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farewell, Dave
May 20, 2015
David Letterman's Top 10 Most Memorable Late-Night Moments
With the legend signing off this week, we count down the best moments from his late-night hosting career.
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Late-night talkies going to repeats, Heroes prepping shortened-season finale, Cashmere Mafia delayed.
Nov 06, 2007
Strike already taking toll on shows
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The Writers Guild of America strike isn't even a day old yet, and television schedules have already changed.

As predicted, the first programs to be affected are late-night talk shows, which typically tape five nights a week with shows airing the same day. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Last Call with Carson Daly are all currently scheduled to opt for repeats rather than go ahead without their scribes, according to the Associated Press.

CBS said its two late-night offerings, Letterman and Ferguson, will be repeating through the end of the week, but will almost certainly extend that date as it deems necessary. The fate of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, which could try to go ahead with Kimmel winging it, was still ...

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The hosts' game of charity grab-ass has escalated to all-new proportions.
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Episode 68 Season 12
Show #1809
Aired
6.25.1993
Episode 67 Season 12
Show #1808
Aired
6.24.1993
Episode 66 Season 12
Show #1807
Aired
6.23.1993
Episode 65 Season 12
Show #1806
Aired
6.22.1993
Episode 64 Season 12
Show #1806
Aired
6.18.1993
Himself/Various Characters (1982-90)
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Regular as Larry 'Bud' Melman

David Letterman made his name as a TV legend with this influential comedy/talk show series. Dave was a departure from the usual happy, pleasant host; he was sarcastic, moody, grumpy--and on a bad night, he could be all three and almost unwatchable. Generally, though, he treated guests with a refreshing irrereverence. The comedy segments often cast a jaded eye at the cliches of life and especially show business--a wink to the audience that we were all in on whatever scam was being perpetrated on us. Along that line, bandleader Paul Shaffer would banter with Dave in a faux-Rat Pack/swinger style, an exaggeration of how the typical 'hip' talk show musician acted. Recurring bits over the years included: the nighty 'Top Ten' list, often based on a topic in the news; 'Stupid Pet Tricks', when real people and their pets demonstrated, well, exactly what the title says; 'Peggy, the foul-mouthed chambermaid', who would come out and curse at Letterman (most of her dialog was bleeped); Chris Elliot as the creepy guy under the stairs; and TV cameras attached to anything that moved, most unforgettably to a chimp. Borrowing an idea from Steve Allen, Dave ocassionally performed ridiculous stunts. Among them, he had himself dunked into a giant bowl of milk; wore a suit of suet; almost passed out from fumes when, covered with Alka-Seltzer tablets, was dunked in a tank of water; and, wearing a velcro suit, jumped on a trampoline and stuck to a wall. "Late Night with David Letterman" was highly praised, winning five Emmy Awards, and a prestigious Peabody for taking, as the award said, "one of TV's most conventional and least-inventive forms, the talk show, and infusing it with freshness and imagination." NOTE: Thanks to noted Letterman expert Don "Donz5" Giller for his help in correcting and contributing to this episode guide.

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