Sid Caesar discusses the first golden age of TV and his friendship with Carl Reiner; Jessica Harper plugs My Favorite Year.
It's the Late Night Miniature Golf Tournament, as audience participants compete on the green constructed inside and outside the studio. Bartender Pete Fatovich serves drinks at the "10th Hole Lounge" backstage. Later, Edie Adams promotes an upcoming docudrama about her late husband, Ernie Kovacs.
Character actor Lou Jacobi promotes My Favorite Year and discusses working with Peter O'Toole and Woody Allen; Paul Mooney does stand-up.
Comedian Richard Lewis makes his third appearance on Late Night in seven months; an ad for Melman Bus Lines; Carole King (with Eric Johnson and the house band) performed "The Locomotion," "One Fine Day," "Read Between the Lines," and "It's War."
Dave invites two members from the studio audience to participate in a "Sitcom Sampler"; legendary rock concert promoter Bill Graham expresses his disdain for the word "impresario" and shares a few stories about the late 60s/early 70s rock scene.
It's a "Salute to Summer" special as Chris Elliott portrays the show's lifeguard, protecting all who enter the stage area; Michael Keaton returns to plug Night Shift.
In another trip to the Museum of the Hard-to-Believe, stagehand Jimmy Fitzgerald portrays "Dale Butterworth, the Incredible Indecision Man," who since 1976 hasn't made up his mind regarding the Pepsi Challenge. Later, NBC anchor Jessica Savitch plugs her autobiography and explains a recent ankle injury, and jazz great Toots Theilemans performed "Sophisticated Lady."moreless
Supertramp sax player John Helliwell sits in with the band; Dave asks boxer Gerry Cooney to analyze the previous night's fracas.
In their first public appearance together since their now-legendary fight, comedian Andy Kaufman and wrestler Jerry Lawler create a violent fracas during their chat with Dave. After Dave apologizes to the audience and ends the show, Dave surveys the mess they left, then retires to his "bungalow" around the corner.
A segment producer's dream pairing: Mr. T and Ron Howard, TV's "Opie," guest on the show. Mr. T stays for three full segments, while Howard is almost bumped. Meanwhile, the Museum of the Hard to Believe features a working car clock and "the man who fooled Merv Griffin."
It's "Haircut Day," as throughout the show three student barbers cut the hair of audience participants; Alan King shares a clip from "The Ed Sullivan Show"; an ad for Melman Buslines.
In their second Late Night appearance in four months, Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding discuss an upcoming career retrospective show a couple of old clips. Later in the show Bob introduces his son, LN staffer Chris Elliott.
Instead of giving his usual nightly monologue, Dave introduces "The Happy Clown" and asks Hal Gurnee to speak. From the control room are the melancholy sounds of "Ho ho ho; ha ha ha." Later in the show, Wayne Cochran performs "Goin' Back to Miami" with the band and sits down for two segments.moreless
Tonight on "Who Asked For It?": Alex Linsky wants Yankees shortstop Willie Randolph to explain the bunt; Willie isn't available, so instead Peggy Cass explains and demonstrates. Later, Little Richard expresses his disdain for his old manager and performed "One Day at a Time."
A "Dial-It-Services" comedy bit ends with "Dial-a-Sixties-Burnout" as Paul Shaffer answers the line; 60 Minutes' Morley Safer shows his paintings of hotel rooms; as-yet-invented items are shown in "The World of the Future"; circus impresario Kenneth Feld introduces Dave to Michu (later TV's ALF), the world's shortest man.
In his first Late Night appearance, actor Michael Keaton plugs his short-lived sitcom "Report to Murphy."
A "salute" to Baggs, WY; Jessica Savitch discusses women in journalism and living as a Washington correspondent; students from P.S. 84 present "Little Acorns," a playlet about George Washington.
Tony Clifton (thought to be Andy Kaufman but is actually Andy's friend Bob Zmuda) butchers a medley of tunes, then addresses a rumor involving Dinah Shore; Dr. Ruth quizzes the audience on finding a woman's "G-spot."
Dave wears a sweater in lieu of a suit; Paul introduces the members of his as-yet-named house band; the first-ever "Viewer Mail" (all quick jokes); Bob and Ray discuss improvisational comedy and perform the "Tender T-Bone" sketch; as a Valentine's Day tribute, Harve Mann sings a medley of television theme songs.moreless
While being interviewed with Rick Moranis to plug their McKenzie Brothers film "Strange Brew," Dave Thomas falls asleep; an ad for Melman Bus Lines; Late Night writers/film historians Karl Tiedemann and Stephen Winer look back at tiny Vespucci Studios; Moranis closes the show by singing the national anthem.
Four shows in, Dave finally introduces Paul Shaffer and the band; a woman named Rita Stipo shows her home movies from New Year's Eve, 1954-55; in the first installment of "Stupid Pet Tricks," a dog hugs her owner, another sneezes and answers the phone, and a rabbit rides a skateboard; Joe Flaherty and John Candy plug "SCTV."moreless