Late Night With David Letterman - Season 5

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Episode Guide

  • Show #0814 (870115)
    Show #0814 (870115)
    Episode 168
    1/15/87
    5.0
    In his only appearance on Late Night, Richard Pryor plugs Critical Condition and discusses his freewheeling lifestyle in the '70s and early '80s.
  • Show #0813 (870114)
    Show #0813 (870114)
    Episode 167
    1/14/87
    0.0
    Dave looks at "New Cable Networks"; Joan Jett and guitarist Ricky Bird perform "Roadrunner."
  • Show #0812 (870113)
    Show #0812 (870113)
    Episode 166
    1/13/87
    0.0
    Dave's Record Collection includes Anthony Quinn's "Just How Much Do I Love You," Barbara Dane's "I Hate the Capitalist System," and "Lullabye from the Womb: Sounds from the Main Artery," picked up by Sid and the band, who back it up with Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." Also, Gilbert Gottfried promotes his upcoming HBO special.moreless
  • Show #0811 (870112)
    Show #0811 (870112)
    Episode 165
    1/12/87
    0.0
    Tempsett Bledsoe shares an amusing antedote about her "Cosby Show" co-star Malcolm Jamal-Warner.
  • Show #0803
    Show #0803
    Episode 164
    12/15/86
    6.0
    Rick Derringer sits in with the WDMB; the very first Late Night Christmas Tree is lit; Cyndi Lauper performs "Change of Heart."
  • Show #0802
    Show #0802
    Episode 163
    12/11/86
    0.0
    Eddie Murphy promotes The Golden Child and gets harassed in his dressing room by Dave and Candy Carell.
  • Show #0818
    Show #0818
    Episode 160
    1/29/87
    0.0
    The "Actor/Singer" dies once again during Viewer Mail, causing Paul to have another breakdown; the "Late Night Hitchhiker" walks by to creep out Dave and the audience; Dave Edmonds performs "The Wanderer."
  • Show #0817
    Show #0817
    Episode 159
    1/28/87
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0816
    Show #0816
    Episode 158
    1/27/87
    0.0
    The Peace Through Dramatization Players present "Forward Pass to Freedom" in honor of New York Giants wide receiver/Super Bowl XXI champ Tony Galbraith, who later shows Dave some of his home movies.
  • Show #0815
    Show #0815
    Episode 157
    1/26/87
    0.0
    Jackee Harry promotes "227"; Bill Wendell announces that transcripts of Dave's interviews are available for $39.95 a copy; master recycler Carolyn Jabs plugs her bestselling book ReUses.
  • Show #0806
    Show #0806
    Episode 157
    12/18/86
    0.0
    In tonight's remote, Dave conducts an investigation of knock-off souvenirs with "attorney" (writer) Larry Jacobson.
  • Show #0805
    Show #0805
    Episode 156
    12/17/86
    0.0
    Tonight, two Top Five Lists are presented: "Top 5 Dr. Seuss Characters or Americans Being Held in Latin American Prisons," and "Top 5 Holiday Greetings From Around the World."
  • Show #0804
    Show #0804
    Episode 155
    12/16/86
    0.0
    Darlene Love begins a tradition during the Christmas holidays: a performance of the only Christmas song Dave likes, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."
  • Show #0810
    Show #0810
    Episode 152
    1/6/87
    0.0
    Dave invites Harvey Pekar across the hall to the Live-at-Five set. Harvey can't shut up, asking Al Roker about his days working in Harvey's hometown, Cleveland.
  • David Letterman's 2nd Annual Holiday Film Festival
    Dave, Michael J. Fox, Diane Sawyer, Jonathan Winters, and Chris Elliott present films produced especially for the show. Also, The World's Most Dangerous Band present their music video, "You Kill Me."
  • Show #0809
    Show #0809
    Episode 151
    1/5/87
    0.0
    The Top Ten Home Office is relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona; Dave rants against the Home Shopping Network; Dave chats with Mousey Garner, a ex-vaudvillian that once performed in place of the Three Stooges in 1931.
  • Show #0808
    Show #0808
    Episode 150
    12/23/86
    0.0
    Sanborn sits in with the WMDB again; model Ines de la Fressange discusses her working relationship with Karl Lagerfeld.
  • Show #0797 (861126)
    Show #0797 (861126)
    Episode 150
    11/26/86
    0.0
    Late Night observes the lighting of a miniature version of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, which is lit and later knocked over by Zippy the chimp.
  • Show #0807 (861222)
    Show #0807 (861222)
    Episode 149
    12/22/86
    0.0
    Paul does a holiday impression of Anthony Newley; in a Late Night moment for the ages, Julia Child shows Dave how to cook with a blowtorch; Dave relates a story in the newspaper about a group of high schoolers from Arkansas who spray-painted "Late Night" onto the Berlin Wall.
  • Show #0795 (861124)
    Show #0795 (861124)
    Episode 149
    11/24/86
    0.0
    1986 CART champion Bobby Rahal talks racing with Dave.
  • Show #0801
    Show #0801
    Episode 148
    12/10/86
    0.0
    Robert Klein plugs his latest HBO comedy special; Dave meets Joe Ponder, Guinness World Record holder for the world's strongest teeth; in a promo for tomorrow night’s show, Dave and Biff are in an airplane, Biff has a heart attack, and the plane crashes.
  • Show #0800
    Show #0800
    Episode 147
    12/9/86
    0.0
    Late Night celebrates its 800th broadcast with the infamous 360° Image Rotation Show, where the televised picture slowly rotates a full cycle in 58 minutes. At 90°, Peter Ustinov stumbles to his seat, grasping at anything solid to keep his balance. At 180°, the half-way point, Larry "Bud" mimics Fred Astaire by hat-dancing to "Top Hat" on the ceiling, and at 270°, the friendly announcer asks, "Please return all magazines."moreless
  • Show #0799
    Show #0799
    Episode 146
    12/8/86
    0.0
    Jane Fonda and Steve Martin both plug their movies on Late Night; Hal airs "Three Amigos!" for Jane and "The Morning After" for Steve. Dave then runs Paul's eating-cereal clip. Later, the Peace Through Dramatization Players present "Hungry Are the Damned."
  • Show #0796 (861125)
    Show #0796 (861125)
    Episode 143
    11/25/86
    5.0
    Dave is in the Suit of Magnets, as soup cans are thrown at him; some actually stick. Also, in his first Late Night appearance, Robert Cray sits in with the WMDB and performs "Smoking Gun."
  • Show #0792
    Show #0792
    Episode 142
    11/18/86
    0.0
    Ann Miller discusses her lengthy, celebrated career as a singer-dancer-actress.
  • Show #0747 (860731)
    Show #0747 (860731)
    Episode 140
    7/31/86
    0.0
    Tonight on Viewer Mail, Dave gets another visit from the apparition of Elvis (film coordinator Rick Scheckman). Also, in a rare television interview, famed baseball announcer Harry Caray slurs and rambles through his chat with Dave.
  • Show #0794
    Show #0794
    Episode 136
    11/20/86
    0.0
    After participating in three Viewer Mail gags, Paul is presented with a Drama Desk Award.
  • Show #0793
    Show #0793
    Episode 135
    11/19/86
    0.0
    Tonight's edition of "Things We Have to Edit" features the first (and final) appearance of the Tiger-Cam.
  • Show #0791
    Show #0791
    Episode 133
    11/17/86
    0.0
    The Thrill-Cam nearly hits a bird's nest, which is later shot down by Bill; sick of doing commercial lead-ins, Dave introduces a Magnavox ad via a lifesize "Dave" cardboard cutout.
  • Show #0790 (861113)
    Show #0790 (861113)
    Episode 132
    11/13/86
    0.0
    Dave is bored after the first selection from his Record Collection (Lorne Greene's "You Make Me Feel So Young"), so he and Paul go on a tour of NYC. After buying hot dogs and throwing a frisbee, they mug a couple and shoot arrows at pigeons.
  • Show #0789 (861112)
    Show #0789 (861112)
    Episode 131
    11/12/86
    0.0
    Dave mentions that the staff got food poisoning from O.J. Simpson's ham (see Show #788). Also, on another installment of "Choosing Mr. November," Dave chooses Lenny Maurane, who's given what's left of the tainted ham.
  • Show #0788 (861111)
    Show #0788 (861111)
    Episode 130
    11/11/86
    0.0
    Phil Donahue shows up in the backdrop, much to Dave's annoyance; Dave mentions getting a canned ham from O.J. Simpson; Dave chats with Bird City, Kansas homecoming queen Danna Nelson.
  • Show #0783 (861030)
    Show #0783 (861030)
    Episode 125
    10/30/86
    0.0
    Chris Elliott parodies a promo for the made-for-TV movie "Rage of Angels."
  • Show #0782 (861029)
    Show #0782 (861029)
    Episode 124
    10/29/86
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0781 (861028)
    Show #0781 (861028)
    Episode 123
    10/28/86
    0.0
    Time for "Courtroom Etiquette"- Larry "Bud" is the witness, Rick Scheckman the juror, and Biff Henderson the security guard, who shows Dave photos of his daughter, son, and dog. Larry "Bud" closes the drama by singing "Climb Every Mountain." Also, in honor of regaining NBC's New Orleans affiliate, Bridget Jackson plays "Crawfish Girl" in a musical tribute to the Crescent City.moreless
  • Show #0779 (861027)
    Show #0779 (861027)
    Episode 122
    10/27/86
    9.5
    Dave chats with Michael Sergio, the unemployed actor that parachuted into Shea Stadium in Game 6 of the World Series; writer Steve O'Donnell appears in a mock how-to segment called "How to Write Comedy."
  • Show #0779 (861016)
    Show #0779 (861016)
    Episode 121
    10/16/86
    0.0
    With the Mets winning the National League Championship against the Astros, Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmore loses a bet with Dave and will have to display in her office a photo of Mookie Wilson; "Viewer Mail" features eight letters, with #6 answered twice; Bonnie Raitt performs "Running Back to Me."
  • Show #0778 (861015)
    Show #0778 (861015)
    Episode 120
    10/15/86
    0.0
    Throughout the show, Hal gives updates of Game 6 of the NLCS (which lasts 16 innings); Chris Elliott appears in a TV ad for "A Chorus Line"; Cleveland file clerk and cartoonist Harvey Pekar makes his debut appearance on Late Night.
  • Show #0777 (861014)
    Show #0777 (861014)
    Episode 119
    10/14/86
    0.0
    Dave mentions that Bob Seger canceled his appearance on the show for that evening, so Paul and the band plays Seger's music throughout the night. Later, Jay Leno brings out a beaten-up Chris Elliott, who had impersonated Jay on Late Night two weeks ago.
  • Show #0776 (861013)
    Show #0776 (861013)
    Episode 118
    10/13/86
    0.0
    Rob Mounsey fills in for Paul; after a reported threat of a lawsuit, Marshall Sylver makes a return appearance as the World's Fastest Hynotist; Swoosie Kurtz promotes the Talking Heads film "True Stories."
  • Show #0775 (861009)
    Show #0775 (861009)
    Episode 117
    10/9/86
    0.0
    After a studio visit to the Museum of Science, Dave gives everyone in the audience one dollar and a can of Spam. Later, Eddie Money and Ronnie Spector performed "Take Me Home Tonight."
  • Show #0767 (860925)
    Show #0767 (860925)
    Episode 109
    9/25/86
    0.0
    Dave comments on Robert Wright's takeover of NBC; the Thrill-Cam decapitates a stagehand.
  • Show #0766 (860924)
    Show #0766 (860924)
    Episode 108
    9/24/86
    10
    James Taylor makes a rare television appearance, performing and discussing his song "Only a Dream in Rio."
  • Show #0765 (860923)
    Show #0765 (860923)
    Episode 107
    9/23/86
    0.0
    Dave kicks Bill Wendell out of the studio for prompting the audience to applause; teen actor Jerry O'Connell promotes the new Rob Reiner film "Stand By Me."
  • Show #0763 (860918)
    Show #0763 (860918)
    Episode 105
    9/18/86
    0.0
    Dave chats with Tony Ferrera, batting practice pitcher for the soon-to-be NL East champion Mets. Also, Chris Elliott is Marv Albert as he sings "There's a Place." He brings out his three kids "Marv, Jr.," "Brian," and "Butch," as well as "Mrs. Albert." All leave the studio walking like Marv with their backs arched.moreless
  • Show #0762 (860917)
    Show #0762 (860917)
    Episode 104
    9/17/86
    0.0
    Kellye Cash, Miss America 1987, appears as a guest on Late Night. She's in safe hands, as FCC Commissioner Dennis Patrick is in the audience. Also, Billy Joel sits in with the band and performs "A Matter of Trust."
  • Show #0761 (860916)
    Show #0761 (860916)
    Episode 103
    9/16/86
    0.0
    Dave discusses hosting the Emmys: "I don't sing, I don't dance, and I don't want to be around people who do." Also, it's NBC head honcho Grant Tinker's last day at the network, and Dave wants a camera at the farewell reception in Studio 8-H. He's unsuccessful, so viewers are greeted with a live remote to the NBC Commissary and a chat with diners.moreless
  • Show #0760 (860915)
    Show #0760 (860915)
    Episode 102
    9/15/86
    0.0
    "Ask Larry 'Bud' Headroom" makes his first appearance on Late Night. He's seen on a television monitor, but it's not clear if the jerky image is deliberate or just Larry being Larry.
  • Show #0759 (860911)
    Show #0759 (860911)
    Episode 101
    9/11/86
    0.0
    k.d. lang makes her network television debut on Late Night, performing "Turn Me Around."
  • Show #0758 (860910)
    Show #0758 (860910)
    Episode 100
    9/10/86
    0.0
    The Monkey-Cam is finally perfected as Zippy flies around both Dave's studio and Live-at-Five. Later, he bites Sandra Bernard's finger.
  • Show #0757 (860909)
    Show #0757 (860909)
    Episode 99
    9/9/86
    0.0
    The Peace Through Dramatization Players present "The Right Man for the Job: A Tribute to Bob Wright."
  • Show #0756 (860908)
    Show #0756 (860908)
    Episode 98
    9/8/86
    0.0
    After two months broadcasting shows in SNL's studio 8H, Late Night returns to its old haunts in newly renovated 6A and goes through painful Thrill-Cam withdrawal. Also, Paul appears in a Don Johnson music video and Tama Janowitz promotes her book Slaves of New York.
  • Show #0755 (860821)
    Show #0755 (860821)
    Episode 97
    8/21/86
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0754 (860820)
    Show #0754 (860820)
    Episode 96
    8/20/86
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0753 (860819)
    Show #0753 (860819)
    Episode 95
    8/19/86
    0.0
    Dave chats with Eric Beckjord, a cryptozoologist that specializes in finding critters in random places.
  • Show #0752 (860818)
    Show #0752 (860818)
    Episode 94
    8/18/86
    0.0
    Dave orders beer from Hurley's for the studio audience but realizes after it arrives that it can't be passed out. Later, Dave asks boxer Jerry "Wimpy" Halstead about the origin of his odd nickname.
  • Show #0755 (860814)
    Show #0755 (860814)
    Episode 93
    8/14/86
    0.0
    Tonight's remote is dropping stuff from a five-story tower in New Rochelle, New York. Also, Joe Namath discusses his abbreviated stint on Monday Night Football.
  • Show #0754 (860813)
    Show #0754 (860813)
    Episode 92
    8/13/86
    0.0
    John Candy and Eugene Levy appear to promote "Armed and Dangerous," but Hal plays instead the clip of Paul eating cereal. Also, Steve Winwood and the WMDB performed "Gimme Some Lovin'."
  • Show #0739 (860724)
    Show #0739 (860724)
    Episode 91
    7/24/86
    0.0
    The ever-so-lovable Flunky the Clown appears again on Viewer Mail. Quote Flunky: "I might go to jail if I miss another alimony payment."
  • Show #0752 (860811)
    Show #0752 (860811)
    Episode 90
    8/11/86
    0.0
    Actress Beverly D'Angelo performs "Satisfaction" and "Dog in the Back" on her concertina.
  • Show #0738 (860723)
    Show #0738 (860723)
    Episode 90
    7/23/86
    0.0
    Dave persuades a waiter from the American Festival Cafe at Rockefeller Center to take a dip, fully clothed, into the Center's water fountain.
  • Show #0751 (860807)
    Show #0751 (860807)
    Episode 89
    8/7/86
    9.7
    The famous Colleen Boyle remote: after a Viewer Mail complaint about his shoes, Dave visits the viewer's home, buys a pair of shoes at Sears, and lunches with Colleen.
  • Show #0750 (860806)
    Show #0750 (860806)
    Episode 88
    8/6/86
    0.0
    The last episode of "Gerry & Baby" (Gerard Mulligan and his son Kevin, played by Chris Elliott) is capped with a video retrospective and scrapbook.
  • Show #0749 (860805)
    Show #0749 (860805)
    Episode 87
    8/5/86
    0.0
    Guest Kathryn Harrold is on to promote her film "Raw Deal." After she sets up a clip, Hal reairs the footage of Paul eating cereal.
  • Show #0748 (860804)
    Show #0748 (860804)
    Episode 86
    8/4/86
    0.0
    Dave takes a shower with audience member Elise Lark, who shows a little too much skin for network television.
  • Show #0746 (860730)
    Show #0746 (860730)
    Episode 84
    7/30/86
    0.0
    Chris Elliott leaves the studio, meets "Marian" and starts dating her in a segment called "Chris Elliott Scores Again."
  • Show #0745 (860729)
    Show #0745 (860729)
    Episode 83
    7/29/86
    0.0
    Tom Hanks appears to plug his film with Jackie Gleason, "Nothing in Common." After setting up a clip from the film, the tape coordinator cues a video of Paul eating cereal.
  • Show #0731 (860710)
    Show #0731 (860710)
    Episode 83
    7/10/86
    0.0
    Paul sings the last verse of the Canadian national anthem, "O Canada," beginning a week-long running gag.
  • Show #0744 (860728)
    Show #0744 (860728)
    Episode 82
    7/28/86
    0.0
    Dave and Paul exchange roles during a "Supermarket Finds" segment.
  • Show #0737 (860722)
    Show #0737 (860722)
    Episode 79
    7/22/86
    0.0
    Time for "Super Slo-Motion Experiments," including a Frisbee thrown at a row of champagne glasses. Also, guest Gilda Radner brings her Connecticut neighbors with her on the show.
  • Show #0736 (860721)
    Show #0736 (860721)
    Episode 78
    7/21/86
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0735 (860717)
    Show #0735 (860717)
    Episode 77
    7/17/86
    0.0
    Dave interviews Max Headroom, seen on a television monitor in lieu of a live, breathing guest. Max's alter-ego, Matt Frewer, is seen backstage.
  • Show #0733 (860715)
    Show #0733 (860715)
    Episode 75
    7/15/86
    0.0
    Before the show, last night's clip of the audience singing "O Canada" is shown. Dave suddenly wakes up from the frightening nightmare. Also, Dave chooses relief hosts, selected from staff ID cards in a drum-bin; Rob Burnett, Sue Hall, and Bridget Jackson lose.
  • Show #0732 (860714)
    Show #0732 (860714)
    Episode 74
    7/14/86
    0.0
    The lyrics to "O Canada" are distributed to the studio audience, as everyone sings the Canadian national anthem.
  • Show #0771 (861002)
    Show #0771 (861002)
    Episode 73
    10/2/86
    0.0
    Tonight on "Viewer Mail": Paul complains that he can't "score with chicks." Dave suggests he be more conservative, so Paul dresses as Amish and picks up two women. Later, Chris Elliott impersonates Jay Leno; his "What's My Beef, What's Buggin' Me" is the telephone.
  • Show #0770 (861001)
    Show #0770 (861001)
    Episode 72
    10/1/86
    0.0
    Dave calls Houston mayor Kathy Whitmire about the upcoming NLCS between the Astros and the Mets.
  • Show #0730 (860709)
    Show #0730 (860709)
    Episode 72
    7/9/86
    0.0
    Dave calls TASS once again. The receptionist, Olaf, once again hangs up on him. After a third attempt, Olaf tells Dave to go f*** himself.
  • Show #0769 (860930)
    Show #0769 (860930)
    Episode 71
    9/30/86
    0.0
    Chris Elliott introduces his "Mummensquad" (a spoof of Mummenschanz). His theater troupe portrays a human spoon, a box of toilet paper, a hot dog, and a fork. Also, Roland Gift and the WMDB perform Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds."
  • Show #0729 (860708)
    Show #0729 (860708)
    Episode 71
    7/8/86
    0.0
    Dave calls the New York branch of the Soviet Union's press office, TASS, to spread an audience-selected rumor -U.S. grain turns Russian urine blue- but TASS hangs up on him.
  • Show #0768 (860929)
    Show #0768 (860929)
    Episode 70
    9/29/86
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0728 (860707)
    Show #0728 (860707)
    Episode 70
    7/7/86
    5.0
    In honor of Liberty Weekend, Dave introduces a screenful of Elvis impersonators (all played by Film Coordinator Rick Scheckman).
  • Show #0727 (860626)
    Show #0727 (860626)
    Episode 69
    6/26/86
    3.0
    Dave goes saltwater fishing with Paul and Chris Elliott in a remote titled "Dave's Rod and Reel."
  • Show #0726 (860625)
    Show #0726 (860625)
    Episode 68
    6/25/86
    0.0
    In honor of the upcoming grand re-opening of the Statue of Liberty, Nine-year-old Donna Vivino (Little Miss Liberty) sings "New York, New York."
  • Show #0725 (860624)
    Show #0725 (860624)
    Episode 67
    6/24/86
    8.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0784 (861103)
    Show #0784 (861103)
    Episode 66
    11/3/86
    0.0
    Paul does his impression of Jim Morrison shilling Energizer batteries; William Shatner plugs Star Trek IV.
  • Show #0724 (860623)
    Show #0724 (860623)
    Episode 66
    6/23/86
    0.0
    Dave orders a pizza for audience member Mary from Troy, NY.
  • Show #0785 (861105)
    Show #0785 (861105)
    Episode 65
    11/5/86
    0.0
    The Late Night Cow-Cam, with Ludmilla the Cow, is introduced tonight. Also, Bridget Jackson reprises the role of Crawfish Girl as Dave salutes the latest NBC affiliate to pick up Late Night, KTGT-TV in Great Falls, MT.
  • Show #0723 (860619)
    Show #0723 (860619)
    Episode 65
    6/19/86
    0.0
    "Viewer Mail" features Dave proving he does have a "romantic bone" in his body; Rodney Dangerfield "drops by," complete with his "Top Ten Things I Like To Do" and a clip from Back To School; Rosanne Cash chats with Dave; "Grant Tinker" with the history of Studio 8H; Dennis Miller comments on current events; Rosanne performs "Second To No One."moreless
  • Show #0722 (860618)
    Show #0722 (860618)
    Episode 64
    6/18/86
    8.0
    Chris Elliott's "Mummenchanz" performs on the show, featuring LN writers dressed as a fork (Gerard Mulligan as "Ingrid"), a hot dog (Matt Wickline as "Helmaut"), a box with toilet paper (Chris as "Gunther"), and a spoon (Sandy Frank as "Klaus").
  • Show #0773 (861007)
    Show #0773 (861007)
    Episode 63
    10/7/86
    0.0
    After bringing ice to Live-at-Five, Dave greets Liberace in the local news show's dressing room and later, with Biff Henderson, shouts out of an office window with his megaphone; Felix Caveliere sits in with the WMDB and performs "Good Lovin'."
  • Show #0721 (860617)
    Show #0721 (860617)
    Episode 63
    6/17/86
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0734 (860716)
    Show #0734 (860716)
    Episode 62
    7/16/86
    0.0
    Chris Elliott mimics Marv Albert as he offers his Elliott Achievement Awards.
  • Show #0720 (860616)
    Show #0720 (860616)
    Episode 62
    6/16/86
    0.0
    Late Night begins broadcasting from Studio 8-H (home of SNL) for the summer, as its regular studio is being revamped. Dave leaves the studio and steals plants from Phil Donahue's set in 8-G, while Anton Fig performs a lengthy drum solo to kill time.
  • Show #0786 (861106)
    Show #0786 (861106)
    Episode 61
    11/6/86
    0.0
    Chris Elliott promotes his Off-Broadway play, "Marv: A One-Man Show."
  • Show #0719
    Show #0719
    Episode 61
    5/29/86
    0.0
  • Show #0772 (861006)
    Show #0772 (861006)
    Episode 60
    10/6/86
    0.0
    John Cleese demonstrates how to talk while inhaling.
  • Show #0718
    Show #0718
    Episode 60
    5/28/86
    0.0
  • Show #0717
    Show #0717
    Episode 59
    5/27/86
    0.0
    Throughout the show in taped segments, Paul writes a letter to his folks; Judy Tenuta explains to Dave how she started playing the accordion.
  • Show #0774 (861008)
    Show #0774 (861008)
    Episode 58
    10/8/86
    0.0
    Dave rants about celebrity pitchmen; Larry "Bud" Headroom gives advice to the audience.
  • Show #0716
    Show #0716
    Episode 58
    5/26/86
    10
  • Show #0753 (860812)
    Show #0753 (860812)
    Episode 57
    8/12/86
    0.0
    Chris Elliott mimics Jack Hanna as he brings out a "Rastafarian Snow Leopard" (actually, a rabbit in swimming trunks).
  • Show #0715
    Show #0715
    Episode 57
    5/22/86
    0.0
    Cher makes her first appearance on the show and calls Dave an ***hole. The word is censored, so Dave tells viewers that she called him "an awfully nice guy."
  • Show #0714
    Show #0714
    Episode 56
    5/21/86
    10
    Before each segment throughout the show, Morgan Brittany from "Dallas" and Jack Coleman from "Dynasty" offer color commentary. Meanwhile, Chris Elliott performs "Hands to the Moon."
  • Show #0713
    Show #0713
    Episode 55
    5/20/86
    0.0
    Chris Elliott impersonates Jack Hanna as he shows an illustration of a panda from a dictionary, go-go dances with his assistant "Tanya," and displays a "Madagascar Jalapeño," which sharp viewers recognize as a house cat.
  • Show #0712
    Show #0712
    Episode 54
    5/19/86
    0.0
    Michael Jordan describes the shoes he's hawking (the Air Jordan II) as having "no white in it." Dave counters with, "Neither does the NBA."
  • Show #0711
    Show #0711
    Episode 53
    5/15/86
    0.0
    It's the last night of the Neanderthal Skull, so it's given a farewell on the "Ramp 'O' Death" as well as a tribute in song by Will Lee. Also, Eli Wallach narrates "An American Portrait: Chris Elliott," and Sun Records legend Sam Phillips appears on the show drunk.
  • Show #0710
    Show #0710
    Episode 52
    5/14/86
    7.0
    Day 3 of the Neanderthal Skull has the head carried away on a small remote cart; after "Small Town News," Dave has to rescue one of the Stupid Pet Tricks dogs from a burning green room; in tonight's remote, Dave makes frequent stop at the same New York State Thruway booth; Marv Albert shows bloopers; actor Ron Silver plugs "Trapped in Silence."moreless
  • Show #0709
    Show #0709
    Episode 51
    5/13/86
    0.0
    Paul pleas for gimmicks to improve the show's ratings, so Dave delivers a baby in the audience; the Neanderthal Skull has a arrow shot through its smoking head; live via telephone, Arnie Barnes reviews NBC's 60th anniversary special.
  • Show #0708
    Show #0708
    Episode 50
    5/12/86
    0.0
    This week's Museum of Natural History artifact to be displayed on the set is a Neanderthal Skull. Tonight, water drips out of its mouth, which Dave tries to pass off as spit.
  • Show #0707
    Show #0707
    Episode 49
    5/8/86
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0706
    Show #0706
    Episode 48
    5/7/86
    10
    Dave presents The Giant Topaz; in response to Dave's cajoling about her dress that had arrived at NBC one week prior to her appearance, Cybill Shepherd appears clad only in a towel; golfer Mac O'Grady discusses the 1986 Masters; 80-year-old rocker Gerty Molzen performs the definitive version of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side."moreless
  • Show #0705
    Show #0705
    Episode 47
    5/6/86
    0.0
    The latest Museum of Natural History display is a Topaz, the world's largest cut gem; Tony Bennett performs "Why Do People Fall in Love?
  • Show #0704
    Show #0704
    Episode 46
    5/5/86
    0.0
    Paul welcomes Anton Fig as an official member of the World's Most Dangerous Band; Fred "Hunter" Dryer shows baby photos of his daughter.
  • Show #0703
    Show #0703
    Episode 45
    5/1/86
    0.0
    Paul calls from Vancouver, where he's in town to greet the Prince and Princess of Wales; Clint Howard discusses working with his brother Ron.
  • Show #0702
    Show #0702
    Episode 44
    4/30/86
    5.0
    "New Gift Items" include a revolving pillow, a dog farm, and extended arms for the upcoming Hands Across America event.
  • Show #0701
    Show #0701
    Episode 43
    4/29/86
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0700
    Show #0700
    Episode 42
    4/28/86
    0.0
    The show continues its month-long display of objects from the Museum of Natural History. This week: a king and queen termite.
  • Show #0699
    Show #0699
    Episode 41
    4/24/86
    9.0
    Goodbye to the Rough-tailed Jellyfish; "Viewer Mail" critically injures another actor/singer to Paul's horror; Jonathan Winters gets a surprise visit from worshiper Robin Williams; Judy Mowatt sings; "Dr. Morton Roberts" (Morty) reports that the Actor/Singer will be able to act but never sing again; New Hampshire farmer Lincoln Burnham tells why he refuses to acknowledge Daylight Saving Time.moreless
  • Show #0698
    Show #0698
    Episode 40
    4/23/86
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0697
    Show #0697
    Episode 39
    4/22/86
    0.0
    New York Post headline writer Vincent Musetto displays one of his more memorable headlines, the now-legendary "Headless Body Found in Topless Bar."
  • Show #0696
    Show #0696
    Episode 38
    4/21/86
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0695
    Show #0695
    Episode 37
    4/10/86
    0.0
    After many delays, bumps, and fake NBC bulletins, Chris Elliott finally presents his first "Regulator Guy" segment. Tonight, in an episode called "XPR-12: The Mutilator," while Chris is hoisted in the air to stop a mugging on-stage, Peter Allen makes a surprise walk-on to plug his new Broadway musical. Chris is left dangling and curses out Dave under his breath.moreless
  • Show #0694
    Show #0694
    Episode 36
    4/9/86
    0.0
    For a "Who Asked For It?" request, Chris Elliott differentiates Centigrade from Fahrenheit by sticking his arms into two pots of boiling water. The result? "No difference, Dave."
  • Show #0693
    Show #0693
    Episode 35
    4/8/86
    10
    In a remote that helps define both the show and its relationship with NBC, Dave attempts to visit the network's new corporate owners, General Electric, and learns their "handshake." Soon after, Dave, Hal, and their crew are thrown out.
  • Show #0692
    Show #0692
    Episode 34
    4/7/86
    0.0
    With the baseball season underway, Dave chats with all-time Home Run king Hank Aaron, then meets George Brett of the '85 World Series Champs, the Kansas City Royals.
  • Show #0691
    Show #0691
    Episode 33
    4/3/86
    0.0
    Steve Jordan makes his final appearance as the World's Most Dangerous Band's drummer; during "Viewer Mail," an actor-singer stands in for Paul while doing a blue card-toss demonstration and to Paul's horror gets electrocuted; Dave pays tribute to the various small-town ABC affiliates that air Late Night.
  • Show #0690
    Show #0690
    Episode 32
    4/2/86
    0.0
    Barbara Gaines is at home base with a letter from another Barbara Gaines. Among the words spoken are "you f***ing bitch"; Dave then leaves the set, and Biff takes over, offering a comparison chart.
  • Show #0689
    Show #0689
    Episode 31
    4/1/86
    0.0
    Dave promises an original work of art for everyone in the audience as four fast artists (Helen Haddad, Andre Roger, Conni Goron, and Morris Katz) complete one painting per minute throughout the show.
  • Show #0688
    Show #0688
    Episode 30
    3/31/86
    0.0
    A new month-long segment begins tonight with items loaned from the Museum of Natural History. This week, the skull of a Tyrannosaurus Rex sits beside Dave's desk.
  • Show #0687
    Show #0687
    Episode 29
    3/27/86
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0686
    Show #0686
    Episode 28
    3/26/86
    0.0
    Chris Elliott's "The Regulator Guy" finally makes its network debut in an episode called "The Omega Man," only to be interrupted by a faux NBC news bulletin presented by real newsboy Bob Jamison.
  • Show #0685
    Show #0685
    Episode 27
    3/25/86
    0.0
    Via live remote, Dave orders for the studio audience 200 chicken wings from Hurley's.
  • Show #0684
    Show #0684
    Episode 26
    3/24/86
    0.0
    Late Night correspondent Arnie Barnes describes over the phone photos he took of his hometown of Omaha, NE.
  • Show #0683
    Show #0683
    Episode 25
    3/20/86
    0.0
    Biff builds another giant Pyramid of Comedy for tonight's Viewer Mail; Tony Randall comments on the passing of Rock Hudson several months earlier.
  • Show #0682
    Show #0682
    Episode 24
    3/19/86
    0.0
    Dave introduces the revamped Monkey-Cam, the LNMC-2, worn by Dave's little friend Zippy. Dr. Ruth Westheimer is irritated she's not the center of attention while Zippy is.
  • Show #0681
    Show #0681
    Episode 23
    3/18/86
    0.0
    Dave's Record Collection includes "Pancho the Parrot," "Better Golf Through Hypnosis," and "Lavendar Jane Loves Women." Later, Dave fails to convince psychic Morris Fonte to make a prediction for the NCAA Final Four.
  • Show #0680
    Show #0680
    Episode 22
    3/17/86
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0679
    Show #0679
    Episode 21
    3/13/86
    0.0
    A miniature Viewer Mail "Pyramid of Comedy" is literally built by Biff, who is dressed as a pharoah.
  • Show #0678
    Show #0678
    Episode 20
    3/12/86
    0.0
    Test video from the failed first attempt at the "Late Night Monkey Cam;" "Supermarket Finds" (see recap); Michael Keaton plugs Gung Ho; another "Regulator Guy" promo; another phone call to Arnie Barnes; Mariel Hemingway; Roseanne Barr does stand-up.
  • Show #0677
    Show #0677
    Episode 19
    3/11/86
    0.0
    Dave is unimpressed with Marilyn Mach Vos Savant, the writer/orator who promotes herself as "The World's Smartest Woman," after she asks what he's doing next Saturday.
  • Show #0676
    Show #0676
    Episode 18
    3/10/86
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0675
    Show #0675
    Episode 17
    2/27/86
    0.0
    Before the show, Dave, Jane Pauley, and Bo Diddley plan a road trip to Disney World. Bo offers everyone to stay at his folks' place, and Jane says, "I've never met the Diddleys." Also, Dave shows off a peace offering from Stevie Nicks' management: two tour jackets.
  • Show #0674
    Show #0674
    Episode 16
    2/26/86
    8.0
    "Who Asked For It?" includes "Pat Kennedy" (Mary Connelly) asking for another Super-Slo-Motion demonstration. A giant windblower is set up on stage, and Paul and Dave throw pies and eggs at it. Despite the plastic coverings protecting most of the set, Paul is splattered with pie/egg residue, realizing afterwards that he should have been behind, rather than in front of, the fan.moreless
  • Show #0673
    Show #0673
    Episode 15
    2/25/86
    0.0
    It's Parents Night, as Dave broadcasts his show from the Late Night offices. Sandra Furton's folks win the "Parents Who Came the Farthest" trophy (they traveled from Guadalajuara, Mexico). Dave's mom takes seat alongside Dave. Howard Cosell tells her, "You deserved a better son," to which Dave replies to her, "You deserved a better guest."moreless
  • Show #0672
    Show #0672
    Episode 14
    2/24/86
    0.0
    "Brushes With Greatness" include drinking and dancing with Telly Savalas, accidently taking Lauren Bacall's luggage at an airport, and sharing a sauna with Darryl Dawkins. Later, Dave chats with New York State Lottery winner Evelyn Adams.
  • Show #0671
    Show #0671
    Episode 13
    2/20/86
    0.0
    After a snappy answer to a Viewer Mail that referred to Dave's long tie ("That wasn't my tie, pal"), NBC head "Grant Tinker" comes out and gives Dave yet another Humanitas Award for the cheap sexual joke, then plugs The Today Show's return to New York City.
  • Show #0670
    Show #0670
    Episode 12
    2/19/86
    5.0
    A week-long cold prompts Dave to blame Barbara Gaines, "You didn't give me this cold, you gave me pneumonia," prompting a response from backstage: "I did not, and I've had it with this stuff!" Quote Dave: "Another satisfied employee." Also, Dave fumes over a memo he received regarding Stevie Nicks' promotion of her new album (see recap).moreless
  • Show #0669
    Show #0669
    Episode 11
    2/18/86
    0.0
    The latest Dial-Its include "Dial-the-World's-Tallest-Man" ("Let me take off my windbreaker," followed by 10 seconds of the sound of a zipper) and "Dial-an-Endangered-Species" ("good manners and common courtesy"), which prompts NBC head "Grant Tinker" to award Dave a prestigious Humanitas Award.
  • Show #0668
    Show #0668
    Episode 10
    2/17/86
    0.0
    Raquel Welch resists valiantly but unsuccessfully to demonstrate "The Standing-A Position" that's in her new fitness book. Later, Sandra Bernhard eagerly complies.
  • Show #0666
    Show #0666
    Episode 9
    2/13/86
    0.0
    Dave is Mr. Curious, bothering pedestrians on the street. Hal Gurnee asks him to "anticipate," so Dave forces Hal out of the safety of the show’s warm van to see what's it like. "Mr. Curiouso" (Hal) gives it a shot and finds a dead mouse by the gutter. Mike the Dog ("Down and Out in Beverly Hills") and his trainer show off Mike's "acting" skills. Hyperactive author Matthew Lesko promotes his new "High-Tech Sourcebook." Comedian Bill Hicks tells jokes about working in Oklahoma, his school days, cable piracy and televangelists.moreless
  • Show #0666
    Show #0666
    Episode 8
    2/12/86
    0.0
    In tonight's live remote: Larry "Bud" is in front of the Soviet Mission in Manhattan, accompanied by staffer Bridget Jackson inside a booth entitled "C'mon and Defect!" Also, Lee Marvin promotes Delta Force and comedian Bill Hicks performs stand-up.
  • Show #0665
    Show #0665
    Episode 7
    2/11/86
    0.0
    It's "Harmon Killebrew Night," as the Washington Senator/Minnesota Twins baseball legend is saluted on the show after his film was bumped from last November's Film Festival. Liberace comes out and talks too much about Barbra Streisand, Playboy artist LeRoy Neiman paints a lifesize portrait of Dave and Harmon at homebase, and Charlie Pride sings "Mountain of Love" over the telephone from Dallas.moreless
  • Show #0664
    Show #0664
    Episode 6
    2/10/86
    0.0
    Peeved that CBS late night programming is being promoted as "CBS Late Night," Dave reads the CBS movie schedule; featured movies include old episodes of "Remington Steele." Also, Chris Elliott shows a faux movie trailer for his newest character, "The Regulator Guy."
  • Show #0663
    Show #0663
    Episode 5
    2/6/86
    0.0
    Paul introduces guest-musician David Sanborn, calling him "Solid Johnson." Also, Dave wears Adidas wrestling shoes on the show for the first time.
  • Show #0662
    Show #0662
    Episode 4
    2/5/86
    0.0

    Dave does a mini-rant on the all-nude, NYC cable access show, "Interludes After Midnight;" "People Who Won't Be On The Show" goes awry because it's "dog night" in the control room; Dave crashes the set of "Live At Five," and Marv Albert's interview with Wayne Gretzky (anchors Jack Cafferty and Sue Simmons and weatherman Al Roker are briefly seen); Connie Chung disappoints the audience by refusing to do impersonations; another look at the Mayfair House hotel in Coconut Grove, FL; Wayne Gretzky brings his Pro Stars breakfast cereal; comedian Jerry Seinfeld performs.

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  • Show #0661
    Show #0661
    Episode 3
    2/4/86
    0.0
    "Who Asked For It" is devoted to questions about the tallest guests on Late Night. Manute Bol comes in first at 7'7", but that statistic is challenged when compared to a photo of Don King's hair.
  • Show #0660
    Show #0660
    Episode 2
    2/3/86
    0.0
    Back in New York, Dave brings out a chair from the Miami hotel, demonstrating that with its tall back, every time one rises from it, the chair will fall back onto the floor. Also, Dave calls up Arnie Barnes, who gives a description of himself on the phone to police sketch artist Bob Philios. Also, the ping-pong ball machine makes its Late Night debut.moreless
  • 4th Anniversary Special
    2/1/86
    0.0
    Late Night's Fourth Anniversary airs from a Boeing 707 enroute from New York City to Miami as everyone on the staff is seated throughout the plane, sitting through two comedy segments and a phletora of clips.
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