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Encyclopedia > Late Night with David Letterman
Late Night with David Letterman
Format Talk Show, Variety show
Created by David Letterman
Starring David Letterman
Paul Shaffer
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of episodes 1810
Production
Executive producer(s) Jack Rollins
David Letterman
Robert Morton
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run February 1, 1982June 25, 1993
External links
IMDb profile

Late Night with David Letterman was a nightly hour-long comedy talk show on NBC hosted by David Letterman. It premiered in 1982 and went off the air in 1993 after Letterman left NBC when he moved to Late Show on CBS. Late Night with Conan O'Brien then filled the time slot. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... A variety show is a show with a variety of acts, often including music and comedy skits, especially on television. ... David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.) is an award-winning American comedian, late night talk show host, television producer, philanthropist, and IRL IndyCar Series car owner. ... David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.) is an award-winning American comedian, late night talk show host, television producer, philanthropist, and IRL IndyCar Series car owner. ... 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. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Jack Rollins is an American film producer. ... David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.) is an award-winning American comedian, late night talk show host, television producer, philanthropist, and IRL IndyCar Series car owner. ... Robert Morty Morton is an American television producer most notable for his work as a producer and later co-executive producer of the NBC program Late Night with David Letterman. ... This article is about the television network. ... is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1982 in television involved some significant events. ... is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1993 in television involved some significant events. ... A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... This article is about the television network. ... David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.) is an award-winning American comedian, late night talk show host, television producer, philanthropist, and IRL IndyCar Series car owner. ... The year 1982 in television involved some significant events. ... The year 1993 in television involved some significant events. ... Late Show redirects here. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Late Night with Conan OBrien is an Emmy Award-winning American late night talk show that is syndicated worldwide. ...

Contents

Production companies

In 1991, the show's three production companies — Carson Productions, Worldwide Pants, and NBC Productions — were awarded a Peabody Award, which cited the following: The year 1991 in television involved some significant events. ... Carson Productions is a television production company established by Johnny Carson in the early 1980s to primarily produce The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson from 1980 to 1992 and Late Night with David Letterman from 1982 to 1993. ... Worldwide Pants Incorporated is a television production company owned by comedian and talk show host David Letterman. ... The George Foster Peabody Awards, more commonly referred to as the Peabody Awards, are annual international awards given for excellence in radio and television broadcasting. ...

In the past ten years, one show has moved to the position of the leader in late night television in creativity, humor, and innovation. That program is Late Night With David Letterman. As one member of the Peabody Board remarked, "David Letterman is a born broadcaster." He is also a savvy co-executive producer. Along with co-executive producer Jack Rollins, producer Robert Morton, director Hal Gurnee, and musical director Paul Shaffer, Mr. Letterman has surrounded himself with exceptional talent and given them the go-ahead to experiment with the television medium. Particularly noteworthy is the work of head writer Steve O'Donnell and his talented staff. Together, the "Late Night" team manages to take one of TV's most conventional and least inventive forms — the talk show — and infuse it with freshness and imagination. For television programming which, at its best, is evocative of the greats, from Your Show of Shows, to The Steve Allen Show, and The Ernie Kovacs Show, a Peabody to Late Night With David Letterman. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Jack Rollins is an American film producer. ... Robert Morty Morton is an American television producer most notable for his work as a producer and later co-executive producer of the NBC program Late Night with David Letterman. ... Hal Gurnee is an American television director who directed all of the television shows hosted by David Letterman on NBC. Gurnee directed the Emmy award-winning but short-lived NBC daytime program The David Letterman Show, then moved with Letterman to Late Night with David Letterman in 1982. ... 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. ... Steve ODonnell is a television writer. ... Your Show of Shows was a live sketch comedy television series appearing weekly in the United States, from 1950 until June 5, 1954, featuring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. ... “Steve Allen” redirects here. ... Comedy show first hosted by comedian Ernie Kovacs in Philadelphia during the early 50s, then shown on national televison, still hosted by Kovacs, during the rest of that decade. ...

History

Replacing The Tomorrow Show and host Tom Snyder, David Letterman's first show was on February 1, 1982, with the final show on June 25, 1993. After the battle for The Tonight Show, when NBC at the last minute gave it to comedian Jay Leno, Letterman was angry and decided to take an offer from CBS for a late night talk show to compete with The Tonight Show. So in 1993, Letterman and his crew moved to CBS and Late Show with David Letterman was born, beginning on August 30, 1993, although NBC would air repeats of Late Night until September 10, 1993. Up until this, all the major television networks tried to create talk shows to compete with the success of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, but all failed. A total of 1,810 shows were broadcast during its eleven and a half year run (there was one show that went unaired due to Gulf War coverage). The Tomorrow Show was an American late-night television talk show hosted by Tom Snyder. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1982 in television involved some significant events. ... is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1993 in television involved some significant events. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jay Leno (born April 28, 1950) is an Emmy-winning American comedian and writer who is best known as the current host of NBC televisions long-running variety and talk program The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. ... May 26, 2006 opening monologue of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is the full name of NBCs The Tonight Show hosted by Jay Leno, debuting on May 25, 1992. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Late Show redirects here. ... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the television network. ... is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Scheduling

The program ran four nights a week, Monday to Thursday, from the show's premiere in February 1982 until May 1987 from 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday shows were added in June 1987 (NBC previously, aired Friday Night Videos in the 12:30 a.m. slot with occasional Late Night specials and reruns). Starting in September 1991, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was pushed back from 11:30 p.m. to 11:35 p.m., with Letterman starting at 12:35 a.m., at the request of NBC affiliates who wanted more advertising time for their profitable late newscasts (though Letterman had a different reason for the delay: "With the extra five minutes, I will make certain that my make-up is absolutely perfect!"). Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The year 1982 in television involved some significant events. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... This is a list of television-related events in 1987. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... This is a list of television-related events in 1987. ... Friday Night Videos is a music video show broadcast on the American NBC television network from July 29, 1983 to May 24, 2002, and was considered network television’s answer to MTV. // In the beginning, MTV was still a phenomenon that very few people actually could see in their homes... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... The year 1991 in television involved some significant events. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Syndication

In September 1991, the A&E Network began airing reruns. The reruns lasted only until the summer of 1992. This first syndication deal was done against Letterman's wishes and he frequently made his displeasure known on-air (he felt having reruns air five nights a week, earlier in the evening and on another network, diluted the value of the first-run shows). Because of this the syndication run was ended early and not attempted again until he had left NBC. Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... The year 1991 in television involved some significant events. ... Biography is one of A&Es longest-running and most popular programs. ... The year 1992 in television involved some significant events. ...


E! began showing reruns from 1993 until 1996. Then Trio picked up reruns and showed them from 2002 until the channel went off the air in 2005. E!: Entertainment Television is an American cable television and direct broadcast satellite network. ... Trio (or TRIO) was an American cable and satellite television channel owned by NBC Universal. ... The year 2002 in television involved some significant events. ...


Letterman moves to CBS

Letterman, who had hoped to get the hosting job of The Tonight Show following Johnny Carson's retirement, moved to CBS in 1993, when the job was given to Jay Leno. On April 25, 1993, Lorne Michaels chose Conan O'Brien, who was a writer for The Simpsons at the time, began hosting a new show in Letterman's old timeslot, taking over the Late Night name. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The year 1993 in television involved some significant events. ... Jay Leno (born April 28, 1950) is an Emmy-winning American comedian and writer who is best known as the current host of NBC televisions long-running variety and talk program The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. ... Lorne Michaels (born Lorne Michael Lipowitz on November 17, 1944) is an Emmy-winning Canadian-born television producer, writer and comedian best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live and producing the various film and TV projects that spun off from it. ... Conan Christopher OBrien (born April 18, 1963)[1] is an Emmy-winning American comedian, writer and television personality best known as host of NBCs late-night talk/variety show Late Night with Conan OBrien. ... Simpsons redirects here. ...


When Letterman left, NBC asserted their intellectual property rights to many of the most popular Late Night segments. Letterman easily adapted to these restrictions: the Viewer Mail segment was continued on the new show under the name CBS Mailbag, and the actor playing Larry "Bud" Melman continued his antics under his real name, Calvert DeForest. For the 2006 film, see Intellectual Property (film). ... Calvert DeForest (born July 23, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor and comedian. ...


Format

Like other talk shows, the show featured at least two or three guests each night, usually including a comedian or musical guest.

Paul Shaffer singing the theme to "Supermarket Finds."

Letterman frequently used crew members in his comedy bits, so viewers got to know the writers and crew members of the show. Common contributors included bandleader Paul Shaffer, Chris Elliott, DeForest, announcer Bill Wendell, writer Adam Resnick, scenic designer Kathleen Ankers, stage manager Biff Henderson, producer Robert Morton, director Hal Gurnee, associate director Peter Fatovich, stage hand Al Maher, camera operator Baily Stortz and the "production twins", Barbara Gaines and Jude Brennan. ImageMetadata File history File links Lnpaul. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Lnpaul. ... A bandleader is the director of a band of musicians. ... 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. ... Chris Elliott (born May 31, 1960 in New York City) is an American comedian and the son of comedian Bob Elliott. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Continuity announcer. ... Bill Wendell (born 22 March 1924 died 14 April 1999) was an NBC staff announcer. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Adam Resnick is an American comedy writer, best known for his work writing for Late Night with David Letterman. ... Scenic design also known as Stage design is the creation of theatrical scenery. ... Kathleen Ankers (1919-October 24, 2001) was the scenic designer for NBCs Late Night with David Letterman. ... Stage management is a sub-discipline of stagecraft. ... Henderson on The Late Show with David Letterman James Biff Jackson Henderson Jr. ... A Television producer oversees the making of television penis programs. ... Robert Morty Morton is an American television producer most notable for his work as a producer and later co-executive producer of the NBC program Late Night with David Letterman. ... A stagehand is a person who aids in a theatrical performance. ...


Letterman's show established a reputation for being unpredictable. A number of celebrities had even stated that they were afraid of appearing on the show. This reputation was born out of moments like Letterman's verbal sparring matches with Cher and Shirley MacLaine. This article is about Cher, 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. ...


Memorable moments

  • June of 1982, Andy Kaufman and Jerry "The King" Lawler's memorable confrontation as part of an ongoing feud between them. The entertainers yelled at each other, trading curses until Kaufman threw a cup of coffee at Lawler and left the stage. Letterman, as the audience cheered: "I'm sure you can't say SOME of those things on television, but you CAN NOT throw coffee!" The stunt was later revealed as having been planned beforehand.
  • On August 19, 1985, Letterman used a bullhorn to interrupt NBC's The Today Show outdoor primetime taping in the Rockefeller Center's lower plaza. Yelling from the RCA Building, he introduced himself as "the president of NBC News" and announced, among other things, that he was not wearing any pants. This incident became the cause of a long-time feud between Letterman and Today Show host Bryant Gumbel.
  • Letterman regularly interrupted WNBC-TV's newscasts by walking into their studio which was across the hall from his. Letterman often complained that Live at Five got better guests than he did.
  • Cher had two memorable moments on the show. In one segment, she called Letterman an "asshole" on air. They patched up differences for a November 13, 1987 show that had Cher and former husband Sonny Bono reuniting to sing "I Got You, Babe."
  • "The 360-Degree Episode," in which the television image was gradually rotated in a full circle. By the midpoint of the show, guest Peter Ustinov was broadcast upside down.
  • Letterman would often perform stunts such as donning a suit covered in Alka-Seltzer tablets and being lowered in water, or wearing a suit of velcro and jumping up onto a velcro wall. Various other "suit" gags were employed over the years.
  • Another recurring gag was Letterman destroying items, from throwing watermelons off the roof of a five story building in New Rochelle, NY, to crushing dozens of hot dogs with a hydraulic press, to demolishing the Energizer Bunny with a baseball bat.
  • Sandra Bernhard's appearance in a leotard. After sitting on Letterman's lap, both reacted as if Letterman had goosed her.
  • Fish-Cleaning Night, when Mariel Hemingway appeared on the show to clean and gut fish from a fish market while the show went on behind her.
  • The 'It's just too hot to do a show' show, where they sent the audience home and did the show in Dave's office.
  • Pee Wee Herman's many appearances with his bag of props/toys.
  • Teri Garr being harassed by Dave to take a shower in an office bathroom at the end of one appearance.
  • Ted Koppel's appearance which featured him balancing a dog biscuit on his nose.
  • Arguments between Letterman and the cantankerous comic book creator Harvey Pekar.
  • The American rock group R.E.M. made its first national television appearance on Late Night on October 6, 1983. The band performed a new unnamed song that eventually was titled "So. Central Rain", and became the first single from the band's second album, Reckoning. After their performance, singer Michael Stipe sat down on the drum riser, forcing Letterman to interview the other band members.
  • Eccentric actor Crispin Glover's bizarre behavior, including kicking the air close to Letterman's head.[1]
  • Composer Marvin Hamlisch performing the "Theme Song for Peaboy" while Peaboy pelts the studio audience with frozen peas.
  • Actor Tom Selleck performing an on-air motorboat impression by dunking his head into a washtub and making bubbling sounds.
  • Various technology experiments, including visits to the control room, mounting of mini-cams in unexpected places (such as the "monkey cam"), and the "thrill cam" which flew across the audience every night on an overhead track.
  • Sam Kinison's introductory appearance on November 14, 1985. Letterman warned the audience, "Brace yourselves. I'm not kidding. Please welcome Sam Kinison."
  • Bruce Springsteen appeared as a surprise musical guest on the final NBC show. He performed "Glory Days."
  • April 1986: A visit by Letterman with camera crew to the GE Building shortly after General Electric purchased RCA with a fruit basket results in the "G.E. Handshake", in which shortly before shaking hands with Letterman, a G.E. Security officer has his hand stretched for a handshake, but pulls it away before Letterman can grasp his hand while telling Letterman and the crew to get out of the building. The same officer repeats the move on Letterman's director, Hal Gurnee.
  • Letterman harassing a monkey in a dress saying, "Maybe you'll get some and maybe you won't." The monkey became quite angered and scratched and hissed in Letterman's general direction, causing him to proclaim, "She tried to rip a vein out of my neck and kill me."
  • WWE founder Vince Mcmahon made his only appearance on Letterman co-hosting the 3rd Anniversary Show in character (kayfabe), covering the attempts at a nearby hospital to deliver a baby during the show's airing, with the victor being declared the official "late night baby".
  • Actress Nastasia Kinski appeared sporting a rather outlandish hairdo and got visibly upset when Dave pointed it out (he later referred to it as "Looking like she had a Barn Owl on her head").[1] On the same show, the next guest John Candy came out with his hair mockingly done in a similar fashion.

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Recurring Late Night segments

See also: Sketches on Letterman
  • The Top Ten List, from various "home offices"
  • Stupid Pet Tricks
  • Stupid Human Tricks
  • Viewer Mail
  • Supermarket Finds
  • Velcro Suit
  • Suit of Rice Krispies
  • Dumb Ads
  • "Lucky Numbers"
  • Small Town News
  • Ask Mr. Melman (Larry "Bud" Melman)
  • Dave's Record Collection
  • Short plays presented by the Peace Through Dramatization Players (featuring Chris Ellott, Gerard Mulligan and other Late Night writers)
  • A series of "Guy" characters portrayed by Chris Elliott. Each of these characters made numerous appearances over the course of a year or two before being retired, amidst much mock fanfare. Then Elliott would appear a few episodes later playing the next in his series of "Guy" characters.
    • The Guy Under The Seats: The show would be interrupted by a creepy, aggressive, paranoid guy (Elliott) who would peer out from a hatchway underneath the seats in the studio audience. (Apparently, he lived there.) This "guy" would make insulting remarks about Letterman, while pleading with Dave and the audience to "stop looking at me".
    • The Fugitive Guy: Every so often, Letterman would introduce "Roger Thompson" (Elliott), a new member of the Late Night crew. In each appearance, "Thompson" would have a different low-level job (e.g., cue card holder, tambourine player for the band), and would grow increasingly nervous as Letterman aimiably asked Thompson innocuous questions about his job and his life. Fairly quickly, Thompson would break down under the "grilling", and would then hear the approach of "the one-legged man" and flee. This sketch was a parody of The Fugitive, and eventually included a title sequence that parodied the original Quinn Martin TV series theme. The Fugitive Guy sketches concluded with a final episode where Thompson confronted the one-legged man on a water tower.
    • The Regulator Guy: A series of expensive-looking promos for a RoboCop-like action character aired on "Late Night" over a period of a several months, with Elliott incongrously playing the super-cool half-human, half-mechanical "Regulator Guy". ("Coming soon to NBC!") The "Regulator Guy" then appeared once and only once in an actual sketch on the show, but this appearance was a (deliberately) cheap and poorly-done travesty.
    • The New Regulator Guy: Shortly after "The Regulator Guy" was retired, Elliott came back with a re-tooled version called "The New Regulator Guy". This character similarly did not last long.
  • Crushing Things With A Steamroller
  • Throwing Things Off A Five-Story Building
  • Crushing Things With An 80-Ton Hydraulic Press
  • Poetry with My Dog Stan
  • Visits with Meg Parsont in the Simon and Schuster Building
    • A camera would zoom in on the office of Parsont, an employee in the nearby Simon and Schuster Building, while Letterman spoke with her on the phone. Parsont also made an appearance on Letterman's CBS show in 1993.
  • Elevator Races
  • NBC Bookmobile
  • Peaboy
  • Visits with Dave's Mom (Dorothy Mengering via remote from Carmel, Indiana)
  • Young Inventors
  • Marv Albert with The Wild and the Wacky from the World of Sports
  • Visits with Jack Hanna
  • Hal Gurnee's Network Time Killer
  • Darlene Love's performance of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), annual from 1986-

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International broadcasts

Canada

  • Toronto - Global Television Network, 12:35am (to September 10 1993)
  • Vancouver - VU-13, U.TV, 12:35am (1985 to September 10 1993)

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Philippines

  • Philippines - Jack TV

Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong - ATV World

Denmark

  • Denmark - TV2 Zulu

Australia

  • Australia - Network Ten

Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • 1982-83 Outstanding Writing in a Variety, Comedy or Music Program
  • 1983-84 Outstanding Writing in a Variety, Comedy or Music Program
  • 1984-85 Outstanding Writing in a Variety, Comedy or Music Program
  • 1985-86 Outstanding Writing in a Variety, Comedy or Music Program
  • 1989-90 Outstanding Directing in a Variety, Comedy or Music Program

See also

Late Night with Conan OBrien is an Emmy Award-winning American late night talk show that is syndicated worldwide. ... Late Show redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.compfused.com/directlink/746/

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Late Night with David Letterman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1354 words)
Letterman used a bullhorn to interrupt The Today Show with the announcement that he was not wearing any pants.
Letterman interrupted WNBC-TV's newscasts by walking into their studio which was across the hall from his.
Letterman would often perform stunts such as donning a suit covered in Alka-Seltzer tablets and being lowered in water, and wearing a suit of velcro and jumping up onto a velcro wall.
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