Popular late-night comedy/talk-show with host David Letterman, interviewing famous guests.
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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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Long live Conan!
8 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

Thank God David left for CBS (Crud Broadcasted Seasonally) and took that joke of a band leader with him. I'll grant that Dave had his moments in the 80's, but Paul alone makes his show completely unwatchable. He's often rude to his guests, slow on his jokes, and most of his "good" material consists of stumbling over punchlines and waiting for his audience to respond to the "Applause" sign when it lights up. Can there be anything worse than a comedian who gets his laughs merely as a courtesy, not due to any actual talent?

The temper tantrum he threw over not getting Carson's gig was ridiculous, and given his mediocre performances, he should have seen it coming. Oh well, his decision to jump ship gave the world Conan and Andy, so I guess he deserves indirect praise for that.


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