Late Show with David Letterman

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  • From 1993 to 2015, legendary comedian and talk show host David Letterman interviewed guests and hosted musical performances at 11:35/10:35c weeknights on CBS. NOTE: Thanks to noted Letterman expert Don "Donz5" Giller for his help in contributing to this episode guide.

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  • S 22 : Ep 05.20.15


    Aired 5/20/15

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    Aired 5/19/15

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    Aired 5/18/15

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    Aired 5/15/15

  • S 22 : Ep 05.14.15


    Aired 5/14/15

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  • David Letterman


  • Paul Shaffer


  • Alan Kalter

    Himself (1995-present)

  • Calvert DeForest

    Himself (1993-2002)

  • Biff Henderson


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  • Quotes (158)

    • David Letterman: (After Tom Brokaw makes a cameo, welcoming Dave and then taking back two cue cards, claiming they were "intellectual property" of NBC) Who would ever have thought you'd ever hear the words 'intellectual' and 'NBC' in the same sentence?

    • (Dave makes his first entrance and is greeted by 2 minutes of a standing ovation and people chanting "Dave! Dave! Dave! Dave!" ) David Letterman: Please, ladies and gentleman....thank you. But you know, when you really think about it - all I did was take the summer off.

    • David Letterman: I'm very excited about working for CBS. I just found out that in addition to doing the show - next week I get to kill a guy on Murder, She Wrote.

    • Paul Newman: ( After being introduced in the audience by a clip of Ed Sullivan ) Where the hell's the singing cats? Dave: No, Paul, this isn't "Cats". Its me, Dave Letterman. This is my new show from the Ed Sullivan Theatre. Paul Newman: ( Checking his ticket ) Oops, sorry, wrong theatre. (Gets up and leaves as the audience cheers)

    • Top Ten Things We Like About CBS 10. You got a problem? The CBS "Family" takes care of it. 9. The strong, understanding hands of Mr. Charles Kuralt. 8. Doesn't have foul-smelling disease-carrying bird mascot. 7. When Angela Lansbury fixes your outboard motor, it stays fixed. 6. Chance to see Harry Smith naked in CBS sauna. 5. Have Canadian music director that looks just like our old one. 4. Candice Bergen curses like a sailor at company retreat. 3. Three out of every five male employees named "Morley." 2. Whole nation touched by the heartfelt attempt of Dan Rather and Connie Chung to have a baby. 1. Executives are much more advanced form of weasel.

    • Dave: So... what would you like to be when you grow up? Sean Burroughs: A gynecologist.

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    Notes (378)

    • With this episode, Paul Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band is rechristened the CBS Orchestra; also, the number of band members is expanded from five to eight.

    • Instead of being introduced by Bill Wendell, clips of Ed Sullivan making various introductions on his show were edited together : "Ladies and Gentlemen / one of the greatest novelties / a fabulous boy prodigy / the most amazing of all the chimp acts who have ever come to show biz / he said, as you recall, everybody remembers this one... (Sullivan then pauses and looks down as he forgets the quote) / here's an act that will scare the life out of you / from China / he's been in India, he's been all around the world / just back from Las Vegas / the Italian Casanovia / a Texas friend of mine / my hansome Italian pisano / today's greatest living American / here's the man I invited to Christmas Dinner / David / Letterman!"

    • Bill Murray was also the first guest on the first episode of Late Night with David Letterman. During his appearence on that Late Night episode he asks if Paul knows "that new Newton John thing" and proceeds to 'sing' the then-current song "(Let's Get) Physical". 11 years later as he is introduced by Dave on this Late Show episode, Paul plays the same song in the background.

    • First appearance of Joe G., as well as the "comedy" team of Mujibur and Sirajul.

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    • First appearance of "CBS Mailbag," formerly known as "Viewer Mail."

    • First appearance of "Hello Deli" owner Rupert Jee.

    • Bill Hicks' stand-up performance in this episode was banned by the CBS censors for attacking pro-lifers. Sadly, this was his last appearance on Letterman before his death four months later. The footage of his performance would finally air on the Late Show in January 2009.

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    Trivia (16)

    • With still a week to go before Conan O'Brien would be ready to take over NBC's Late Night , NBC aired the 1982 LNwDL pilot in the 12:35 EST timeslot, directly after this episode ended. They proceded to air his first ten episodes over the next two weeks.

    • When Dave impales Paul with the pin on the 18th hole, the flag goes from right-side-up to upside-down.

    • The Flashdancers cocktail waitress in the sailor skit is Jennifer Warfel, and no, they were not real sailors.

    • "NYPD Blue" is filmed in New York, but they clip they show of Inky flaunting his derriere is shown in an episode of The Late Show taped in Los Angeles.

    • Due to news coverage of the Millennium, there was no "Rockin' New Year's Eve" that year. So why would Dick Clark be standing in Times Square?

    • Dave says he can't speak French, even though he did an impression of John Wayne speaking French in Show #0926.

    • This was the most bizarre musical guest display that I have ever seen in the history of Letterman. The Vines were highly anticipated since they have a killer record out but Craig Nicholls was simply out of his gourd! The guy falls down, knocks his guitar severely out of tune then decides to scream and beat his guitar strings unmercifully, and then hits the microphone when coming back "together". I have never seen Dave so knocked off guard than after this performance. A classic!

    • I know that Dave can be a hermit, but couldn't have he gone to the hospital to reattach the tip of his pinky?

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    Allusions (7)

    • The "intellectual property" bit refers to a lawsuit NBC filed against Letterman during the summer of 1993. As a result of said litigation, Calvert DeForest started using his real name, "Viewer Mail" was renamed "CBS Mailbag," and the Top Ten List became the "Late Show Top Ten."

    • Sean Connery: none
      When Sean Connery arrives for his interview wearing a jet pack, it refers to the opening action sequence of the James Bond film "Thunderball."

    • Garbage performed "Special," the third single from their album "Version 2.0."

    • Garbage performed "Bleed Like Me," the title track to their newest album.

    • The song that plays while Alan and Brian go through their "break-up" is "Everybody Hurts" by REM.

    • The "fat detective" character that Dave introduces is an homage to William Conrad and his work on shows such as Cannon and Jake and the Fatman.

    • The opening credits to "Coach Kalter" is obviously a spoof of the 1970s TV series The White Shadow.

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  • Fan Reviews (80)
  • Epic Late Night Host

    By adamdecker399, Sep 19, 2015

  • Boring, Snarky, unfunny

    By DavidHughes6608, May 19, 2015

  • Been dialing it in for years

    By rbgolfing, Nov 28, 2014

  • Take a pass on the Letterman show when visiting New York City

    By tulip1234, Sep 27, 2014

  • Can't leave soon enough

    By glitwicki, Sep 17, 2014