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Release Date:
1 February 1982 (USA) See more »
David Letterman hosted this popular late-night comedy/talk-show. Often, Dave would go on location or to the phone lines to play pranks... See more »
Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 wins & 39 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The finest late night talk show ever. See more (15 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 532)

David Letterman ... Himself - Host / ... (1,191 episodes, 1982-1993)

Paul Shaffer ... Himself - Musical Director / ... (1,180 episodes, 1982-1993)

Series Directed by
Hal Gurnee (225 episodes, 1982-1993)
Series Writing credits
Gerard Mulligan (294 episodes, 1982-1993)
David Letterman (277 episodes, 1982-1993)
Steve O'Donnell (277 episodes, 1982-1993)
Larry Jacobson (240 episodes, 1984-1993)
Jeff Martin (215 episodes, 1982-1990)
Joe Toplyn (205 episodes, 1982-1990)
Matt Wickline (193 episodes, 1982-1990)
Randy Cohen (161 episodes, 1984-1990)
Fred Graver (150 episodes, 1984-1990)
Rob Burnett (141 episodes, 1988-1993)
Kevin Curran (139 episodes, 1984-1989)
Chris Elliott (136 episodes, 1982-1988)
Adam Resnick (131 episodes, 1986-1992)
Sandy Frank (109 episodes, 1982-1987)
Merrill Markoe (102 episodes, 1982-1986)
Maria Pope (79 episodes, 1990-1993)
Spike Feresten (78 episodes, 1990-1993)
Steve Young (78 episodes, 1990-1993)
Boyd Hale (69 episodes, 1987-1989)
Ted Greenberg (54 episodes, 1982-1984)
Rich Hall (54 episodes, 1982-1984)
David Yazbek (54 episodes, 1982-1984)
Paul Simms (53 episodes, 1990-1992)
Jill Davis (52 episodes, 1991-1993)
Andy Breckman (49 episodes, 1982-1984)
James Downey (48 episodes, 1982-1984)
Tom Gammill (48 episodes, 1982-1984)
George Meyer (48 episodes, 1982-1984)
Max Pross (48 episodes, 1982-1984)
Nell Scovell (34 episodes, 1982-1983)
Joe Furey (26 episodes, 1991-1992)
Ken Keeler (26 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jon Beckerman (26 episodes, 1992-1993)
Donick Cary (26 episodes, 1992-1993)
Brian Reich (26 episodes, 1992-1993)
Dave Rygalski (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Tony DeSena (19 episodes, 1993)
Eddie Gorodetsky (16 episodes, 1984-1985)
Dave Hanson (7 episodes, 1982-1993)

Tracy Abbott (unknown episodes)
Bill Scheft (unknown episodes)
Karl Tiedemann (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Jude Brennan .... associate producer / producer (198 episodes, 1986-1993)
Jack Rollins .... executive producer (194 episodes, 1982-1991)
David Letterman .... executive producer (167 episodes, 1987-1993)
Robert Morton .... producer / co-executive producer (140 episodes, 1988-1993)
Barry Sand .... executive producer / producer (137 episodes, 1982-1988)
Peter Lassally .... executive producer (30 episodes, 1992-1993)

Kristian Forland .... assistant producer (unknown episodes)
Frank Gannon .... segment producer (unknown episodes)
Daniel Kellison .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Charles Moore (unknown episodes)
Paul Shaffer (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Susan Hum (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Teressa Hill .... personal hair stylist: Jeremy Piven (1 episode, 1982)

Andy Clement .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Michael Di Cesare .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian McAloon .... associate director (14 episodes, 1982-1993)
Series Art Department
Jeremy Conway .... scenic designer (160 episodes, 1983-1989)

Kathleen Ankers .... scenic designer (unknown episodes)
Liz Doyle .... scenic designer (unknown episodes)
Al Maher .... head stagehand (unknown episodes)
Arlen Schumer .... graphic designer (unknown episodes)
William Shortridge Jr. .... graphic designer (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Glenn A. Arber .... p.a. mixer (303 episodes, 1982-1993)

Hope Vinitsky .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Marc Karzen .... visual effects: title photographer (247 episodes, 1982-1992)
Hal Gurnee .... opening sequence creator (75 episodes, 1989-1992)

Edd Hall .... visuals coordinator (unknown episodes)
Bob Pook .... title graphics (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Roy Farfel .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Dan Koko .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Joe De Bonis .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Baily Stortz .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Marcus Miller .... composer: additional music (38 episodes, 1982)
Paul Shaffer .... band musical director / music supervisor (19 episodes, 1993)

Chris Albers .... assistant to musical director (unknown episodes)
Paul Waterman .... musical contractor (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Barbara Gaines .... production coordinator / head production coordinator (174 episodes, 1987-1993)
Maria Pope .... researcher / production coordinator (94 episodes, 1987-1990)
Jill Bayor .... personal assistant (44 episodes, 1990-1991)
Brodie Ransom .... production staff (9 episodes, 1991)

Julie Bean .... production staff (unknown episodes)
Mary Connelly .... talent coordinator (unknown episodes)
Laurie Diamond .... assistant: David Letterman (unknown episodes)
Deirdre Dod .... talent assistant (unknown episodes)
Dave Hamilton .... researcher (unknown episodes)
Biff Henderson .... stage manager (unknown episodes)
Jay Johnson .... talent researcher (unknown episodes)
Daniel Kellison .... head talent researcher (unknown episodes)
Suzanne Lauer-Maltby .... intern (unknown episodes)
Kathryn Michalcik .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Leslie-Ellen Namm .... talent assistant (unknown episodes)
Sheila Rogers .... talent coordinator (unknown episodes)
Richard Scheckman .... film coordinator (unknown episodes)
Pami Shamir .... production staff (unknown episodes)
Barbara Sheehan .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Susan Shreyar .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Madeleine Smithberg .... talent coordinator (unknown episodes)
Elizabeth Steyer .... talent executive (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Stilson .... production staff (unknown episodes)

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60 min
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In September 1991, with "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) being pushed back from 11:30 p.m. to 11:35 p.m., Late Night began starting at 12:35 a.m., at the request of NBC affiliates who wanted more advertising time for their profitable late newscasts.See more »
Larry "Bud" Melman:Good evening. Certain NBC executives feel it would be a little unkind to present this show without just a word of friendly warning. We're about to unfold a show featuring David Letterman, a man of science who sought to create a show after his own image -- without reckoning upon God...See more »


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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The finest late night talk show ever., 19 August 2001
Author: lartronic from Akron, Ohio.

And that includes Dave's current show on CBS (they're basically the same, except for the set, crew, and name). Nothing against Carson, but Dave is the best ever. Everything you're watching today, Dave did it first, and best. He's still going, and he hasn't lost his ability to make people laugh. Craig and Conan are okay, Leno is awful, but Dave leaves everyone in the dust. Frankly, I'm glad Dave moved to CBS, if NBC thought that Leno should take over Carson's job even though Dave deserved it, then it was obvious that he was too good for the channel. I'm willing to bet he'll be around for a good many more years, thankfully.

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