Dave wears a green, long-sleeve polo shirt; the WMDB plays Doors tunes throughout the night; "New Gift Items" include Stick-up Adhesive Cologne Patches, a Sandpaper Calendar, and an Electromagnetic Photo Album; Ray Manzarak promotes his new concept album, but his performance is cut for time.
Dave wears a striped, long-sleeve polo in lieu of a suit; "Dial-It-Services" feature a call to the "Dial-a-Prayer-for-Cable-TV-Viewers" ("Oh, Lord, please don't let it be 'Beastmaster' again") and then a call to "Dial-a-Black-Pro-Bowling-Star" (there’s no answer); in his sole Late Night appearance, Andre the Giant promotes a WWF match at Madison Square Garden and jokes about his size.moreless
A Viewer Mail request leads to the firing of a beloved Late Night staffer; the first edition of "Floor Crew Show n' Tell" (see recap).
A segment called "Year-end Comedy Leftovers" includes a Dial-It Service called "Dial-Some-Bad-Advice-to-Out-of-Towners," during which Dave suggests licking the sidewalk and laughing at subway passengers. Later in the show, to honor the 50th anniversary of the NBC page program, Dave grills the interns on-stage with quiz questions from their handbook.
In his first Late Night appearance, C&W great Waylon Jennings performs "Living Legends" and sits down with Dave.
An emotional Jack Paar appears on the show to promote his new memoir. Later, Paar escorts Dave to his old dressing room, where he points out steam pipes painted by Jim Henson in the mid-60s.
In a rare TV appearance, punk band X performed "Hot House" and "Breathless."
Several (fake) audience members comment on a TV super-flop in "Manimal: Show at the Crossroads," with final words from Morris Fonte; Redd Foxx promotes his new comedy special videotape and gives Dave a pomegranate; tonight on "Limited Perspective," professional stuntman David Copland reviews "The Big Chill"; novelist Ken Kesey arrives in a tuxedo and shows off a giant ball of baling twine.moreless
Police guitarist Andy Summers promotes his photography book "Throb" and fields questions about the future of the band. At the end of the show, Dave and Paul leave the studio and walk down the hallway discussing their favorite Funkadelic songs. Larry Bud joins them and leads them to the record library to rob them.moreless
Randy Newman makes a rare appearance on Late Night, performing "I Love L.A." and "Political Science." Later, survivalist Tom Brown Jr. weirds out Dave.
Dave explains that tomorrow's show is preempted for Wimbledon coverage, so to ease worried viewers Dave and Bill Wendell appear in a sketch called "Anatomy of a Preemption." The sketch ends with Bill reading from actor George Kennedy's new novel. Also, Chris Elliott is "The Psychotic Page" during a rare Wednesday "Viewer Mail" segment.moreless
Dave telling the audience who will be on the next night's show turns into a convoluted explanation featuring Paul, several writers and staffers, and Frank Zappa. Also, basketball great/future talk show host Magic Johnson makes his first guest appearance on Late Night.
A "Brush With Greatness" segment is interrupted by a (real) power outage at 30 Rock; Jeff Goldblum plays the piano with his sister Pam.
After much negotiating, The World's Largest Vase begins a week-long display on the show; Carrie Fisher drops by to promote a tiny independent movie called "Revenge of the Jedi."
Elizabeth Tashjian, curator of the Nut Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut, makes her first of two appearances on Late Night, gracing viewers with her song, "Nuts Are Beautiful." Also, Smokey Robinson drops by to promote the upcoming "Motown 25" TV special.
Actor and raconteur Peter O'Toole (promoting a re-release of 1972's The Ruling Class) makes his first appearance on Late Night. It takes him a minute or two to orient himself. Later, Phoebe Snow performed "Blue Monday."
It's February 22 Reunion Day, as guests from last year's February 22nd show (Jessica Savitch, Simon Bond, and students from P.S. 84) come back on the show and share wonderful memories. Later on, NBC Director of East Coast Programs Jon Maas gives them all a tour of the studio.
The debut of "Audience Book Reports," as Joanne Hickman and Ron McCoy review "Shogun" and "Fame" respectively; Joan Howard Maurer (daughter of Moe Howard) promotes a Three Stooges biography and shares some home movies.
Late Night celebrates its first anniversary with a 90-minute all-star gala, featuring Hollywood's own Army Archerd, who introduces luminaries, such as Captain Haggerty, Howard Taylor, and Calvert DeForest as they emerge from their limousines and enter the NBC studios at Rockefeller Center to watch a clip show. Dave introduces "El Knob Grande," also known as The Giant Doorknob. James Brown appears for three segments, performing "I Feel Good" and "Doin' It to Death."moreless