After several guest hosting appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Dave was given his own morning talk-show. This show included a full orchestra, news breaks, and a cast of regulars. Although not long-run, it introduced Dave to the general public on a wide scale and in a way was the test run for his wildly popular Late Night with David Letterman, which ran on NBC for years, later followed by The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS.
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Merril Markoe, the head writer, was forced, thanks to the last minute resignation, to take over as producer, a job she had never done in her life. Nobody on the show even knew how to find cue cards to write on, so they used enormous pieces of cardboard. The show stumbled on air in June 1980. See more