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DAVID LETTERMAN: THE NEXT JOHNNY CARSON?
A Few Words from DDY – Past Years
- July 4, 2022: Our pal Don Giller ran across this 42-year-old TV Guide. This story ran in April 1980, just before Dave's morning show was announced. Click through Don's Twitter post for a scan of the article. Thanks, Donz!
DROPPING STUFF FROM A 7th FLOOR WINDOW OF THE ED
- June 16, 2022: It's Tomfoolery in the name of science (or Sweeps month) as staff drop perfectly good stuff from a window. Included in the
- June 11, 2022: I was reminded today of the two must-see Leaving Letterman videos, recorded by Walter Kim, and posted in 2015 and 2016. Part 1 is focused on staff learning that the show was going to end. In Part 2, you'll hear from Barbara Gaines (35 years), Kathy Mavrikakis (30 years), Rob Burnett (29 years), Jerry Foley (25 years), Jerry Foley (25 years), Steve Young (25 years), Bill Scheft (24 years), Joe Grossman (11 years) and Brian Teta (11 years) about their post-Letterman lives. I find it interesting that Paul Shaffer, Will Lee and Biff Henderson weren't interviewed for these videos.
BRUCE WILLIS: BADASS INTERN
- June 8, 2022: Here's the latest from the LETTERMAN YouTube channel. Bruce Willis plays a tough guy college intern for LSDL. Watch for cameos by Sarah Billington, Todd Seda and Schecky! The air date was June 8, 2009. (YouTube)
DAVID LETTERMAN SHOULD JOIN THE 60 MINUTES TEAM
- May 26, 2022: Neal Justin of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has posted an interesting opinion piece, praising My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. He stated that Dave is thoughtful, considerate and curious, and has one of TV's best interview shows.
TOP TEN THINGS I'LL MISS ABOUT
WORKING AT THE LATE SHOW
- May 20, 2022: Today marks seven years since the final Late Show. Here you'll see 10 of Dave's long-time staff laying a few jabs on him. If the video comes up with closed captioning, you can click it off. (YouTube)
BILLIE EILISH TAKES DAVE GO KART RACING
- May 18, 2022: What happens when a musician takes on an owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing? Danger! This is a fun couple of minutes of preview of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. Watch it now, or else! (YouTube)
DAVE DIDN'T GET BEATEN UP
AT THE NETFLIX COMEDY FESTIVAL
- May 17, 2022: Dave talks about the weekend's lunar eclipse... well, actually he talked more about solar eclipses. (YouTube) In other news, Dave didn't get beaten up at the Netflix Comedy Festival... on either weekend. Dave laments that he's "not funny enough to be attacked onstage." Nonsense!
35 YEARS OF LETTERMAN, VOL. 1: 1980 - 1993
- May 9, 2022: Robert Wilson has taken on a project of assembling best-of playlists of Letterman segments, that will span 1980 - 2015. The source will primarily be our pal Don Giller, with some coming from the new LETTERMAN YouTube channel. Here's #1.
TOP TEN PIECES OF ADVICE ON HOW TO BE A GOOD MOTHER
- May 8, 2022: From her kitchen in Carmel, Indiana, Dave's mom, Dorothy Mengering delivered her Top Ten Pieces of Advice on How to Be a Good Mother. This gem aired on May 7, 2010. Watch closely, won't you? (YouTube) I'm sorry about any ads from body builders.
BILLIE EILISH NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION
- May 7, 2022: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction will re-emerge in Sweeps Month, on May 20. Hey... that's the 7th anniversary of Dave's last episode of LSDL. The Netflix promotion reminds us of Dave's numerous Emmys, the Peabody Award, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and The Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence. I'm looking forward to the visit with Billie Eilish!
STAFF FAVORITE MOMENTS: ZOE FRIEDMAN
- May 3, 2022: Here's a fun 10 minutes, presented by Zoe Friedman, an intern, and later a talent coordinator. She was involved in a few wacky segments of her own, network debuts for some, and stunts by well-known stars. (YouTube)
DAVE'S FUN WITH PHOTOS
- May 2, 2022: Gaines is the host of this installment. She has the pictures, and TV Boy fills in the story. (YouTube) We see macaroni, a bison, or some other kind of varmint, bears in a forest, etc. I think Dave and the host are in front of a green screen. The background is always a blurry picture of a room, and our panelists are in perfect focus. Click the icon to see more from the channel.
THE MERGING: EAST AND WEST
- April 30, 2022: On January 25, 1990, The World's Most Dangerous Band traveled to the Tonight Show, where they played the Late Night theme with Doc Severinsen's band. It's a great collaboration, and a fun look back. (YouTube)
JIMMI SIMPSON TALKS ABOUT LYLE THE INTERN
- April 26, 2022: Jimmi Simpson played the ever-creepy Lyle the Intern 14 times, from 2/05/08 to 11/19/09. He'd turn up unexpectedly, plant himself in a guest chair and do his creepy banter, until Dave ran him off. Apparently the Stangels dreamed up the character. I think it's genius. From the new LETTERMAN channel, here it is. When you've seen that, you are hereby instructed to go watch the entire Lyle collection (with 1,000,000+ views), compliments of The Donz. (YouTube) It runs 66 minutes. Thanks, Donz!
DAVE RESPONDS TO YouTube COMMENTS
- April 25, 2022: Former Executive Assistant Mary Barclay hosted TV Boy as he replied to viewer comments and questions. It's like Viewer Mail or the CBS Mailbag without the peppy theme song. Watch closely, won't you? (YouTube)
ALLOW ME TO PRESENT RUPERT JEE AS DR. MEAT
- April 25, 2022: From a quarter century ago, 5/23/97 , (and I don't remember a thing about this fun CBS Mailbag segment), it's TV's Rupert Jee as Dr. Meat. Don't miss this, as Rupert's attire includes a codpiece. I looked it up. They're from the 15th and 16th centuries, so 100 to 200 years for that ridiculous fad! (YouTube)
THE LETTERMAN PODCAST ANNOUNCEMENT
- April 20, 2022: The Letterman Podcast premiered today. (Facebook post) It's a project of Letterman fan Mike Chisholm. Our host reports that it will be free, and available from sources of other podcasts, plus YouTube. Here's a link to the first live podcast. The YouTube HD version will be up tomorrow, Thursday.
STAFF FAVORITE MOMENTS: BIFF HENDERSON
- April 19, 2022: There isn't a man, woman or child alive today who won't like this compilation, introduced by Biff Henderson. His favorite moments, over 34 years with Dave, include his remote to a Super Bowl, Fun with a Bullhorn, May We Turn Your Pants into Shorts?, and being hypnotized (maybe... maybe not) on 4/05/96 by Marshall Sylver. Biff contributed so much to Dave's shows over the years. It's only fitting for him to be included in this series. (YouTube video)
THE MUSICIANS ON LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN
- April 17, 2022: Here we see an exceptional effort by Don Giller. Viewers of Late Night with David Letterman were treated to the talents of the members of The World's Most Dangerous Band, who added greatly to the success of the show. On episode one, February 1, 1982, the band consisted of Paul Shaffer, Steve Jordan, Hiram Bullock and Will Lee. As you know Paul and Will spent the next 33 years with Dave. Hiram Bullock was replaced by Sid McGinnis in 1984, and Steve Jordan would be replaced by Anton Fig in 1986.
This blog is full of details and quotes. It's obvious that Don spent a colossal amount of time bringing all of this history together. Few other people would be capable of what he has produced here. Part 1 is an amazing documentary on the formation of the WMDB, and its members over 11 years.
When I first linked to this blog, there was only Part 1. Not long afterward, I revisited and found Part 2. The Guest Performers and More. This includes links to nine spreadsheets... each with minute details of musical performances on LNDL... available for download.
With my thanks and admiration, here's your link, including Part 1: The Musicians on Late Night with David Letterman, and Part 2: The Guest Performers and More.
HOW DAVE GOT KNOCKED OUT
- April 12, 2022: On the occasion of Dave's 75th birthday, he joined Barbara Gaines to tell the tale of getting knocked out last summer, while on a college campus visit to Rhode Island with Harry J. Letterman. The YouTube video runs about nine minutes. There was a fire truck, ambulance, IVs and 180 stitches. I know we're all glad there was a happy ending.
I wondered re: the first video in this series if Dave and host are in front of a green screen, as the background is fuzzy. Well... maybe, but from the episode with Mary Barclay, there are subtle differences in furniture placement, lighting, etc. OK... this edition of the video welcomes guests to send questions or comments to Barbara at 765 273-3611.
BEST OF LETTERMAN SERIES
- April 10, 2022: I don't know who posted this compilation, but Don Giller produced the segments I've seen so far. This extravaganza is in five parts... each video spanning several years. In total, there are 10 hours, from 1980 - 2015. (reddit.com link)
DAVE'S FAVORITE SHOW MOMENT: A WALK ON ZE WILD SIDE
- April 6, 2022: The Letterman YouTube channel just posted "Dave's Favorite Show Moment." Former segment producer Mary Barclay hosts TV's David Letterman in this episode. It's 80-year-old rocker Gertrude "Gerty" Molzen with a Lou Reed number, Walk on the Wild Side. (Gerty: YouTube video) (Lou: YouTube audio) Didn't the CBSO play this as a bumper song now and then? Anyway, Gerty blows the roof off the dump, and the WMDB was so good on back-up. My logs show Lou appearing on Dave's shows 21 times, depending on what you count, and including a tribute to him when he passed at the age of 71.
KIMMY KIMMEL'S FAVORITE MOMENTS
- April 5, 2022: Jimmy Kimmel is a huge Letterman fan, and has been since he was a kid. The Letterman channel invited Jimmy to review his favorite moments from the show. In this 15-minute video, Jimmy talks about "Just Shades" and "Just Bulbs," Larry Bud's fiasco with hot towels, and one of the great classics, Rena Smaha with her disagreeable monkeys. Here's my video of the full monkey segment. Talk about monkeyshines!!
LETTERMAN BUMPERS WEBINAR
- April 3, 2022: It's the 40th anniversary of the program that Larry "Bud" Melman warned us about, but that's not why I called you here. Arlen Schumer narrated this 43-minute YouTube video. Arlen is a graphic designer, and he added to the photos that Marc took. He gives us his memories about the bumpers. Don't miss this video!
Marc Karzen took the pictures for the bumpers that led into - and out of - most commercial breaks. I highly recommend Marc's 72-page coffee table book of the bumpers. (Amazon link) (lettermanbumpers.com) (arlenschumer.com)
AL CHEZ TO THE WORLD DRUM CORPS HALL OF FAME
- March 30, 2022: Today, longtime CBS Orchestra member Al Chez posted to alt.fan.letterman the wonderful news that he's being inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. Here's Al's Facebook post, which in part of a day, has about 1,000 congratulations.
FOO FIGHTERS AND JOAN JETT
BLOW THE ROOF OFF THE DUMP
- March 30, 2022: It was a Sweeps month home run! My future bride, Joan Jett, joined the Foo Fighters on LSDL on Nov. 11, 2011 for an amazing performance of Bad Reputation, released in May 1980. MTV was born on August 1, 1981. I watched MTV daily, to see my other future bride, Martha C. Quinn, and learned about Joan there.
YouTube has official audio of Bad Reputation. It has 12 million+ hits!
In 2011, the aforementioned musicians came to The Ed to perform the song. It was tremendous... and it was a perfect showcase for Taylor Hawkins' talent and energy. Taylor passed away on March 25, 2022. The YouTube video linked here has almost a quarter million views. I highly recommend it!
Finally, if ever there was any doubt about how much the Foo Fighters mean to David Letterman, I'd just point out that the last song ever heard on LSDL was Everlong, which the Foo Fighters performed as a video montage of 33 years of Letterman rolled.
PAUL SHAFFER'S STAFF FAVORITE MOMENTS
- March 29, 2022: Don't miss this! It's Paul Shaffer's Staff Favorite Moments. Included are: Dave almost accidentally kills Paul, Paul's parents join Paul onstage, Dave calls Paul's mother, Dave disappears and Paul looks for him on other shows' sets, the origin of "Paul's Cape Thing" (my Paul's Cape Thing Page), and Darlene Love's annual Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) performance. (YouTube link)
DAVE, ELLEN AND MARY: GRAPE TOSS CHALLENGE
- March 28, 2022: In this YouTube video, our friends amuse themselves for two minutes by throwing grapes at a glass. Mary Connelly is really good at it, and may be our winner. LNDL fans will remember Mary playing Connie Plescoe (an imaginary, pregnant character) from 1986 to 1988. Then, beginning in November of 1990, she threw footballs around the office a few times. By 1991, that led to the Mary Connelly Football Challenge, and Mary Connelly's Quarterback Challenge, vs. NFL players. In 1992, Dave and Mary worked out at Yankee Stadium. The last record I have of Mary on Dave's shows was in late 1993. She was a segment producer in 1993. It was excellent to see these three again!
DAVE ON THE WILL SMITH / CHRIS ROCK OSCARS DUSTUP
- March 28, 2022: The new Letterman YouTube channel has this one-minute video with Barbara Gaines as the host, and Dave doing the talking... (who knows where). He'd just like to remind us that there was no violence when he hosted the Academy Awards in 1995.
A LOOK BACK AT THE 1995 OSCARS
- March 28, 2022: Here you'll see the first 11 minutes of TV Boy doing stand-up before the Academy people. "Oooprah... Uuuuma." There's quite a range of opinions, but I think it was fine. Hey! That was before Dave had the gap in his front teeth fixed. (YouTube)
NO BETTER LETTERMAN GUEST THAN AMY SEDARIS
- March 10, 2022: In an impressively-researched feature by Tom Smyth for Vulture, we're reminded of the very entertaining appearances by Amy Sedaris on LSDL, spanning 2001 to 2015. My episode logs have her at 33 appearances, including the time she delivered Paul Shaffer's cape. I'll let the article speak for itself, but I assure you that this is very good writing!
THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS BAND
- March 2, 2022: Don Giller, in The Donz Blog, has a look at the evolving names of Paul Shaffer's band, finally ending with The CBS Orchestra. (The Donz Blog link)
DAVE FIRES HENRY COLLECTION
- February 26, 2022: This series ran in the early 1980s. (I didn't start logging until late 1985. Thank goodness for Don Giller!) Poor Henry, who appeared to be 90-something, repeatedly got fired for innocent shortcomings, by that heartless bastard, Dave. The carnage goes on for about 55 minutes! One time, Henry (Paul Andor), played Louise, a feeble cleaning lady, who also was put out to pasture. (YouTube)
- February 26, 2022: It's late at night, and I've got nothin' to do, so I'm watching Jeff Martin as Flunky, the Late Night Viewer Mail Clown. Thanks to TV's Don Giller for slapping this together. According to my episode logs, Flunky's segments only ran until 1989. I have no idea why we didn't see more of it. (YouTube)
GORDON COOPER CALLS COLLECTION
- February 25, 2022: Here's Don Giller's compilation of phone calls from Mercury astronaut Col. Gordon Cooper... about 1.5 hours of them! They ran in the 1980s. (YouTube link)
THE PEACE THROUGH DRAMATIZATION PLAYERS
- February 25, 2022: Don The Donz Giller posted this almost five years ago. It's one of my favorite recurring bits on LNDL, "The Peace Through Dramatization Players." Regulars included Jeff "Flunky" Martin, Chris Elliott, Marie O'Donnell, Steve O'Donnell and Shecky. (YouTube link) This extravaganza runs 85 minutes. Thanks, Donz!
MERRILL MARKOE ON "THE DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW"
- February 23, 2022: I ran across this on the new Letterman YouTube channel. Merrill looks back at off-the-wall skits from the morning show, as well as the premiere of some favorites, like Viewer Mail and Stupid Pet Tricks. Merrill was Dave's girlfriend in those days, and it's kind of interesting that she kept referring to him as Mr. Letterman. (YouTube link)
STEVE O'DONNELL'S SHOUT OUTS FOR DON GILLER
- February 24, 2022: I'm not sure what podcast this is. Steve O'Donnell's the guest. As a long-time Letterman writer, he has great appreciation for the tireless work of Don Giller in archiving all of Letterman. This podcast is dated Oct. 20, 2017. (YouTube link)
STAFF FAVORITE MOMENTS: HAL GURNEE
- February 15, 2022: This YouTube video has Hal Gurnee looking back at some memorable moments from the Late Night years. I've always had great appreciation for what he did for the shows. His last show as director was on May 26, 1995.
PAUL SHAFFER INTERVIEW WITH SQUIRE BARNES
- February 13, 2022: TV's Paul Shaffer gave a three-minute interview with Squire Barnes of Global News in Vancouver two days ago. It's always most excellent to hear from him. Closed captioning often amuses me. Maybe there isn't an easy way to fix obvious errors. Paul, talking about his time as a youngster in Thunder Bay, said, "...one didn't think it was possible to go into show business." Closed captioning turned show business into Chauvis, whatever that means. (I can't find it anywhere.) (Facebook link) In case you're wondering, yes, they did misspell Shaffer.
PAUL SHAFFER AND THE VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
- February 11, 2022: Paul has concerts two days this week with the VSO. Together they - along with Valerie Simpson - will play his favorite songs, including Paul's own It's Raining Men. (announcement page) (tickets page) (Paul's announcement on YouTube) I have not yet found a link to download the full concert.
SÉBASTIEN TREMBLAY'S LETTERMAN PASTICHE
- February 11, 2022: This post is about a Letterman pastiche (I had to look up the word) created by Sébastien Tremblay, in honor of our pal, Don Giller. This YouTube video is a masterpiece that brings together countless players in Letterman history. You'll see producers, writers, regular guests, Dorothy, Don Giller, Drew Barrymore 1995, Flunky, the Late Night Viewer Mail Clown, Rupert, Tony Randall, Tony Mendez, Marv, Chris Elliott, Bill, Will, Alan, Gaines, Hal, Biff, Felicia, etc. etc. Sébastien has them floating around... crossing paths with each other, all set to the legendary Late Night with David Letterman theme song. This reportedly took 150 hours to complete.
DAVE RE: BALL STATE PAIRING UP WITH
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING
- February 9, 2022: Here's Twitter video (51 seconds) of David M. Letterman commenting on a partnership of RLL Racing to provide annual scholarships to Ball State eSports team members. (Dave has some new Paul Shaffer glasses, by the way.) Learn more @RLLracing. Here's a related article in the Feb. 12 Indianapolis Star. Apparently you have to be a subscriber to see the picture.
FUN WITH RUPERT
- February 8, 2022: Here you'll find a fun, two-minute recap of Fun with Rupert on the new Letterman YouTube channel. Dave would send Rupert's lines by radio. The segment stopped when an exasperated citizen pulled a knife on Rupert. (link) Anyway, in this video, Dave tells the story of the series, as Rupert does his thing. The series started back in the 1990s, but wasn't referred to by the Fun with Rupert title. Rupert was first introduced to North America on 9/20/93 . A check of my episode logs shows the segment was first seen on 12/02/94 , and it was known as Rupert and Me. My entry on 5/12/95  was without a title... just "Rupert bothers people." I know they did one for 5/08/96 . I was there, in the front row of the Palace of Fine Arts, at a taping in San Francisco. Late in the 1990s, Leonard Tepper helped out. You can bet Leonard pushed the envelope!
DAVE WORKS AT TACO BELL®
- February 8, 2022: Letterman and crew had a number of remotes that became legendary. Two that immediately come to mind are Larry "Bud" Melman offering hot towels at a bus station, and Dave's unwelcome visit to the General Electric building, on the occasion of GE acquiring NBC. The subject here is Dave working the drive-through window at a Taco Bell in New Jersey, for 6/17/96 . The segment was aired in parts, as there was so much good stuff, and it turned up in repeats, over the years.
Writer Rodney Rothman tweeted this week, "This was the first 'remote' I oversaw at Letterman... I was sure it sucked, and I was gonna get fired. Then the opposite happened." It went great, Rodney! (YouTube video)
TOP TEN VIDEOS FROM THE LETTERMAN YOUTUBE CHANNEL (SO FAR)
- February 7, 2022: Ramsey Ess of vulture.com has counted down his favorite videos on the new LETTERMAN channel. Included in the list are Taco Bell, Kaufman vs. Lawler, Stupid Pet Tricks, Norm MacDonald, Dave's mom, Dorothy, and Larry Bud with hot towels. Be sure to have a look!
"LATE NIGHT" 40th ANNIVERSARY SHOW
- February 2, 2022: I'll list a few recaps and reviews, as I find them. Variety reports, "Late Night at Its Best." I found some of the points interesting, but quickly tired of the author's pompous writing style.
LETTERMAN ON YOUTUBE
- February 2, 2022: Well, I thought the YouTube channel, Letterman, was brand new. Nope. It was born on Nov. 20, 2006, and there are 205,000 subscribers. It just hasn't been used. All 122 videos have been added in the past two days! So far, the videos are an assortment of memorable guest interviews and scripted segments.
STAFF FAVORITE MOMENTS: STEVE O'DONNELL
- February 2, 2022: Here's former LNDL head writer Steve O'Donnell talking to the camera, with back stories on lots of memorable segments in the Late Night years. (YouTube link) Don't miss it!
PAUL SHAFFER PLUS ONE: DONALD FAGEN
- February 1, 2022: Donald Fagen of Steely Dan is Paul Shaffer's guest on this episode of Paul Shaffer Plus One. Paul definitely knows the music scene, which leads to a very interesting interview for SiriusXM. I'm no authority on Steely Dan, but I knew I have one song by them on my iTunes. It's Reelin' in the Years. (YouTube) I played it just now, and thought, "That has to be a 70s song." Yup: 1973. I don't have any information, but I feel like the CBSO played it on LSDL often. Steely Dan produced another classic 70s song, Do It Again. (not the Beach Boys' song of the same title)
THE STORY OF LATE NIGHT BUMPERS
- February 1, 2022: Marc Karzen, the photographer for LNDL, tells about collaborating with Bob Pook and Edd Hall on the Late Night-themed photos seen transitioning into and out of commercials. (YouTube link)
PAUL SHAFFER'S LETTERMAN, SNL AND
BLUES BROTHERS MEMORIES
- February 1, 2022: I just stumbled onto this interview that Paul Shaffer did for vulture.com, posted yesterday. I have great respect and appreciation for Paul, and found it fascinating. Here's your link!
"TODAY" ON THE 40th ANNIVERSARY OF "LATE NIGHT"
- February 1, 2022: The Today Show has about a six-minute segment to recognize the big anniversary. Harry Smith drops an item from a window. (Twitter video)
HELLO DELI'S 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
- January 31, 2022: According to my calculator, Hello Deli went into business less than a year before Dave also moved into the Ed Sullivan Theater building. This event, which included the mayor of New York proclaiming Hello Deli Day, took place on this cold January day, right under the Hello Deli awning. A podium was set up for speakers. That group included Rupert Jee, Mae and Paul Shaffer. Our old friend, Pat Farmer, was on the scene, too. The PA setup wasn't effective, so it's very difficult to catch everything said. I'll always remember Rupert for his tremendous hospitality for the DaveCons I was part of. He always found time for us, our questions and our photo ops, and the food there was always yummy! Rupert was the last person I talked to on my last DaveCon trip, in 2015. If you're not aware, Hello Deli is at 53rd St. and Broadway. (YouTube link)
DAVE ON THE 40th ANNIVERSARY OF "LATE NIGHT"
- January 25, 2022: TV's David Letterman will appear on Late Night on February 1, the 40th anniversary of episode #0001, reports Entertainment Weekly and, no doubt, hundreds of other sources over the next few days. Here's a quick video from Seth Meyers, with the exciting news.
Here, thanks to Don Giller, is a YouTube video of LNDL #0001.
"AL MAHER'S BOX O' THRILLS"
- January 22, 2022: Compliments of The Donz, here's "Al Maher's Box o' Thrills Collection, 1989." This segment ran Jan. - Feb. 1989, and along with random objects being dropped on Dave's desk, we get Paul's peppy them song. Watch closely, won't you?
LOUIE ANDERSON, 1988-1997
- January 21, 2022: Everyone was saddened by the passing of Louie Anderson this week. Don Giller is on it, with 55 minutes of Louie to remember him by. He had a bunch of ironic takes on ordinary life that left me thinking I should look for. RIP, Louie.
COUNTDOWN TO AN ANNIVERSARY
- January 17, 2022: Here's the latest project from our pal, Don Giller. Late Night with David Letterman premiered on NBC on February 1, 1982; therefore, a 40th anniversary is imminent. Today, Don posted 93 minutes of video that documents the pieces coming together. (YouTube link) We'll see Dave making the announcement on the Tonight show. There are interviews: Hal Gurnee, Paul Shaffer, Will Lee (who was with Dave 33 years), Dave plugging the show with Johnny Carson, Dave with Jane Pauley on Today and Calvert DeForest with Paula Zahn (?). Hal gives the back story on Calvert delivering the eerie warning message as the first episode began. I didn't know that it was inspired by the beginning of Frankenstein (1931)!
Then we get into LNDL #1. Bill Murray was the first guest (and the last guest 33 years later). Don Herbert, Mr. Wizard, a childhood hero of mine, was the second guest. (There was an upload glitch in the video near the end.) Steve Fessler wraps the episode with a dialog from Bowery at Midnight. Thanks so much to Don Giller for his tireless work, as usual!!
Here's my log from LNDL No. 0001: opening announcement and warning by Larry Bud, NBC Peacock Girls, Bill Wendell's intro, Dave appears, "What Would You Like to See on Late Night TV?", [all night long: welding], a tour of the set, Bill Murray / Bill dances to Olivia Newton-John's "Physical", a message from the Undersecretary of Education, the first remote: "The Shame of the City," Mr. Wizard (Don Herbert), show ends with Steve Fessler reciting lines from the movie Bowery at Midnight
LETTERMAN CAMEO ON "SEINFELD"
- January 16, 2022: I don't know the story behind this, but in 1996, TV Boy was seen during the closing credits of a Seinfeld episode. It's just silly stuff, as you might imagine, similar to the "Would you like to buy a monkey?" scene. Please note that this 43-second clip is ©1996 Castle Rock Entertainment, so you'll probably end up in the slammer if you watch it. (YouTube link) / OK... since you begged me... here's a similar one, from 11-06-95.
VIEWER MAIL: THE GREATEST RECURRING SEGMENT
- January 12, 2022: The Donz Blog by Don Giller has a real interesting look back at the origin and success of Viewer Mail. (link) Head writer Merrill Markoe cooked up the segment. I didn't know that it began on Dave's NBC morning show. It reappeared in the second week of Late Night. As a fan with about 600 hours of Dave's shows recorded, I almost always recorded Viewer Mail. Don, by the way, is compiling yet another massive database, that will cover the history of the segment.
Note: You can download Don's Viewer Mail database info as PDFs. It will be useful to first read his blog, to learn what he's done. The links are clearly marked, at the end of his blog.
RONNIE SPECTOR ON LETTERMAN, 1983-2010
- January 12, 2022: RIP Ronnie Spector, who we lost today. She formed the Ronettes in 1963. I certainly remember them. Don Giller released this collection today. (YouTube)
BOB SAGET ON LETTERMAN
- January 10, 2022: RIP Bob Saget, who we lost way too soon this week. Don Giller has added his latest compilation to YouTube. It runs almost two hours. Don't miss Bob's pretzel dispenser!
WILL LEE: "SHOULDER WORTH CRYING ON"
- January 3, 2022: Will Lee, who needs no introduction here, posted a YouTube video today. It's a very catchy song. I don't know why he went with animation.
DAVE IN "THE PEEPING TIMES" (1978)
- January 3, 2022: I've never heard of this one! It's an off-the-wall spoof of investigative reporting, from January 25, 1978. TV's David Letterman is one of the intrepid reporters. Don Giller posted it to YouTube four years ago. It's 55 minutes of nonsense.
ALLEN LUDDEN AND BETTY WHITE WITH LETTERMAN
- January 1, 2022: This extravaganza, compliments of Don Giller, of course, spans 1978 - 2012. The occasion, as you probably all know, is that Betty White died yesterday, just 16 days before her 100th birthday. Personally, I considered Betty a Top Ten guest on Letterman. She wasn't on a huge number of times, but she was always fun and hilarious. Don's compilation runs 1:18. (YouTube)
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 14, 2009.
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