|LAST DAYS OF LETTERMAN|
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by Marc Karzen
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|A FEW WORDS FROM DDY – 2021|
A Few Words from DDY – Past Years
REMOTES TO G.E. HEADQUARTERS COLLECTION
- May 17, 2021: An epic Late Night episode was a response to General Electric® purchasing NBC. Dave kindly took a camera crew to the GE building on 4/08/86, to present a fruit basket and wish them well. Security was not amused, and ran Dave off. (video) Our video benefactor, Don Giller, has slapped together this 46:52 compilation. I didn't recall that LNDL cashed in on this story to such an extent. Don posted this in 2020. (video) DonzTV: Be a part of it, when it comes to your area!
Bonus! There's an episode of the Peace Through Dramatization Players at 22:00! It's No Time for Love.
TV BOY CAPTURED BY DANNY CLINCH PHOTOGRAPHY
- May 12, 2021: I don't want to swipe this photographer's work. You can see the original photo by Danny Clinch Photography via this link. Hey! Along the way sometime, Dave has had the famous gap fixed! I don't like the beard, but it's his life, as I understand it.
THE STORY OF LATE NIGHT: THE WOMEN BEHIND LATE NIGHT
- May 14, 2021: Here we see a Zoom session (or equivalent) with Bill Carter, author of The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network Battle for the Night, interviewing Merrill Markoe, who certainly needs no introduction, Madeleine Smithberg and Amber Ruffin about their contributions and beginnings in late night television. (YouTube) It's always good to hear from Merrill.
CRUSH, SMASH AND CRASH COLLECTION, 1985-90
- May 14, 2021: It's the highly-coveted, much-sought-after collection we've been waiting for, compliments of TV's Don Giller.
• Crush, Smash and Crash Collection, 1985 - 90
• Crushing Things with a Steamroller Collection, c. 1983
• Tower Drop Collection, 1984 - 86
A TASTE OF TOM SNYDER ON HIS 85th BIRTHDAY
- May 12, 2021: Tom Snyder was born on May 12, 1936. Don Giller decided to produce a compilation in his honor. It runs 09:06. (YouTube) I watched him a lot in the early days of the Tomorrow show in 1973, and later, The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder.
THE FINAL DAVECON, MAY 11, 2015
- May 11, 2021: Oh, the memories! Nine times, I got to be part of the late spring trip from the Little Apple to the Big Apple for DaveCon, the gathering of 15-or-so rapid Letterman fans, for a night out before a Late Show taping, followed by a pre-show lunch, lining up in the afternoon for audience duty, then post-show festivities, including taping a Tony Mendez Show, then dinner with some of the staff from the show... always including Dave's cue card "boy," Tony Mendez. Six years ago, last night and tonight, marks the end for us. I've not seen any of them since, sadly, but many of us are in constant touch on alt.fan.letterman. All credit for this video goes to #1 fan Don Giller. I'm so thankful for being part of this annual extravaganza. Oh... and Howard Stern and Don Rickles were the guests. Just imagine that... (YouTube)
ROBERT SMIGEL WANTED CONAN TO BE ANTI-LETTERMAN
- May 10, 2021: Comedy writer Robert Smigel told Howard Stern on April 28 that he loved Dave, but promoted doing sketch comedy on Conan. This is just 02:26, but it's good stuff. (YouTube)
- May 8, 2021: TV Boy made an appearance on Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World tonight. The goal was to encourage people to get their vaccination(s). Musical guests included Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin, and H.E.R. Selena Gomez hosted. (YouTube) This event ran about 1:47. Dave appeared from 1:18 to 1:20. He introduced Foo Fighters, who blew the roof off the dump with Everlong and more.
JACK HANNA & MEGASNAKE VISIT DAVE (LEGOS)
- May 4, 2021: No. Jack Hanna and Megasnake is not the name of a rock group. Ray Harryhausen, a stop-motion filmmaker, produced this video of Jack Hanna appearing on Dave's stage with a 304-pound snake. The video only runs 02:41, but it's very cute and well-done. It has the original audio. You have to see it! / I checked my episode logs. This seems to be from November 6, 2006 (a Sweeps month episode, of course). (YouTube)
JACK HANNA COLLECTION
- Apr. 25, 2021: Our friend Don Giller (@thedonz5) worked for a full 2½ weeks producing this 11-part compilation of the 101 appearances of Jungle Jack Hanna (Wikipedia) on Dave's shows. As noted here on April 7, Jack's family has recently announced that he has been diagnosed with dementia, and will no longer make public appearances. This is an extremely sad thing, which will be underscored when you see these videos. Jack is extremely knowledgeable and dedicated, and his fun approach and manner endeared him to millions. Hopefully, watching these videos will inspire others to approach something in life with the passion that he demonstrated. Finally, I'm sure you'll be inspired by the dedication of The Donz in making this compilation posible. Be sure to go see his YouTube Letterman channel!
CNN's THE STORY OF LATE NIGHT APPROACHES
Don's work with this resulted in just minutes short of 20 hours' worth of viewing.
• 1: 1985 - 1986
• 2: 1987 - 1988
• 3: 1989 - 1993
• 4: 1993 - 1997
• 5: 1998 - 1999
• 6: 2000 - 2002
• 7: 2003 - 2005
• 8: 2006 - 2008 (with Amanda Peet!)
• 9: 2009 - 2010
• 10: 2011 - 2012
• 11: 2013 - 2015 (Jack's farewell appearance)
- Apr. 22, 2021: Letterman Bumpers posted this trailer earlier in April. It's to premiere on May 2.
STEVE YOUNG INTERVIEW
- Apr. 20, 2021: Steve Young, who has a beard these days, was the guest for a 53-minute Special Edition Interview with Trent Mabry. (YouTube) Topics include Steve's path to comedy, in part resulting from his association with the Harvard Lampoon. They also talked about Bathtubs Over Broadway. Steve told about what his day at the Late Show was like. You'll enjoy it!
WHY PRINCE'S BODYGUARD DRAGGED HIM OFF THE SET
- Apr. 13, 2021: This entry looks back at an interesting appearance by Prince Rogers Nelson on LSDL, on 12/13/94 . The episode began with a cold open: Paul, Dave and Prince. Creepy Dave popped up a couple of times, in the backdrop and by Dave's command module. Prince was to be the musical guest, prior to a visit from Fran Lebowitz.
Several times prior to the performance, Dave held up Prince's symbol, obviously making fun of it. Prince was steamed, and he arranged to be dragged off the stage after his performance, so he wouldn't have to speak to or shake hands with Dave. Then Dave was steamed when Prince exited the stage without acknowledging The Most Powerful Man in American Broadcasting®. This is the topic of a 60 Minutes interview with an unnamed individual, complete with some clips.
Hey... it's me again. I checked my episode logs. Prince returned for another musical performance on 7/08/96 . Electronic Maintenance Technician Gary Mintz impersonated Prince on 2/02/07 . Then we had Purple Reign (a Prince tribute band) on 11/17/08 . That's all I've got.
SCOTT RYAN ON HE.CAST
- Apr. 13, 2021: This podcast, he.cast, hosted by Mike Chisholm, is new to the Internet. It's for men, focused on mental, emotional, physical and social wellbeing. It's on YouTube, and started in August 2020. Mike is a big Letterman fan. (See Mar. 22, 2021 below.) His first interview with Scott Ryan, author of The Last Days of Letterman (53 min.) was posted on Nov. 4, 2020. The reason I called you here is that this week, Mike has scored a second interview with Scott (1:09). The topic is more about Moonlighting than Letterman, but I wanted to promote it here, because of both gents' ties to Dave.
- Apr. 13, 2021: One of the many reasons for the success of Letterman in the early years was what they called found humor. Dave would do a remote, out and about in New York, and let nature takes its course. Think Just Bulbs, Just Shades, visits to K & L's Rockamerica, sending Larry "Bud" to the bus station to hand out hot towels, etc. The reason I called you here today is to recommend Hairpieces Remotes on Letterman. The first is to Nickolas of Hollywood on 5/16/85, and Dave also visited the International Hair forum on 10/06/97. Yes, TV's Don Giller miracled this material onto the Internet. Thanks, Donz!
SNACK CRACKERS THAT KIND OF LOOK LIKE STATES
- Apr. 9, 2021: I have some very cool Letterman fan friends. Some I just know from interacting for 25 years on the Internet. I got to meet and visit with others at our annual DaveCon summer trips to tapings in New York. I met Alabama's own Brady Cox early on, and we had great visits.
Today, I'm excited to present Brady's brand new instructional video, Snack Crackers That Kind of Look Like States. You'll want to share this video with your significant others, and your dietitian. Subscribe to Brady's channel today, to catch the next action-packed episode. A fun fact is that I have a map of the USA with state names erased, so I can practice naming them. Rest assured that I don't do this every day. In case you're wondering, no pinking shears were used in the creation of Brady's video. Remember to subscribe, and smash that Like icon. (YouTube) (If you're having trouble seeing the crackers when Brady shows them, try clicking the rectangle icon at the bottom of the YouTube window.)
My state of Kansas didn't make the cut in Episode 9, but I remain hopeful. Kansas is almost a rectangle. The winding Missouri River is the east border of four counties, starting at Nebraska, down to Kansas City, where the river turns east to St. Louis. I grew up in Doniphan County, in the corner. Also bordered by the river are Atchison, Leavenworth and Wyandotte Counties. At the age of 20, I moved to Riley County, home of Kansas State University. I regret that Kansas isn't a perfect rectangle for Brady, but he has skills. The geographic center of the 48 states of the USA is in Smith County, which borders Nebraska. In the screen capture above, Brady's displaying the Iowa cracker.
A SAD DIAGNOSIS FOR JACK HANNA
- Apr. 7, 2021: Jack's daughters have announced, via the Columbus Dispatch, that he has dementia, and possibly Alzheimer's. He was certainly in the Top Five of Letterman guests, and a very nice man. I am truly saddened by this news. I have met Jack, and have great admiration for his life's work. I wish him and his family the best. / A quick check of my episode logs shows Jack appearing on Late Night about 25 times, and on the Late Show 75 times. A post from Don Giller agrees with my total of 100 appearances. (A Letter from the Hanna
Family) (Columbus Dispatch) (a partial compilation of Jack's appearances)
HOW CHRIS ELLIOTT AMASSED HIS $10,000,000
- Apr. 5, 2021: The ever-adorable Chris Elliott, Jr. had a major part in the success of LNDL, in my opinion, via his willingness to play twisted and pathetic characters (including show business weasels), his on-air lack of reverence for Dave, and his collaborations with Gerard Mulligan, which were reliably gold. Obviously he wasn't spanked enough when he was little. Mere hours ago, thethings.com released How 'Schitt's Creek' Actor Chris Elliott Amassed His $10 Million. I hope you enjoy it. If not... what did it cost you? Is the story true? I have no idea. I just post this stuff as a hobby. Here's an example of one of Mr. Elliott's memorable appearances, back in 2012.
COAST TO COAST WITH MUJIBUR & SIRAJUL
- Apr. 3, 2021: The first appearance of Mujibur Rahman and Sirajul Islam was on September 13, 1993... less than a month after LSDL was born. They operated K&L's Rock America (Wikipedia), just a few doors from the Ed Sullivan Theater. A quick check of my episode logs brought them up 124 times. We'd visit their store, M & S would come in the studio, or Dave would send them off on adventures... certainly including Mujibur and Sirajul's Coast to Coast Tour, which was in June, 1994. My last entry for them on LSDL was in December, 2002. The store owner was paying very high rent, and the store closed. Our friend Don Giller posted Coast to Coast with Mujibur and Sirajul today. It runs 01:49, so pack a lunch!
CNN's THE STORY OF LATE NIGHT
- Apr. 1, 2021: We've been awaiting this announcement for quite some time, and here it is! The series, which includes more than the Letterman shows, will premiere on Sunday, May 2, at 9:00 ET. It will be presented in six parts. There will be archival footage, and some interviews. There will also be an audio podcast, beginning on April 22. Bill Carter, author of The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network Battle for the Night, is an executive producer. This is sure to be interesting!
G. GORDON LIDDY
- Mar. 30, 2021: G. Gordon Liddy expired today, at the age of 90. (Wikipedia) Whether you liked him or not, he was a fascinating character. I got his 1982 book, Will, back in the 1990s. While I don't condone everything he did, his mental fortitude is interesting. Don Giller posted his 1982 LNDL interview today. (YouTube).
ELMER GORRY COLLECTIONS ON LETTERMAN
- Mar. 29, 2021: Elmer Gorry was a production manager on LNDL, and he had a few acting roles. He had a number of parts as NBC bosses Grant Tinker and Robert C. Wright. Don Giller has outdone himself by producing two compilations. Part 1 (Grant Tinker) runs 1 hr. 52 min., and spans 1985-86. Part 2 (Robert C. Wright) checks in at 54 minutes, and spans 1986-91.
I recommend these as a fun look back at the Late Night years, and they come with comments to Don from Dave's staff. I personally consider 1986 to be the peak of Letterman awesomeness. Talk about starting out with a bang... This segment turned up now and then, often with Chris Elliott in on the fun, acting like a complete showbiz weasel. It's The Late Night Anthem, which we may have first seen on 6/12/85, and which was performed by Tom Jones on 2/02/89. (That's right. Sweeps month.) Thanks, as always, Donzie!
LETTERMAN WITH AL FRANKEN!
- Mar. 28, 2021: Here's a 73-minute audio visit with TV's David Letterman. I'm linking to YouTube because everybody can get it, but you just see Dave's picture for 73 minutes + audio. Here's your link to ART19. Anyway, I'm listening to it via YouTube as I'm coding this plug, and I definitely recommend it!
THE ED SULLIVAN THEATER MARQUEE
- Mar. 26, 2021: Here's a two-minute video from 1967. Mayor John Lindsay journeyed to 1697 Broadway to participate in officially naming the Ed Sullivan Theater, previously Studio 50. The name still stands, although there have been various versions of the marquee. In my opinion, the best by far is the LSDL version. I remember, as I walked northeast on Broadway from there on May 13, 2015, how many times I stopped and turned around, for one last look at the marquee that came to mean so much to me. (I got to be there for tapings nine times.)
MERRILL MARKOE'S INTERVIEW WITH STEVE MASON
- Mar. 24, 2021: I'm not familiar with Steve Mason or Stephane Kolinsky, but I think all would be interested in hearing from Merrill Markoe. Here are your links. (iTunes) and (Spotify). One of the topics reportedly is We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe, which was released in October 2020. I can't review the interview for you, because my iTunes version is too old, and I don't have the Spotify app on my 11-year-old iPhone.
MIKE CHISHOLM'S EPIC 2015 TRIP REPORT!
- Mar. 22, 2021: I discovered an amazing LSDL trip report today, authored by the aforementioned Mike Chisholm. He wrote this while in isolation, last March. The episode he describes was one month before Dave's retirement... 4/20/15 .
Mike is a very passionate fan, and he was determined to make one last Letterman taping before it was too late. He was 44 when he penned this report, and he'd been a fan since he was 9! That must have included Dave's days of guest-hosting for Johnny. He signed on for good when he saw a silly stunt on LNDL. Mike's account of his first LSDL taping refers to a Jim Carrey segment on 3/15/04 . My episode log reported the stunt Mike described: Jim shaving a blank space on his noggin, upon which a clip from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was projected.
Mike wanted a great seat at the 4/20/15 taping, and he worked the system perfectly, ending up on the front row, after getting on a staffer's Gold List. That paved the way for interaction with Dave in the pre-show Q&A, a photo op at Dave's command module after the show, and an on-air mention in the monologue.
Here's his post to Facebook on 1/21/21, Mike's Trip Report. His story reminds me so much of my 10 Letterman trips. I was taking in every minute detail, and was constantly fascinated watching how the show came together. Mike has done an amazing job of telling his story, and I'm delighted that he's allowed me to link to it!
Wait a minute! Mike also has a YouTube channel, Tales from the Late Show. It has interviews with Late Show staff. I can't wait to watch them all!
CRAIG FERGUSON ON LETTERMAN
- Mar. 18, 2021: I always liked Craig Ferguson, and would have him on while I slapped together my daily Late Show episode log. I just ran across a 52-minute compilation of Craig's interviews with Dave. I think you'll like it (even though I don't have any idea who you are). (YouTube)
REAL TOYS COLLECTION ON LETTERMAN, 1984 - 1993
- Mar. 17, 2021: Here you'll find 71 minutes' worth of segments (10 of them) that are focused on toys, of all things. These were remotes to the New York City Toy Fair. This extravaganza was assembled by TV's Don Giller. Thanks, Donz!! One of his followers mentioned the great Dan Aykroyd's role on SNL as Irwin Mainway, a sleazy purveyor of extremely dangerous toys. (link)
THE TRAGIC REAL-LIFE STORY OF HOWARD STERN
- Mar. 15, 2021: I ran across this 2020 in-depth story on nickiswift.com today. I've never called myself a fan of America's Sweetheart, but I found this feature interesting. The primary reason for posting is Howard's long-time association with Dave.
My LNDL logs, which are incomplete until late 1985, have Howard appearing 18 times. Including cameos, Howard appeared on LSDL approximately 27 times. Something I found interesting is while Howard was a fairly regular guest over the years, there was a five-year gap between 9/24/98 and 11/06/03. I have no explanation for that. The mother-of-all appearances was multiple segments (a 23-minute interview) on 11/22/13. A longer-than-usual time passed from then until Howard's farewell appearance on 5/11/15. I was in the audience for that one... a tag team with Don Rickles, and my, was that fun!
I know nothing about the reputation of nickiswift.com, which Wikipedia describes as celebrity gossip. I'll let you be the judge of what you read. Here's a link for nickiswift.com/about.
TOM CRUISE'S FIRST APPEARANCE
- Mar. 14, 2021: Tom Cruise was an interview guest once on LNDL and eight times on LSDL. Of course, his name came up now and then in monologues, Pat & Kenny segments, etc. Don Giller just posted Tom's first appearance, on 8/10/88. It's a fun look back. (He knows Newman and Hoffman, by the way.)
DON GILLER, THROUGH THE YEARS
- Mar. 12, 2021: Today is the 70th birthday of the world's #1 Letterman fan, Don Giller. I took 1951-2021 out of the title line, so no one would think that Don kicked the bucket. He's still very much with us, and has posted a six-minute video photo gallery of his years on earth. I thought there would be more Letterman pictures, but instead, it's family and school pictures, in a video gallery. I know we all wish The Donz a great day, and are thankful for the thousands of hours of Letterman fun he's made available to us.
THE KRESKIN EXPERIENCE
- Mar. 9, 2021: The Amazing Kreskin was a recurring Letterman guest from 1990 to 1999. Our friend Paul Leslie, of The Paul Leslie Hour, has interviewed the mentalist Kreskin twice this year. (January 20) (March 5) Please check the left-side navigation column on this page for a long list of Paul's Letterman-related interview guests. Paul does in-depth and highly engaging interviews, and I've learned a lot about my Letterman heroes via his interviews.
Also, I want to make you aware of The Kreskin Experience. It's a series on Zoom, limited to 15 currently, meant to help participants tune into their own minds, and have successful thinking. The sessions are about $50.00. (Kreskin on Wikipedia)
ECCENTRIC CIVILIAN GUESTS ON LETTERMAN, 1982-1991
- Mar. 7, 2021: This latest compilation from Don Giller is priceless. It runs 2¼ hours! Leave this site immediately and watch it. I command you! (link) Something Dave was known for was found comedy. He and his staff found earthlings, both relative unknowns and celebrities, who were a bit eccentric, if you will. At times he would visit an offbeat business, like Just Bulbs or Just Shades. In this compilation, Don has a potato museum curator, Ruth "Uriel" Norman, who has lived on multiple planets, Elizbeth Tashjian of the Nut Museum, Lowell Davis, the Names Keeper, The Turtle Lady, a potato chip collector, a hair collector and The Button King. Watch closely, won't you?
OK... I got on Google to see what I could find on Uriel. (Wikipedia) (racked.com) (Unarians article) (Facebook) Uriel turned her cosmic experiences into quite an industry!
This just in... Don Giller just sent me this link to a current web site of The Potato Museum. It is a real trip!
DOMINOES ON LETTERMAN, 2004-2006
- Mar. 5, 2021: Send your fan mail to Don Giller for this 11-minute extravaganza: Dominoes on Letterman. Some of it's real and amazing, with the final installment by stagehand Gene Szymanski. I always enjoyed Rube Goldberg displays, and you'll see some in this impressive collection.
BIFF HENDERSON INTERRUPTS COLLECTION, 1989-90
- Mar. 5, 2021: Every Letterman fan was happy to see James J. "Biff" Henderson in a segment, and Don Giller has fixed us up with this 15-minute collection. (YouTube) The joke here is Biff interrupts the monologue, back in the Late Night days, and a big-time celebrity shows up in a cameo.
WILL LEE INTERVIEWS
- Feb. 28, 2021: You never know what you're going to get here. Neither do I. If I find good stuff, I post it. Bassist and singer Will Lee was with Paul Shaffer and David Letterman for 33 years, but he's been all over, and he tells us about it.
• playing with Paul Shaffer and studio work, with Joe Chambers, MHOF, 2004
• playing with The Beatles, Ringo and The Fab Faux, with Joe Chambers, MHOF, 2004
• with Dom Famularo, The Sessions Panel Artist Series
• with Rob Arthur, 2020
INTERVIEWS WITH OTHER CBS ORCHESTRA MEMBERS
- Feb. 28, 2021: Paul Shaffer's bands had exceptional musicians over 33 years, and I'm going to continue to add video interviews, so you can get acquainted!
• Sid McGinnis and Felicia Collins with Rebecca Dirks, Rig Rundown, 2012
• Aaron Heick with Dom Famularo, The Sessions Panel
• Tom "Bones" Malone with Dom Famularo, The Sessions Panel
THE VARIOUS ALIASES OF PAUL'S BANDS
- Feb. 27, 2021: Our distinguished professor of Letterman fun facts, Don Giller, released a history of fun names for the LNDL bands today, in two tweets. (Tweet 1) (Tweet 2) The tweets have the information in image form, so click on 'em to enlarge.
Here are Amazon links to CDs that Paul and/or members of the band have released over the years.
• Coast to Coast, 1989
• The World's Most Dangerous Party, by Paul Shaffer and The Party Boys of Rock 'n' Roll, 1993
• Figments, by Anton Fig, 2007
• Oh!, by Will Lee, 2008
• Live on Letterman, with guest artists, 2008
• Paul Shaffer & The World's Most Dangerous Band, 2017
• Love Gratitude & Other Distractions by Will Lee, 2020
• Al Chez and The Brothers of Funk CDs
FROM THUNDER BAY TO LETTERMAN
- Feb. 21, 2021: C. Paul Tilson-Shaffer has a 7-minute interview with Ian Hanomansing of CBC about his beginnings in show bidness, Godspell and his time with a gent named Letterman. (YouTube) You also get a complimentary Noom ad.
BOB DOLE COLLECTION ON LETTERMAN
- Feb. 20, 2021: Senator Dole, 97, from Russell, Kansas (pop. 4,500) is ailing, and The Donz has posted his Bob Dole Collection, 1995–96. We have Dole Hall at Kansas State University, and I've seen him here numerous times. (Russell is 125 miles west on I-70 from Manhattan.)
DAVE SURPRISES DREW BARRYMORE!
- Feb. 19, 2021: I didn't know that there's a Drew Barrymore Show! It has a web site. Apparently it's a morning show on CBS. The web site has details.
Most of you know that Drew had quite a surprise for Dave on his birthday in 1995. (video) Now... a check of IMDB shows that Drew's 46th birthday is on Monday, Feb. 22, but this episode of her show was taped today. Anyway, Drew first thought she was seeing Dave via Zoom or something, but then he appeared onstage. For the record... Dave didn't dance for Drew. Oops! I almost forgot to link the video preview from Drew's show! / This just in on Feb. 22: Here's a link to the entire show on YouTube.
PAUL SHAFFER PLUS ONE: JOE WALSH
- Feb. 16, 2021: This is awesome. Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Eagle Joe Walsh joins our hero, C. Paul Tilson-Shaffer, a.k.a. Babbit, for the latest Paul Shaffer Plus One. His series is on axstv on SiriusXM. This 93-second clip was posted to YouTube in December 2019. The topic of the two gents is how to practice. Joe Walsh was born in Wichita, where my parents lived during WW2. / I went back in "A Few Words" to 2019, and found this link, posted by SiriusXM, along with subscription information.
STEVE YOUNG'S TEACHING COMEDY
- Feb. 15, 2021: You saw Steve Young in the video in the previous post, as a police officer drawing a chalk heart around a carcass on a sidewalk. He's teaching a comedy writing symposium this weekend on the Internet. I'm sure this is not intended for fans, but rather for serious writers, but it's nonetheless interesting to see what Steve's up to. (link) By the way, he is also teaching television history at NYU, and his CelebriGum page is still available.
VALENTINE'S DAY ON LETTERMAN, 1996
- Feb. 14, 2021: The Donz posted this today. Journey back to yesteryear on LNDL, as our pals Mary Tyler Moore, Paul Shaffer, Anton Fig, Steve Young, Biff Henderson, Gerard Mulligan (in a dress, as usual) and Calvert "Larry Bud" DeForest Melman reveal their plans. It's like the Hallmark Channel on CBS. (YouTube)
MORE NEW CHRIS ELLIOTT SEGMENTS
- Feb. 7, 2021: I was going back and forth with Don Giller today, as I recalled The Chris Elliott, Jr. Show. I mixed it up with Night Light with Chris Elliott, from 1987. The first was a spoof of The Morton Downey, Jr. Show. Anyway, the spoof is linked here (and under the topic below). Here's a compilation that includes Night Light with Chris Elliott and others!
TALK SHOW HOSTS ON LETTERMAN
- Feb. 7, 2021: CNN is preparing to air a documentary series, The Story of Late Night. The release date is unknown. Don Giller, to supplement the event, has released Talk Show Hosts Collection on Letterman. If you'd like to see related tweets from @thedonz5, here's the first. Here are direct links to his impressive YouTube compilations for these hosts:
JAMES BROWN'S CAPE MAN
- Feb. 5, 2021: On June 7, 2002, a fun Letterman segment began. It ran for two years, and had 68 episodes. During his shows, when singing "Please, Please, Please," James Brown would collapse in pretend distress. An associate, Danny Ray, would hurry to the stage to comfort and assist James. Mr. Ray died on Feb. 2, at the age of 85. Here's a story by the Los Angeles Times, from earlier this week. The Late Show segment had Paul Shaffer playing the part of James Brown, and celebrities and staff would appear onstage to place the cape on Paul, and attempt to comfort him. Paul would soon recover and rise, and conclude his performance. As you can see itemized in my Paul's Cape Thing page, among those who appeared with the cape included David Letterman, Rudy Giuliani, Kareen Abdul-Jabbar, Hal Gurnee, Donald Trump, Sue Hum, Michael Bloomberg, Jerry Springer, Wolf Blitzer, the lovely Don Rickles and, of course, James Brown on Feb. 7, 2003.
LATE NIGHT #1 – 39 YEARS AGO TODAY
- Feb. 1, 2021: On Feb. 1, 1982, Late Night with David Letterman premiered. Our friend and benefactor of awesome video, Don Giller, has just reminded us on his Twitter channel, @thedonz5, of his YouTube video of episode one, but that's not all. He's started a Twitter thread with that episode and more. I don't know what all is in store, but Don already has the script cover, writers' notes, comments from Paul Shaffer, etc. I'll try to keep up with links, but I recommend going to Twitter thread for now! Thanks, as always, Donz.
HISTORIC LETTERMAN ARTICLES
- Jan. 30, 2021: Renowned Letterman archivist Don Giller (@thedonz5) has taken to the Internet, in search of articles documenting Dave's career. With his permission, I'm linking to some of his tweets. Don credits Christopher Bay for these. (Please note that for some of these, only part of the article will be visible. These articles are JPEGs. Do a right-click or Control-click, then "Save Image As...") Here you go.
• 7/30/77: Starland Band in Wrong Orbit, The Los Angeles Times
• 1/25/78: A Pilot ('Peeping Times') Satirizes News Magazines, The Los Angeles Times
• 3/19/79: 'Fast Friends' Blends Satire, Soap, The Los Angeles Times
• 5/20/79: The Diary of Four Young Comics, The Los Angeles Times
• 8/23/79: Letterman: Waiting in the Wings, The Los Angeles Times
• 1/06/80: David Letterman and the Great Tonight Show Circus, The Chicago Tribune
• 4/04/80: Letterman Could Succeed Johnny Carson, People Weekly
• 6/20/80: Letterman Show to Bow Monday, The Los Angeles Times
• 6/20/80: Talk Is Cheap, The New York Times
• 7/07/80: David in the Daytime, Newsweek
• 9/17/80: Letterman Under Scrutiny, The New York Times
• 9/27/80: Letterman Show Canceled, The New York Times
• 10/23/80: Letterman Was Done in by Ratings, The New York Times
• 10/29/80: For Letterman, the Games Are Up, unknown
• 11/10/81: Letterman Replacing Snyder, The New York Times
• 11/11/81: NBC Sends a Letterman to Snyder, The Los Angeles Times
• 2/03/82: TV: 'David Letterman', The Los Angeles Times
• 2/04/82: 'Late Night' Feud: Hitch for NBC, The Los Angeles Times
• 2/08/82: Letterman: Better 'Late' Than Never, The Los Angeles Times
• 2/08/82: Letterman Show: From Soup to Nuts, The Los Angeles Times
REMEMBERING CLORIS LEACHMAN
- Jan. 27, 2021: We lost Cloris Leachman yesterday. Born in Des Moines, she was 94, and will long be remembered for her role as Frau Blücher in Young Frankenstein. I remember well seeing it at the Campus Theater in 1974. On October 22, 1980, Dave and Cloris visited Cresco, Iowa, near the Minnesota border, for The David Letterman Show. Don Giller has posted Cloris Leachman on Letterman, October 22, 1980.
HANK AARON COLLECTION ON LETTERMAN
- Jan. 22, 2021: Our pal Don Giller posted this back in November. Unfortunately, Hank Aaron passed away today, and we're reminded of Hank Aaron Collection on Letterman, 1982-2011. Thanks, Mr. Giller!
- Jan. 17, 2021: Phil Spector died yesterday. Darlene Love worked with him early in her career, and Variety has just posted an interview with her, with a main assertion being, "He wanted to control my talent."
DAVE'S CALLS TO MOM COLLECTION
- Jan. 15, 2021: TV Boy's mother, Dorothy Mengering, was beloved by fans of LNDL and LSDL. There were many, many references to Dorothy over the years, but the calls didn't begin right away. The call I think of first was for instructions on making a fried baloney sandwich on 11/06/90. (Yes, I've had a few.) Don Giller has assembled this 87-minute compilation, Dave's Calls to Mom Collection on LNDL, 1990-93. Thanks, Donz!
DAVID LETTERMAN: A REMARKABLE TALK SHOW HOST
- Jan. 14, 2021: Here's quite an elaborate review from Hollywood Insider related to David Letterman and his work with My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. It's complimentary on his honesty and interviewing skills, variety of guests and warmth shown to his guests. There is a text article and a YouTube video. Also, here's a related article, Top 5 Episodes of My Next
Guest Needs No Introduction on Netflix.
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH PAUL SHAFFER
- Jan. 10, 2021: I don't know how I ran across this, but it's a fun 10 minutes with C. Paul Tilson-Shaffer, a.k.a. Babbit, presented by It's a Living. It has comments from Paul about how LSDL comes together, praise from fellow staff, and a quick look at Paul Shaffer Drive in Thunder Bay. (YouTube)
- Jan. 2, 2021: Dave and Peyton Manning were in Muncie on Oct. 20, visiting Ball State. As this article reports, "The visit included production work on an upcoming installment of Peyton's Places, the football-themed documentary series hosted by Manning, and produced by ESPN."
Today, Ball State president Geoffrey Mearns announced the premiere of the Peyton's Places series on ESPN. In addition, on Dec. 31, the Ball State Cardinals, the fiercest robin-sized birds in all the world, defeated San Jose State in the Arizona Bowl.
DOROTHY'S THOUGHTS ON BEING A GRANDMA
- Jan. 2, 2021: I don't recall ever seeing this interview, so here it is... Dave's mom, Dorothy Mengering, with Patty Spitler. It was on the 9/12/03  episode that Dave announced that he was going to be a father. He said he's so old, he'll be both baby's father and grandfather. "I don't know anything about babies, and I've got to find a place for it to stay," Dave said, "and my, it's my girlfriend is having the child... Regina, bless her heart, and, and, and, uh, but I just don't want one of those kids that's always takin' a dump in its pants." It was on 11/03/03 that Paul Shaffer was guest host, while Dave was in the hospital with Regina for the birth of Harry Joseph Letterman.
ALAN KALTER WITH PAUL LESLIE
- Jan. 2, 2021: I think Alan Kalter contributed to the Late Show in a major way. Actually, I don't even think he deserved some of the beatings he received on air. Tonight I was checking Paul Leslie's interviews, to see if there were any Letterman-related entries I needed to add, and I ran across Paul's visit with Alan, from 2019, and thought you should have a listen. Please note that all of Paul's interviews with Letterman staff and friends are linked in the left-side navigation column, right here. I highly recommend them!
DAVID LETTERMAN SKETCHES
- Jan. 2, 2021: I have discovered a page on Wikipedia that offers a nice look back, seemingly more focused on LSDL: List of David Letterman Sketches. I have no idea who compiled it. It's not complete, but worth a look. For example, it lists Will It Float?, but it doesn't link to my complete Will It Float? page. It mentions Explod-O-Pop®, but if you click on the popping corn link, it just lists a dictionary definition. Anyway, I recommend it for an enjoyable reminder of Letterman antics over the later years.
A Few Words from DDY – Past Years
DDY's Headlines and News, 2000 - 2014
|Kathleen Ankers' amazing Late Show set, by DDY, May 22, 2010|
|Kathleen Ankers' amazing Late Show set, by DDY, May 22, 2010|
|DaveCon 2010: My friends and I hung around onstage after the taping, visiting with band members and staff.
||DaveCon 2009: with Rupert Jee in Hello Deli
|with Calvert DeForest in the Little Apple
Manhattan, Kansas – October 1992
||Dr. Rod Fernandez, Bill Lehecka and Micah White
scored Dave's ties on-air on May 16, 2009.
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