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After several guest hosting appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Dave was given his own morning talk-show. This show included a full orchestra, news breaks, and a cast of regulars. Although not long-run, it introduced Dave to the general public on a wide scale and in a way was the test run for his wildly popular Late Night with David Letterman, which ran on NBC for years, later followed by The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. Written by Brian

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Fred Silverman wanted this to be a daytime talk/service show with a regular "family" of performers ninety minutes live every morning at ten from New York. Arthur Godfrey's name was mentioned as what to shoot for. However, Dave and Merrill Markoe didn't care what Silverman wanted; they had their own vision of what their show would be: funny, inventive, groundbreaking. Everything daytime television had never been. See more »

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I too have memories of this show.
11 January 2006 | by (Alexnadria, VA) – See all my reviews

I too have fond memories of this show from my childhood, which few people my age or of any age seem to remember. In fact, when he got the nighttime show my reaction was, "Hey, that's the guy who was on that cool morning show that got canceled." I was 9 years old the summer that Letterman had this morning show, and the absurdist humor and out-of-ordinary guests were fascinating to me. It was unlike any other "talkshow" on TV at that time. I remember one show in particular where Dave admitted the show's ratings weren't high and so he took a studio TV monitor and surfed through the channels and begin describing what was currently airing on all the other stations in case viewers at home would rather watch something else.


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