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 ...  Himself - Host / ... 4,194 episodes, 1993-2015
Paul Shaffer ...  Himself - Musical Director / ... 4,194 episodes, 1993-2015
Alan Kalter Alan Kalter ...  Himself - Announcer / ... 1,478 episodes, 1995-2015
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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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"There is no off position on the genius switch." See more »


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CBS [United States]

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USA

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English

Release Date:

30 August 1993 (USA) See more »

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Late Show Backstage See more »

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Boca Raton, Florida, USA See more »

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Worldwide Pants See more »
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Dolby

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16:9 HD
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In January 2005, onetime Late Show with David Letterman (1993) producer Peter Lassally revealed that Johnny Carson occasionally contributed material for Letterman's monologues, even years after Carson's retirement. See more »

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Alan Kalter: Dwight, have you had any luck finding a summer job?
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Dwight The Troubled Teen: Oh, responsibility. Like when you brag to your golf buddies about how you cheat on your taxes? And when you hit that car in the parking lot and just drove away? You disgust me, you corrupt old fraud! I hate you! I hate all of you!
Dwight The Troubled Teen: Hi, I'm Dwight the Troubled Teen. This summer...
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Not Funny
15 October 2005 | by michael@piston.netSee all my reviews

After watching him lionized in the movie "Late Shift" I started watching David Letterman regularly, prepared to be entertained by an intelligent and witty humorist. What I saw instead was a very smug and self-satisfied performer who seemed to accept his rock star idolization as his due, and, in addition to having a disconcerting resemblance to Richard Nixon, was simply not funny. His monologues were short, wooden, and despite often receiving an explosive response from his adoring audience, were seldom humorous. I kept tuning him in, always imagining that I had previously caught him on a bad night, only to see my initial judgment reinforced over and over again. Not only was Letterman himself not funny, but he seemed bored and impatient with the show itself, as if he felt put upon even to perform. The strange thing is that the show itself is in many ways superior to Leno's Tonight Show - certainly the repartee between Letterman and his band leader lacks the embarrassing, almost pathetic quality of Leno's many vain attempts to make Kevin Eubanks seem witty. The skits are often cleverer than Tonight's heavy handed mockery of both public figures and ordinary Americans. Yet ultimately the program must rise or fall on the strength of its star, and here the laconic Letterman cannot hold a candle to the hyperactive laugh-a-second Leno. In the final analysis, Late Night with David Letterman doesn't work because David Letterman just isn't funny. And oddly enough, he seems to know it.


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