Late Night With David Letterman - Season 1

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Episode Guide

  • Show #0001
    Show #0001
    Episode 1
    2/1/82
    7.1
    The show opens with a haunting intro by NYC-based character actor Calvert Deforest; the NBC Peacock girls introduce Dave; throughout the night, a welding demonstration is held backstage; a seemingly drunk Bill Murray dances to Olivia Newton-John's hit "Physical"; Dave and Don "Mr. Wizard" Herbert experiment with air compression; Steve Fessler recites lines from the movie "Bowery at Midnight."moreless
  • Show #0002
    Show #0002
    Episode 2
    2/2/82
    8.5
    Dave selects an audience member named Sally to operate one of the show's cameras; in the first installment of "Limited Perspecitve," Manhattan-based dentist Norman Hoffman reviews Reds; Pat Paulsen reprises his walking-on-water act as first performed on the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" in 1969.
  • Show #0003
    Show #0003
    Episode 3
    2/3/82
    7.5
    After baseball great Hank Aaron is interviewed on the show, he leaves the set and is interviewed again by WNBC-TV's Al "Marv's Brother" Albert, asking him how the earlier interview went.
  • Show #0004
    Show #0004
    Episode 4
    2/4/82
    9.5
    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."
  • Show #0005
    Show #0005
    Episode 5
    2/8/82
    0.0
    As Walter Fairservis, a professor of Anthropology, drones on about his academic interests, a split-screen exposes Dave's hidden thoughts on how this interview is going. Also, a "man on the street"-type segment finds that the populace of New York City couldn't care less if the Empire State Building were demolished.
  • Show #0006
    Show #0006
    Episode 6
    2/9/82
    0.0
    John Houseman "Paper Chase" opening; "New Food That Never Caught On"; John Houseman plugs his new TV show; "Celebrities and Business Machines"; an audience participation game.
  • Show #0007
    Show #0007
    Episode 7
    2/10/82
    0.0
    While being interviewed with Rick Moranis to plug their McKenzie Brothers film "Strange Brew," Dave Thomas falls asleep. Moranis closes the show by singing the national anthem.
  • Show #0008
    Show #0008
    Episode 8
    2/11/82
    10
    Paul introduces the members of his as-yet-named house band; as a Valentine's Day tribute, Harve Mann sings a medley of television theme songs.
  • Show #0009
    Show #0009
    Episode 9
    2/15/82
    0.0
    The Dave-Cam is introduced, which lets the home viewer see what Dave sees as he enters the studio from backstage, offers his opening remarks, and interviews "Bert the Human Caboose" (Calvert).
  • Show #0010
    Show #0010
    Episode 10
    2/16/82
    9.0
    When Dave goes backstage to put his tooth in, he invites an audience member named Rosemary to take over for him, and she interviews Dick Cavett.
  • Show #0011
    Show #0011
    Episode 11
    2/17/82
    9.2
    Tonight on "Small Town News": Dave calls The Dugger Study Club in Dugger, Indiana, and every member there sings "Winter Wonderland" over the phone.
  • Show #0012
    Show #0012
    Episode 12
    2/18/82
    9.4
    Tony Clifton (thought to be Andy Kaufman but is actually Andy's friend Bob Zmuda) botches a medley of tunes to a mystified audience; Dr. Ruth quizzes the audience on finding a woman's "G-spot."
  • Show #0013
    Show #0013
    Episode 13
    2/22/82
    0.0
    Students from P.S. 84 present "Little Acorns," a playlet about George Washington.
  • Show #0014
    Show #0014
    Episode 14
    2/23/82
    0.0
    Tonight on "Audience Point-of-View," Pete Fatovich portrays a disgruntled audience member who talks to himself, annoying the folks around him.
  • Show #0015
    Show #0015
    Episode 15
    2/24/82
    0.0
    Octogenerian vaudeville comedian Chaz Chase spends his segment with Dave eating a lit cigar, a cigarette, matches, rose stems, and a tiny harmonica before suddenly leaving the set, only to return and eat a paper towel, a cardboard vest, and the show's script. What he won't eat: ham and bacon.
  • Show #0016
    Show #0016
    Episode 16
    2/25/82
    7.7
    Remote: "Celebrities and their Dry-Cleaning."
  • Show #0017
    Show #0017
    Episode 17
    3/1/82
    0.0
    Tonight on "Limited Perspective," Dr. Norman Hoffman comes back to review "One From the Heart."
  • Show #0018
    Show #0018
    Episode 18
    3/2/82
    0.0
    "Subway Fashion Show"; Dave looks at "Theme Restaurants"; actor Peter Ustinov; "Nightcap Theatre"; newswoman Karen Rogers; Elayne Boosler does stand-up.
  • Show #0019
    Show #0019
    Episode 19
    3/3/82
    0.0
    "Small Town News" with phone call; TV actress Jane Curtin; "Celebrities and Shoes"; writer Quentin Crisp; Armand Brodeur and the Museum of Medical Quackery.
  • Show #0020
    Show #0020
    Episode 20
    3/4/82
    0.0
    The midway point of the show is highlighted by a high school marching band (complete with cheerleaders and baton twirlers) marching through the studio. Robert Klein calmly waits for them to leave before he continues his chat with Dave.
  • Show #0021
    Show #0021
    Episode 21
    3/8/82
    6.4
    Tonight's comedy bit is a report on sarcasm. Quoth Dave: "Right, sure, I'm sarcastic."
  • Show #0022
    Show #0022
    Episode 22
    3/9/82
    0.0
    Dave asks audience member Vonceil Hopper to prepare herself for a Barbara Walters-type interview about herself later in the show. Dave asks, "Ever iron a grilled cheese sandwich?"
  • Show #0023
    Show #0023
    Episode 23
    3/10/82
    6.3
    Tonight on "Small Town News": Dave calls Agnes and Clifford Woolbright in Weewoka, OK and asks them to describe their extensive Avon bottle collection. Also, filmmakers Jayne Loader and Pierce Rafferty promote their documentary The Atomic Cafe.
  • Show #0024
    Show #0024
    Episode 24
    3/11/82
    0.0
    Brothers/heavyweight boxers Leon and Michael Spinks discuss their "rivalry."
  • Show #0025
    Show #0025
    Episode 25
    3/15/82
    0.0
    To Dave's surprise and embarassment, the producers of "Airplane!" air Dave's 1979 screen test for the role that's eventually given to Robert Hayes.
  • Show #0026
    Show #0026
    Episode 26
    3/16/82
    0.0
    Chris Elliott makes his East Coast network debut appearance, reprising his portrayal of "Garbage" in a comedy bit called "Urban Paranoia" that was mysteriously blocked from East Coast viewing the night before due to a satellite screw-up.
  • Show #0027
    Show #0027
    Episode 27
    3/17/82
    0.0
    It's the Great Pizza Race, as three members from the audience order pizzas with everything on them from three different pizza places, Original Ray's, Joe G's, and Old Fashioned Pizza. Old Fashioned arrives first during Dave's interview with Ted Turner, followed later by Original Ray's and Joe G's.
  • Show #0028
    Show #0028
    Episode 28
    3/18/82
    7.4
    "Mork & Mindy" star Robin Williams makes a surprise walk-on when Norman Lear promotes his television special "I Love Liberty".
  • Show #0029
    Show #0029
    Episode 29
    3/22/82
    0.0
    In a remote called "A Man Called 'Jimmy'," Dave tracks down Jimmy's Bar and Restaurant, Jimmy's Body and Fender Repair, Jimmy's Coffee Shop, and Jimbi's Unisex Hair Salon.
  • Show #0030
    Show #0030
    Episode 30
    3/23/82
    8.0
    Dave selects audience members to paint a nude model with art instructor Joan Eby.
  • Show #0031
    Show #0031
    Episode 31
    3/24/82
    8.5
    Tonight's "New Video Games" includes "Who Packed the Parachutes?" "Video Migrant Worker," and "Sink the Love Boat."
  • Show #0032
    Show #0032
    Episode 32
    3/25/82
    0.0
    "Viewer Mail"; Hugh Dunne; Watergate conspirator John Ehrlichman shows some home movies; Ed Subitsky; Ozzy Osbourne.
  • Show #0033
    Show #0033
    Episode 33
    3/29/82
    0.0
  • Show #0034
    Show #0034
    Episode 34
    3/30/82
    10
    Andy Kaufman plugs his upcoming wrestling match with Jerry Lawler on April 5th, instigating a staged blood feud for the ages.
  • Show #0035
    Show #0035
    Episode 35
    3/31/82
    8.3
    Dave selects two audience members to spend the hour writing funny captions to photographs. James Slusher and Doris Roehrs come through in their segment "How Mr. and Mrs. America Occupy Their Time When They Have Nothing Contructive to Do."
  • Show #0036
    Show #0036
    Episode 36
    4/1/82
    8.8
    Comedianne Carol Leifer makes her network television debut on Late Night.
  • Show #0037
    Show #0037
    Episode 37
    4/5/82
    0.0
    A "Dial-It-Services" comedy bit ends with "Dial-a-Sixties-Burnout" as Paul Shaffer answers the line. Also, 60 Minutes' Morley Safer drops by and shows his paintings of hotel rooms.
  • Show #0038
    Show #0038
    Episode 38
    4/6/82
    0.0
    Dave risks his very first guest walkout by asking Don King, "Everytime I see you, whomever I'm with, asks, 'What do you suppose is the deal with Don's hair?'" Instead, Don laughs.
  • Show #0039
    Show #0039
    Episode 39
    4/7/82
    8.3
    Dave invites audience member Rick Buckner to report on the NBC Commissary.
  • Show #0040
    Show #0040
    Episode 40
    4/8/82
    0.0
    During his monologue, Dave asks the folks in the audience to please remove their snow tires. One soon rolls down the aisle.
  • Show #0041
    Show #0041
    Episode 41
    4/12/82
    0.0
    Dave celebrates his 35th birthday by welcoming 10-year-old Girl Scout Markita Andrews, who sold 3,240 cookies this year.
  • Show #0042
    Show #0042
    Episode 42
    4/13/82
    0.0
    Before the show, Dave teaches Jerry Garcia how to play "Proud Mary" on the guitar.
  • Show #0043
    Show #0043
    Episode 43
    4/14/82
    0.0
    Tonight's remote is "My New York: The Wonderful World of Plastics and the World's Largest Humidor."
  • Show #0044
    Show #0044
    Episode 44
    4/15/82
    0.0
    Jay Leno makes his first of 40 appearances on Late Night, while audience member Clara McAllister wins the show's first Elevator Race, crossing the finish line and interruping an interview with Livingston Taylor.
  • Show #0045
    Show #0045
    Episode 45
    4/19/82
    0.0
    "Who Asked For It?" makes its debut as actual audience members ask fake questions to Dave. (On later shows, staffers will eventually replace the audience and ask the questions.) Tonight, Ann Ivin wants to see talk show host Virginia Graham fire off an automatic weapon. But because of permit restrictions, Graham shoots at a target with a cross-bow.moreless
  • Show #0046
    Show #0046
    Episode 46
    4/20/82
    0.0
  • Show #0047
    Show #0047
    Episode 47
    4/21/82
    0.0
    "Elevator Etiquette" features Dave's assistant Marie O'Donnell and (in a rare on-screen appearance) then-Late Night writer Tom Gammill.
  • Show #0048
    Show #0048
    Episode 48
    4/22/82
    0.0
    Tonight on "Viewer Mail": Brian David Sterry asks why Paul always points to the ceiling right before Dave begins his monologue. Paul explains that he's been trying to tell Dave for weeks that stuck in the rafters is Joey Bishop, who acknowledges the studio audience.
  • Show #0049
    Show #0049
    Episode 49
    4/27/82
    0.0
    Dave chats with Mr. Bill (voiced by Walter Williams). Says Dave: "I'm talking to a wad of clay, folks."
  • Show #0050
    Show #0050
    Episode 50
    4/28/82
    0.0
    Since drummer Steve Jordan is leaving for three weeks for a tour in Japan, Dave recruits an audience member, Mary Lou Gajdosik, to sit in for him while he's gone. She and the band play "Wipe Out."
  • Show #0051
    Show #0051
    Episode 51
    4/29/82
    0.0
    Cosmic visionary Ruth "Uriel" Norman claims to have moved to Mars.
  • Show #0052 (90 Minute Special)
    4/30/82
    9.0
    It's Late Night's first Friday night 90-minute special, which features the second installment of Stupid Pet Tricks and sex tips from Dr. Ruth.
  • Show #0053
    Show #0053
    Episode 53
    5/3/82
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0054
    Show #0054
    Episode 54
    5/4/82
    0.0
    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.
  • Show #0055
    Show #0055
    Episode 55
    5/5/82
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0056
    Show #0056
    Episode 56
    5/6/82
    8.9
    Tonight on "Viewer Mail": Kirk Hancock asks if the backdrop behind Dave consists of real glass. A decades-old tradition is thus born as Dave throws a pencil through the window to the sound of breaking glass.
  • Show #0057
    Show #0057
    Episode 57
    5/10/82
    0.0
    Dave asks an audience member, Betsy Houlihan, to order stuff for the show's "Dial-a-Delivery" project. By the end of the show, fresh fish, dry ice, a rug, popcorn, three sheep, 100 chairs, flowers, and a typewriter arrive.
  • Show #0058
    Show #0058
    Episode 58
    5/11/82
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0059
    Show #0059
    Episode 59
    5/12/82
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0060
    Show #0060
    Episode 60
    5/13/82
    0.0
    Tonight on "Viewer Mail": Paul Fromberg asks for another Bill Murray appearance. Bill calls on the phone and invites Dave to a party, so Dave calls in sick and leaves the set. A "Please Stand By" sign shows up on the TV screen and NBC then broadcasts footage from the 1975 World Series.moreless
  • Show #0061
    Show #0061
    Episode 61
    5/17/82
    0.0
    Dave throws a pencil to the backdrop to the sound of the "Jaws" theme. Suddenly, a giant pencil appears and tries to poke Dave in the face. Guest Ed Asner, referring to the giant pencil, later tells Dave, "I've seen a lot of those things; I worked with Ted Knight."
  • Show #0062
    Show #0062
    Episode 62
    5/18/82
    0.0
    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."
  • Show #0063
    Show #0063
    Episode 63
    5/19/82
    0.0
    The "Baseball Hall of Fame" exhibit includes the First Hot Dog (from 1882), Abner Doubleday's original notebook (with drawings of horses and swordplay), and the first blimp shot inside the Astrodome.
  • Show #0064
    Show #0064
    Episode 64
    5/20/82
    0.0
    Paul Simon appears throughout the entire show as Dave's sole guest, performing "The Late Great Johnny Ace." History repeats itself as circumstances beyond Paul's control (i.e. a rowdy fan) force him to stop the song at the identical place when first performed at Central Park eight months earlier.
  • Show #0065
    Show #0065
    Episode 65
    5/24/82
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0066
    Show #0066
    Episode 66
    5/25/82
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0067
    Show #0067
    Episode 67
    5/26/82
    0.0
    The classic rabid-dog shaving dispenser makes its debut on Dave's "New Gift Items."
  • Show #0068
    Show #0068
    Episode 68
    5/27/82
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0069
    Show #0069
    Episode 69
    6/1/82
    0.0
    Special Effects artist John Dykstra demonstrates how he prepared a composite film of a space dogfight in "Star Wars."
  • Show #0070
    Show #0070
    Episode 70
    6/2/82
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0071 (820603)
    Show #0071 (820603)
    Episode 71
    6/3/82
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0072 (90 Minute Special)
    6/4/82
    0.0
    It's the second 90-minute Friday special, called, appropriately, "Dave." Featured is a return visit of the Rainbow Grill Peacock Girls as well as a musical introduction to each guest by Harve Mann. The show is in many ways a tribute to the last morning show aired 20 months earlier.
  • Show #0073
    Show #0073
    Episode 73
    6/7/82
    8.2
    Grade-schoolers from P.S. 35 perform "The Revolt of the Foolish Molar."
  • Show #0074
    Show #0074
    Episode 74
    6/8/82
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0075
    Show #0075
    Episode 75
    6/9/82
    0.0
    Dave visits the 1982 World's Fair, which has somehow centralized itself in the green room; Hank Williams, Jr. is interviewed and sings "A Country Boy Can Survive;" another remote on celebrity hangouts called "Celebrities and Their Auto Repairs;" Elayne Boosler does stand-up; director John Carpenter plugs The Thing.
  • Show #0076
    Show #0076
    Episode 76
    6/10/82
    0.0
    Allen Ginsberg makes a rare television appearance and performs "Capitol Air."
  • Show #0077
    Show #0077
    Episode 77
    6/21/82
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0078
    Show #0078
    Episode 78
    6/22/82
    0.0
    Harrison Ford makes his first guest appearance on Dave, describing his film "Blade Runner": "It's no musical comedy, Dave."
  • Show #0079
    Show #0079
    Episode 79
    6/23/82
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0080
    Show #0080
    Episode 80
    6/24/82
    0.0
    Ted Nugent jams with Paul's band from homebase; Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam promote "Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl," then discuss British current events.
  • Show #0081
    Show #0081
    Episode 81
    6/28/82
    0.0
    It's "Haircut Day," as throughout the show three student barbers cut the hair of audience participants.
  • Show #0082
    Show #0082
    Episode 82
    6/29/82
    0.0
    For the first time on his show, Dave walks off the set after guest Ruth Westheimer recommends sexual satisfaction with a cucumber.
  • Show #0083
    Show #0083
    Episode 83
    6/30/82
    0.0
    Tonight is "Elevator Races, Part 2," as former champion Clara McAllister again beats her competitors downstairs and up again.
  • Show #0084
    Show #0084
    Episode 84
    7/6/82
    0.0
    In a segment called "Dave's Hobby Shop," five volunteers from the studio audience spend the show carving Dave's face from ham, ice, Styrofoam, balsa wood, and wax.
  • Show #0085
    Show #0085
    Episode 85
    7/7/82
    0.0
    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.
  • Show #0086
    Show #0086
    Episode 86
    7/8/82
    0.0
    It's "Win a Date With Former Monkee Peter Tork Night." Also, Dave impersonator and SNL star Joe Piscopo makes his only appearance on Late Night.
  • Show #0087 (90 Minute Special)
    7/9/82
    0.0
    Larry Bud sweats through an immortal reading of "The Night Before Christmas" on the show's summer Christmas special.
  • Show #0088
    Show #0088
    Episode 88
    7/12/82
    8.0
    James Brown (in his first Late Night appearance) wings it with the World's Most Dangerous Band, hangs with Dave for four segments, and performs "Sex Machine," "There Was a Time," and "I Got the Feeling."
  • Show #0089
    Show #0089
    Episode 89
    7/13/82
    0.0
    Larry "Bud" Melman sings and dances to "Give My Regards to Broadway" during "Job Interview Etiquette."
  • Show #0090
    Show #0090
    Episode 90
    7/14/82
    0.0
    Former Beatle drummer Pete Best guests on Late Night and claims that his bandmates were jealous of his looks.
  • Show #0091
    Show #0091
    Episode 91
    7/15/82
    0.0
    Dave, the "Better Samaritan," helps Little Susie get ready for camp by making sure she has an ample supply of cigarettes and beer.
  • Show #0092 (820726)
    Show #0092 (820726)
    Episode 92
    7/26/82
    0.0
    Larry "Bud" guest-hosts the show while Dave enjoys his vacation, building a ship model at home. Dave returns to the studio after Larry has attempted for the first time in his life to exercise, shortly after being encouraged by Jack and Elaine LaLanne.
  • Show #0093
    Show #0093
    Episode 93
    7/27/82
    0.0
    Another installment of "My Dog Bob"; tonight's episode is "The Dream."
  • Show #0094 (820728)
    Show #0094 (820728)
    Episode 94
    7/28/82
    10
    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.
  • Show #0095
    Show #0095
    Episode 95
    7/29/82
    0.0
    *
  • Show #0096
    Show #0096
    Episode 96
    8/2/82
    0.0
    New York Yankee pitcher Tommy John guests on the show, to be relieved later by Yankees closer Bill Lee.
  • Show #0097
    Show #0097
    Episode 97
    8/3/82
    0.0
    In his third appearance in six months, Robert Klein airs his Bar Mitzvah films, then introduces his parents in the audience.
  • Show #0098
    Show #0098
    Episode 98
    8/4/82
    0.0
    The newest "Dial-It-Services" include Dial-a-Guy-with-a-Bad-Hairpiece ("William Shatner's residence").
  • Show #0099
    Show #0099
    Episode 99
    8/5/82
    0.0
    A rare treat- tonight, all letters for Viewer Mail were penned by the Late Night writing staff. Newly-hired writer Steve O'Donnell writes Dave and asks if he could meet him sometime.
  • Show #0100
    Show #0100
    Episode 100
    8/10/82
    9.2
    Dave struggles with a Bad Phone Call; Frank and Moon Unit Zappa appear on Late Night to promote their single, "Valley Girl" (see recap).
  • Show #0101
    Show #0101
    Episode 101
    8/11/82
    0.0
    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.
  • Show #0102
    Show #0102
    Episode 102
    8/12/82
    0.0
    Tonight on Viewer Mail, Dave and Calvert DeForest act out a scene from "The Honeymelmans." Calvert's Ralph Kramden character is named "Bud"; Dave's Ed Norton character is named "Dave."
  • Show #0103 (90 Minute Special)
    8/13/82
    9.2
    It's a "Salute to Summer" special as Chris Elliott portrays the show's lifeguard, protecting all who enter the stage area.
  • Show #0104
    Show #0104
    Episode 104
    8/23/82
    6.0
    "New Gift Items" include The Jack LaLanne Q-tip Dispenser; Elvis Costello & The Attractions performed "Man Out of Time."
  • Show #0105
    Show #0105
    Episode 105
    8/24/82
    0.0
    Tonight's episode of "My Dog Bob" is titled "The Escape," in which Dave and Merrill try to catch Bob as he sets himself free in Central Park.
  • Show #0106 (820825)
    Show #0106 (820825)
    Episode 106
    8/25/82
    0.0
    Dave invites two members from the studio audience to participate in a "Sitcom Sampler."
  • Show #0107 (820826)
    Show #0107 (820826)
    Episode 107
    8/26/82
    0.0
    Richard Lewis makes his third appearance on Late Night in seven months; Larry Bud interrupts the show to pitch Melman Bus Lines.
  • Show #0108
    Show #0108
    Episode 108
    8/31/82
    0.0
    The "City of Brotherly Love Players" present their "Salute to Philly" in honor of KYW-TV in Philadelphia.
  • Show #0109 (820901)
    Show #0109 (820901)
    Episode 109
    9/1/82
    0.0
    Dave advises how a studio audience should behave while watching his show, as audience member Larry "Bud" watches "Bonanza" on a portable TV.
  • Show #0110
    Show #0110
    Episode 110
    9/2/82
    0.0
    Stagehand Jimmy Fitzgerald introduces his "Technician's Corner." Tonight, a discussion on green mike cable.
  • Show #0111 (90 Minute Special)
    9/10/82
    0.0
    It's the 90-minute Nothing Special Special, as Brother Theodore, Marshall Crenshaw, and Chuck Yaeger entertain America. Plus, the Elevator Races Rematch, as Clara McAlister wins again.
  • Show #0112
    Show #0112
    Episode 112
    9/13/82
    0.0
    Steve Allen recreates his "Letters to the Editor" routine on the show.
  • Show #0113
    Show #0113
    Episode 113
    9/14/82
    0.0
    During Small Town News, Dave spots in the classified section of the brochure "Broom, Brush and Mop" a sale of 12,000 pounds of bristles. He calls the seller, who wants $24,000 for it. Instead, Dave offers him a Chad Everett LP and a container of Late Night Fishsticks.
  • Show #0114
    Show #0114
    Episode 114
    9/15/82
    0.0
    A rare moment- Calvert DeForest screws up his lines during a segment called "Houseguest Etiquette."
  • Show #0115
    Show #0115
    Episode 115
    9/16/82
    0.0
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  • Show #0117 (820922)
    Show #0117 (820922)
    Episode 117
    9/22/82
    0.0
    Tonight in the Museum of the Hard-to-Believe: Leonardo de Vinci's script for the pilot episode to "Love That Bob," and Mr. Time-Warp, a guy who lives 2 1/2 minutes later than the real world. Also, "The People Behind Late Night" profiles sound effects guru Howard Vinitsky.
  • Show #0118
    Show #0118
    Episode 118
    9/23/82
    0.0
    Late Night Guest Cartoonist Lee Graham pays tribute to KNEZ, Flagstaff, Arizona. Also, Dave declares Paul the "King of Ging."
  • Show #0119 (90 Minute Special)
    10/1/82
    10
    It's the 90-minute Bar Mitzvah Special, as 13-year-old Barry Weil enters manhood in front of hundreds of American viewers.
  • Show #0120 (820927)
    Show #0120 (820927)
    Episode 120
    9/27/82
    0.0
    William F. Buckley plays a Bach Prelude on the harpsichord. Also, after being bumped from the debut episode of Late Night, Warren Zevon finally appears on the show, performing "Excitable Boy" and "The Overdraft."
  • Show #0121
    Show #0121
    Episode 121
    9/28/82
    0.0
    It's "Safety Day" on the show, as five-year-old child actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (making her first appearance on the show) walks onstage wearing a box on her head.
  • Show #0122
    Show #0122
    Episode 122
    10/4/82
    0.0
    Ed Subitsky makes another appearance impersonating a celebrity, tonight as Bob Hope.
  • Show #0123 (821005)
    Show #0123 (821005)
    Episode 123
    10/5/82
    0.0
    In a segment called "The World of the Future," an elderly Paul hacks through "Bermuda," while Biff plays Arnold from "Different Strokes"; Jerry Lewis is interviewed for four segments and briefly runs amok in the audience.
  • Show #0124
    Show #0124
    Episode 124
    10/6/82
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0125 (821007)
    Show #0125 (821007)
    Episode 125
    10/7/82
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0126 (821011)
    Show #0126 (821011)
    Episode 126
    10/11/82
    0.0
    Tonight, it's "Paul's Point of View"; a prototype of "Paul-Cam," the home viewer sees part of the show from Paul's vantage point. Also, Jay Leno displays The Late Night Home Game and a new book, "Davey, We Hardly Know You."
  • Show #0127
    Show #0127
    Episode 127
    10/12/82
    0.0
    Tonight's comedy bit is "The Shame of NBC Studios": Dave discovers an expired permit in the Green Room and refuses to return to home base.
  • Show #0128
    Show #0128
    Episode 128
    10/13/82
    0.0
    Larry "Bud" is in his typically hyper state during a segment called "Ball Park Etiquette." In a second installment of "People Behind Late Night," Head Prop Manager Jimmy Fitzgerald explains how he prepares coffee for Dave.
  • Show #0129
    Show #0129
    Episode 129
    10/14/82
    0.0
    Houston investigative reporter Marvin Zindler discusses his best-known subject, a whorehouse in Texas, which later served as the basis for a certain successful Broadway musical, then film.
  • Show #0130
    Show #0130
    Episode 130
    10/18/82
    0.0
    Dave has to start the show over after some crazy guy with a briefcase walks onstage during the monologue.
  • Show #0131 (821019)
    Show #0131 (821019)
    Episode 131
    10/19/82
    0.0
    "Chinese Food Delivery Race" combines with "Chinese College Bowl," pitting Hunan Wok University against Szechuan State College; Szechwan delivers first and wins the match.
  • Show #0132
    Show #0132
    Episode 132
    10/20/82
    0.0
    Dave comments on the World Series; Brother Theodore makes his second appearance on Late Night.
  • Show #0133
    Show #0133
    Episode 133
    10/21/82
    0.0
    Comedian/political satirist A. Whitney Brown makes his network television debut on Late Night.
  • Show #0134
    Show #0134
    Episode 134
    10/26/82
    0.0
    With the aid of a visual bouncing ball, the audience sings an aria from Verdi's "Il Travatore" with guest Luciano Pavarotti.
  • Show #0135
    Show #0135
    Episode 135
    10/27/82
    0.0
    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.
  • Show #0136
    Show #0136
    Episode 136
    10/28/82
    0.0
    fter the second annual Halloween Costumes segment, vandals (Bob Pook and Edd Hall) demand treats. Denied, they trash the set. Jimmy Fitzgerald hands them a mop and bucket to clean up the mess. Also, Tom Dreesen shares an amusing antedote about opening for Frank Sinatra, the first of many.
  • Show #0137 (90 Minute Special)
    10/29/82
    0.0
    It's the Amateur Talent Show, as NBC employees display their skills, including one who sings to her goldfish while another, a security guard, is beeped during his performance.
  • Show #0139
    Show #0139
    Episode 139
    11/3/82
    0.0
    It's Autumn in New England, so Dave calls residents in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut to have them describe the colors of the leaves. Dave illustrates with carpet samples.
  • Show #0140
    Show #0140
    Episode 140
    11/4/82
    0.0
    Tonight on "Limited Perspective": Tony Lupo, Yorkville Driving School Instructor, reviews The Road Warrior.
  • Show #0141
    Show #0141
    Episode 141
    11/8/82
    0.0
    Tonight on "New Dial-It-Services": "Dial-a-Cow-Playing-the-Saxophone" (sound of a saxophone being played, followed by a "moo").
  • Show #0142
    Show #0142
    Episode 142
    11/9/82
    0.0
    Dave takes a tour of the "T.V. Museum." Included is an early TV dinner, Dick Van Dyke's ottoman, and the 1960 Presidential debates with Nixon's original clown makeup.
  • Show #0143 (821110)
    Show #0143 (821110)
    Episode 143
    11/10/82
    0.0
    It's election night on the show: Stanley Katzman, principal of Rocco Laurie Intermediate School explains the rules of the election, the teenaged candidates introduce themselves, and they all make stump speeches. Throughout the show, Edwin Newman provides commentary and analyzes the final vote.
  • Show #0144 (821111)
    Show #0144 (821111)
    Episode 144
    11/11/82
    10
    Drummer Steve Jordan manages to be involved in all four Viewer Mail letters, including "The Will Lee Show"; Brooke Shields drops by to pick up her weekly allowance from Merv Griffin; Bob Hope drops by to deliver a sandwich to Dave; Captain Beefheart performed "Evening Bell."
  • Show #0145
    Show #0145
    Episode 145
    11/15/82
    0.0
    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson makes his first appearance on Dave. Flashed on-screen during the interview: "Edited for television."
  • Show #0146
    Show #0146
    Episode 146
    11/16/82
    0.0
    Ex-SNLer James Downey makes his Late Night debut as the voice of President Martin Van Buren, Animated Man. Later, Grace Jones appears with her clone.
  • Show #0147 (821117)
    Show #0147 (821117)
    Episode 147
    11/17/82
    0.0
    "The Doctors" soap opera actor Alec Baldwin leads two audience members to spy on his set and find out why it's being cancelled. Later in the show, Andy Kaufman, dressed in a diaper, swallows a sword and performs "My Rose Marie."
  • Show #0148
    Show #0148
    Episode 148
    11/18/82
    0.0
    Dr. Ruth grosses Dave out again; Devo performed "That's Good."
  • Show #0150
    Show #0150
    Episode 150
    11/23/82
    0.0
    The real Grant Tinker guests on Late Night.
  • Show #0151 (821124)
    Show #0151 (821124)
    Episode 151
    11/24/82
    8.9
    Tonight's remote is the "Hap-Hap-Happy Tour of New York"; the Peace Through Dramatization Players present "Thanksgiving 1999"; Marilu Henner promotes "The Man Who Loved Women"; an audience member wins the Late Night Turkey Raffle.
  • Show #0152
    Show #0152
    Episode 152
    11/30/82
    6.5
    During a "Having a Baby" segment of "Do's and Don't's with Frank and Fred," Card #5 instead plugs Bob Hope's NBC special later in the week, "Winter Wonderland." Head Stagehand Jimmy Fitzgerald returns the card to Live-at-Five across the hall.
  • Show #0153
    Show #0153
    Episode 153
    12/1/82
    0.0
    Tonight on "Dave's Grab Bag": Cranberryville Mayor Kathleen Ankers displays her cranberry molds (straight out of a can) as "Lorne Greene" and "Evel Knievel"; bumpers throughout the show show cranberry molds of Vice President George HW Bush, Miss America, and The Incredible Hulk.
  • Show #0154
    Show #0154
    Episode 154
    12/2/82
    0.0
    Tonight's "Bad Interview": Steve the Fossil Guy fascinates Dave with his bone collection. Dave's voice, however, is lip-synced by writer Andy Breckman.
  • Show #0155 (90 Minute Special)
    12/3/82
    0.0
    The audience demands two encores, resulting in an extra Stupid Pet Trick and a two-segment appearance with Martin Short.
  • Show #0156
    Show #0156
    Episode 156
    12/6/82
    0.0
    Tonight on "Limited Perspective," mortician Bill McCaffery reviews "Creepshow."
  • Show #0157
    Show #0157
    Episode 157
    12/7/82
    0.0
    Tonight on "Shopping Etiquette," Dave explains the do's and don't's while buying a car. His assistant, Larry Bud, ends the segment by singing Barbra Streisand's "People."
  • Show #0158
    Show #0158
    Episode 158
    12/8/82
    0.0
    "Dave Looks Back," a retrospective of Late Night's early years, includes Paul singing "Lemon Tree" from February 2, 1962 (as Dave stuffs his ears with cottonballs), a young Richard Pryor (from June 12, 1953), Pablo Picasso (September 29, 1965), and "Cholesterol Corner" from September 12, 1959, with "Corky the Cholesterol Clown" (Paul).moreless
  • Show #0159
    Show #0159
    Episode 159
    12/9/82
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0160
    Show #0160
    Episode 160
    12/13/82
    0.0
    Dave apologizes for last Thursday's show, when Eugene Levy was on; no one could remember who played Floyd the Barber on "The Andy Griffith Show." Since finding out, the show pays a special tribute to Howard McNear (who died in 1967).
  • Show #0161
    Show #0161
    Episode 161
    12/28/82
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0162
    Show #0162
    Episode 162
    12/29/82
    7.9
    Before the show, Dave and Paul look for John Candy, who's found backstage overfeeding fish. Also, Natassia Kinski realizes that Dave's comments about her hair have some merit to them.
  • Show #0163
    Show #0163
    Episode 163
    12/30/82
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0164
    Show #0164
    Episode 164
    12/20/82
    0.0
    Filmmaker/car enthusiast H.B. Halicki promotes The Junkman.
  • Show #0165
    Show #0165
    Episode 165
    12/21/82
    0.0
    It's "Santa's Work-Out," as a muscleman in a Santa suit (bodybuilder Eric Hunter) promotes his book "Change Your Life Now: Santa's Guide to Total Fitness."
  • Show #0166
    Show #0166
    Episode 166
    12/22/82
    8.4
    It's another "My Dog Bob" remote: tonight, Dave and Merrill leave their holiday turkey unattended on the kitchen panel as Bob grabs the food and knocks down their Christmas tree.
  • Show #0167
    Show #0167
    Episode 167
    12/23/82
    0.0
    Paul Shaffer's song "Bermuda" finally gets its due, performed tonight by the Late Night Choir.
  • Show #0168
    Show #0168
    Episode 168
    1/4/83
    0.0
    Noted film archivist Herb Graff shares a few antedotes about early Hollywood.
  • Show #0169
    Show #0169
    Episode 169
    1/5/83
    0.0
    "You Asked to Hear It Described" has audience members describing events they'd like to see again. The first one up tonight is a request for Klaus von Bulow's reaction after his not-guilty verdict. All of the band members re-enact the look, with Steve Jordan's coming the closest. Later, Siskel and Ebert play basketball.moreless
  • Show #0170
    Show #0170
    Episode 170
    1/6/83
    0.0
    Levon Helm is scheduled to be on the show, but he doesn't appear. So Gerard Mulligan takes his place, accepting the audience's applause as he discusses Levon's career.
  • Show #0171 (90-Minute Special)
    1/7/83
    0.0
    Another 90-minute Friday night special: Andy Kaufman hugs everyone on the staff and in the audience, then later brings out his parents, as all three sing "Row Row Row Your Boat." Andy follows that performance with a phone call to his grandma in Hollywood, Florida.
  • Show #0172
    Show #0172
    Episode 172
    1/10/83
    8.5
    Dave's Record Collection includes Leonard Nimoy's "Highly Illogical," "Christmas on the Ponderosa," and "Osteoporosis: The Most Prevalent Bone Disease."
  • Show #0173
    Show #0173
    Episode 173
    1/11/83
    0.0
    Tonight on "Limited Perspective," Paul Shindell and Carmine Fioccola, insulators and roofing contractors, review "The Verdict." Also, Levon Helm finally makes it on the show and after his interview sits in with the World's Most Dangerous Band.
  • Show #0174
    Show #0174
    Episode 174
    1/12/83
    0.0
    Paul celebrates his first #1 co-written song, "It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls, who perform it midway through the show.
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