"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
[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 ...