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Late Night with David Letterman 

Popular late-night comedy/talk-show with host David Letterman, interviewing famous guests.
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Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
David Letterman ...  Self - Host / ... 1,722 episodes, 1982-1993
Paul Shaffer ...  Self - Musical Director / ... 1,722 episodes, 1982-1993
Bill Wendell Bill Wendell ...  Self - Announcer / ... 1,192 episodes, 1982-1993
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David Letterman hosted this popular late-night comedy/talk-show. Often, Dave would go on location or to the phone lines to play pranks. Some famous features of the show include the "Top Ten" lists and "Stupid Pet Tricks" (complete with slow-mo). Fans of the show will also remember Dave's use of unusual camera placements (Sky-Cam, Guest-Cam, etc.) and Dave's supporting cast (Paul Shaffer, Chris Elliott, Larry Bud Melman). Many famous guests and bands appeared on the show. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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"Late Night" started building its own repertory company of guests; they weren't the traditional Hollywood stars, but sports figures and news anchors, offbeat comics and sometimes obscure actors. Television names were much more likely to appear than movie names. "Late Night" wasn't about plugging the latest movie; it was about comedy and, mostly, it was about David Letterman. See more »

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Rik Mayall: [about the trouble they had with puritanical BBC bosses when making The Young Ones] The best case in point was when my girlfriend at the time, Lise Mayer, wrote this great scene where I find a tampon in a handbag and it's my birthday party and I think it's a present because my character is Rick, who is such a git, he didn't know. Right? Didn't know what it was. He'd go "Oh, you've brought me a present! Oh, how nice!" And he opened it up, "Oh, it's a telescope! It's a telescope with a little ...
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin/Paul McCartney (1993) See more »

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Best talk show ever,...for the first seasons only
11 March 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I will freely admit that this show owed a lot of its silliness to its predecessors--especially Steve Allen's TONIGHT SHOW--who was the first to do many of the things Letterman later did (such as the jello vat). But, despite this, it was a relatively fresh and very funny show---complete with lots of funny things above and beyond the celebrity interviews. Who can forget "Monkey Cam"--a chimp on roller skates zipping around the skit on ramps? Or Chris Elliot's "MAN UNDER THE STAIRS" or "THE FUGITIVE GUY"? Or Dave walking around the city and meeting "Mr. Eggroll" and his wife "Mrs. Eggroll" and then stopping for PIZZADONUTS?! Or the wonderful Christmas presents created by his staff--I especially loved the "rabid dog shave cream dispenser" and the "Joe Theisman pencil sharpener"--complete with his broken leg as the crank! But, after a while, he just looked pretty grumpy and did self-parody. It was like he was "phoning in the episodes" and the banter between him and the horribly unfunny Paul Shaffer was just becoming tedious. And for me, as Letterman's interest waned, so did mine. Stick to the first few seasons.


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