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... See full summary »
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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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In the search for laughs, Letterman often struck some viewers, and interview subjects, as mean spirited. Cher called him an asshole on the air. He sent Jane Seymore packing, in tears. He went into full interview meltdown with Shirley McLaine, who refused to do a preinterview, came spoiling for a fight and got one. She said Cher had been right; he said sayonara forever. See more »

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David Letterman - Host: [speaking via megaphone] I'm not wearing pants!
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David Letterman eats Conan O'Brien for breakfast
20 July 1999 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

While Conan does have one of the best shows on TV now, David Letterman's original Late Night talk show is what created it all. This is where such classic things like "Stupid Pet Tricks" and "The Top Ten List" were born. Dave knows what people want to laugh at, and from that show he did it all, like once leaving an audience member as host for nearly the entire show while he "looked for his fake teeth" and other great things. David Letterman's current show may get more viewers, but this one should never be forgotten.


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