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Late Show with David Letterman 

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
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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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Official Sites:

CBS [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

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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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

NBC claimed "intellectual property rights" on many of Letterman's famous running gags and characters from his original show. As a result, the character of "Larry Bud Melman" was retired (though the actor remained with the show and appeared under his real name), and such traditions as "Viewer Mail", "Stupid Pet Tricks", and the "Top 10 List" were simply renamed. This controversy was the subject of much ridicule during the 1993-94 TV season, mostly from Letterman himself. See more »

Quotes

Paul Shaffer - Bandleader: [after he and David play around with air raid sirens, impersonating a broadcast announcer] This is a test. This is only a test. If this is an actual emergency, flip over to Leno.
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Good late night entertainment
11 April 2007 | by mazunderscoreSee all my reviews

As far as American talk show hosts go, I find David Letterman the least pretentious and the least fake out of all of them. He seems to mostly say what he thinks and not JUST for the sake of being shocking or funny.

Letterman is mostly a likable guy and can at times be very witty, and of course satirical, which is something about him (as indeed his writers) that I enjoy. Yes I know, he is at times cocky and a bit of a show pony, but he's a talk show host and he's meant to have a personality and in my opinion he's the best there is.

I enjoy the little sketches like "Great Presidential Speeches" and "Will it Float?," I always enjoy watching Biff Henderson's little adventures and of course hearing from the always wonderful, Alan Kalter.

It's a nice little piece of late night entertainment and while some episodes are obviously going to be better than others depending on the guests - you know you're always going to have a bit chuckle.


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