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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
"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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
"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."
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.
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