Brad Garrett, Elvis Costello, John McEnroe, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, Bonnie Hunt, Luke Wilson and bandleader Paul Shaffer) in February 2003, when he was diagnosed with a severe case of shingles. Later that year, Letterman made regular use of guest hosts, including Tom Arnold and Kelsey Grammer, for new shows broadcast on Fridays. In March 2007, Adam Sandler, who had been scheduled to be the lead guest, served as a guest host while Letterman was ill with a stomach virus.[8] William Henry Bill Cosby, Jr. ... Brad Garrett (born Brad H. Gerstenfeld[1] on April 14, 1960) is a three-time Emmy Award-winning American actor and comedian known for his roles on the television sitcoms Everybody Loves Raymond and Til Death. ... Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick McManus August 25, 1954) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ... John Patrick McEnroe Jr. ... Vincent Anthony Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American film actor. ... John William Ferrell (born July 16, 1967)[1] is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American comedian, actor and writer who first established himself as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and has since gone on to a successful film career, starring in the comedies A Night at the... Bonnie Lynn Hunt (born September 22, 1961)[1] is an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-nominated American actress, comedian, writer, director and television producer. ... Luke Cunningham Wilson (born September 21, 1971) is an American film actor. ... Paul Allen Wood Shaffer (born November 28, 1949 in Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ontario, Canada) is a Jewish-Canadian-American musician, actor, voice actor, author, comedian and composer currently seen as the bandleader on the Late Show with David Letterman. ... Shingles redirects here, for other uses of the term, see Shingle. ... Tom Arnold is the name of: Tom Arnold (actor), an American actor. ... Allen Kelsey Grammer (born February 21, 1955 in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands) is a six-time Emmy and a two-time Golden Globe-winning American actor who is best known for his two-decade portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane, whom he played for nine years on Cheers... Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American comedian, actor, musician, screenwriter, and film producer. ...


Contract renewed

In March 2002, as Letterman's contract with CBS neared expiration, ABC expressed the intention to offer Letterman the time slot for long-running news program Nightline with Ted Koppel, citing more desirable viewer demographics. This caused a minor flap that ended when Letterman re-signed with CBS. Letterman addressed his decision to re-sign on the air, stating that he was content at CBS and that he had great respect for Koppel. 2002 identity of the ABC Circle logo, designed by Paul Rand in 1962. ... Nightline is a late-night hard and soft news program broadcast by ABC in the United States, and has a franchised formula to other networks and stations elsewhere in the world. ... Photo by Bob DAmico/ABC Ted Koppel, anchor of the ABC News program Nightline. ... Photo by Bob DAmico/ABC Ted Koppel, anchor of the ABC News program Nightline. ...


On December 4, 2006, CBS revealed that David Letterman signed a new contract to host The Late Show with David Letterman through the fall of 2010. is the 338th day of the year (339th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ...


"I'm thrilled to be continuing on at CBS," said Letterman. "At my age you really don't want to have to learn a new commute." Letterman further joked about the subject by pulling up his right pants leg, revealing a tattoo, presumably temporary, of the ABC logo. For other uses, see Tattoo (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Logo (disambiguation). ...


Letterman, who marked his fourteenth anniversary as host of the Late Show on August 30, 2007, celebrated 25 years in late-night television on February 1, 2007. is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


"Thirteen years ago, David Letterman put CBS late night on the map and in the process became one of the defining icons of our network," said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation. "His presence on our air is an ongoing source of pride, and the creativity and imagination that the Late Show puts forth every night is an ongoing display of the highest quality entertainment. We are truly honored that one of the most revered and talented entertainers of our time will continue to call CBS 'home.' " Leslie Moonves (born December 23, 1948 in New York City) is President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation. ...


According to Forbes Magazine, Letterman has $40 million a year in entertainment income.[9] Only 16 other entertainers earn more. Leno, with higher ratings, is #23 with $32 million,[10] but Letterman owns a piece of his show. Letterman's "WorldWide Pants" also produced hits such as "Everybody Loves Raymond". Alternate meaning: For the Boston Brahmin family associated with John Forbes Kerry, see Forbes family. ...


2007/2008 Writer's Strike

The Late Show went off air for 8 weeks during the months of November and December due to the Writer's Guild of America strike. David Letterman's production company World Wide Pants was the first company to make an individual agreement with WGA[11], thus allowing his show to come back on air on January 2, 2008. On his first episode since being off air, he surprised the viewing audience with his newly grown beard. His beard was shaved off during the show on January 7, 2008. is the 2nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


Personal life

Rahal Letterman Racing

Rahal Letterman Racing (RLR) is an auto racing team that currently races in the Indy Racing League. It is co-owned by 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal and television talk show host and comedian David Letterman and is based in Hilliard, Ohio. Rahal Letterman Racing (RLR) is an auto racing team that currently has a three car livery in the Indy Racing League. ...


Personal Life

Political Views

Although Letterman does not usually present any clear partisan position, his disfavor for the Republican party can be sensed through his occasional frustration with the Iraq war. He also mentioned several times on-air during the 2000 Presidential campaign, with little prompting, that he was thinking of voting for the Green Party candidate Ralph Nader.


Letterman presents his view on the Iraq war quite clearly during his segments with key political figures and pundits. On October 27, 2006, Letterman had Bill O'Reilly as a guest on the show. During the rather serious segment, Letterman was asked by O'Reilly, "Do you want the United States to win in Iraq? It's an easy question", to which Letterman cunningly replied, "It's not easy for me because I'm thoughtful".


Letterman's disfavoring tone of the war was not absent when Presidential candidate Barack Obama was on the show on April 11, 2007 when he expressed his lack of faith in the war by saying, "It's horrible, it's just horrible, the whole thing is just a horrible mess...but what happens when we leave and we still have a horrible mess? And then we find that there is trouble from other countries, do we then just go back into other countries?" In the same segment, Letterman said, "Whether you believed we should have gone or in there [Iraq] or not, it's still our mess, our war, and we need to do something. And as you said, self preservation is..."


On April 2, 2008, presidential candidate John McCain was on the Late show. Again, Letterman showed his disfavor for the Iraq war by asking Senator McCain, "Now, we know that maybe that [Iraq war] wasn't the proper course. What the hell are we left with? You say we're going to have troops there for a long, long time..."


However, in each of McCain's many appearances, he and Letterman appear more than cordial.


Academy Awards hosting

In early 1995, it was announced Letterman would host that year's 67th Academy Awards ceremony on March 27. Critics blasted Letterman for what they deemed a poor hosting of the Oscars, noting that his irreverent style undermined the importance and glamor of the event. In a joke about their unusual names, he started off by introducing Uma Thurman to Oprah Winfrey, and then the both of them to Keanu Reeves: "Uma...Oprah! Oprah...Uma! Oprah, Uma...Keanu!" This and many of his other jokes fell flat. Although Letterman attracted the highest ratings to the annual telecast since 1983, many felt that the bad publicity garnered by Letterman's hosting caused a decline in the Late Show's ratings.[12] The 67th Academy Awards, honoring the best movies of 1994, were held on March 27, 1995 at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California. ... Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Oprah Winfrey, (born January 29, 1954) is a multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history. ... Keanu Charles Reeves (pronounced ; born September 2, 1964) is a Canadian actor. ...


Letterman recycled the apparent debacle into a long-running gag. On his first show after the Oscars, he joked, "Looking back, I had no idea that thing was being televised." For years afterwards, Letterman recounted his horrible hosting at the Oscars, although the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences still holds Letterman in high regard and has repeatedly asked Letterman to host the Oscars again.[13] Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood, California Founded on May 11, 1927 in California, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is a professional honorary organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures. ...


Letterman and Carson

In early 2005, it was revealed that retired King of Late Night Johnny Carson still kept up with current events and late-night TV right up to his death that year, and that he occasionally sent jokes to Letterman, who used these jokes in his monologue; according to CBS senior vice president Peter Lassally (a onetime producer for both men), Carson got "a big kick out of it." Letterman would do a characteristic Johnny Carson golf swing after delivering one of Carson's jokes. In a tribute to Carson, all of the opening monologue jokes during the first show following Carson's death were written by Carson. For other persons named John Carson, see John Carson (disambiguation). ... Peter Lassally is a former Carson Productions executive who served as the executive producer of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Late Night with David Letterman, and the Late Show with David Letterman. ...


Lassally also claimed that Carson had always believed Letterman, not Leno, to be his "rightful successor."[14] Letterman also frequently employs some of Carson's trademark bits on his show, including "Carnac the Magnificent" (with Paul Shaffer as Carnac), "Stump the Band" and the "Week in Review." Paul Allen Wood Shaffer (born November 28, 1949 in Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ontario, Canada) is a Jewish-Canadian-American musician, actor, voice actor, author, comedian and composer currently seen as the bandleader on the Late Show with David Letterman. ...


Letterman and Conan O'Brien

After Letterman left Late Night on NBC, his hosting duties were passed to Conan O'Brien. During O'Brien's first rocky year as host of Late Night, Letterman was very supportive, making an amicable appearance as one of O'Brien's first guests and later filling O'Brien's audience with the stand-by audience from his own show. Letterman also invited O'Brien as a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 1996, when O'Brien celebrated his third year on the air, Letterman showed up again in a bit involving a "stray" hairpiece that once belonged to him. Years later, when NBC announced that O'Brien would take over The Tonight Show, Letterman congratulated O'Brien. Conan Christopher OBrien (born April 18, 1963)[1] is an Emmy Award-winning American television host and TV writer, best known as host of NBCs Late Night with Conan OBrien. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Letterman and Oprah

On September 10, 2007, Letterman made his first appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show at Madison Square Garden in New York. He shared pictures of his son and live-in girlfriend. The so called "feud" between Letterman and Winfrey ended in 2005 when Winfrey appeared on CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman on December 2."[15] Oprah had previously appeared on Letterman's show when he was hosting NBC's Late Night on May 2, 1989. The Oprah Winfrey Show (also known as Oprah) is a United States syndicated talk show, hosted and produced by its namesake Oprah Winfrey, and is the highest-rated talk show in American television history. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City. ... This article is about the state. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... is the 122nd day of the year (123rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


Stalker

For several years in the 1990s, Letterman was stalked by Margaret Mary Ray, a woman suffering from schizophrenia. Letterman occasionally referenced her in his show, although not by name. [2] To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Appearances in other media

  • David Letterman officially appeared in issue 239 of the Marvel comic book The Avengers, in which the title characters are guests on Late Night.[16] This issue is often quoted as an example of how a Floating timeline works in fiction.
  • A parody of David Letterman, called "David Endocrine", is gassed to death along with his audience and bandleader named "Paul" by the Joker in Frank Miller's seminal re-invention of the Batman, The Dark Knight Returns.[17]
  • Provided vocals for the Warren Zevon song "Hit Somebody" [18]

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Other projects

Worldwide Pants

Letterman started his own production company, Worldwide Pants Incorporated, which produces his show and several others, including Everybody Loves Raymond, The Late Late Show, and several critically acclaimed, but short-lived television series for Bonnie Hunt. Worldwide Pants also produced the dramedy program Ed, starring Tom Cavanagh, which aired on NBC from 2000–2004. It was Letterman's first association with NBC since he left the network in 1993. During Ed's run, Cavanagh appeared as a guest on The Late Show several times. Worldwide Pants Incorporated is a television production and film production company owned by comedian and talk show host David Letterman. ... Everybody Loves Raymond is an American sitcom originally broadcast on CBS from 1996 to 2005. ... The Late Late Show is an American late-night television talk and variety show on CBS. It immediately follows The Late Show with David Letterman and is produced by Lettermans Worldwide Pants Incorporated in CBS Television City, next to the studio of the game program The Price Is Right. ... Bonnie Lynn Hunt (born September 22, 1961)[1] is an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-nominated American actress, comedian, writer, director and television producer. ... Dramedy, a portmanteau of drama and comedy, is a genre of movies and television in which the lines between these very different genres were blurred. ... Ed was an NBC television program produced by Worldwide Pants Incorporated from 2000-2004. ... Tom Cavanagh Thomas Cavanagh (born October 26, 1963) is a Canadian actor best known as the protagonist and title character in the NBC television program Ed as well as for his recurring role as the Dog Boy in Providence. ... This article is about the television network. ...


In 2005, Worldwide Pants produced its first feature film, Strangers with Candy, which was a prequel to the Comedy Central TV series, Strangers with Candy. In 2007, Worldwide Pants produced the ABC comedy series, The Knights Of Prosperity. Strangers With Candy is a film released in 2006 by ThinkFilm, first screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. ... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States. ... Strangers with Candy is a television series produced by Comedy Central. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... The Knights of Prosperity is a sitcom that premiered on ABC in the United States on January 3, 2007, and will premiere on CTV in Canada during the 2006–07 television season. ...


Worldwide Pants made significant news in December 2007 when it was announced that Letterman's company had independently negotiated its own contract with the Writers Guild of America, thus allowing Letterman, Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson, and their writers to return to work, while the union continued its strike against production companies, networks and studios who have reached an agreement. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is the collective bargaining representative, or labor union, for writers in the motion picture and television industries in the United States. ... Craig Ferguson (born 17 May 1962) is a Scottish comedian, actor, writer and talk show host. ...


Letterman also played as a Motley Crue roadie a.k.a Butt-head's father in the 1996 film, Beavis and Butt-head Do America.


He also had a cameo in the feature film "Cabin Boy," with Chris Elliot, who has been a guest on Late Night several times. In this and other appearances, Letterman is listed in the credits as Earl Hofert, the name of Letterman's maternal grandfather.


David Letterman Communication and Media Building

David Letterman Communication and Media Building

On September 7, 2007, Letterman visited his alma mater, Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, for the dedication of a communications facility named in his honor.[3] The $21 million, 75,000-square-foot David Letterman Communication and Media Building opened for the 2007 Fall semester. It features state-of-the-art recording equipment and facilities. Thousands of Ball State students, faculty, and local residents welcomed Letterman back to Indiana. [4] Letterman's emotional speech touched on his struggles as a college student and his late father, and also included the "top ten good things about having your name on a building."[5] Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3072 × 2304 pixels, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3072 × 2304 pixels, file size: 1. ... Ball State University is a state-run research university located in Muncie, Indiana, USA. Located on the northwest side of the city, Ball States campus spans more than 1,000 acres (4 km²). The student body consists of more than 20,000 students, of which over 18,000 are... Muncie (IPA: ) is a city in Delaware County in east central Indiana, best known as the home of Ball State University and the birthplace of the Ball Corporation. ... For other uses, see Indiana (disambiguation). ...


Letterman got the largest applause when he remarked on Ball State University President JoAnn Gora's "tremendous legs." Letterman received the honor for his dedication to the university throughout his career as a comedian. Letterman finished with, "If reasonable people can put my name on a $21 million building, anything is possible."


Letterman also received a Sagamore of the Wabash from Governor Mitch Daniels. Letterman joked that it would mean so much more had the governor actually been there to present it. The Sagamore of the Wabash award was created during the term of Governor Ralph Gates, who served from 1945 to 1949. ... Mitchell Elias Mitch Daniels, Jr. ...


Letterman appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show the following Monday (September 10, 2007) and spoke highly of his visit, saying: “It was one of the great days of my life. It started out being a tour with Ball State President Jo Ann Gora. When I saw the building with my name on it, my knees buckled. Well, I was sitting down, but my knees buckled and it was altogether different.” Letterman praised the university and its communications program and spoke highly of Gora. [6] The Oprah Winfrey Show (also known as Oprah) is a United States syndicated talk show, hosted and produced by its namesake Oprah Winfrey, and is the highest-rated talk show in American television history. ...


References

  1. ^ David Letterman bio on IMDb
  2. ^ Letterman: It's A Boy!, 'Late Show' Host, Girlfriend Have 9 Pound, 11 Ounce Son - CBS News
  3. ^ $26M MAN
  4. ^ a b David Letterman on the Charlie Rose Show, February 16, 1996. Retrieved on 2007-05-20.
  5. ^ Kiesewetter, John (1997-02-24). Local show inspired young Letterman. The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved on 2007-05-23.
  6. ^ In february 2007, when British singer Dale Craske appeared, Letterman's ratings soared to their highest for almost ten years.CBS Touts Letterman Ratings
  7. ^ The Harris Poll® #101 December 29, 2004
  8. ^ "Letterman is Ill, so Guest Takes Over Late Show," New York Times 20 March 2007 retrieved 29 March 2007
  9. ^ #17 David Letterman
  10. ^ Jay Leno - Talking Head
  11. ^ e-mail 12-28-07
  12. ^ Schruers, Fred. "Dave vs. Dave: Forget Leno & Koppel - Letterman May Be His Own Worst Enemy", Rolling Stone, May 30, 1996. 
  13. ^ Finke, Nikki. "The 411 about David Letterman & Oscar", Deadline Hollywood Daily, Feb 25, 2008. 
  14. ^ New York Post. Carson Feeds Letterman Lines. Retrieved on 17 December 2006.
  15. ^ Yahoo.TV, Letterman to appear on `Oprah'
  16. ^ [1] The Avengers meet David Letterman reviewed at Stupid Comics
  17. ^ http://www.batman-on-film.com/comics_thedarkknightreturns_review3_jett.html Review of The Dark Knight Returns on Batman-on-film.com
  18. ^ Warren Zevon : Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song) - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect

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