Late Night With David Letterman - Season 3

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Episode Guide

  • Show #0506
    Show #0506
    Episode 163
    1/31/85
    0.0
    Calvert DeForest makes his fourth appearance on the show as Larry "Bud" Melman playing Kenny the Gardener, singing "Little Man, You've Had a Busy Day."
  • Show #0505
    Show #0505
    Episode 162
    1/30/85
    0.0
    It's the 4th (and last) Annual International Night, featuring Iris Chacon (the Dolly Parton of Puerto Rico), Stan Egi (the Robin Williams of Japan), and Gregory Boder (the Rich Little of Russia). Also, episode #8 of The Guy Under the Seats: "The Russian Sub Crisis."
  • Show #0503
    Show #0503
    Episode 160
    1/28/85
    0.0
    In a Late Night milestone, Ted Koppel does a stupid human trick by balancing meat on his nose.
  • 3rd Anniversary Special
    1/26/85
    0.0
    In a rare ninety-minute Saturday night special, Dave celebrates three years of Late Night with several clip montages of the past year; live coverage of the birth of an "anniversary baby" at a local hospital (see recap); Dave presents his now-legendary home movie "Dog Poetry."
  • Show #0501
    Show #0501
    Episode 158
    1/24/85
    0.0
    Barbara Blackburn (recently declared the World's Fastest Typist) races staffer Barbara Gaines on the IBM Selectric II, and after the race a slow-motion replay reveals that Blackburn may or may not have cheated. Soon after, Dave appoints a blue ribbon panel to investigate the outcome of the contest.
  • Show #0500
    Show #0500
    Episode 157
    1/23/85
    0.0
    Dave calls Hollywood's Chamber of Commerce and tries to get a Walk-of-Fame square for Larry "Bud" Melman. Later, Chris Elliott is "King of the Mole People" in another episode of "Guy Under the Seats."
  • Show #0499
    Show #0499
    Episode 156
    1/22/85
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0497
    Show #0497
    Episode 154
    1/9/85
    0.0
    It's the Late Night Riding Mower Giveaway, Dave awards a lawn mower to a randomly-selected phone call to Tina Schultz in Battle Creek, Michigan.
  • Show #0496
    Show #0496
    Episode 153
    1/8/85
    0.0
    Dave shows pictures from the "Welcome to 30 Rock" party for Phil Donahue.
  • Show #0495
    Show #0495
    Episode 152
    1/7/85
    0.0
    "1984 Leftover Comedy Bits" include two items from the NBC Bookmobile: "The Himalayas by Shopping Cart" and "The Great Event: Alistair Cooke's Second Annual Giant Tractor Pull."
  • Show #0494
    Show #0494
    Episode 151
    1/3/85
    0.0
    Tonight on "Stupid Pet Tricks": a one-eyed Pekinese chases his tail whenever the owner sings "Volare"; a Dachshund opens a tennis can; and a Shetland sheepdog rides like a pony on Dave.
  • Show #0493
    Show #0493
    Episode 150
    1/2/85
    5.0
    A new audience-participation segment called “Brush with the Law” includes a woman who broke into the house next door, a man who went to an X-rated Drive-In, and a woman who stole a banana.
  • Show #0492 (841220)
    Show #0492 (841220)
    Episode 149
    12/20/84
    0.0
    "Bob Letterman" (Dave and Merrill Markoe's dog) tells a Christmas story; Michael Keaton brings out his 18-month-old son, comedian George Wallace.
  • Show #0491
    Show #0491
    Episode 148
    12/19/84
    0.0
    It's “Christmas With the Lettermans,” as Dave and his family (wife Audrey, brother Daryl, and kids Hank, Terry, Melissa, and Kyle) celebrate the holiday with Pat Boone and Brother Theodore.
  • Show #0490
    Show #0490
    Episode 147
    12/18/84
    0.0
    For the second consecutive year, Paul performs his impression of Cher singing "O Holy Night."
  • Show #0489 (841217)
    Show #0489 (841217)
    Episode 146
    12/17/84
    0.0
    Tonight on "Brush With Greatness," Dave brings Rickey Henderson in from the hall for a wave to the audience; John Lowe of Hammacher Schlemmer demonstrates expensive new products for Christmas, one of which is a 6-foot blimp; Eddie Murphy later uses the blimp as a phallic symbol: "Yeah, that's about right."moreless
  • Show #0487
    Show #0487
    Episode 144
    12/12/84
    0.0
    Dave pays tribute to the "sister show" in Italy with guest Maurizio Costanzo (host of The Maurizio Costanzo Show). Commerative plates of the sister show accord are proudly displayed.
  • Show #0486
    Show #0486
    Episode 143
    12/11/84
    0.0
    Tonight's visit to the NBC Bookmobile features titles such as "There Are Tiny People in My Salt Shaker," "Beaks: The Big Nose Book," and "Dictionary of Euphemisms for Describing Meryl Streep."
  • Show #0485
    Show #0485
    Episode 142
    12/10/84
    0.0
    After a six-show "noble experiment," the guest chairs are returned to their original position. Later, Dave announces that the November Donahue Countdown Calendar will be given away to the eleventh person who walks off the 6th-floor elevators. The winner? Gail Steinberg, a Donahue employee.
  • Show #0484
    Show #0484
    Episode 141
    12/6/84
    0.0
    It's the final installment of the building-sized Donahue Countdown Calendar, as the artifact is destroyed by a wrecking crane, placed in a dump, and buried.
  • Show #0483
    Show #0483
    Episode 140
    12/5/84
    0.0
    New Gift Items include a back shaver, a locking donut organizer, and Brillo craft kit. Also, Bill Hicks makes his network debut appearance, and Chris Elliott is "The Ski Bum" in tonight's installment of "The Guy Under the Seats."
  • Show #0482
    Show #0482
    Episode 139
    12/4/84
    0.0
    Dave answers the NBC Switchboard Complaint Line as callers complain about Howard Stern (then at WNBC-AM), the Brooklyn Bridge, and Willard Scott.
  • Show #0481
    Show #0481
    Episode 138
    12/3/84
    0.0
    The December issue of the Donahue Countdown Calendar is attached to the side of a 5-story building, as Dave is lifted up on a construction crane and crosses out the date with a giant magic marker.
  • Show #0480 (841129)
    Show #0480 (841129)
    Episode 137
    11/29/84
    0.0
    Having been teased for the last few months for wearing green pants for the show, Bill Wendell appears tonight in a tuxedo; New Product Tester Bob McMath displays "gorilla balls"; Bob Hope drops by unexpectedly to chat; Chris Elliott stars in the fifth episode of The Guy Under the Seats: "Disaster in Shaft Nine."moreless
  • Show #0479 (841128)
    Show #0479 (841128)
    Episode 136
    11/28/84
    0.0
    Explained only as a "noble experiment," the guest chairs appear on the opposite side of Dave's desk for the next six shows. Meanwhile, on "Who Asked For It," Participant #4 needs a seven-letter word for a large acquatic bird that stores food in its bill. Dave answers "Pelican" and asks if he's doing a crossword puzzle. "No, it's a job application."moreless
  • Show #0478 (841127)
    Show #0478 (841127)
    Episode 135
    11/27/84
    9.0
    A visit to The Museum of Rock 'n' Roll features the Keith Richards Weather Indicator, the KISS Stamp Moistener, and Ozzy Osbourne's headless pet hamster.
  • Show #0477
    Show #0477
    Episode 134
    11/26/84
    0.0
    Tonight on "Brush with Stupidity," audience members describe slamming a finger in a car door, flying to Boston by mistake, and getting a tie caught in an editing machine.
  • Show #0476 (90 Minute Special)
    11/23/84
    0.0
    It's the 90-minute Rock & Roll Special. Tonight's guests include are Boy George's mom Diana O'Dowd, music archivist Michael Ochs, and a rare on-air performance by Paul Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band.
  • Show #0475
    Show #0475
    Episode 132
    11/21/84
    0.0
    First guest Dom DeLuise tosses turkey leftovers to the audience.
  • Show #0474
    Show #0474
    Episode 131
    11/20/84
    0.0
    The fourth episode of Chris Elliott's "Guy Under the Seats" is "The Book Worm": Chris reads the first edition of "Gulliver's Travels."
  • Show #0472
    Show #0472
    Episode 129
    11/14/84
    0.0
    Mr. Curious (Late Night's version of "Fun with Rupert") makes his debut appearance, asking pedestrians what's in their shopping bags/purse/wallets.
  • Show #0471
    Show #0471
    Episode 128
    11/13/84
    0.0
    Another segment of "Why We Edit the Show": Clips from a guy with a ferret head, who removes it to show he's actually a space alien; Dave pitching Amway products to a guest; and a surgery demo, where Dave asks to try out and causes massive patient bleeding. Also, tonight on "Stupid Human Tricks": Richard Radutsky levitates a pea, and Sandy Slade spins seven basketballs.moreless
  • Show #0470 (841112)
    Show #0470 (841112)
    Episode 127
    11/12/84
    0.0

    Tonight's episode of Chris Elliott's Guy Under the Seats: "The Cookout." Later, Dave interviews Marian Aslakson, a member of the first Girl Scout troop.

  • Show #0469
    Show #0469
    Episode 126
    11/8/84
    0.0
    Dave leaves the studio after Sandra Bernhard offers a joke about sponges. She sits in his chair until the next segment.
  • Show #0468
    Show #0468
    Episode 125
    11/7/84
    0.0
    The semi-regular tradition of choosing Mr. November off the streets of Manhattan occurs tonight. Selected is Jerry Roth.
  • Show #0467
    Show #0467
    Episode 124
    11/5/84
    0.0
    Tonight on "Ask Mr. Melman": Responding to an aspiring actress's question on getting wealthy legally while maintaining her good morals, Larry "Bud" explains, "The good thing about being wealthy is being able to be as immoral as you want."
  • Show #0466
    Show #0466
    Episode 123
    11/1/84
    0.0
    A new Donahue Countdown Calendar is unveiled for the month- a huge plastic poster that covers the entire backdrop. Dave uses an extended stick to "x" out November 1st.
  • Show #0465
    Show #0465
    Episode 122
    10/31/84
    0.0
    The traditional "New Halloween Costumes" worn by kids include the Landers Sisters, Nasty Bacterial Plaque, and a Record Company Weasel. Later, Pee Wee Herman appears dressed as the devil.
  • Show #0464
    Show #0464
    Episode 121
    10/30/84
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0462 (841018)
    Show #0462 (841018)
    Episode 119
    10/18/84
    0.0
    Tonight on "Viewer Mail": a viewer complains that the monologue isn't funny enough; this gives Dave another excuse to once again fire Old Henry.
  • Show #0461
    Show #0461
    Episode 118
    10/17/84
    0.0
    Tonight's "Donahue Countdown Calendar Fun Fact": When Phil won election to his parish counsel, who did he replace? Paul Shaffer guesses Paul Prod'homme; the answer is Erma Bomback.
  • Show #0460 (841016)
    Show #0460 (841016)
    Episode 117
    10/16/84
    0.0
    Dave calls Oslo, Norway, to find fans of "The World's Most Popular Pianist," Richard Clayderman. Richard performs a medley later in the show.
  • Show #0459 (841015)
    Show #0459 (841015)
    Episode 116
    10/15/84
    0.0
    Dave hears someone hammering and drilling throughout the show. When going underneath the audience bleachers to investigate, he finds Chris Elliott moving in. The Guy Under the Seats is born.
  • Show #0458
    Show #0458
    Episode 115
    10/11/84
    0.0
    Tonight's "Chris Elliott Comparison Test": Broiling vs. Frying. Chris puts his hand in a broiler, then a fryer, and can't tell the difference between the two.
  • Show #0453
    Show #0453
    Episode 110
    10/3/84
    0.0
    Dave calls a resident in Farmington, Connecticut, a community that has initiated a "Turn-Off TV" campaign, and asks her to call off the black-out by offering her a new TV.
  • Show #0452
    Show #0452
    Episode 109
    10/2/84
    0.0
    Tonight on "Brush with Greatness": audience members describe their meeting rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley, former President Gerald Ford, and Frank Purdue.
  • Show #0451 (841001)
    Show #0451 (841001)
    Episode 108
    10/1/84
    0.0
    During his interview, Steve Martin feels sick, goes up to Dave's office to lie down, and is later seen having a party with about twenty others, including Brooke Shields and NBC's Science Correspondant Robert Bazell.
  • Show #0450
    Show #0450
    Episode 107
    9/27/84
    0.0
    Detroit Tigers and Domino's Pizza owner Tom Monaghan makes a pizza in 47.2 seconds.
  • Show #0449
    Show #0449
    Episode 106
    9/26/84
    0.0
    "Dave's Sentiment Shoppe" includes Collector Vermin Thimbles and a Strawberry Shortcake Shrunken Head.
  • Show #0448
    Show #0448
    Episode 105
    9/25/84
    0.0
    After an hourlong live remote search on the street, Eric Watson is crowned Mr. September.
  • Show #0446
    Show #0446
    Episode 103
    9/20/84
    0.0
    In a recreation of guest Karel Soucek's going over Niagara Falls in a barrel two months before, Dave rolls down a studio aisle in his own barrel.
  • Show #0445 (840919)
    Show #0445 (840919)
    Episode 102
    9/19/84
    0.0
    Dave is instructed to go into the control room, where he finds cleaning-man Sam vacuuming the place and a note on the console: "We've gone bowling." Also, author Lisa Birnbach explains how to play the drinking game "Hi Bob," and Sharlene Wells from Utah appears on Late Night as 1985's Miss America.moreless
  • Show #0444
    Show #0444
    Episode 101
    9/18/84
    0.0
    A new Late Night Catch Phrase is selected: "I do and do and do for you kids, and this is the thanks I get!"
  • Show #0443
    Show #0443
    Episode 100
    9/17/84
    0.0
    Tonight on "Brush With the Law," Wayne White was in a jeep full of naked guys, Barbara Capria scratched a car with her keys, and Mike Cosgrove stole a soda machine.
  • Show #0442
    Show #0442
    Episode 99
    9/13/84
    0.0
    Tonight on Viewer Mail, Dave displays the Letterman Fan Club Jumbo Package: hangers, American Airlines house magazine, wash & dry moist towelettes, coupons, saltines, and ketchup.
  • Show #0441
    Show #0441
    Episode 98
    9/12/84
    0.0
    "New Gift Items" include outlet wallpaper, a pea fork, and snore chimes.
  • Show #0440 (840911)
    Show #0440 (840911)
    Episode 97
    9/11/84
    0.0
    "Late Night Rejected Ideas" include tap-dance racing, a "Halloween III" ketchup dispenser coming out of an amputated arm, and, in its Late Night debut, the legendary "Dog Poetry" segment.
  • Show #0439
    Show #0439
    Episode 96
    9/10/84
    0.0
    Tonight on "Brush with Stupidity," Mike Waskowiak wore a rabbit costume into a City Hall elevator, Kate Freeman went to the wrong house on Thanksgiving, and Sherry Fanion accidentally sucked her pet bird up in a vacuum cleaner.
  • Show #0438 (840906)
    Show #0438 (840906)
    Episode 95
    9/6/84
    0.0
    Dave breathes through a small mouthpiece as he's placed into a 900-gallon tank, wearing a suit containing 3,400 tablets of Alka-Seltzer, then nearly passes out afterwards.
  • Show #0437 (840905)
    Show #0437 (840905)
    Episode 94
    9/5/84
    7.0
    Dave marks the first day for the Phil Donahue Countdown Calendar, waiting the days until he moves his show to 30 Rock; tonight in the Museum of the Hard-to-Believe, Chris Elliott is the "Smile of Mystery"; the audience helps Dave select a catch phrase: "They pelted us with rocks and garbage."moreless
  • Show #0436
    Show #0436
    Episode 93
    9/4/84
    0.0
    Tonight on Stupid Human Tricks, Jeanne Yetman rolls a quarter off her nose; it then bounces off a table and lands inside a glass.
  • Show #0434
    Show #0434
    Episode 92
    8/30/84
    0.0
    Morris Day (of the R&B band The Time) promotes Purple Rain.
  • Show #0433 (840829)
    Show #0433 (840829)
    Episode 91
    8/29/84
    0.0
    Tonight on "Dave's Arts and Crafts:" a torpedoed ship-in-a-bottle, a lawn chair covered with bread rolls, and tobacco play hair.
  • Show #0433
    Show #0433
    Episode 90
    8/28/84
    0.0
    Brian Knopick demonstrates why he's the bubble-gum blowing champion.
  • Show #0431 (840816)
    Show #0431 (840816)
    Episode 88
    8/16/84
    10
    Tonight on "Ask Mr. Melman," audience member Susan Blair asks Larry "Bud" for advice on being an art student moving to NYC. Larry replies, "Be ready for a lot of suffering."
  • Show #0430
    Show #0430
    Episode 87
    8/15/84
    5.5
    Robert Morton and the Turner twins get to recite their catch phrase, "They pelted us with rocks and garbage."
  • Show #0429
    Show #0429
    Episode 86
    8/14/84
    0.0
    Dave selects stand-by audience member Ken Stricker to co-host the show with him.
  • Show #0428
    Show #0428
    Episode 85
    8/13/84
    0.0
    Tonight on "Brush with Stupidity," audience member Doug Minear describes competing in a swim meet without his trunks.
  • Show #0427 (840726)
    Show #0427 (840726)
    Episode 84
    7/26/84
    0.0
    In tonight's remote, Dave visits crew member Al Frisch at home, showing off his collection of over 25,000 postcards. Also, Chris Elliott demonstrates a comparison test by eating raw coffee beans.
  • Show #0426
    Show #0426
    Episode 83
    7/25/84
    0.0
    Time for "Tic-Tac-Toe Internationale," as audience member Tom Wright goes head to beak with a chicken and loses. Also, Jim Carrey makes his first appearance on Dave, a year after his breakthrough performance on "Duck Factory."
  • Show #0425 (840724)
    Show #0425 (840724)
    Episode 82
    7/24/84
    0.0
    The studio audience picks a new catch phrase: "They pelted us with rocks and garbage." The runners-up: "A dozen pizzas?! Oh, it's those damn kids." and "Boy, could I use a nap."
  • Show #0424
    Show #0424
    Episode 81
    7/23/84
    0.0
    In a segment called "Brush with Regrets," one audience member admits to passing up a chance to manage a Jack-in-the-Box.
  • Show #0423
    Show #0423
    Episode 80
    7/12/84
    0.0
    Tonight on Viewer Mail: Matt from Illinois asks where a guy can send his gal out and not spend much money. The answer: The Late Night Cigar Shack.
  • Show #0422
    Show #0422
    Episode 79
    7/11/84
    0.0
    The NBC Bookmobile features books such as "Name Your Baby When You're Angry," "Hell on Stilts," and "Miss Manner's Guide to Mob Violence Do's and Don'ts."
  • Show #0421
    Show #0421
    Episode 78
    7/10/84
    0.0
    Shows on Other Channels include "20/20: Cults That Worship Public Utilities" and "In Search Of... the Hidden Power of Kitchen Appliances."
  • Show #0420
    Show #0420
    Episode 77
    7/9/84
    0.0
    Tonight on "Bad Phone Call," Larry and Andrea Eckerle call Andrea's mom to tell her they got married the day before. Also, Muhammed Ali makes his only appearance on Dave's show.
  • Show #0418
    Show #0418
    Episode 75
    6/27/84
    6.0
    It's time for Late Night's fourth "Tower Drop." Items getting hurled out of a five-story window this time include peanut butter and jelly containers, omelet fixings (eggs, peppers, and tomatoes), coconuts, Christmas decorations, two stacks of pancakes, a watermelon, and a gumball machine. Also, Arnold Schwarzenegger invites Dave to be in his third "Conan" film.moreless
  • Show #0417
    Show #0417
    Episode 74
    6/26/84
    0.0
    The apparition of The Panicky Guy appears in the studio audience, then floats into the hallway. A frightened Gordon Cooper calls, screams, and hangs up.
  • Show #0415
    Show #0415
    Episode 72
    6/21/84
    0.0
    During "Viewer Mail," Bill Wendell is discovered on the Sgt. Pepper LP cover, his hand raised above Paul McCartney. Also discovered: Paul Shaffer as John, Dave as George, and Larry "Bud" as Ringo.
  • Show #0413 (840619)
    Show #0413 (840619)
    Episode 70
    6/19/84
    0.0
    Chris Elliott (as The Panicky Guy) dies and gets a call from Gordon Cooper; Howard Stern defends his controversial local radio show.
  • Show #0411
    Show #0411
    Episode 68
    6/14/84
    0.0
    A Stupid Pet Trick participant known simply as "Kizzy" rolls up as a bowling ball, is rolled across the stage, and knocks over bowling pins.
  • Show #0410
    Show #0410
    Episode 67
    6/13/84
    0.0
    During "Ask Mr. Melman," audience member Bill Ant asks Larry if a rich and happily-married man can really love another woman. Larry insists that Bill has a right to have a good time.
  • Show #0407
    Show #0407
    Episode 64
    5/31/84
    6.0
    Dave displays the Tuna Turner to Tina, and Bill Murray draws blood from Dave to become his "blood brother."
  • Show #0406
    Show #0406
    Episode 63
    5/30/84
    7.6
    It's "International Night 3": Dave loses a round of Olympic Tic-Tac-Toe over the phone with Cuban journalist Gustavo Gomez. Tonight's guests are Iris Chacón (the Dolly Parton of Puerto Rico); Kamaar (the David Copperfield of Greece), and Nelson Sardelli (the Milton Berle of Brazil).
  • Show #0405
    Show #0405
    Episode 62
    5/29/84
    0.0
    In a "Who Asked For It" segment, audience member "Don Miller" (Late Night intern Dave Rygalski) asks to see a dangerous action sequence, so Dave mimics Indiana Jones navigating around a slippery mopped floor in the hallway.
  • Show #0404
    Show #0404
    Episode 61
    5/28/84
    0.0
    Larry "Bud" Melman co-hosts the show and later tries on Grace Jones' hat.
  • Show #0403
    Show #0403
    Episode 60
    5/24/84
    0.0
  • Show #0402
    Show #0402
    Episode 59
    5/23/84
    0.0
    Russian Psychic Lev Schneider cooks a beef stroganoff as Gerard Mulligan tells him via his thoughts where to find the ingredients.
  • Show #0401
    Show #0401
    Episode 58
    5/22/84
    0.0
  • Show #0400
    Show #0400
    Episode 57
    5/21/84
    0.0
    "Stupid Pet Tricks" include a parrot who plays dead, a dog dressed as Michael Jackson, another parrot who opens candy, and a cat who rides on a dog's back.
  • Show #0399
    Show #0399
    Episode 56
    5/17/84
    0.0
    Dave chats with falcon expert Dr. Heinz Meng, founder of the "Raptor Project." Also, at the end of the show, Dave mentions the death earlier that day of Andy Kaufman: "He certainly was unique, and we're going to miss him."
  • Show #0398
    Show #0398
    Episode 55
    5/16/84
    0.0
    "Dave's Health and Grooming Tips" include a cotton-tip drill bit, a Don King shaving brush, and an internal organ ice cube tray.
  • Show #0397
    Show #0397
    Episode 54
    5/15/84
    0.0
    Chris Elliott is "The Panicky Guy" who falls in love with an NBC page, played by show staffer and future wife Paula Niedert.
  • Show #0396
    Show #0396
    Episode 53
    5/14/84
    0.0
    Dave's Record Collection includes "Try to Remember" sung by Telly Savalas, "The Magic Key to Colorful Conversation," "Touch-Typing Drill: A-Z," and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" sung by William Shatner. Also, Jay Leno suggests why aliens never visit MIT.
  • Show #0395
    Show #0395
    Episode 52
    5/10/84
    0.0
  • Show #0394
    Show #0394
    Episode 51
    5/9/84
    0.0
    A new segment begins and ends tonight: "Dave's Fugitive Spotters," as the audience selects which pedestrians on the street look suspicious enough to be picked up and brought to Studio 6A for a line-up.
  • Show #0393
    Show #0393
    Episode 50
    5/8/84
    0.0
  • Show #0392
    Show #0392
    Episode 49
    5/7/84
    0.0
    Today is Lawsuit Day, as F. Lee Bailey advises which potential Late Night lawsuits to pursue. After several rejections, he suggests suing Larry Holmes for his no-show the previous week and the Merchant Marines Academy Choir for walking out the previous February.
  • Show #0391
    Show #0391
    Episode 48
    5/3/84
    6.0
    Dave returns to his Kitchen of Tomorrow with the Crouton Toaster. Later he and Paul stage a Rocket Chair Race (see recap). "Stupid Pet Tricks" includes a dog that can buy beer and a cockroach walking a tightrope. The postponed "Know Your Staff" piece highlights show guitarist Steve Khan.
  • Show #0390
    Show #0390
    Episode 47
    5/2/84
    0.0
    Dave unveils his Kitchen of Tomorrow, but not all of the props work.
  • Show #0389
    Show #0389
    Episode 46
    5/1/84
    0.0
  • Show #0388
    Show #0388
    Episode 45
    4/30/84
    0.0
    Chef Patrick Terrail, the owner of the Ma Maison restaurant in Manhatten, "cooks" cheese and crackers.
  • Show #0387
    Show #0387
    Episode 44
    4/26/84
    0.0
    Another Comparison Test with Chris Elliott pits packet against bottled ketchup. Chris drinks from both and declares, "No difference, Dave."
  • Show #0386
    Show #0386
    Episode 43
    4/25/84
    8.7
    In tonight's live remote, Larry "Bud" annoys banking customers outside an ATM.
  • Show #0385
    Show #0385
    Episode 42
    4/24/84
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0384
    Show #0384
    Episode 41
    4/23/84
    0.0
    Chris Elliott is "The Panicky Guy," who interrupts the show from the audience but is bored and leaves the studio in a feigned panic. Concerned, Dave visits Chris in his dressing room. Chris is depressed due to bad reviews. Finally, a telegram from Mercury Astronaut Gordon Cooper persuades Chris to give it another try, and he does to a standing ovation.moreless
  • Show #0383
    Show #0383
    Episode 40
    4/19/84
    0.0
    Tonight on "Viewer Mail": Marie Reed asks, "Who's the idiot who took away the black phone on the desk?" Dave asks Hal, who refers him to Louise, the cleaning lady (played by Paul "Old Henry" Andor), who explains he/she has worked at NBC for 25 years and is two months away from receiving his pension. Dave fires him anyway and the audience boos; Dave calls her back and the audience cheers; Dave tells Louise she forgot to carry away the phone, and the audience boos again.moreless
  • Show #0382
    Show #0382
    Episode 39
    4/18/84
    0.0
    "Dave's Grab Bag," to be selected by the "luck" of a spinning wheel, includes the Suit of Ferrets, Fun with Grandma, Al Frisch's Breakfast Club, and a tribute to Bob Dylan by way of William Shatner's rendition of "Mr. Tambourine Man."
  • Show #0381
    Show #0381
    Episode 38
    4/17/84
    0.0
  • Show #0380
    Show #0380
    Episode 37
    4/16/84
    0.0
    Chris Elliott introduces his new running character, "The Panicky Guy," as he freaks out in the audience, runs out of the studio and past a vacuum cleaner, only to be run over by a floor waxer. He returns to accept a standing ovation and flowers. Dave asks Hal to run a video comparison between "The Conspiracy Guy" and "The Panicky Guy" while Chris receives a congratulatory call from Mercury Astronaut Gordon Cooper.moreless
  • Show #0379
    Show #0379
    Episode 36
    4/5/84
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0378
    Show #0378
    Episode 35
    4/4/84
    0.0
    The NBC Bookmobile features "Be Prepared: Kill or Be Killed, a Guide to City Scouting."
  • Show #0377
    Show #0377
    Episode 34
    4/3/84
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0376
    Show #0376
    Episode 33
    4/2/84
    0.0
    Dave welcomes newly-hired NBC Employee Wendy Moran, gift-basketing her with a new NBC ID; a videotaped welcome from Connie Chung, Marv Albert, and Willard Scott; an NBC training film; a phone call from Mercury Astronaut Gordon Cooper, and champagne with Larry "Bud" Melman.
  • Show #0375
    Show #0375
    Episode 32
    3/29/84
    0.0
    On another glorious set of Stupid Pet Tricks, a cat balances a can on its helmeted head, ferrets burst balloons (one ferret throws up), a dog does push-ups (but seems to be actually humping the studio floor), and a turtle stands on its hind legs, then falls backwards.
  • Show #0373
    Show #0373
    Episode 30
    3/27/84
    0.0
    It's Late Night's second Custom-Made Show, as the audience votes on alternate segments (see recap).
  • Show #0371
    Show #0371
    Episode 28
    3/22/84
    0.0
    In one of the strangest guest combinations in Letterman history, Bob Dylan sings three songs ("Don't Stop Me Talkin'," "License to Kill," and "Jokerman"), while Liberace cooks casserole.
  • Show #0370
    Show #0370
    Episode 27
    3/21/84
    0.0
    In a live remote, Larry "Bud" is at the Times Square Spring Celebration, handing out cartons of cigarettes to underaged teens.
  • Show #0369 (840320)
    Show #0369 (840320)
    Episode 26
    3/20/84
    6.0
    Chris Elliott debuts his "Comparison Test" during a Viewer Mail question. Tonight, he tries to determine which is lower in cholesterol -Peanut Oil or Corn Oil- by drinking a pint of each. "No difference, Dave."
  • Show #0368
    Show #0368
    Episode 25
    3/19/84
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0366
    Show #0366
    Episode 23
    3/14/84
    5.7
    Pocket billiards expert Steve Mizerak almost smashes in Dave's teeth while shooting a ball through his mouth.
  • Show #0365 (840313)
    Show #0365 (840313)
    Episode 22
    3/13/84
    0.0
    During "Doctor's Waiting Room Etiquette," Larry Bud explains he's just been fired from his day job as a drug clinic receptionist, so he gets a consoling call from former Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper.
  • Show #0364
    Show #0364
    Episode 21
    3/12/84
    0.0
    Tonight on "Brush With Greatness": Alex Fidalgo once tried to sell a Christmas tree to Dionne Warwick, who rejected it. He accidently smashed her over the head with it, then did it again, this time deliberately.
  • Show #0362
    Show #0362
    Episode 19
    2/29/84
    0.0
    Russian psychic Lev Schneider competes against an Infrared Tracking Scope in a manhunt for Paul Shaffer and Bill Wendell. As with every other race, Lev wins.
  • Show #0361
    Show #0361
    Episode 18
    2/28/84
    0.0
    Dave's wears the legendary Suit of Velcro, and than jumps on a trampoline and sticks himself onto a velcro wall.
  • Show #0360
    Show #0360
    Episode 17
    2/27/84
    0.0
    Dave invites two audience members to host a Public Access cable-TV show. Dave calls them up later and to ask about local restaurants.
  • Show #0358 (840222)
    Show #0358 (840222)
    Episode 15
    2/22/84
    0.0
    NBC Science Correspondent Robert Bazell introduces Late Night's latest state-of-the-art achievement: Reverse-Image Television. At the allotted moment, the image on the screen is inverted. The Peace Through Dramatization Players pay tribute to tonight's historic breakthrough with "March Through Progress: A Salute to Reverse Image TV." Dave and Paul walk out the studio into the murky unknown, but Paul feels a little whoozy and has to return.moreless
  • Show #0356
    Show #0356
    Episode 13
    2/20/84
    0.0
    Dave and US Open champ Chris Evert-Lloyd hit tennis balls from a cannon in the 6th floor hallway.
  • Show #0355
    Show #0355
    Episode 12
    2/16/84
    0.0
    Dave complains that his ear hurts after a bullwhip demonstration with cowboy movie star Lash LaRue.
  • Show #0354
    Show #0354
    Episode 11
    2/15/84
    0.0
    Tonight's "Dave's Record Collection" includes "Training Your Parakeet to Talk," "Robert Clary Lives It Up at the Playboy Club," and "Chet Huntley Reports on House of Pancakes."
  • Show #0351 (840209)
    2/9/84
    10

    Steve Martin displays his valuable antique Chinese ceramics on the show. Most are eventually destroyed by a wandering boom mike, camera, elbow, and tennis balls. However, a herd of goats and sheep walk through the exhibit and knock down nothing.

  • Show #0349
    Show #0349
    Episode 6
    2/7/84
    0.0
    Tonight it's "Manhunt III": The Russian Psychic vs. an Electronic Tracking Beam. Once again, Lev Schneider beats his opponent by minutes.
  • 2nd Anniversary Special
    2/4/84
    0.0
    During Late Night's 2nd Anniversary, Larry "Bud" Melman presides over activities on the top floor of the Essex House Hotel, introducing Mel Conchita (the Steve Martin of Peru) and Alba Ballard and her parrots.
  • Show #0346
    Show #0346
    Episode 3
    2/2/84
    0.0
    Tonight, it's "Olympic" Dog Sled Races; Dave and Paul compete on dog sleds in the hallway, as Bob Costas contributes the play-by-play. At the end of the race, one of the dogs pees on the hallway carpet.
  • Show #0344
    Show #0344
    Episode 1
    1/31/84
    0.0
    "Mr. Wash & Wear" (aka Dimitry Gagarine), bumped from the show a month ago, finally appears tonight and is rechristened "Mr. Polyester."
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