Dave meets child ventriloquist (and future "America's Got Talent" contestant) Spencer Horsman; Peter Gabriel performed "Red Rain."
After Dave sings a horrible rendition of "Oklahoma," Paul demands to hear a better version. Soon after, John and Bonnie Raitt come on stage to show Dave how it's done. Later in the show, Beastie Boys performed "Sabotage."
After a technical error prevents it from being performed the previous night, Dave presents the rest of the "NBA Finals Quiz"; feeling a little queasy due to all the stress of the past two nights, Dave points out that he has a body double that will stand in for him when the time comes for him to get medical attention; Dan Rather is persuaded to sing "Wreck of the Old 97"; Al Jarreau and Kathleen Battle performed "My Favorite Things."moreless
Tonight on "Bad Phone Call," an audience member forces his brother to cough up more rent money; Dave and an uncharacteristically loose Ted Koppel rollerblade down 53rd Street; Carrie Fisher promotes her new book and discusses her relationship with her grandmother.
Dave watches a live feed of himself watching the show at home while he's taping the show in the theater. Shots include toasting waffles, crying to Kenny Rogers music, milking a goat, and crank-calling Dan Rather; Madonna drops by to plug her new album, spews profanities with aplomb, then refuses to leave.moreless
Dave shows us a gift, courtesy of an audience member, of a block of cheese shaped like Oklahoma; a tangent about nobody watching because of the Oscars; Bill Cosby mingles with the audience and plays sax with the band; up-and-coming singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow performs "Leaving Las Vegas."
Dave hears a car alarm go off during "Tips for Attending the St. Patrick's Day Parade," so he and Rupert pour a vat of soup on the noisy automobile; Carole King performs "Smackwater Jack" and "Chains"; director Ron Howard pokes fun of his baldness.
Via the Late Show Roof-Cam, Dave spots the bouncer at FlashDancers and arranges a manicure for him from the Insoo Salon, and later one for comedian Alan King. Also, Aretha Franklin performed "Deeper Love" and "Think."
Dave flashes back to his favorite holiday memory, with him and two lovely ladies putting up the Christmas tree. Paul brings him down to earth, and we flash back to Dave at home drinking a tub of eggnog by himself. Also, Dave invites three staffers onstage "Late Show Staff Vacations" (see recap).moreless
Ed Sullivan's ghost introduces juggler Andy Head; Paul & the CBSO play Jerry Lewis out with the coda from Count Basie's "April In Paris" (a Lewis signature tune); Dave gives Jerry his take on "Beavis and Butt-head," then Jerry runs around the set and gooses a cameraman; preteen sports reporter Sparky Mortimer makes his first appearance; Rod Stewart performs a cover of Tom Waits "Tom Traubert's Blues."moreless