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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.
Dave and Paul dwell on a missing camera; Dave and US Open champ Chris Evert-Lloyd hit tennis balls from a cannon in the 6th floor hallway; Paula Poundstone makes her Late Night debut; 20-plus standby audience members are treated to a mini version of tonight's show.
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." Later in the show, Paul sits in the hot seat to promote This is Spinal Tap.moreless
For no discernible reason, Dave starts addressing Paul as "Simon LeBon," after the Duran Duran frontman.
Another "Viewer Mail" Comparison Test with Chris Elliott pits packet against bottled ketchup. Chris drinks from both and declares, "No difference, Dave." Later, a comedy bit goes awry when boxer/actor Tex Cobb forgets the show is live-to-tape.
Dave returns to his Kitchen of Tomorrow with the Crouton Toaster; Dave 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; "Know Your Staff" piece highlights show guitarist Steve Khan, who describes his celebrity-studded bar mitzvah.moreless
Chris Elliott (as The Panicky Guy) dies and gets a call from Gordon Cooper; Howard Stern defends his controversial local radio show; a tech gaffe nearly prevents Leon Russell from performing "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues"; Jerry Seinfeld performs stand-up.
Tonight on "Bad Phone Call," Larry and Andrea Eckerle call Andrea's mom to tell her they got married the day before. Also, "the most famous man in the world" Muhammed Ali makes his only appearance on Dave's show; Ali is later joined by his lawyer.
In tonight's remote, Dave visits crew member Al Frisch at home, showing off his collection of over 25,000 postcards; in his latest comparison test, Chris Elliott eats raw coffee beans; another pep talk from Col. Gordon Cooper; Glenn Frey performed "The Heat Is On."
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. Later, a remote where Dave --er, Connie Henderson-- takes advantage of local "while U wait" establishments.
In their fifth Late Night appearance in 2 1/2 years, Bob and Ray perform two of their classic "interviews."
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.
Mr. Curious (Late Night's version of "Fun with Rupert") makes his debut appearance, asking pedestrians what's in their shopping bags/purse/wallets; "New Dial-It-Services" include Dial-a-Determined-Irish-Setter (which doesn't make sense) and the saga of a smug cordless phone owner (Chris Elliott).
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. Later in the show, Larry "Bud" makes his first appearance as Kenny the Gardener.
Dave pays tribute to the "sister show" in Italy with guest Maurizio Costanzo (host of The Maurizio Costanzo Show). The two shows exchange clips, and commemorative plates of the sister show accord are proudly displayed.
"Bob Letterman" (Dave and Merrill Markoe's dog) tells a Christmas story; Michael Keaton brings out his 18-month-old son and plugs Johnny Dangerously; Dave jokes that Kenny the Gardener is dead; comedian George Wallace.
Dave shows pictures from the "Welcome to 30 Rock" party for Phil Donahue; in spite of Paul's objections, Kenny the Gardener makes his third appearance on Late Night, singing "Wild Goose."
The blue-ribbon committee gives their judgement of the Great Typing Controversy; in a Late Night milestone, Ted Koppel does a stupid human trick by balancing meat on his nose.