Late Night With David Letterman - Season 8

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Episode Guide

  • Show #1254
    Show #1254
    Episode 167
    1/19/90
    0.0
    NBC employee Floyd Scarlet tells Dave about the poor service at Tad's Steak House; Robert Pastorelli promotes "Murphy Brown"; Simon the chicken won't sing "Blueberry Hill."
  • Show #1253
    Show #1253
    Episode 166
    1/18/90
    0.0
    Legendary marine biologist Jacques Cousteau shares a few antedotes about sea life; Simon the iguana is the latest animal that refuses to sing "Blueberry Hill."
  • Show #1252
    Show #1252
    Episode 165
    1/17/90
    0.0
    Dave and Frank Spangenberg, Jr. (the all-time cash winner on "Jeopardy!" at the time) play the home edition of the popular game show; Simon the singing bunny refuses to belt out "Blueberry Hill"; Dave chats with artist Reinhold Marxhausen, inventor of the "Stardust" sound sculpture (which puts Dave "in the mind of fairies").moreless
  • Show #1251
    Show #1251
    Episode 164
    1/16/90
    9.1
    Tonight on "Barbara Sheehan's Fight Corner," Barb chats with George Foreman the day after he beat Jerry Cooney; Dave mentions that there probably won't be a 9th Anniversary Special; Dave calls his mom for a Super Bowl prediction (49ers by a touchdown); Matthew Lesko promotes his new government giveaway book.
  • Show #1250
    Show #1250
    Episode 163
    1/12/90
    0.0
    Bobby Womack sits in with the WMDB; everyone in the audience receives Eskimo Pies; Simon the singing mynah bird sings "Blueberry Hill."
  • Show #1249
    Show #1249
    Episode 162
    1/11/90
    0.0
    Tonight only, the WMDB is dressed like Paul Revere & The Raiders; Dave picks a new catchphrase for the show ("Who do you think you are, Bjorn Nittmo?"); Dave confesses to loving Eskimo Pies and even promotes them between interviews; the WMDB performs "Louie, Louie."
  • Show #1248
    Show #1248
    Episode 161
    1/10/90
    0.0
    Tonight only, the band wears outfits identical to Paul's (sunglasses, same shirt and pants); a tugboat surfaces in the new backdrop as Gene Shalit rises from the Hudson River; bird-caller Steve Martin (not the comedian, mind you) shows off his impeccable talent; Biff also rises up from the river.
  • Show #1247
    Show #1247
    Episode 160
    1/9/90
    0.0
    To welcome the new year, the World's Most Dangerous Band is dressed like Dave in matching suits; Dave shows off the new backdrop, a faux NYC skyline complete with a crane, elevator, window washer, highway and boats; the Energizer Bunny interrupts the show again and eaten by a German Shepherd.
  • Show #1246
    Show #1246
    Episode 159
    12/29/89
    0.0
    Al Maher is rewarded with his very own New York fishing license during "Viewer Mail"; Larry Bud reads the Late Night Pledge for the '90s; Rinaldi & Karina (the world's oldest acrobats) prance around the studio catwalk.
  • Show #1245
    Show #1245
    Episode 158
    12/28/89
    0.0
    The guest seats are rotated again; the WMDB dedicates a song to "Manuel in Panana City"; Late Night "spokesperson" Larry Bud criticizes NBC.
  • Show #1244
    Show #1244
    Episode 157
    12/27/89
    0.0
    Dave helps the stagehands with trashing the Late Night Christmas Tree, and he cuts his hand in the process; Michael Penn and Patrick Warren perform "Someone to Dance With."
  • Show #1243
    Show #1243
    Episode 156
    12/26/89
    0.0
    Dave reads off another end-of-the-year checklist; Laurie Diamond tries out Dave's new car-phone; Bill Hicks riffs on smoking and people that chase flying saucers; Late Night writer Randy Cohen has a selection of his newly-published book, Diary of a Flying Man, read by Felice Schachter (Nancy Olson on "The Facts of Life").moreless
  • Show #1242
    Show #1242
    Episode 155
    12/22/89
    0.0
    A children's bell choir performs the "Viewer Mail" theme; Eric Ostendorff shows off some more dangerous toys; Lenny Kravitz performs "Let Love Rule."
  • Show #1241
    Show #1241
    Episode 154
    12/21/89
    0.0
    Jazz great Stanley Turrentine sits in with the WMDB; Paul does a commercial for new Late Night fragrances, "Letterman" and "Forever Biff"; Dave chats with Cherish Stutts, a five-year-old girl from Arizona whose lack of belief in Santa got her expelled from her elementary school.
  • Show #1240
    Show #1240
    Episode 153
    12/20/89
    9.3
    Paul performs his annual Cher impression of "O Holy Night." Also, Charlie the Dog, the Bubble Eater, doesn't cooperate.
  • Show #1239
    Show #1239
    Episode 152
    12/19/89
    0.0
    Dave misplaces the Top Ten ("Mrs. Noriega's Top Ten Pet Peeves"), which he later finds in the boiler room adjacent to his office.
  • Show #1236
    Show #1236
    Episode 151
    12/15/89
    0.0
    Lulu Cash Gibson, the four-year-old genius from London and youngest member of MENSA, is mesmorized by Dave's bubble machine. Quoth Dave: "I don't care how smart you are, you've got to love bubbles." Later, she sits on Dave's lap and ignites the confetti cannons.
  • Show #1235
    Show #1235
    Episode 150
    12/14/89
    0.0
    Bowling champion Mike Aulby bowls throughout the show in the 6th floor hallway. Targets include eggnog, choirboy figurines, fruitcakes, champagne and a gingerbread house eventually leveled by guest Beverly D'Angelo.
  • Show #1234
    Show #1234
    Episode 149
    12/13/89
    0.0
    Dave comments further on the "gift" he received from Brandon Tartikoff last night; Ray Davies performed "How Do I Get Close To You."
  • Show #1233
    Show #1233
    Episode 148
    12/12/89
    0.0
    It's the annual lighting of the "Rockefeller Christmas Tree": Shortly after it's lighted, giant beavers proceed to eat it, causing it to topple to the ground and cause another refinery inferno. Later, Dave shows the audience his early Christmas gift from NBC head honcho Brandon Tartikoff: a glass box that crumbles.moreless
  • Show #1232
    Show #1232
    Episode 147
    12/1/89
    0.0
    Georgie Fame sits in on keyboards; chess-by-phone finally ends with Garry Kasperov declaring checkmate over Dave; in tonight's remote, Dave spends the day in Philly with boxing great Joe Frazier.
  • Show #1231
    Show #1231
    Episode 146
    11/30/89
    0.0
  • Show #1230
    Show #1230
    Episode 145
    11/29/89
    0.0
    Martha Stewart makes cheap Christmas ornaments with Dave.
  • Show #1229
    Show #1229
    Episode 144
    11/28/89
    0.0
    Live via satellite from Tulsa, Roy Clark washes his truck (see recap); Roseanne Barr plugs her book (My Life As A Woman) and movie (She-Devil); more long distance chess with Garry Kasparov; Phil Collins sings "Another Day In Paradise."
  • Show #1228
    Show #1228
    Episode 143
    11/24/89
    0.0
    The "Viewer Mail" Theme is performed tonight by the Red Raider Marching Band of Jamestown High School; Wayne Newton performs "Danke Schoen."
  • Show #1227
    Show #1227
    Episode 142
    11/23/89
    0.0
    Thoughout the night, Larry Bud reports on the remants of the annual Macy's Parade held earlier that day.
  • Show #1226
    Show #1226
    Episode 141
    11/22/89
    0.0
    "Robert C. Wright" introduces the cigarette machine in the Green Room; students from P.S. 59 put on a Thanksgiving program.
  • Show #1225
    Show #1225
    Episode 140
    11/21/89
    0.0
    Dave comments on Merv Griffin's financial problems; Carole King and the WMDB perform "Lovelight."
  • Show #1224
    Show #1224
    Episode 139
    11/17/89
    0.0
    In tonight's remote, a 3,000-pound block crushes junk in suburban New Jersey; Lou Reed and John Cale perform "Style It Takes."
  • Show #1223
    Show #1223
    Episode 138
    11/16/89
    0.0
    The Energizer Bunny is seen beating its drum on the studio floor, so Dave smashes it with a baseball bat, accidently decapitating its head. The headless torso continues to drum.
  • Show #1222
    Show #1222
    Episode 137
    11/15/89
    0.0
    Larry Bud jumps through the Berlin Wall; Dave weighs himself with a bathroom scale (198 pounds).
  • Show #1221
    Show #1221
    Episode 136
    11/14/89
    0.0
    The "Top Ten G.E. Executives Who Are Currently Paying Hush Money to Prostitutes" is censored, so it's replaced with the "Top Ten Reasons Congress Deserves a Pay Hike."
  • Show #1220
    Show #1220
    Episode 135
    11/10/89
    0.0
    "Viewer Mail," Ed Begley Jr, "Animal Logic," Kelly Lynch, a visit with T. Matt McGuy (filmed segment).
  • Show #1219
    Show #1219
    Episode 134
    11/9/89
    0.0
    Dave explains that he got his driver's license back but was pulled over by a cop for bad merging last weekend. Also, Chris Elliott finishes the NYC Marathon (which began 4 days earlier), clocking in at 105 hours and 11.5 seconds.
  • Show #1218
    Show #1218
    Episode 133
    11/3/89
    0.0
  • Show #1217
    Show #1217
    Episode 132
    11/2/89
    0.0
    Dave is missing his artificial tooth, so Hal rewinds the NBC broadcast back to the end of The Tonight Show, then fastforwards to the beginning of Late Night again, now with Dave's tooth in place.
  • Show #1216
    Show #1216
    Episode 131
    11/1/89
    0.0
    The lights go out while Dave reads the "Top Ten Things the Reagans Did in Japan for $2 Million," so he replaces a fuse, which blew while Gene Shalit was drying his hair. Later, 102-year-old magician The Baffling Mr. Baker performs a couple of tricks with his assistant Ramona.
  • Show #1215
    Show #1215
    Episode 130
    10/31/89
    0.0
    The 8th annual "New Halloween Costumes" bit is presented. One that didn't make the cut in the first segment but seen in the second: Tiffany as Globula of Low-Density Cholesterol That Looks Like Popcorn.
  • Show #1214
    Show #1214
    Episode 129
    10/20/89
    0.0
    Bruce Willis shares his memories of "Moonlighting" and plays harmonica on "10th Avenue Tango" with the WMDB and guitarist Robben Ford; highlights are shown of Dave's tour of the U.S. House of Representatives with Congressman Jack Buechner; Dave and Garry Kasparov begin their chess match, and after tonight's first move by Garry, Dave declares, "Oh no, I'm screwed!"moreless
  • Show #1213
    Show #1213
    Episode 128
    10/19/89
    0.0
    Tonight's comedy segment is "Amber Waves of Dave." In a live remote from Eudora, Kansas, field artist Stan Herd plows through a wheatfield while spelling out the word "DAVE."
  • Show #1212
    Show #1212
    Episode 127
    10/18/89
    0.0
  • Show #1211
    Show #1211
    Episode 126
    10/27/89
    0.0
    Father Biff solves another mystery with "tough but tender" Sister Kathy (Michalcik).
  • Show #1210
    Show #1210
    Episode 125
    10/13/89
    0.0
    In a taped segment, Dave operates the Goodyear Blimp; Woody Harrelson brings a Polaroid camera on stage and takes pictures of himself with Dave and Paul, letting them develop as he does his interview; as Julia Child cooks duck, Dave mentions that he used to pound his duck during college homecoming.moreless
  • Show #1209
    Show #1209
    Episode 124
    10/12/89
    0.0
    Dave announces guests Ellen Barkin, Al Sharpton, and his mom before Paul wakes him up. While awake, Billy Crystal introduces Dave to his daughter Jennifer.
  • Show #1208
    Show #1208
    Episode 123
    10/11/89
    0.0
    In one of his earliest TV appearances, Dr. Lou Aronne takes Dave's EKG, and the heart pulses serve as a rhythm meter for Paul and the band.
  • Show #1207
    Show #1207
    Episode 122
    10/10/89
    0.0
    It's the end of the summer, so per tradition, Hal Gurnee buttons up his second top button.
  • Show #1206
    Show #1206
    Episode 121
    10/6/89
    0.0
    Tonight on "Viewer Mail": Instead of playing the Henry Mancini-penned "Viewer Mail Theme," Paul and the band play the theme from "Peter Gunn." Paul says it's okay because Mancini wrote it.
  • Show #1205
    Show #1205
    Episode 120
    10/5/89
    10
    Dave picks up a new joke from the Joke Machine; Chris Elliott spoofs cable-access talk show host Johnny Graham; Connie Gordon gives Dave an art lesson with a nude model named Laura.
  • Show #1204
    Show #1204
    Episode 119
    10/4/89
    0.0
    Larry Bud literally flies in during the monologue; a fireworks display with guest Roger Snyder results in a dangerously smoke-filled studio.
  • Show #1203
    Show #1203
    Episode 118
    10/3/89
    0.0
  • Show #1202
    Show #1202
    Episode 117
    9/22/89
    0.0
    "Top Ten Numbers Between One and Ten" is presented; Father Biff solves another crime; Bessie Widell tells the story of how a car drove into her house.
  • Show #1201
    Show #1201
    Episode 116
    9/21/89
    0.0
  • Show #1200
    Show #1200
    Episode 115
    9/20/89
    0.0
    PBA bowling champ Mike Aulby bowls in the 6th-floor hallway throughout the show. Substituting for pins are beer bottles, kool-aid pitchers and Ming vases.
  • Show #1199
    Show #1199
    Episode 114
    9/19/89
    0.0
    Debbye Turner, Miss America 1990, appears on Late Night. Larry Bud gives her a lawn mower and, at the end of her segment, she picks up her pay from Al Maher backstage. Also, "Father Biff" makes its Late Night debut, while equine expert Ada Gates Patton shoes a horse.
  • Show #1198
    Show #1198
    Episode 113
    9/15/89
    0.0
    Henry Mancini's Viewer Mail Theme is performed by the Red Army Chorus. Later in the show, the chorus's director gives Dave his hat.
  • Show #1197
    Show #1197
    Episode 112
    9/14/89
    0.0
  • Show #1196
    Show #1196
    Episode 111
    9/13/89
    0.0
    Tonight on "Dave's Record Collection": Edward Woodward sings "Eleanor Rigby," and Tom Wilson sings from his LP "Gay Name Game" the song "Lesbian Seagull."
  • Show #1195
    Show #1195
    Episode 110
    9/12/89
    0.0
    During Act 4, Anton Fig walks over to the desk to say hi. No reason. Just wanted to say hi.
  • Show #1194
    Show #1194
    Episode 109
    9/8/89
    9.0
    Dave rants about having his driver's license suspended; "Viewer Mail" features Paul torching a box of baby chicks, Chris Elliott in a dog food taste test and Hal Gurnee making out with staffer Deirdre Dodd; Shelley Winters plugs her second book; Dave appears in Menahem Golan's "Head of Homicide;" future murderer O.J. Simpson talks about driving 170 MPH in his Ferrari Testarossa on the San Diego Freeway.moreless
  • Show #1193
    Show #1193
    Episode 108
    9/7/89
    0.0
    Dr. John and Lou Marini sit in with the WMDB; "Brush with Vacation Hell" audience participants are given tires as home gifts; Gerry Mulligan and Chris Elliott promote their new jobs as certified midwives in a home video called "Let's Have Babies"; in an exclusive clip, one of the wives (production staffer Kathy Michalcik) starts to give birth, so Chris sends her off to make a phone call from a gas station down the block.moreless
  • Show #1192
    Show #1192
    Episode 107
    9/6/89
    0.0
    Paul Ogiboway sits in with the WMBD; Dave investigates why a number of crew members left the studio after the monologue; a dog named Air Major miraculously flies through the air in a Frisbee demonstration that wows Dave and the audience.
  • Show #1191
    Show #1191
    Episode 106
    9/5/89
    0.0
    Dave calls the pedestrian, Andy Ferrain, to whom he gave a cell phone three weeks before. Of course, there's no answer.
  • Show #1190
    Show #1190
    Episode 105
    8/18/89
    0.0
    Mandy Patinkin reappears to sing the full version of "Over the Rainbow," (see Show #1173) as Paul now knows the intro. Also, claiming to have a sore throat, Cher cancels an appearance on Late Night, even though she's healthy enough to perform this very night in Atlantic City. Calvert DeForest appears in her place and calls Dave an "a**hole."moreless
  • Show #1189
    Show #1189
    Episode 104
    8/17/89
    0.0
    Mick Jones (of Foreigner fame) and Billy Joel sit in with the band while Paul's sick. Dave calls Paul later in the show to see if he's watching.
  • Show #1188
    Show #1188
    Episode 103
    8/16/89
    0.0
    Dave gives a cellular phone away to pedestrians on 6th Avenue, hoping to call them from time to time. (When he tries on later shows, they never answer.)
  • Show #1187
    Show #1187
    Episode 102
    8/15/89
    0.0
  • Show #1186
    Show #1186
    Episode 101
    8/11/89
    0.0
    Tonight on Viewer Mail, a fan asks, "What does Hal watch on the control room monitors?" The answer: fat guys eating eggs.
  • Show #1185
    Show #1185
    Episode 100
    8/10/89
    0.0
    In tonight's remote, Dave visits the New York World's Fair 1964 Site.
  • Show #1184
    Show #1184
    Episode 99
    8/9/89
    0.0
    Chris Elliott and Gerard Mulligan parody Chris's role in "The Abyss." The director of the movie, James Cameron, appears in the next segment to try to make sense out of it all.
  • Show #1183
    Show #1183
    Episode 98
    8/8/89
    10
    Dave has his cholesterol tested again: it's down from 265 to 249. Dave is understandably jubilant.
  • Show #1182
    Show #1182
    Episode 97
    8/4/89
    0.0
    The Viewer Mail Theme is sung by Johnny Mathis and conducted by Henry Mancini; because it's too hot in the studio, Dave reads Dumb Ads inside a giant freezer; BoDeans perform "When the Love Is Good (I Mean Good)."
  • Show #1181
    Show #1181
    Episode 96
    8/3/89
    0.0
    Time for another episode of the classic Spanish serial "Los Problemas de la Vida Cotidiana," with Dave as Dr. Suarez.
  • Show #1180
    Show #1180
    Episode 95
    8/2/89
    0.0
    The Late Night Crash-Cam makes its final journey lit with sparklers, smashing into the Exxon gas tank. Also, Dave calls his mom to wish her a belated birthday. Later, he calls Paul's mom to wish her one as well, although her birthday isn't for another month.
  • Show #1179
    Show #1179
    Episode 94
    8/1/89
    0.0
    Larry "Bud" recreates the high jump record that was made the previous weekend. Also, Dave calls Phoebe Cates and asks for advice on calling his mom after forgetting her birthday.
  • Show #1178
    Show #1178
    Episode 93
    7/28/89
    0.0
    In tonight's remote, Dave helps audience member Joan choose a wedding dress.
  • Show #1177
    Show #1177
    Episode 92
    7/27/89
    7.5
    Dave's worm story is revisited, as his home is now full of moths; backstage, Barbara Gaines trips over a fire extinguisher; tonight's Network Time Killer is Gold Medalist Van Cliburn winner Alexander Soltenov, who performs a brief piano piece; Gerard Mulligan and Chris Elliott launch "Summer Sleep-Off '89."
  • Show #1176
    Show #1176
    Episode 91
    7/26/89
    0.0
    The show opens with "Barbara Sheehan's Fight Corner" with guest George Foreman. Also, tonight's Top Ten list ("Top Ten Secrets Felix Bloch Revealed to the Soviets") is in Dave's dressing room, so Paul, the band, and around twenty others follow Dave to retrieve it.
  • Show #1175
    Show #1175
    Episode 90
    7/25/89
    6.5
    On the last night of "Let's Find Out How Much Gas Joe Frazier Has in His Car," we learn that he has a full tank again. Paul closes the bit by performing "Tribute to Joe Frazier." Later in the show, Paul hawks stuff: Ringo Starr's drumstick, a collapsible drinking cup, a Dave-meets-Elvis coin, and a Bill Wendell miniature. The B-52's close the show by performing "Love Shack."moreless
  • Show #1174
    Show #1174
    Episode 89
    7/21/89
    0.0
    Paul performs "When The Radio Is On," his single from his first (and so far, only) solo album, "Coast to Coast," with backup musicians galore: Ronnie Bright, Dion Dimucci, Ecstasy, Elle Greenwich, Johnny Maestro, Jay Siegel and "The Fresh Prince," Will Smith. Carole King can't make it, so singing in her place is Carol Kane.moreless
  • Show #1173
    Show #1173
    Episode 88
    7/20/89
    0.0
    Mandy Patinkin performs the first of many versions of "Over the Rainbow," including a rare intro that Paul Shaffer doesn't yet know and has to fake. Also, Dave calls Joe Frazier to learn he still has a half-tank of gas, and Larry "Bud" reenacts the first step on the moon by swinging suspended wildly in the air in honor of the event's 20th anniversary.moreless
  • Show #1172
    Show #1172
    Episode 87
    7/19/89
    0.0
    In Dave's second phone call to boxing great Joe Frazier, we learn that his car is down to a half-tank of gas.
  • Show #1171
    Show #1171
    Episode 86
    7/18/89
    0.0
    The week's new feature is "Let's Find Out How Much Gas Joe Frazier Has in His Car." Tonight: a full tank.
  • Show #1170
    Show #1170
    Episode 85
    7/14/89
    0.0
    A Salute to Bastille Day, as the Late Night Crash-Cam tears down prison walls; during a Public Service Announcement, Larry "Bud" is accidently smacked in the back with a real wooden board.
  • Show #1169
    Show #1169
    Episode 84
    7/13/89
    0.0
    Gerard Mulligan plays a "Totally Hidden Video" prank on Chris Elliott, as Chris is forced by NBC Security to strip to his underpants.
  • Show #1168
    Show #1168
    Episode 83
    7/12/89
    0.0
    The Late Night Crash-Cam smashes into pickles carved as Dave; after reading only #10 of the Top Ten Safety Tips for Flag Burners ("Don't even think about burning one in the presence of a certain proud American: Namely me, Dave Letterman"), Dave is awarded with the Certificate of Merit by NBC head "Robert Wright" and receives a congratulatory call from Soviet Union Premier "Mikhail Gorbachev." To top off the segment, Anton Fig is sworn in as U.S. citizen.moreless
  • Show #1167
    Show #1167
    Episode 82
    7/11/89
    0.0
    The Late Night Crash-Cam smashes into bottles of hot sauces and pickles; Paul plugs his film "Streaking U.S.A." and the sequel "Streaking Abroad."
  • Show #1166
    Show #1166
    Episode 81
    6/30/89
    6.0

    Appearing this weekend in Atlantic City, it's "David Letterman's Amazing Monkeys." Also, in a rare American television appearance, XTC performed "King for a Day."

  • Show #1165
    Show #1165
    Episode 80
    6/29/89
    0.0
    Gerard Mulligan and Chris Elliott announce their "Summer Sip-Off '89," as Chris promises to drink the entire contents of a wading pool.
  • Show #1164
    Show #1164
    Episode 79
    6/28/89
    0.0
    Jerry Vale sings the theme to "Supermarket Finds"; Timothy Hutton discusses a recent trip to Europe to film a movie.
  • Show #1163
    Show #1163
    Episode 78
    6/27/89
    0.0
    Nutritionist Janine Barone offers tips to lower Dave's cholesterol; much-hyped NFL rookie Tony Mandarich discusses his contract holdout with the Green Bay Packers.
  • Show #1162
    Show #1162
    Episode 77
    6/23/89
    0.0
    Late Night receives a plaque and a permit for a good-level softball field from NYC Park Commissioner Henry Stern.
  • Show #1161
    Show #1161
    Episode 76
    6/22/89
    0.0
    As Dave discusses the causes of Lyme Disease, a sandbag lands on his desk. Dave finds a guilty Tick Boy backstage.
  • Show #1160
    Show #1160
    Episode 75
    6/21/89
    0.0
    Tonight's "Hal Gurnee Network Time-Killer" is sit-up king James Clark, who does 1,534 sit-ups throughout the show.
  • Show #1159
    Show #1159
    Episode 74
    6/20/89
    0.0
    Dave gets his cholesterol level checked as guest Ringo Starr plays drums with the band.
  • Show #1158
    Show #1158
    Episode 73
    6/16/89
    0.0
    Flunky the Clown makes another depressing visit during Viewer Mail; Dave and Bob Hope try to "visit" Live at Five but are unable to get past the locked doors.
  • Show #1157
    Show #1157
    Episode 72
    6/15/89
    0.0
    During an "NBC Bookmobile" segment, its driver, gruff but lovable Gus, introduces his college intern Kelly.
  • Show #1156
    Show #1156
    Episode 71
    6/14/89
    5.5
    Hal is spotted eating ziti in the control room; Larry Bud cracks his spine; after last night's fracas, 1989 Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi finally sits down with Dave.
  • Show #1155
    Show #1155
    Episode 70
    6/13/89
    0.0
    "Batman" (Gerard Mulligan) drops by to annoy Dave; the show comes to a screeching halt when guest Emerson Fittipaldi rushes onstage after getting stuck in traffic.
  • Show #1154
    Show #1154
    Episode 69
    6/9/89
    0.0
    The Late Night Crash-Cam smashes into a display of florescent bulbs. Also, Sammy Davis, Jr. makes his final appearance on LN plugging his book "Why Me" and belting out "I Can't Get Started With You."
  • Show #1153
    Show #1153
    Episode 68
    6/8/89
    9.5
    As Robin Williams appears to promote his movie "Dead Poet's Society," a cameraman slips into the Guild Theater across the street to broadcast the film on the air.
  • Show #1152
    Show #1152
    Episode 67
    6/7/89
    0.0
    For some inexplicable reason, Paul introduces his guest behind the keyboards, William F. Buckley, Jr. Also, the Late Night "Crash-Cam" makes its thrilling debut.
  • Show #1151
    Show #1151
    Episode 66
    6/6/89
    0.0
    It's "Pledge Night," as a code of ethics is declared for the house band, director's crew, stagehands, cameramen, and the audience. Also, Larry Bud stars in a tribute to NBC affiliate KTVY upon their 40th anniversary.
  • Show #1150
    Show #1150
    Episode 65
    5/26/89
    0.0
    The Henry Mancini-penned "Viewer Mail Theme" is performed tonight by Elvis impersonator Tony Roi.
  • Show #1149
    Show #1149
    Episode 64
    5/25/89
    0.0
    Dave stars as Dr. Suaréz in the second installment of "Los Problemas de la Vida Cotidiana" ("Problems of Daily Life").
  • Show #1148
    Show #1148
    Episode 63
    5/24/89
    0.0
    Chris Elliott and his dad Bob (of Bob & Ray fame) appear to promote their the book they wrote together, "Daddy's Boy."
  • Show #1147
    Show #1147
    Episode 62
    5/23/89
    0.0
  • Show #1146
    Show #1146
    Episode 61
    5/19/89
    0.0
  • Show #1145
    Show #1145
    Episode 60
    5/18/89
    7.0
    Dave presents new New Dial-It Services; a video explanation of "Them Bats Is Smart: They Use Radar"; having returned from the USSR, Chris Elliott and Gerry Mulligan promote their new show, "NBC Security"; Stray Cats performed "Gene and Eddie."
  • Show #1144
    Show #1144
    Episode 59
    5/17/89
    0.0
    Tired of having Dave invade its set across the hall from 6A, Live-at-Five beefs up its security. So Dave fires his confetti cannon at the closed Live-at-Five doors, further endearing himself to his neighbors.
  • Show #1143
    Show #1143
    Episode 58
    5/16/89
    0.0
    Dave spoofs the final curtain call from "Family Ties" by bringing the Late Night staff onstage to say farewell. Included are Paul and the band, Biff, NBC Nurse Dennise Robinson, Hal, "Today" host Deborah Norville, and Larry Bud.
  • Show #1142
    Show #1142
    Episode 57
    5/12/89
    0.0
    The cast from "Cheers" film a cold open for the show; Anthony Newley performs the Viewer Mail Theme; for the second time in show history, Jerry Seinfeld and Wayne Gretzky appear on the same show (the first being Show #0661).
  • Show #1141
    Show #1141
    Episode 56
    5/11/89
    0.0
  • Show #1140
    Show #1140
    Episode 55
    5/10/89
    0.0
    Dave complains about the Panamanian elections, and a sandbag suddenly fall on his desk. Complaining backstage, Dave finds Panama's "Generalissimo Ramirez" (Shecky) looking innocent while holding scissors near a severed rope. Also, Larry Bud interrupts the show to ask "It's twelve o'clock- do you know where your children are?"
  • Show #1139
    Show #1139
    Episode 54
    5/9/89
    0.0
    Tonight's Network Time Killer is a levitating coffee mug. Also, future Late Show writer Jeff Stilson makes his stand-up debut on Late Night.
  • Show #1138
    Show #1138
    Episode 53
    5/5/89
    0.0
    Chicago, Day 4: the Ukranian Male Chorus performs Henry Mancini's "Viewer Mail Theme"; Bozo the Clown gives Dave a tour of the city; recently elected Mayor Richard M. Daley gives Dave a City Proclamation and a sewer cap.
  • Show #1137
    Show #1137
    Episode 52
    5/4/89
    0.0
    Chicago, Day 3: Chris Elliott introduces his dance troupe (writers Steve O'Donnell and Jeff Martin) in a production number from "Legs Capone."
  • Show #1136
    Show #1136
    Episode 51
    5/3/89
    0.0
  • Show #1135
    Show #1135
    Episode 50
    5/2/89
    0.0
    The show begins a week of broadcasts from the historic Chicago Theater in the Windy City. For the next four days, Dave introduces Cubs legend Ernie Banks in the audience. Also, talk show host Oprah Winfrey makes her last appearance on Dave's show until 2005.
  • Show #1134
    Show #1134
    Episode 49
    4/28/89
    0.0
    Biff interrupts Dave after the Top Ten to ask if he needs a sidekick. Dave says no, so Biff leaves the studio and tells Ed McMahon.
  • Show #1133
    Show #1133
    Episode 48
    4/27/89
    5.0
    After the show ends, NBC signs off by playing the National Anthem. Dave interrupts the feed to remind the network that it'll be broadcasting all night.
  • Show #1132
    Show #1132
    Episode 47
    4/26/89
    0.0
    Tonight on "Brush with Greatness": the second audience participant, Vicky Spence, came all the way from Scotland, so Dave introduces her to most of the staff and guests and then invites her into the control room to meet Hal and the rest of the crew.
  • Show #1131
    Show #1131
    Episode 46
    4/21/89
    0.0
  • Show #1130
    Show #1130
    Episode 45
    4/20/89
    0.0
    In tonight's remote, Dave tries to donate his ceramic monkey to the American Museum of Natural History but is rejected, so he replaces it with the eagle at the NBC lobby.
  • Show #1129
    Show #1129
    Episode 44
    4/19/89
    0.0
  • Show #1128
    Show #1128
    Episode 43
    4/18/89
    0.0
  • Show #1127
    Show #1127
    Episode 42
    4/14/89
    0.0
    Dave gets his birthday gift appraised; Tom Tom Club (a Talking Heads side project) performs "Call of the Wild"; when the show runs short, Dave closes the show with an impromptu interview with staffer Barbara Gaines.
  • Show #1126
    Show #1126
    Episode 41
    4/13/89
    0.0
    Russian translator Ina Ghobachev welcomes Eastern Siberian students and teachers who are in the studio audience. "Hal Gurnee's Network Time Killer" offers a symbolic tableau of the moment: an eagle and bear hug. Later on the show, both animals are seen spray-painting a star and hammer-sickle on Tom Brokaw's door.
  • Show #1125
    Show #1125
    Episode 40
    4/12/89
    0.0
    For Dave's 42nd birthday, Gerard Mulligan and Chris Elliott head off to prison. Later, Chris makes a phone call from Rikers Island.
  • Show #1124
    Show #1124
    Episode 39
    4/11/89
    0.0
    Ramones drummer Marky Ramone does a more credible job than the Bangles' Debbi Peterson playing a drumroll during "The Top Ten New York Yankees Excuses."
  • Show #1123
    Show #1123
    Episode 38
    4/7/89
    0.0
  • Show #1122
    Show #1122
    Episode 37
    4/6/89
    0.0
    Gerard Mulligan and Chris Elliott promote their new TV show "Dangerous Liasons: The Series." Chris then attempts to break the world record for standing but starts hallucinating after 10 minutes and 44 seconds later and drops to the floor and drinks beer.
  • Show #1121
    Show #1121
    Episode 36
    4/5/89
    0.0
    Biff interrupts Dave's Opening Remarks and asks for a subway token, which he then takes outside the studio and hands over to multi-millionaire Donald Trump. Later, Dave flirts with Leah Marlena Murray, Miss New York Auto Show 1989.
  • Show #1120
    Show #1120
    Episode 35
    4/4/89
    0.0
    Late Night broadcasts with Dolby Sound for the first time, and Paul ushers it in with his synthesizer imitation of a 747 taxiing over a monkey.
  • Show #1119
    Show #1119
    Episode 34
    3/31/89
    0.0
  • Show #1118
    Show #1118
    Episode 33
    3/30/89
    0.0
  • Show #1117
    Show #1117
    Episode 32
    3/29/89
    0.0
  • Show #1116
    Show #1116
    Episode 31
    3/28/89
    0.0
    Dave asks 6A page Susan Santomauroto to try to visit Joan Collins, who's waiting in the green room across the hall for an appearance on Live-at-Five (Dave to Susan: "Joan looks older in person"), but Collins' security guards push her away.
  • Show #1115
    Show #1115
    Episode 30
    3/24/89
    0.0
  • Show #1114
    Show #1114
    Episode 29
    3/23/89
    0.0
    As Bangles' drummer Debbi Peterson (filling in for Anton) struggles to maintain a drum roll, Dave recites the "Top Ten Carnival Pick-Up Lines." Also, in one of the most bizarre duets in LNDL history, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Was (Not Was) performed "Wedding Vows in Vegas."
  • Show #1113
    Show #1113
    Episode 28
    3/22/89
    0.0
  • Show #1112
    Show #1112
    Episode 27
    3/21/89
    0.0
  • Show #1111
    Show #1111
    Episode 26
    3/17/89
    0.0
  • Show #1110
    Show #1110
    Episode 25
    3/16/89
    0.0
  • Show #1109
    Show #1109
    Episode 24
    3/15/89
    0.0
    It's "Baked Potato Night" as the starchy culinary delicacies are heated in a microwave oven and then tossed to the audience.
  • Show #1108
    Show #1108
    Episode 23
    3/14/89
    0.0
    The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Lee Atwater, sits in with the band. Also, it's Exotic Bird Night as well as Career Day in the control room.
  • Show #1107
    Show #1107
    Episode 22
    3/3/89
    0.0
    Steve Faroni sits in for Anton; during "Viewer Mail," Larry Bud (dressed as a bird) crashes through a window; a less than talkative Cybill Shepherd is reluctant to to discuss the time she dated Elvis Presley; Elvis Costello performs "Veronica."
  • Show #1106
    Show #1106
    Episode 21
    3/2/89
    0.0
    In tonight's cold open, Dave dictates potential topic ideas to Phil Donahue. Later, Dave is so dissatisfied with the "Top Ten Boston Red Sox Rules" that he makes guest Teri Garr read it.
  • Show #1105
    Show #1105
    Episode 20
    3/1/89
    0.0
    "Dave's Indian Arrowheads" is stopped because Dave forgot to do something. So he goes outside to the newstand and buys a copy of "Brides" with him on the cover.
  • Show #1104
    Show #1104
    Episode 19
    2/28/89
    0.0
    Tonight's Network Time Killer is a massive display of dominoes; Dave introduces the "boredom sensor"; Shelley Long (promoting "Beverly Hills Troop") walks onstage in a Little Bo Peep outfit.
  • Show #1103
    Show #1103
    Episode 18
    2/24/89
    0.0
  • Show #1102
    Show #1102
    Episode 17
    2/23/89
    0.0
    Gerard Mulligan and Chris Elliott plug their own show for next season, "Dangerous Liasons: The TV Show." Dave is so creeped out by the clip that he kicks them out of the building.
  • Show #1101
    Show #1101
    Episode 16
    2/22/89
    6.0

    A celebrity roast for Larry "Bud" Melman goes awry; Dave chats with 1989 Daytona 500 champ Darrell Waltrip; Billy Bragg performed"Waiting for the Great Leap Forward."

  • Show #1100
    Show #1100
    Episode 15
    2/21/89
    0.0
    After Dave defends controversial author Salman Rushdie during the opening comments, a sandbag falls from the catwalk and narrowly misses him, "compliments of the Ayatollah."
  • Show #1099
    Show #1099
    Episode 14
    2/17/89
    0.0
    "Dave's Carpet Samples" is stopped as Dave leaves the studio and the building to a car, opens the hood and retrieves a manifold chicken.
  • Show #1098
    Show #1098
    Episode 13
    2/16/89
    0.0
  • Show #1097
    Show #1097
    Episode 12
    2/15/89
    0.0
    Dave calls the telephone booths on the street, but no one answers. Later, he goes to Robert Wright's office and tells the NBC chairman to go home.
  • Show #1096
    Show #1096
    Episode 11
    2/14/89
    0.0
  • Show #1095
    Show #1095
    Episode 10
    2/10/89
    0.0
    It's the Al Maher's Box 'O' Thrills' last appearance on the show: the platform itself falls and destroys the camera but not the breakaway desk. Also, during a segment called "Dave's Rock and Mineral Collection," it occurs to Dave that he accidentally left Larry Bud in his car trunk following the 7th Anniversary Special, so he retrieves him.moreless
  • Show #1094
    Show #1094
    Episode 9
    2/9/89
    0.0
    Ted Danson promotes Cousins; Steve Earle performs "Copperhead Road" and has a brief sitdown with Dave.
  • Show #1093
    Show #1093
    Episode 8
    2/8/89
    0.0
    Tonight's item in the Box O'Thrills is 220 pounds of dog biscuits; Kevin Nealon explains how he came up with his "Mr. Subliminal" character.
  • Show #1092
    Show #1092
    Episode 7
    2/7/89
    5.6
    Slinkys are the newest item in the Box O'Thrills; Dave tells a "fairy tale" of some dude who was stalking Diana Ross.
  • Show #1091
    Show #1091
    Episode 6
    2/3/89
    0.0
    Hershey Kisses fall out of the Box O'Thrills; Dave cleans out his desk; Dave meets Steven Webb, owner of the record for most speeding tickets in California Highway Patrol history.
  • Show #1090
    Show #1090
    Episode 5
    2/2/89
    0.0
    Dave and Paul declare that they're going to Disney World; the seventh anniversary cake catches fire; Dave chats with noted hair collector Bill Black.
  • 7th Anniversary Special
    2/2/89
    0.0
    Dave celebrates seven years at NBC by featuring the Enterprise Blimp over the Orange Bowl flashing "Dave" and "Bite Me." Paul and the WMBD perform with an all-star band that includes Carlos Santana, Tito Puente, Melissa Etheridge, and the Reverend Al Green.
  • Show #1088
    Show #1088
    Episode 3
    2/1/89
    0.0
    Tonight's comedy bit is "Dave's Predictive Powers in Sports Events": Paul makes a horse bet after Dave has predicted which will come in first; he wins, gets rich, and crashes his limousine. Paul then moralizes on the proper way to earn money.
  • Show #1087
    Show #1087
    Episode 2
    1/31/89
    0.0
    Guitarist Joe Satriani sits in with the WMDB; shuttlecocks are the latest item to fall out of the Box O' Thrills; Dave operates a malfunctioning boom mic during a "Brush with Greatness" segment.
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