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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" lists and "Stupid Pet Tricks" (complete with slow-mo). Fans of the show will also remember Dave's use of unusual camera placements (Sky-Cam, Guest-Cam, etc.) and Dave's supporting cast (Paul Shaffer, Chris Elliott, Larry Bud Melman). Many famous guests and bands appeared on the show. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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"Late Night" started building its own repertory company of guests; they weren't the traditional Hollywood stars, but sports figures and news anchors, offbeat comics and sometimes obscure actors. Television names were much more likely to appear than movie names. "Late Night" wasn't about plugging the latest movie; it was about comedy and, mostly, it was about David Letterman. See more »

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The Real Top 10 List
7 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

Setting: An overpriced studio set overlooking New York City.

Time: Present Day, though if anyone had common sense it wouldn't be.

Tone: Deaf

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

David Letterman: The gap-toothed Host of Late Night. A cynical man who is jealous of Jay Leno because Jay's funny and he's not.

Paul Shaffer: A rare breed of shaved parrot. Serves to repeat everything that Dave says and act as what I'm guessing is a bandleader.

Alan Kalter: Announcer for the show. Not his fault.

Dave: Alright Ladies and Gentlemen, here's tonight's top 10 list.

(Music enters) Dave: Tonight's top 10 list: Top 10 Reasons I'm Not Funny.

(Applause sign lights up, people forced to clap, dually regretting an evening wasted)

Dave: Number 10:I'm a cynic

Paul: Oh, a cynic, huh?

Dave: Number 9: I'm whiny-Carson retired twenty years ago and I treat Jay Leno like he's Moby Dick.

Paul: Moby Dick.

Dave: Number 8: I think it's funny if I repeat words I say like "political pundit." Paul: Political Pundit.

Dave: Number 7: I'm crotchety.

Paul: Crotchety.

Dave: Number 6: I actually have to use laugh signs.

Paul: Oh, laugh signs huh?

Dave: Number 5: I don't ask guests real questions that stimulate their minds-instead I'll interview Hugh Laurie and ask him if his name is Hugh Laurie.

Paul: Ah, Hugh Laurie.

Dave: Number 4: If a guest says something awkward, I'll just look at the audience and furrow my brow.

Paul: Furrow your brow, huh? Dave: Number 3: I won't appear even mildly interested in what my guests are saying.

Paul: What your guests are saying Dave.

Dave: Number 2: I meanly pounce on celebrity scandals like a Tiger-Speaking of Tiger, did you know that his wife is threatening to wedge his nine-iron?

(Laughter sign blinks, fake laughter)

Paul:Nine-iron, wedge, golf.

Dave: And the number 1 reason I'm not funny: I actually have to make out a list.

(Applause sign blinks, fake applause ,or it could be real, the show end in seconds)

Paul: You have to make a list!

Alan: This is Alan Kalter speaking: Good night everybody, better than mine anyway.


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