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.

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Stars: David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Bill Wendell
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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
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Opening monologues, sketches, celebrity interviews, and musical performances are commonly featured.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Jerry Vivino
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series 2009)
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Comedian Jimmy Fallon hosts a late-night talk show.

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Jimmy Kimmel interviews celebrities.

Stars: Jimmy Kimmel, Cleto Escobedo III, Dicky Barrett
Conan (TV Series 2010)
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Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band
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Stars: Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks, Edd Hall
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Stars: Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Batiste, Stay Human
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Stars: Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens, Josh Robert Thompson
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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
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Each week night, The Late Late Show with James Corden throws a late-night after-party with a mix of celebrity guests, edgy musical acts, games and sketches. Corden differentiates his show by offering viewers a peek behind the scenes into the green room, bringing all of his guests out at once and lending his musical and acting talents to various sketches. Additionally, bandleader Reggie Watts and ... See full summary »

Stars: James Corden, Reggie Watts, Louis Waymouth
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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>

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Tom Arnold was the first guest host to fill in for David Letterman due to a non-illness related absence. See more »

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Alan Kalter: Dwight, have you had any luck finding a summer job?
Dwight The Troubled Teen: Summer job? When all my friends are playing video games and hanging out at the mall? No way.
Alan Kalter: A summer job means spending money, Dwight. And it teaches you responsibility.
Dwight The Troubled Teen: Oh, responsibility. Like when you brag to your golf buddies about how you cheat on your taxes? And when you hit that car in the parking lot and just drove away? You disgust me, you corrupt old fraud! I hate you! I hate all of you!
Dwight The Troubled Teen: Hi, I'm Dwight the Troubled Teen. This summer...
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The show that set the new standard
2 February 2002 | by (Dixie, USA) – See all my reviews

Dave is King of Late Night. If rumors are true, Carson chose Letterman to replace him, but NBC exec's decided otherwise. I can believe this. Letterman's run of 10 years on late-late night TV was brilliant, though a bit "cheap".

Well, with this show, some of the "homey" feel of the small show has gone, but the humor and style has stayed the same. From classics such as "Stupid Pet Tricks", to new skits such as the adventures of Mujibur and Sirajoul (apoligies for spelling) - two guys who ran a shop next to the theater where the Late Show was on, Dave finds a way to make anyone entertaining to everyone. It is rare that he can't find a chemistry to work with someone on stage with him, and that's the secret. Steve Allen, Jack Paar (to an extent), and Carson all had that gift. With the larger budget, Dave got bigger, grander, and funnier, while maintaining the "individual" appeal of a smaller budget show. There was Taxi Tic Tac Toe, the cross country trip of our two friends listed earlier and the van of gifts. The only thing missing was "Larry Bud Melman". Calvert DeForest shows up from time to time, but very rarely, and not with the same type of style that we had from Bud.

Dave is the King. It's a shame he had to leave the old court and build a new one.


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