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At age six, Lindsay Lohan appeared as a trick-or-treater dressed as garbage for a Halloween skit ("Things You Find on the Bottom of the D Train").
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At least three people called David Letterman "an asshole" on this show. Cher was the first: Late Night with David Letterman: Episode dated 22 May 1986 (1986). Shirley MacLaine was the second: Late Night with David Letterman: Episode dated 4 October 1988 (1988). Calvert DeForest, aka Larry 'Bud' Melman, was the third in August 1989.
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Letterman left "Late Night" in 1993 for Late Show with David Letterman (1993) on CBS when NBC give the "Tonight Show" to Jay Leno following the departure of Johnny Carson in 1992. However, NBC refused to allow Letterman to use elements that made the show famous such as "Larry 'Bud' Melman" or "The Top Ten List". NBC claimed those bits were their "intellectual property". "The Top Ten List" was renamed "Late Show Top Ten" and "Larry 'Bud' Melman" used his real name, Calvert DeForest.
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The program ran four nights a week, Monday to Thursday, from the show's premiere in February 1982 until May 1987 with Friday Night (1983) airing in the 12:30 a.m. slot on Fridays with occasional Late Night specials and reruns. However, Friday shows were added in June 1987 since Friday Night Videos was cut from 90 minutes to 60 minutes.
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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.
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Bill Murray and Don Herbert were Letterman's very first guests (February 1, 1982).
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NBC ordered Letterman to do a short monologue and to not have brass instruments in his band in order to differentiate the show from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). Letterman later did a longer monologue and had brass instruments on Late Show with David Letterman (1993).
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The first Top Ten List was "Top Ten Words That Almost Rhyme With Peas."
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