The Late Show with David Letterman is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk-show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City.
Reviews
Popularity
2,557 ( 237)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



22   21   20   19   18   17   … See all »
2015   2014   2013   2012   2011   2010   … See all »
Won 9 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 wins & 117 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

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 »

Stars: David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Seinfeld
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV Series 2003)
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Jimmy Kimmel interviews celebrities.

Stars: Jimmy Kimmel, Cleto Escobedo III, Dicky Barrett
Conan (TV Series 2010)
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Conan O'Brien and his co-host Andy Richter discuss current news topics and interview celebrities and personalities.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series 2009)
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Comedian Jimmy Fallon hosts a late-night talk show.

Stars: Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

After Johnny Carson's retirement from the show, Jay Leno stepped in as his permanent replacement. The format of the show has remained largely unchanged, consisting primarily of an opening ... See full summary »

Stars: Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks, Edd Hall
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Conan O'Brien, a Harvard Lampoon alumnus, hosts this late-night comedy/talk-show which is often silly and whimsical.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Joel Godard
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Jimmy Fallon hosts the Tonight Show and interviews celebrities, plays games with them and has a musical or comedic guest perform.

Stars: Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Making a satire out of the entire Late Night Show concept Scotsman Craig Ferguson hosts his show with a robot skeleton and a "horse" as his sidekicks. The show features the stereotypical parts of a Late Show, but all in their own, raw way.

Stars: Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens, Josh Robert Thompson
Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Stephen Colbert takes over as host, executive producer and writer of THE LATE SHOW on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. The comedy-variety-talk show will be broadcast five nights a week from the Ed Sullivan theater in New York.

Stars: Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Batiste, Stay Human
Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A mix of celebrity interviews, musical performers, audience participation games, and segments spotlighting real people with extraordinary stories and talents, hosted by comedienne Ellen DeGeneres.

Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Boss, Anthony Okungbowa
Comedy | Music | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Opening monologues, sketches, celebrity interviews, and musical performances are commonly featured.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Jerry Vivino
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Himself - Host / ... (4,170 episodes, 1993-2015)
...
 Himself - Musical Director / ... (4,168 episodes, 1993-2015)
Alan Kalter ...
 Himself - Announcer / ... (1,301 episodes, 1995-2015)
Edit

Storyline

David Letterman's comedic talk-show after moving to a new television network. He retains largely the same format as the previous 'Late Night with David Letterman.' Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

From New York, the Greatest City in the World. See more »


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 August 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Late Show Backstage  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

At least 29 people have guest hosted for David Letterman. In 2000, as he underwent and recuperated from heart bypass surgery: Charles Grodin, Regis Philbin (2 times), Paul Shaffer (3 times), David Brenner (2 times), Tom Snyder (2 times), Tom Arnold, Bill Cosby, Kathie Lee Gifford, Nathan Lane, Janeane Garofalo, and Dana Carvey; in 2003, as he recuperated from the shingles: Bruce Willis, John McEnroe, Regis Philbin, Whoopi Goldberg, Vince Vaughn, Elvis Costello, Will Ferrell, Megan Mullally, Brad Garrett, Tom Dreesen, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Shaffer, Bill Cosby, and Luke Wilson. Guest hosts who filled in for Letterman in June for no apparent reason ("Tired Ass Syndrome"): Tom Arnold, Tom Green, Kelsey Grammer, and Jimmy Fallon. In November 2003, Paul Shaffer filled in for Dave because of his girlfriend's ('Regina Lasko' ) delivery of their baby, Harry Joseph. In 2005, Paul Shaffer filled again as host, after Letterman went to accept a car award in Detroit. In 2007, Adam Sandler stepped in after Letterman caught fever earlier in the day. See more »

Quotes

[David is working at McDonald's]
David Letterman: Welcome to Mc Donald's.
Customer: Get me a cheeseburger.
David Letterman: Your order is a cheeseburger?
Customer: Yep.
David Letterman: Are you busy right now?
Customer: I gotta head to work. Why?
David Letterman: Could you swing by the grocery store and get us a bag of onions?
Customer: A bag of onions?
David Letterman: Yeah. We're running low.
[...]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sex Trek IV: The Next Orgasm (1994) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Letterman reliably entertaining
5 February 2003 | by (Leesburg, VA) – See all my reviews

I'm "only" 34 but I've been watching Letterman since I was about 13. He in fact has one of the few shows I can tolerate to watch on TV. I can always count on him to be entertaining. He clearly has it down to a science now and doesn't deviate much from his standard ritual whereas years ago it was always something new and different. That said, his ritual is actually reliably entertaining. Clearly one of the attractions to watching him for so long is the comfortable feeling one has with having the same show play around the same time of night for so many years. Of course, now I use TiVo. The bottom line is that Letterman is truly the best thing going for TV and is a reliably good and entertaining show.


20 of 32 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Thankfully Bill Murray wasn't the last guest wheresjohnny
Almost 4 months to Colbert? cashmccall
knife pulled on him Crustacean_Predation
not amused by photoshopped photo of his son ginalock
All you tube videos have disappeared katmor
Is that Dave? kwb1965
Discuss Late Show with David Letterman (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page