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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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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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 »

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Himself - Bandleader: [after he and David play around with air raid sirens, impersonating a broadcast announcer] This is a test. This is only a test. If this is an actual emergency, flip over to Leno.
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The Late Show is Better than ever!!!
12 September 1999 | by (Ellensburg, WA) – See all my reviews

If you would have asked me three months ago if I thought that The Late Show with David Letterman was a good show, I would have told you to change the channel to one of the other Late Night shows. But now I have changed my tune, The Late Show with David Letterman is better than ever, and is easily funnier and more entertaining than his competition, and if you have been tuning in to watch the the other Late Night shows (Politically Incorrect - The Tonight Show), then i challenge you, to give Dave a chance and see how much better and funnier he is than those other guys.

Paul Shaffer is on the right key, and Mr. Letterman is definitely still and will always be "King of Late Night". And yes Paul and Dave are a couple of "them guys".


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