THE LAST SHOW: a preview of what the May 21st monologue would have looked like; an all-celebrity Top Ten; an encore of the Taco Bell remote from 1996; a short documentary about a typical day behind the scenes at the Late Show; Dave thanks the staff, his family, and the audience; Foo Fighters play "Everlong" to a montage of 33 years of indelible images.moreless
Footage (real) of an Alabama televangelist mentioning Dave and the Top Ten List in mid-sermon; one last "CBS Affiliate Roundup" finds local news anchors confusing the name of Dave's show; Regis interrupts the monologue to bid farewell to a bemused Dave; a montage of Rupert hidden-camera remotes from the '90s; Bill Murray jumps out of a cake, smears Dave's suit with frosting, goads Dave into drinking Slovenian vodka, and starts a chant on 53rd Street; Bob Dylan performs the old Frank Sinatra song "The Night We Called It a Day."moreless
A "preview" of Dave two weeks after retirement; Dave chides Biff for wearing his headset during an all-staff Top Ten; Tom Hanks talks Venice ("birthplace of the Renaissance") and demonstrates a selfie stick; Eddie Vedder and the CBS Orchestra perform "Better Man."
Dave and George Clooney are still handcuffed from the previous night; a look at series finales from years past; Oprah Winfrey (in her second appearance since 1988) discusses her all-girls school near Johannesburg, gives Dave retirement advice, and takes a selfie with our host; after performing the last stand-up set on LSDL ever, Norm Macdonald shares some personal thoughts on Dave.moreless
Dave congratulates staffer Mark Erbaugh on his newborn daughter; Al Pacino wanders in to help count down the Top Ten; George Clooney handcuffs himself to Dave, who inquires about the movie star's lawyer wife; Tom Waits attempts to sit between George and Dave, then performs "Take One Last Look."
Dave catches several staffers napping on the job; Gene Cornish of The Rascals sits in with the band; Julia Roberts walks out in a Late Show jacket and has one last flirt with Dave; Paul steps away from the keyboard to talk about his 33-year partnership with Dave; an accompanying music video set to "On Broadway"; Ryan Adams performed "Starting to Hurt."moreless
Dave discovers that Colleen Boyle (a woman whose Viewer Mail question was answered in person in 1986) is sitting in the audience; footage of a woman overacting in an informercial; a montage of memorable guest moments; Steve Martin promotes his new musical; an encore of "Steve and Dave's Gay Vacation" from 1998; Steve, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Amos Lee, Ralph Stanley, and Mark O'Connor perform "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."moreless
Michael J. Muller sits in for Felicia; an update on Biff's bum knee; Dave acknowledges "Take Your Otter to Work Day"; footage of Pope Francis channeling Jackie Mason; tonight's classic clip is the LA convertible remote from November 1995; Robert Downey Jr. promotes the Avengers sequel and shares a heartwarming story about a boy's prosthetic arm; in their final LSDL appearances, Chris Russo talks baseball and Elvis Costello performs a medley of "Everyday I Write the Book" and Nick Lowe's "When I Write the Book."moreless
"Inventor of the saxophone" David Sanborn sits in with the CBSO one last time; "footage" from Finding Jesus; Alan interrupts the monologue to tell Dave about his, um, infection; Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) discusses LGBT rights and climate change; Billy Eichner promotes the new season of "Billy on the Street" and shows a clip of Dave and himself badgering passerby.moreless
Dave can't pronounce "sadomasochism"; a brief rant about Brian Williams; Courtney Love discusses appearing on "Empire"; in his late Letterman appearance, Chris Elliott plugs "Schitt's Creek" and serenades Dave with an old Lulu song; Rhiannon Giddens performed "Waterboy."
"Matt Rhodes," Mitt Romney's campaign manager, interrupts the monologue; Dave acknowledges the 15th anniversary of his bypass surgery; Larry David promotes his new play "A Fish in the Dark" and explains how he was goaded into headlining the show; Dan Patrick asks Dave to clarify a remark he made to Adam Sandler in 2014; the recently reunited Sleater-Kinney performed "A New Wave."moreless
THE LAST HOLIDAY SHOW: hacked e-mails from the North Pole; Paul does his annual imitation of Cher warbling "O Holy Night"; after a one-year hiatus, Jay Thomas tells the Lone Ranger anecdote and attempts to knock the meatball off the Christmas tree; Josh Brolin plugs Everest and Inherent Vice; after a brief sit-down with Dave, Darlene Love and the CBS Orchestra performed "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."moreless
A brief chat with "Mitch Castro" regarding US-Cuba relations; on his penultimate show, boom mic guy Al Norwood takes a bow; Rosie O'Donnell discusses some recent health issues and her return to "The View"; Dave's old buddy Jeff Altman drops by to reminisce and do some imitations.
A prolonged discussion over why the CBS Orchestra can't play any songs by The Eagles (the licensing is too expensive); Bill Scheft chimes on the extended debate; Mindy Kaling claims that no one wants to see any nude pics of her; Dave favorite Jake Johannsen does some stand-up; in their network TV debut, Maddie and Tae perform "Girl in a Country Song."moreless
Dave struggles to pronounce "superfluous" during the monologue, to the audience's delight; the Hose Cam returns; Luke Wilson plugs The Skeleton Twins and shares a few funny stories; Julie Chen explains how she almost turned down the "Big Brother" hosting gig; Lee Brice performed "Drinking Class."
A random Shep Gordon reference; Dave pays tribute to his old friend and frequent guest Robin Williams, who died the week before; a clip of Dave on "Mork & Mindy"; Bruce Willis promotes the Sin City sequel and demonstrates his hands-free corn-eating device; The Gaslight Anthem performed "Get Hurt."