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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...  Himself - Host / ... 4,193 episodes, 1993-2015
...  Himself - Musical Director / ... 4,193 episodes, 1993-2015
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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At least 29 people have guest hosted for David Letterman. In 2000, as he underwent and recuperated from heart bypass surgery: Charles Grodin, Regis Philbin (2 times), Paul Shaffer (3 times), David Brenner (2 times), Tom Snyder (2 times), Tom Arnold, Bill Cosby, Kathie Lee Gifford, Nathan Lane, Janeane Garofalo, and Dana Carvey; in 2003, as he recuperated from the shingles: Bruce Willis, John McEnroe, Regis Philbin, Whoopi Goldberg, Vince Vaughn, Elvis Costello, Will Ferrell, Megan Mullally, Brad Garrett, Tom Dreesen, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Shaffer, Bill Cosby, and Luke Wilson. Guest hosts who filled in for Letterman in June for no apparent reason ("Tired Ass Syndrome"): Tom Arnold, Tom Green, Kelsey Grammer, and Jimmy Fallon. In November 2003, Paul Shaffer filled in for Dave because of his girlfriend's ('Regina Lasko' ) delivery of their baby, Harry Joseph. In 2005, Paul Shaffer filled again as host, after Letterman went to accept a car award in Detroit. In 2007, Adam Sandler stepped in after Letterman caught fever earlier in the day. See more »

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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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Dave is turning back to the old Dave!
4 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I have been a big Letterman fan for years. I would tape shows when I was only 13, never missed a show. I agree that Letterman had his years where you could tell he felt like a failure and didn't put much into it. But I will add that he is much more real than Jay Leno. Jay Leno is your typical phony talk show host. You really saw how real Dave is if you saw his show on January 31, 2005 remembering Johnny Carson. I saw both his and Leno's shows on Johnny. Jay seemed much more scripted and fake. This was probably due to how the death of Johnny Carson hit the two, being that Dave was close with Johnny. (Johnny even wrote jokes in retirement and sent them to Dave to use). I have noticed lately that Dave's comedy is turning back around to the old Dave. Hopefully he realizes that he is appreciated and keeps up the turn around!


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