Late Night With David Letterman - Season 2

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Episode Guide

  • Show #0222 (830505)
    Show #0222 (830505)
    Episode 47
    5/5/83
    10
    For the third night this week, Dave conducts the first act of the show from the 6th floor elevators. Tonight, he reads "Viewer Mail" as NBC employees walk around him on their way home.
  • Show #0193
    Show #0193
    Episode 18
    3/2/83
    10
    A viewer mail letter brings about new personnel in the Late Night Band: Frank Fields on guitar, Betty Furness on drums, Ahmad Rashad on bass, and Edwin Newman on keyboards. Later, Dave introduced a segment based on a Trenton Times People Poll where six people were interviewed; of the six, the five that stated that they liked the show were given a party on-stage. Dave called the sixth person --the one dissenter-- to let her know that a party was being thrown for the other people in the poll because of their positive answers as the cameras focused on them being served by a waitress.moreless
  • Show #0330
    Show #0330
    Episode 155
    12/19/83
    10
    Paul does his first Holiday (second overall) Cher impression of "O Holy Night"; Matthew Lesko plugs yet another money-saving book.
  • Show #0187
    Show #0187
    Episode 12
    2/21/83
    9.5
    Sly Stone (performing "Dance to the Music" with the WMDB) and Sandra Bernhard make their debut appearances on Late Night- Sly, his first and last; Sandra, her first of 28. Also, on "Get To Know Your Staff," George Meyer reveals that he's a gag writer by day, crimefighter by night.
  • Show #0207 (90-Minute Special)
    4/1/83
    9.3
    Dave introduces "Crushing Things with a Steamroller." Items to be crushed include a box of assorted donuts, Bill Wendell's watch, and a Smerf, which ends up undamaged. Later in the show, Dave asks Larry "Bud" to lie down in front of the steamroller, but as it approaches, he jumps up and runs away, yelling, "This is not funny! This is no joke!"moreless
  • Show #0336
    Show #0336
    Episode 161
    1/5/84
    9.2
    A "Viewer Mail" request leads to the firing of a beloved Late Night staffer (see recap).
  • Show #0213
    Show #0213
    Episode 38
    4/19/83
    8.7
    "Dave's Record Collection" includes "How to Buy Meat," "Young at Heart" by Lorne Greene, and "Sandy Becker Calls Bingo."
  • Show #0313 (831116)
    Show #0313 (831116)
    Episode 138
    11/16/83
    8.5
    Larry "Bud" greets bus passengers arriving at the New York City Port Authority with hot towels, constantly moving the microphone away from his mouth before finishing his sentences. Dave described the odd behavior and overall incompetence to "a ventriloquist in training."
  • 1st Anniversary Special
    2/4/83
    8.3
    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. James Brown appears for three segments, performing "I Feel Good" and "Doin' It to Death."moreless
  • Show #0233 (830524)
    Show #0233 (830524)
    Episode 58
    5/24/83
    7.5
    It's "Camping with Barry White Night" as the bass-voiced singer gives sage advice on camping do's and don'ts. Also, Bobcat Goldthwait makes his network television debut.
  • Show #0188
    Show #0188
    Episode 13
    2/22/83
    6.0
    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.
  • Show #0242
    Show #0242
    Episode 67
    6/15/83
    4.5
    Basketball great/future talk show host Magic Johnson makes his first guest appearance on Late Night.
  • Show #0250
    Show #0250
    Episode 75
    6/29/83
    4.0
    Chris Elliott is "The Psychotic Page" during a rare Wednesday "Viewer Mail" segment.
  • Show #0203
    Show #0203
    Episode 28
    3/24/83
    0.0
    Paul Zimmerman, author of the film "King of Comedy," gives perhaps the worst stand-up routine ever aired on network television and is booed off the set.
  • Show #0223 (830509)
    Show #0223 (830509)
    Episode 48
    5/9/83
    0.0
    It's "Bob Rooney Day" as Late Night's audio crew member is granted three wishes: #1: a cold beer; #2: bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, and #3: another beer. Yodeling cowboy Slim Whitman sings a tribute to Bob, "You Are Beautiful."
  • Show #0176 (830201)
    2/1/83
    0.0
    Former Baltimore Colts defensive tackle Art Donovan makes his first of fourteen appearances on Late Night; debutante Cornelia Guest talks about wine.
  • Show #0192 (830301)
    Show #0192 (830301)
    Episode 17
    3/1/83
    0.0
    Quirky radio call-in advisor Dr. Bernard Melzer appears on the show and inadvertently becomes the inspiration for "Ask Mr. Melman."
  • Show #0232 (830523)
    Show #0232 (830523)
    Episode 57
    5/23/83
    0.0
    Jack Paar drops by and surprises Dave and his guest Desi Arnez, Sr. Also, "Know Your Staff" features Film Coordinator Rick Scheckman, who shows clips of film outtakes with Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney.
  • Show #0338 (840111)
    Show #0338 (840111)
    Episode 163
    1/11/84
    0.0
    Thoughout the night, Larry Bud reports from the top of the Empire State Building; Dave goes on another rant about his faulty cable hookup; Dave and Paul compete to see who does the best spit-takes.
  • Show #0180 (830208)
    2/8/83
    0.0
    Time for "Lifeboat Etiquette": Dave discusses the do's and don'ts of lifeboat safety with Larry "Bud" Melman, Howard Taylor and Captain Haggerty. Noting that they're short on food supplies, the Captain leaves the set and heads for the commissary.
  • Show #0189 (830223)
    Show #0189 (830223)
    Episode 14
    2/23/83
    0.0
    Dave invites poorly-seated audience member Cathy Renault to tell a monologue joke and sit onstage; Andy Kaufman and wrestling great Freddie Blassie visit; Alba Ballard and her assistant show off costumed birds.
  • Show #0190 (830224)
    Show #0190 (830224)
    Episode 15
    2/24/83
    0.0
    Pam Kellerher, a ten-year veteran of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, high-kicks to "New York, New York" as video effects multiply her image to 33 dancers.
  • Show #0325
    Show #0325
    Episode 150
    12/8/83
    0.0
    Eleven-year-old weight-lifter Tammy Stafford lifts a small car with Paul inside.
  • Show #0181
    Show #0181
    Episode 6
    2/9/83
    0.0
    Tonight, it's "Audience Book Reports" as Joanne Hickman and Ron McCoy review "Shogun" and "Fame" respectively.
  • Show #0218 (90-Minute Special)
    4/29/83
    0.0
    It's Audience Fish-Cleaning Night, as Mariel Hemingway helps several audience members skin fish onstage.
  • Show #0204
    Show #0204
    Episode 29
    3/29/83
    0.0
    Chaz Chase makes his last of two appearances on Late Night, lighting and then swallowing a cigar, cigarette, lit matches, fern, flower with salt, and a tiny harmonica. Once again, he won't touch the ham.
  • Show #0212
    Show #0212
    Episode 37
    4/18/83
    0.0
    Actor and racanteur Peter O'Toole (promoting a made-for-TV version of "Pygmalion") makes his first appearance on Late Night.
  • Show #0260
    Show #0260
    Episode 85
    7/19/83
    0.0
    Jeff Altman does stand-up and promotes Easy Money.
  • Show #0184 (830215)
    2/15/83
    0.0
    Prop comic (and later MST3K creator) Joel Hodgson makes his network television debut on Late Night.
  • Show #0182
    Show #0182
    Episode 7
    2/10/83
    0.0
    Dave calls early-riser Jane Pauley to prove that the show is videotaped seven hours before airtime.
  • Show #0279
    Show #0279
    Episode 104
    9/12/83
    0.0
    Tonight's installment of "Know Your Staff" features Hal Gurnee and a wall-filled photo gallery of guests holding up a photo of his dog Bert.
  • Show #0334
    Show #0334
    Episode 159
    1/3/84
    0.0
    Steve Goodman and Marcus Miller sit in with the WMDB; Chris Elliott pays a farewell tribute to the Conspiracy Guy, and soon after he receives a phone call from former Mercury astronaut Col. Gordon Cooper; in a re-enactment of a Mean Joe Greene Coke commercial, Giants QB Joe Theisman throws his jacket to a thrilled Pee Wee Herman.moreless
  • Show #0275
    Show #0275
    Episode 100
    9/5/83
    0.0
    After a lame opening segment on the Country Music Museum, Dave passes out $300 to the audience, $1 for each member. Meanwhile, NBC cancels "Voyagers," prompting a Late Night Afterschool Special: "They Took My Show Away."
  • Show #0308
    Show #0308
    Episode 133
    11/8/83
    0.0
    Tonight on "Limited Perspectives": professional stuntman David Copland reviews "The Big Chill."
  • Show #0303 (831031)
    Show #0303 (831031)
    Episode 128
    10/31/83
    0.0
    From a maniac's camera point-of-view, Larry "Bud" puts a pumpkin on his face and stalks Dave with a knife; Pee Wee Herman drops by dressed as a pirate; Frank Zappa makes his last appearance on the show.
  • Show #0217
    Show #0217
    Episode 42
    4/27/83
    0.0
    Hal interrupts Dave's chat with Shelley Winters to announce he's not feeling well, so Dave takes him to the office of Millie the NBC Nurse. Hal lies down on one of the beds and directs the show from there. At the end of the show, Playboy Playmate of the Year 1983 Marianne Gravatte drops by to cheer him up.moreless
  • Show #0227
    Show #0227
    Episode 52
    5/12/83
    0.0
    Tonight on "Limited Perspective": self-defense expert Bill Canegata reviews "Ghandi."
  • Show #0343
    Show #0343
    Episode 168
    1/26/84
    0.0
    Tonight on "Viewer Mail," Pat Sajak and Vanna White appear in a clip from "Wheel of Fortune" as panelists struggle with the puzzle that so far reads "Dav__ Letterman."
  • Show #0246
    Show #0246
    Episode 71
    6/22/83
    0.0
    The legendary Roy Rogers appears on Late Night; later in the show, Larry "Bud" Melman gives acting tips.
  • Show #0331 (831220)
    Show #0331 (831220)
    Episode 156
    12/20/83
    0.0
    Tonight on "East Meets West": Russian psychic Lev Schneider competes with an American Bloodhound to hunt down Bill Wendell somewhere in the NBC building. Lev wins.
  • Show #0238
    Show #0238
    Episode 63
    6/1/83
    0.0
    The World's Largest Vase, now viewed onstage in the Production Area, is discovered to be shorter than one in Canada, so a 35-inch radio transmitting tower is added on top.
  • Show #0316
    Show #0316
    Episode 141
    11/22/83
    0.0
    Dave asks an audience member to buy food from NBC's vending machines for everyone in the studio. Later, Dave chats with Editha Merrill, a 78-year-old grandmother from Arizona who successfully landed a small airplane after the pilot had a heart atatck.
  • Show #0342
    Show #0342
    Episode 167
    1/25/84
    0.0
    "New Gift Items" include Stick-up Adhesive Cologne Patches, a Sandpaper Calendar, and an Electromagnetic Photo Album.
  • Show #0291
    Show #0291
    Episode 116
    10/3/83
    0.0
    Dave introduces his Columbus Day gift collection and fronts an Afterschool Special called "They Took My Show Away;" Gilda Radner promotes Roseanne Roseannadanna's "Hey, Get Back to Work!" book, which has an unusually long forward. Later she and Dave call Mrs. Elizabeth Gilles, the prototype for Gilda's Emily Litella character on "Saturday Night Live."moreless
  • Show #0261
    Show #0261
    Episode 86
    7/20/83
    0.0
    Pedestrians on the street ask for a segment on electromagnetic plating, but Larry "Bud" and his "Supremes" instead attempt to sing "Papa Was a Rolling Stone."
  • Show #0230
    Show #0230
    Episode 55
    5/18/83
    0.0
    Dave invades the Live-at-Five set across the hall and steals the Stanley Cup; New York Islanders Denis Potvin and Bobby Bourne enter the 6A studio to retrieve it.
  • Show #0219
    Show #0219
    Episode 44
    5/2/83
    0.0
    After a year of recurring walk-on cameos, Bob Hope makes a scheduled appearance, so audio guy Bob Rooney fulfills the walk-on. The comedy legend tells Dave: "I like your show; it's like a bus station."
  • Show #0248
    Show #0248
    Episode 73
    6/27/83
    0.0
    Dave escorts audience member Judy Goldman to NBC's food machines. She requests Mashed Potatoes in a Can but accepts Canned Fancy Cheese Sauce.
  • Show #0337
    Show #0337
    Episode 162
    1/10/84
    0.0
    Dave announces that Late Night is now the Official Talk Show of the U.S. Virgin Islands Winter Olympic Team. Later, Dave is in a N.Y. Rangers goalie uniform, fighting off hockey pucks hit by Ranger Defenseman Dave Maloney.
  • Show #0306 (831103)
    Show #0306 (831103)
    Episode 131
    11/3/83
    0.0
    Tonight on Viewer Mail, "Technician's Corner with Jimmy Fitzgerald" has submachine gun advice: "When in doubt, shoot it out." Also, Al Frisch performs his Chevy Chase impression for tonight's first guest, who later plays drums with the WMDB.
  • Show #0317 (831123)
    Show #0317 (831123)
    Episode 142
    11/23/83
    0.0
    Jack Paar is tonight's guest, escorting Dave to his old dressing room, where he points out steam pipes painted by Jim Henson in the mid-60s.
  • Show #0314 (831117)
    Show #0314 (831117)
    Episode 139
    11/17/83
    0.0
    Andy Kaufman brings on the set his adopted black kids Herb, George, and Tony (also called Tino). Meanwhile, B.B. King performs "The Thrill Is Gone" and "Hummingbird."
  • Show #0267
    Show #0267
    Episode 92
    8/22/83
    0.0
    In an attempt to prove that it's the jokes --not the delivery of them-- that determine the success or failure of the opening monologue, three audience members are invited to read jokes submitted by three Late Night writers. Dave gets suspicious when Andy Breckman's material gets more laughs.
  • Show #0348
    Show #0348
    Episode 5
    2/6/84
    0.0

    Larry "Bud" opens the show from St. Thomas to kick off the beginning of Virgin Islands Week. Also, the Museum of the Hard to Believe features a bowl of the rudest cereal in the world: "Snap, Crackle, and F--- you!"

  • Show #0301
    Show #0301
    Episode 126
    10/19/83
    0.0
    Another visit to the Museum of the Hard to Believe reveals a really dumb guy's gold- carrots. Also, staffer Al Frisch does his Fonz impression for guest Henry Winkler, and Henry calls his father to wish him a happy 80th birthday.
  • Show #0249
    Show #0249
    Episode 74
    6/28/83
    0.0
    On a visit to the Museum of Weapons, a "Celebrity-Seeking Missile" ignores Dick Cavett and instead chases Larry "Bud" Melman.
  • Show #0295
    Show #0295
    Episode 120
    10/10/83
    0.0
    Tonight on "Who Asked For It?": "Pat Muniak" from Boston (writer Steve O'Donnell) asks Dave to reunite him with an identical twin he hasn't seen in 30 years, but Dave says it's beyond his scope. Then "Rod Sorens" from Minneapolis asks to sit in Dave's chair. (It's Steve's identical twin Mark.)moreless
  • Show #0201
    Show #0201
    Episode 26
    3/22/83
    0.0
    Tonight's comedy bit is "Julio Iglesias: Who Is He?" Dave calls Chile, then Columbia to find out.
  • Show #0282
    Show #0282
    Episode 107
    9/15/83
    0.0
    Throughout the show, the Del Corral Family recreate historic American events by standing perfectly still in costume. During one presentation ("Gettysburg"), Dave challenges them to compete with real dummies. The dummies lose.
  • Show #0283
    Show #0283
    Episode 108
    9/19/83
    0.0
    Time for "Receptionist Point-of-View." The Late Night receptionist (name withheld) deals with three pregnant women, all looking for newsman Lloyd Dobbins; a guy with his face covered with nylon stocking stealing office supplies, and Lloyd himself, asking Dave for a place to hide in his office.
  • Show #0263
    Show #0263
    Episode 88
    8/15/83
    0.0
    In a "Who Asked For It?" segment, audience member Martha McKee wants Helen Hayes to explain volleyball rotation. Instead, heavyweight fighter Gerry Cooney recites the rules.
  • Show #0243
    Show #0243
    Episode 68
    6/16/83
    0.0
    Frank Zappa makes a rare television appearance on Late Night, promoting his new albums, "The Man From Utopia" and "Baby Snakes."
  • Show #0240
    Show #0240
    Episode 65
    6/13/83
    0.0
    Jeff Goldblum plays the piano with his sister Pam.
  • Show #0259
    Show #0259
    Episode 84
    7/18/83
    0.0
    Randy Newman makes a rare appearance on Late Night, performing "I Love L.A." and "Political Science."
  • Show #0269
    Show #0269
    Episode 94
    8/24/83
    0.0
    In a bit called "New York Street Etiquette," Chris Elliott plays a mime trapped in a glass box, until an actual glass box surrounds him, and he screams to get out.
  • Show #0341
    Show #0341
    Episode 166
    1/24/84
    0.0
    Martin Mull does stand-up and plugs his new sitcom, "Domestic Life."
  • Show #0262
    Show #0262
    Episode 87
    7/21/83
    0.0
    The studio audience rates the value of "The Mystery Box," advertised as containing $50 worth of merchandise. Included are decorative tortillas, a bamboo thermometer, an antique caste iron, hardened gum, porcelain bells, a calendar, and a pencil. Total estimate: $24.05.
  • Show #178
    Show #178
    Episode 3
    2/3/83
    0.0
    Direct-response television inventor Alvin Eicoff plugs his autobiography, Or Your Money Back.
  • Show #0252
    Show #0252
    Episode 77
    7/6/83
    0.0
    Larry "Bud" is dressed as Death in a segment called, appropriately, "Hospital Etiquette."
  • Show #0253
    Show #0253
    Episode 78
    7/7/83
    0.0
    Marv Albert makes his ninth appearance in 17 months on Dave's show.
  • Show #0251
    Show #0251
    Episode 76
    7/5/83
    0.0
    Delores Lillehaugen reads the Happy Ramblers Homemakers Club creed over the phone to a teary-eyed audience. Also, the Great Humidifier vs. Dehumidifier Controversy between stagehands Jimmy Fitzgerald and Tommy Casabona is addressed onstage. Both machines run throughout the show, causing headaches for the audio crew.
  • Show #0276
    Show #0276
    Episode 101
    9/6/83
    0.0
    Tonight on "Why We Edit the Show," NBC newsman and frequent guest Edwin Newman finds a rat in his coffee.
  • Show #0264
    Show #0264
    Episode 89
    8/16/83
    0.0
    Arsenio Hall does an early standup routine on Late Night.
  • Show #0198
    Show #0198
    Episode 23
    3/16/83
    0.0
    Dave's Record Collection includes "The New World of Leonard Nimoy," "Bongo Drum Instruction," and "Larry Storch Reads Philip Roth's 'Epstein.'"
  • Show #0255
    Show #0255
    Episode 80
    7/25/83
    0.0
    Simon and Garfunkel appear on the show to promote their upcoming tour. Also, Chris Elliot displays a Stupid Plant Trick: a plant that can play the harmonica and ride a skateboard at the same time.
  • Show #0273
    Show #0273
    Episode 98
    8/31/83
    0.0
    Tonight, Paul is "Sparky Shaffer, Male Nurse," as guest Sandra Bernhard gives Dave monogrammed pajamas.
  • Show #0247
    Show #0247
    Episode 72
    6/23/83
    0.0
    Robin Williams plugs The Survivors; Stupid Pet Tricks features a dog that doesn't smile, a parrot that doesn't walk through a tunnel of love, a poodle that doesn't sing, and a dog that barks at numbers; Peter Tosh performed "Johnny B. Goode" and "Where You Gonna Run."
  • Show #0177
    Show #0177
    Episode 2
    2/2/83
    0.0
    Tonight on "Dave's Talent Search": Dave selects an audience member to co-star with Vincent Price in "Love Affair."
  • Show #0239
    Show #0239
    Episode 64
    6/2/83
    0.0
    Tonight marks the last night of The World's Largest Vase. In tribute, Dave reads Kids Letters to the Vase, as Bill Wendell plugs his Announcer Camp for Boys in Berkshire.
  • Show #0340
    Show #0340
    Episode 165
    1/23/84
    0.0
    A segment called "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).
  • Show #0326
    Show #0326
    Episode 151
    12/26/83
    0.0
    Window-washer/psychic Morris Fonte makes his 1984 predictions. He declares that while the Yankees will capture the pennant, the Orioles will win the World Series. Dave points out that both teams are in the same division.
  • Show #0333
    Show #0333
    Episode 158
    12/22/83
    0.0
    Tonight on "Viewer Mail," A letter-writer asks what would happen if she stopped watching the soap opera "Another World"; Dave imagines food lines, riots, and suicides. After too long a time, Paul shakes Dave back to reality. Hal pipes in to Paul: "A little faster next time." Paul shouts back, "Try giving the cue a little faster."moreless
  • Show #0274
    Show #0274
    Episode 99
    9/1/83
    0.0
    Guest George Hamid offers a demonstration of "Men and Their Vegetables."
  • Show #0309
    Show #0309
    Episode 134
    11/9/83
    0.0
    Tonight on "The Museum of Animal Heroes": the Goat of Hope, the Plankton That Saved Elke Summer, and Koner the Wonder Wolf, who saved a child, then billed the family for $27,500.
  • Show #0311
    Show #0311
    Episode 136
    11/14/83
    0.0
    After finally getting cable-TV installed in his home, Dave complains about his monthly bill of $80, considering all he can get is Australian wrestling.
  • Show #0318
    Show #0318
    Episode 143
    11/28/83
    0.0
    Dave appears tonight in casual dress (no suit or tie), so Paul takes off his tie and drummer Steve Jordan takes off his shirt. A hair center delivers five pounds of hair, which would be given away on later shows to audience participants of "Brush with Greatness."
  • Show #0322
    Show #0322
    Episode 147
    12/5/83
    0.0
    Tonight's "Key Night" finds audience members lining up in the hallway to have their keys duplicated by George Kuzma. Meanwhile, another installment of "Dave's Record Collection" includes a rendition of "Norwegian Wood" by Trombones Unlimited and "Good Vibrations" by 101 Strings Orchestra.
  • Show #0324
    Show #0324
    Episode 149
    12/7/83
    0.0
    Chris Elliott is "The Conspiracy Guy," ranting in the audience. Unfortunately, uniformed security guards grab the wrong audience member (staffer Sandra Furton) and drags her out of the studio. Also, the classic remote "Just Bulbs and Just Shades" airs on Late Night for the first time.
  • Show #0323
    Show #0323
    Episode 148
    12/6/83
    0.0
    Dave presents the Bill Wendell Manhunt, where two bloodhounds compete to find Bill. One does find him, while the other keeps sniffing. Later in the show, Paul and the WMDB (in lieu of a musical act that never materialized) perform "Dance to the Music."
  • Show #0320
    Show #0320
    Episode 145
    11/30/83
    0.0
    It's the second special International Night as Lev Schneider, the Kreskin of Russia, finds a bag of wigs in the RCA building. Also appearing are Mel Conchita, the Steve Martin of Peru, and Otto Blihovde, the Kenny Rogers of Norway.
  • Show #0321
    Show #0321
    Episode 146
    12/1/83
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0335
    Show #0335
    Episode 160
    1/4/84
    0.0
    Tonight on "Ask Mr. Melman": a female Pre-Med student asks Larry, "How far should a girl go with a guy on a first date?" Larry: "If you can't talk a little, even a pretty girl can be pretty boring." Also, Dave hangs upside down during a demonstration of gravity boots: "This is the opposite of refreshing."moreless
  • Show #0312
    Show #0312
    Episode 137
    11/15/83
    0.0
    It's the very first "Custom Show": an NBC page fills in for Bill; the theme from Gilligan's Island is played; the audience picks the monologue jokes; and Dr. Ruth is selected as the first guest, edging out Teri Garr. The names of each and every audience member is included in the closing credits.moreless
  • Show #0327
    Show #0327
    Episode 152
    12/27/83
    0.0
    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.
  • Show #0319
    Show #0319
    Episode 144
    11/29/83
    0.0
    Chris Elliott is The Conspiracy Guy, an agitator who's thrown out of the audience by security guards. Later in the show, Jeffrey Tabin, a member of the Oxford Dangerous Sports Club who climbed up the treacherous east face of Mt. Everest, helps Dave recreate that feat by having him climb a rope up to the studio rafters.moreless
  • Show #0315
    Show #0315
    Episode 140
    11/21/83
    0.0
    The show opens with a parody of "The David Susskind Show," as Dave reviews the show "Alice" with Robert Morton, Gerard Mulligan, Merrill Markoe, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
  • Show #0209
    Show #0209
    Episode 34
    4/5/83
    0.0
    Dave notices a woman in the audience, Helene Spencer from Indiana, taking notes on the show. He asks cue-card boy Kevin Kay for the next joke, but Kevin is also taking notes.
  • Show #0205
    Show #0205
    Episode 30
    3/30/83
    0.0
    Dave invites two audience members, Mary Butler and Bob Russo, to write book reports on the NBC show "Voyagers" and made-for-TV movie "Special Bulletin," respectively.
  • Show #0199
    Show #0199
    Episode 24
    3/17/83
    0.0
    Dave visits the control room and asks Technical Director Terry Rohnke for a special effects demonstration.
  • Show #0254 (90 Minute Special)
    7/8/83
    0.0
    "Beat the Heat with Al Frisch" is the theme to this 90-minute special. Also, an uncomfortable, soft-spoken David Byrne sits down with Dave and performs two songs with his band Talking Heads: "Burning Down the House" and "I Zimba."
  • Show #0202
    Show #0202
    Episode 27
    3/23/83
    0.0
    A visit to the Made-for-TV Movies features "Robert Reed: Man of 1,000 Faces" and "Nightmare on Restaurant Row," where Dave and Leslie Nielsen trade slapstick cliches.
  • Show #0220
    Show #0220
    Episode 45
    5/3/83
    0.0
    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."
  • Show #0236
    Show #0236
    Episode 61
    5/30/83
    0.0
    After much negotiating, The World's Largest Vase begins a week-long display on the show.
  • Show #0234
    Show #0234
    Episode 59
    5/25/83
    0.0
    It's the first of four "International Nights" on Late Night. Tonight, Dave meets Mel Cochita, the Steve Martin of Peru; Vlasta Krsek, the Shirley Temple of Czechoslovakia; Yuko Jogasaki, the Jane Pauley of Japan; and Boytorian, The Oak Ridge Boys of Hungary.
  • Show #0231
    Show #0231
    Episode 56
    5/19/83
    0.0
    Another installment of "Crushing Things with a Steamroller" include an E.T. doll, a bag of assorted jelly beans, and Dave's microphone.
  • Show #0221
    Show #0221
    Episode 46
    5/4/83
    0.0
    Dave introduces a new clip policy: promos from specific movies are replaced with the "General All-Purpose Film Clip," a scene from a 70s porno flick called "Oui Girls."
  • Show #0225
    Show #0225
    Episode 50
    5/10/83
    0.0
    Dave is curious about what's being claimed as "The World's Largest Vase," so he calls its owner in Zanesville, Ohio for more information. Also, Garry Shandling (an old buddy of Dave's) makes his first appearance on Late Night.
  • Show #0228
    Show #0228
    Episode 53
    5/16/83
    0.0
    Tonight on "Stupid Pet Tricks": a dog named Bioan barks at a toy dog; a cat named Lug sits on a frisbee, another dog (named Clyde) catches a ball while in a tote bag, and a third dog (named Babe) jumps over Dave.
  • Show #0229
    Show #0229
    Episode 54
    5/17/83
    0.0
    During the monologue, Dave mentions that a staffer came to work dressed as a cowgirl and asks if she'll come out from backstage. Viewers hear a faint but insistent "No!" from Barbara Gaines.
  • Show #0284
    Show #0284
    Episode 109
    9/20/83
    0.0
    Tonight on "Stupid Pet Tricks": a dog who gets yummies from his owner's mouth, and a parakeet that dances to David Bowie's "Let's Dance."
  • Show #0281
    Show #0281
    Episode 106
    9/14/83
    0.0
    Dave tries to prove to Paul that today is September 14, not June 14 as Paul claims. Among the evidence: a container of Dannon Yogurt, with an expiration date of September 30th. Paul points out that the expiration year is 1982.
  • Show #0289
    Show #0289
    Episode 114
    9/28/83
    0.0
    After three previous bumps lasting four months, David Fuhrer finally appears on the show to demonstrate his ability to sing and say words backwards.
  • Show #0280
    Show #0280
    Episode 105
    9/13/83
    0.0
    It's Back-to-School Tips, as Dave tries to discuss Classroom Etiquette. "Eat this if you wanna be cool," Larry "Bud" proclaims, with his mouth full of paste.
  • Show #0304
    Show #0304
    Episode 129
    11/1/83
    0.0
    Dave selects an audience member, Shirley Schaffer, to answer the phones up in the show's office. Dave calls her up, posing as Grant Tinker. Later in the show, she's back in the studio, delivering phone messages, most of which aren't for Dave but instead for staffer Edd Hall.
  • Show #0195 (90 Minute Special)
    3/4/83
    0.0
    The second Friday special of the year features Steve Khan subbing for Hiram Bullock, Madeline Khan as guest, Chaka Khan performing "Tearin' It Up," and saxophonist Dave "not a Khan" Sanborn making his first appearance on Late Night.
  • Show #0277
    Show #0277
    Episode 102
    9/7/83
    0.0
    Dave calls a New England resident for a description of the Autumn foliage, using carpet samples for reference.
  • Show #0285
    Show #0285
    Episode 110
    9/21/83
    0.0
    Dave and Merrill wait for the cable guy to install Cable TV in his Connecticut home. Meanwhile, back in the studio, guest Charles Grodin talks to Dave on a TV monitor, and Jerry Seinfeld is interviewed by Paul.
  • Show #0286
    Show #0286
    Episode 111
    9/22/83
    0.0
    Ex-Yippee/current entrepreneur Jerry Rubin makes a cameo on Viewer Mail, where he tries to claim exclusive rights to a Late Night video game but instead plugs "Genesis," a new food product; Vanessa Williams appears as Miss America weeks before "Penthouse" publishes revealing photos from her pre-Miss America days; Hal Gurnee celebrates the end of summer by buttoning up his second shirt button.moreless
  • Show #0305 (831102)
    Show #0305 (831102)
    Episode 130
    11/2/83
    0.0
    "New Dial-It Services;" Bill Cosby discusses child-rearing; comedian-juggler Michael Davis.
  • Show #0294
    Show #0294
    Episode 119
    10/6/83
    0.0
    Dave goes across the hallway and annoys Sophia Loren, who is in the Live-at-Five make-up room; Chris Elliott makes his first appearance as The Conspiracy Guy, as his rant is cut off with a "Please Stand By" note to the home viewer; in their network television debut, R.E.M. performed "Radio Free Europe" and a rough cut of "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)."moreless
  • Show #0237 (830531)
    Show #0237 (830531)
    Episode 62
    5/31/83
    0.0
    Late Night airs the last installment of "Crushing Things with a Steamroller," which includes a traffic cone and a dollhouse; Dabney Coleman promotes "WarGames."
  • Show #0216 (830426)
    Show #0216 (830426)
    Episode 41
    4/26/83
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0266 (830818)
    Show #0266 (830818)
    Episode 91
    8/18/83
    0.0
    Dom DeLuise makes a surprise walk-on during John Candy's guest segment as Dave has trouble telling them apart.
  • Show #0288
    Show #0288
    Episode 113
    9/27/83
    0.0
    Writer/Dave's paramour Merrill Markoe is the latest subject on "Meet Your Staff." She answers an audience question on Dave's sleeping habits by displaying charts that describe his R.E.M. while "Love Boat" is on TV.
  • Show #0183 (830214)
    2/14/83
    0.0
    Dave makes a Bad Phone Call to "Hogan's Heroes" star Larry Hovis; Dr. Ruth Westheimer answers audience questions; Tommy Casabona drills a hole in Dave's desk to accomodate the desktop microphone cord (see recap); former "Saturday Night Live" creator/executive producer Lorne Michaels visits.
  • Show #0287
    Show #0287
    Episode 112
    9/26/83
    0.0
    Tonight's comedy bit is "Airplane Etiquette," as Calvert is handed a magazine called "Nosedive." Also, Mr. Larry's Mystery Dinner makes its first broadcast promotion.
  • Show #0290
    Show #0290
    Episode 115
    9/29/83
    0.0
    NYC-based restaurant critic Jay Jacobs reviews the commissaries from NBC, CBS, and ABC.
  • Show #0292
    Show #0292
    Episode 117
    10/4/83
    0.0
  • Show #0293
    Show #0293
    Episode 118
    10/5/83
    0.0
    Dave recreates a moment from his morning show by inviting an audience member outside to meet NYC pedestrians.
  • Show #0296
    Show #0296
    Episode 121
    10/11/83
    0.0
    At the end of the show, Dave and Paul leave the studio in search of food. Bill Wendell leads them to a candy store, a clothes store, a magazine stand, and then downstairs, where he holds them up.
  • Show #0302
    Show #0302
    Episode 127
    10/20/83
    0.0
    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.
  • Show #0297
    Show #0297
    Episode 122
    10/12/83
    0.0
    Dave plays a (faux) clip of a counterfeit Late Night broadcast in Japan: guest Marlo Thomas looks a lot like Merrill Markoe, and Paul appears as himself.
  • Show #0298
    Show #0298
    Episode 123
    10/13/83
    0.0
  • Show #0299
    Show #0299
    Episode 124
    10/17/83
    0.0
  • Show #0300
    Show #0300
    Episode 125
    10/18/83
    0.0
    Before the show, Dave and John Candy quarrel backstage over the night's billing, finally settling with fellow guest Fran Lebowitz. Meanwhile, stagehands repair Dave's desk in the middle of the first act.
  • Show #0265
    Show #0265
    Episode 90
    8/17/83
    0.0
    "New Dial-It-Services" includes Dial-a-Standing-Ovation: "Hello, this is Jimmy Stewart."
  • Show #0310
    Show #0310
    Episode 135
    11/10/83
    0.0

    In a rare TV appearance, punk band X performed "Hot House" and "Breathless."

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