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 »
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...  Himself - Host / ... 1,721 episodes, 1982-1993
...  Himself - Musical Director / ... 1,718 episodes, 1982-1993
Bill Wendell ...  Himself - Announcer / ... 1,192 episodes, 1982-1993
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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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In the months before David Letterman's Late Night show premiered, he had a meeting with David Tebet, an executive from Carson Productions who spelled out the late-night rules: First, no monologue. Second, the band could have no more than four members. Third, the bandleader, or however was going to qualify as Letterman's Ed McMahon, could not sit down at the panel with the host. With those stipulations the show would have Johnny Carson's blessing, but Merrill Markoe couldn't have cared less as she wanted the show to be as different from "Tonight" as possible anyway. See more »

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Larry "Bud" Melman: Good evening. Certain NBC executives feel it would be a little unkind to present this show without just a word of friendly warning. We're about to unfold a show featuring David Letterman, a man of science who sought to create a show after his own image -- without reckoning upon God. It's one of the strangest tales ever told. I think it will thrill you. It may shock you. It might even horrify you. So, if any of you feel that you don't care to subject your nerves to such a strain, now's your ...
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David Letterman eats Conan O'Brien for breakfast
20 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

While Conan does have one of the best shows on TV now, David Letterman's original Late Night talk show is what created it all. This is where such classic things like "Stupid Pet Tricks" and "The Top Ten List" were born. Dave knows what people want to laugh at, and from that show he did it all, like once leaving an audience member as host for nearly the entire show while he "looked for his fake teeth" and other great things. David Letterman's current show may get more viewers, but this one should never be forgotten.


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