CBS announces Stephen Colbert as next host of the Late Show
Apr. 10, 2014

One week after David Letterman announced his retirement, CBS named Stephen Colbert as new host, beginning in 2015, in this press release.

David Letterman announces his retirement, effective in 2015
Apr. 3, 2014

Les Moonves made a statement in this press release today:

"When Dave decided on a one-year extension for his most recent contract, we knew this day was getting closer, but that doesn't make the moment any less poignant for us. For 21 years, David Letterman has graced our Network's air in late night with wit, gravitas and brilliance unique in the history of our medium. During that time, Dave has given television audiences thousands of hours of comedic entertainment, the sharpest interviews in late night, and brilliant moments of candor and perspective around national events. He's also managed to keep many celebrities, politicians and executives on their toes – including me. There is only one David Letterman. His greatness will always be remembered here, and he will certainly sit among the pantheon of this business. On a personal note, it's been a privilege to get to know Dave and to enjoy a terrific relationship. It's going to be tough to say goodbye. Fortunately, we won't have to do that for another year or so. Until then, we look forward to celebrating Dave's remarkable show and incredible talents.

Episode 4,000
Mar. 11, 2014

The Late Show aired Episode 4,000 on Tuesday, March 11. This refers to the episode serial number you'll see in the Wahoo Gazette, which includes only episodes hosted by Dave, and in his regular time slot. It doesn't count the four prime time specials that aired from 1994 - 1998, or episodes hosted by other individuals. Here's a PDF of my database, which is correct through March.

Will Lee to the Musicians Hall of Fame
Jan. 28, 2014

The great Will Lee is to be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville. Will's been with Dave and Paul since day one, February 1, 1982. He has recorded with pretty much everybody. Will is actively involved with The Fab Faux, and has sung for countless commercials. Congratulations, Will.

A Grammy Salute to the Beatles to be Broadcast Sun. Feb. 9, 2014 on CBS
Nov. 14, 2013

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most historic moments in music and television, The Recording Academy®, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS will present The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY® Salute to the BEATLES. The primetime entertainment special will celebrate the remarkable legacy of the seven-time GRAMMY Award-winning group and their groundbreaking first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

The two-hour show will tape on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, the day after the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, and will be broadcast exactly 50 years to the day, date and time of the original event, Sunday, Feb. 9 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (more)

David Letterman extends agreement to host Late Show through 2015
Oct. 4, 2013

CBS and Worldwide Pants announced today a contract extension for David Letterman to host the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN through 2015. (link)

"Les and I had a lengthy discussion, and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground," said Letterman.

"There is only one Dave, and we are extremely proud that he continues to call CBS 'home,' " said Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation.

David Letterman is the longest-running late night talk show host in television history at 31 years and counting. He has been credited with redefining the talk show genre since Late Night with David Letterman premiered on NBC on Feb. 1, 1982. The groundbreaking show earned a Peabody Award, five Emmy Awards and 35 Emmy nominations during its 11½ years on the air.

Jerry Foley Nominated for an Emmy
July 18, 2013

  • Congrats to the Late Show's Jerry Foley on his Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series! (link) Jerry is nominated for Episode 3749, the show with no audience on October 29, the day Hurricane Sandy hit NYC. The Emmys will air on CBS on Sunday, September 22 at 8:00 ET.
  • City yanks permit for Midtown bash
    July 3, 2013

    The New York Post reports that the mayor's office has done a 180°, and withdrawn approval for Jay-Z's concert on the marquee.

    Jay-Z Concert on the Letterman Marquee on July 8
    June 29, 2013

    The Rolling Stone reports that the aforementioned July 8 concert will actually be on the marquee of the theater.

    Jay-Z Concert on the Roof of the Ed
    June 29, 2013

    From Headlines and Global News: Jay-Z will be taking over Times Square. The rapper just got the go-ahead from Mayor Michael Bloomberg to perform atop the iconic Ed Sullivan Theater, right near Times Square, on July 8, Rolling Stone Magazine reports."

    CBS Announces Full-Episode Streaming for iPad and iPhone
    March 14, 2013

    In a press release today, CBS informs us that Apple products will be able to present full episodes of CBS programs. For late-night programming, episodes will be available the next day.

    David Letterman Comic Book Announced
    March 12, 2013

    Bluewater Productions has announced a biographical comic book about David Letterman, available on March 13. Order one at Comic Flea Market.

    Mayor Bloomberg to appear on March 11
    March 4, 2013

    This will be Mayor Bloomberg's fifth LATE SHOW appearance. He sat down for his first interview with Letterman on Sept. 29, 2010, and has appeared four times previously during comedy segments on the show, including two Top Ten List presentations, and a walk-on appearance in January 2008, when he gave Letterman's writer's strike beard the key to the city.

    The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Barbara Gaines, Matt Roberts, Jude Brennan, Maria Pope, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel and Rob Burnett are the executive producers.

    Late Show places first for the week in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and adults 18-34
    Feb. 28, 2013

    CBS's LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN placed first in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and adults 18-34, tied with The Tonight Show, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Feb. 22.

    THE LATE SHOW posted a 2.4/06 in households with an average of 3.29m viewers. In key demographics, LATE SHOW averaged 0.8/03 in adults 18-49, 1.1/04 in adults 25-54 and 0.5/02 in adults 18-34, all tied with The Tonight Show.

    THE LATE SHOW beat Jimmy Kimmel Live in households (2.4/06 vs. 1.8/05, +33%), viewers (3.29m vs. 2.53m, +30%), adults 18-49 (0.8/03 vs. 0.7/03, +14%), adults 25-54 (1.1/04 vs. 0.9/04, +22%) and tied in adults 18-34 (0.5/02, each).

    GA Southern drummers make the Late Show
    Feb. 24, 2013

    STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Officials at the Statesboro campus say band director Colin McKenzie selected the four musicians to accompany country singer Elizabeth Cook when she performs on the show March 13. Four drummers from the marching band at Georgia Southern University are heading to New York to perform on the Late Show with David Letterman.

    Cook is a 1996 graduate of Georgia Southern. She recently returned to Statesboro to rehearse with the student drummers.

    The musicians tapped to perform on the show are Sergio Arreguin of Baxley, Trey Exley of Rincon, Jose Morales of Richmond Hill and Jimmy Rotureau of Guyton.

    Gov. Chris Christie will appear on the Late Show on Feb. 4
    Jan. 31, 2013

    Seriously. I'm not making this up. Here's the press release from CBS. This is the gentleman who was featured in "The Late Show Tries Not to Make a Chris Christie Fat Joke" on August 23, 2012. This is going to be interesting.

    David Letterman Shakeup In Late Show Head Writers as
    Stangel Brothers Snag Multi-Year Development Deal

    Jan. 18, 2013

    The web site Deadline Hollywood has announced that Justin and Eric Stangel will leave their positions as co-head writers to work on development for Worldwide Pants. As of this posting, there is no official announcement from CBS.

    Dave talks with Oprah on Oprah's Next Chapter, Jan. 6
    Dec. 18, 2012

    Legendary talk show host David Letterman will be featured on Oprah's Next Chapter in a rare interview airing Sunday, January 6 from 9-10 p.m. ET on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, according to a release from

    Holiday Traditions Continue on the Late Show
    Dec. 13, 2012

    From CBS: The holiday traditions continue on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN when actor Jay Thomas and musician Darlene Love return to ring in the celebrations on the broadcast, Friday, Dec. 21 on the CBS Television Network.

    Thomas returns to participate in the annual LATE SHOW holiday quarterback challenge, where he and Letterman each take turns throwing footballs at the LATE SHOW Christmas tree to try and knock off the giant meatball perched atop the tree. This tradition started on Dec. 30, 1998 when former New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde was on the broadcast. He and Letterman tried unsuccessfully to knock the meatball off the tree, so Thomas, also a guest on the show that night, came on stage, took a throw and hit the meatball off the tree immediately. Also, Thomas will recount his hilarious encounter with Lone Ranger star Clayton Moore, one of Letterman's favorite stories, which Thomas recounts each year during his holiday visits.

    In another favorite LATE SHOW holiday tradition, legendary singer Darlene Love will perform her classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" for the 19th year on the broadcast, backed as always by LATE SHOW musical director Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra.

    Renowned Artists Gather for 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
    Dec. 3, 2012

    From CBS: Eminent artists, friends and peers of this year's seven honorees converged in Washington, D.C., last night (Dec. 2) to present entertaining and heartfelt tributes at THE 35TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, an entertainment special to be broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 26 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, with Caroline Kennedy as host for the 10th consecutive year.

    The annual event recognizes recipients for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures and television. Keeping with tradition, the roster of performers and presenters remained secret prior to the gala, and a short biographical film was featured during each honoree's tribute.

    Performers and presenters included Alec Baldwin, Jeff Beck, Jack Black, Jason Bonham, Tracy Chapman, Gary Clark, Jr., Alina Cojocaru, Billy Connolly, Angel Corella, Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Foo Fighters, Morgan Freeman, Marcelo Gomes, David Hallberg, Beth Hart, Judith Jamison, Julie Kent, Kid Rock, Jimmy Kimmel, Lenny Kravitz, Laura Osnes, Veronika Part, Tiler Peck, Grace Ann Pierce, Bonnie Raitt, Ray Romano, Liev Schreiber, Jimmie Vaughan, Naomi Watts, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson.

    A Conversation with David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey
    Oct. 16, 2012

    From a release from Ball State University: "Distinguished Ball State alumnus David Letterman, host of CBS's Late Show, will return to his alma mater on Monday, November 26, to host a conversation with media icon and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey at 4 p.m. in Emens Auditorium. The conversation is part of the David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series, established in 2008.

    The David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture Series
    Through a generous gift from Letterman, a 1969 graduate, Ball State established the Letterman Lecture Series. The series brings major business, media, and academic figures to campus to engage students in discussions about the latest issues in communications, emerging media, and cultural forces shaping our society. Guests have included legendary newscaster Ted Koppel, Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, innovator Tom Kelley, and public policy expert Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Letterman has personally invited and hosted conversations with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone in 2010, and MSNBC prime-time host Rachel Maddow last fall."

    Late Show notches its largest weekly audience since May
    Sep 27, 2012

    Tuesday's Broadcast with President Barack Obama Scores 5.14 Million Viewers, the Late Show's Best Single-Day Delivery Since Feb. 11, 2010

    Late Show with David Letterman notches its largest weekly audience since May, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Sept. 21.

    From CBS: The LATE SHOW posted a 2.1/05 with 2.89m viewers, 0.9/03 in adults 25-54, 0.6/03 in adults 18-49 and 0.4/02 in adults 18-34. The LATE SHOW posted its best households and viewers deliveries since the week ending May 18, 2012, its best adults 25-54 rating since the week ending June 29, 2012 and its best adults 18-34 rating since the week ending June 22, 2012. Note: Friday's broadcast was a rerun.

    Tuesday's (Sept. 18) broadcast with President Barack Obama delivered a 3.7/09 with 5.14m viewers, 1.5/06 in adults 25-54, 1.1/05 in adults 18-49 and 0.8/04 in adults 18-34. This marks the LATE SHOW's best single-day delivery in households and viewers since Feb. 11, 2010, in adults 25-54 since Dec. 8, 2011, in adults 18-49 since Feb. 20, 2012 and in adults 18-34 since March 21, 2011.

    President Obama to visit the Late Show on Sep. 18
    Sep. 13, 2012

    President Barack Obama will visit the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Tuesday, Sept. 18 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This will mark President Obama's second visit to the LATE SHOW since his election as President of the United States in 2008 – he last appeared on the broadcast Sept. 21, 2009. Including his appearances when he served as U.S. Senator from Illinois and during his 2008 presidential campaign, this will be his seventh overall visit to the LATE SHOW.

    Statement from David Letterman on The Kennedy Center Honors
    Sep. 12, 2012

    "This is something wonderful for my family, my co-workers and myself. I believe recognition at this prestigious level confirms my belief that there has been a mix-up. I am still grateful to be included." – David Letterman

    David Letterman to be recognized on The Kennedy Center Honors
    Sep. 12, 2012

    Bluesman Buddy Guy, actor Dustin Hoffman, comedian and television host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova and rock band Led Zeppelin will receive honors for 2012 on THE 35TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, to be broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 26 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The special has been broadcast on CBS each year since its debut.    press release

    U.S. Women's Olympic Gymnastics team to visit the Late Show
    Aug. 7, 2012

    The U.S. Women's Olympic Gymnastics team, who took home the first team all-around gold medal for the U.S since 1996 at the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London, will visit Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday, Aug. 14. The "Fierce Five" team of Gabrielle Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Alexandra Raisman have also had success on the individual medal front. Douglas scored a gold medal in the the women's individual gymnastics all-around, Maroney won silver in the women's vault, and team captain Raisman took home gold in the floor exercise individual and bronze in the balance beam event.

    Emmy Award Nominations 2012
    July 19, 2012

    Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series
    This is for Episode 3602, with Darlene Love and Jay Thomas.

    Timothy W. Kennedy, Technical Director, and on cameras: David Dorsett, Jack Young, Karin Grzella, Al Cialino, John Curtin, George Rothweiler, Dan Flaherty, Fred Shimizu, John Hannel, Daniel Campbell and Steven Kaufman. On video control: William White

    Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series
    The submitted episode was also 3602.

    Jerry Foley, Director

    Congratulations, and good luck!

    Live webcast by Maroon 5
    June 8, 2012

    CBS has announced a live webcast for June 26. Maroon 5 will play songs from their four albums, including Overexposed, which will be released the same day as the webcast. The LIVE ON LETTERMAN franchise, which has surpassed 110 million views to date on and VEVO, has hosted some of the most established bands and musicians across the globe in an intimate and dynamic setting for worldwide followers to enjoy.

    Live webcasts scheduled by Silversun Pickups and The Temper Trap
    May 30, 2012

    CBS has announced two live webcasts for the week of June 7 to 11. During the month of June, CBS Interactive Music Group's award-winning concert webcast series, LIVE ON LETTERMAN, presented by AT&T, will showcase alternative Los Angeles foursome Silversun Pickups and infectious indie rockers The Temper Trap in live webcasts from the world-famous Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, available on and VEVO, on Monday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 6, respectively.

    Dave joins Regis on Piers Morgan Tonight, 5/29/12
    May 25, 2012

    CNN has announced that Dave will join Regis Philbin, apparently for a full hour, as the two friends cover a variety of subjects, including Dave's first show (9-17-01) after the attack on New York.

    The Stangels have a book!
    Apr. 23, 2012

    Goodnight Husband, Goodnight Wife is a humorous parody of a children's literature classic from Late Show executive producers Justin and Eric Stangel. It's now available for iOS via iTunes, for the nominal fee of $12.99.

    The description says, "Familiar to generations of married couples, the gentle sarcasm and clever illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of every frustrating, exhausting, utterly priceless day."

    You'll need iBooks 1.2 and iOS 4.2 to read it.

    Carrie Underwood scheduled for Live on Letterman
    April 17, 2012

    Edited from a CBS press release: Multiple Grammy® Award winner Carrie Underwood will appear in a live webcast concert from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Monday, April 30 at 8:00 ET. Underwood will play music from throughout her career, including her newest single, "Good Girl." Fans can watch the webcast live or on-demand. In addition, the show will be available on select CBS RADIO stations, viewable live on CBS's JumboTron in Times Square, as well as via a live audio stream on's mobile applications.

    Paul Shaffer does Don Kirschner
    April 15, 2012

    At the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction today, Paul did the Don Kirschner impression he made famous on Saturday Night Live, this time to introduce a performance by Darlene Love. I haven't found video yet, but here's a photo he tweeted.

    Don Kirschner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight, as a sideman.

    CBS announces new contract extensions with late night stars
    April 3, 2012

    CBS has reached agreements with David Letterman and Craig Ferguson for contract extensions to host their respective late night franchises – Late Show and the Late Late Show – through 2014, it was announced today by Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. Both series are produced by Worldwide Pants, Inc.

    During the course of this agreement, Letterman, who premiered in late night in 1982, would become the longest-running late night talk show host in television history, surpassing the current record of 30 years by Johnny Carson.

    As part of this new deal, the Late Late Show will move to a larger stage at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, and CBS will co-produce the series with Worldwide Pants, Inc.

    "David Letterman is a late night legend with an iconic show and Craig Ferguson continues to evolve the genre in exciting and innovative ways," said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. "These new agreements deliver ongoing high-quality entertainment for our audience and continued strength and stability for CBS in late night."

    David Letterman has been credited with redefining the talk-show genre when Late Night with David Letterman premiered Feb. 1, 1982. The groundbreaking show earned a Peabody Award, five Emmy Awards and 35 Emmy nominations during its 11½ years on the air. Since its debut on CBS on Aug. 30, 1993, the Late Show with David Letterman has been honored with nine Emmy Awards, including six for "Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program," and a staggering 70 Emmy nominations.

    Since its debut in 2005, the Late Late Show with CRAIG FERGUSON has won critical acclaim for its unpredictable style and its host's versatility and charm. The Scottish-born actor, writer, director and producer has brought a unique approach to late night television, earning the show a Peabody Award in 2009 and its host an Emmy Award nomination in 2006. The program's signatures include an extended, unscripted monologue and guest interviews noted for their free-wheeling nature.

    Dave Dorsett retires
    December 23, 2011

    Tonight David Letterman gave a shout out to cameraman Dave Dorsett, who's retiring after working for CBS for 46 years. Dave's also appeared in comedy segments, often delivering an insult to his boss. He's earned eight Emmy® awards. Best wishes for a great retirement!

    See the Late Show's wonderful tribute video for Dave by clicking right here. You'll get a sense of why David Letterman's staff have been so loyal to him over the years.

    The Making of "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)"
    December 19, 2011

    Run, don't walk, to to watch this wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the preparations for Darlene Love's performance of Dave's favorite song, which has been performed on his shows 17 times. Click here. It's narrated by Paul Shaffer. You'll see rehearsals, plus clips of performances over the years. It's 09:47 of awesomeness. Darlene Love isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by chance.

    Also, here's another 03:22 video with Darlene that they're calling the Mash-Up.

    I have eight of her performances in my Video Archives.

    Late Show with David Letterman Tops The Tonight Show in
    Adults 18-49 in a November Sweep for the First Time Since 1994

    December 2, 2011

    Excerpt from a CBS press release:
    CBS had a historic late night November sweep, with LATE SHOW beating The Tonight Show in adults 18-49 for the first time since 1994 and THE LATE LATE SHOW topping Late Night in adults 18-49 for the first time ever (with any host for either program), according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the period of Oct. 27-Nov. 23.

    In the November sweep, LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN (2.4/06, 3.41m) beat The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2.5/06, 3.60m) in adults 25-54 (1.2/05 vs. 1.1/04, +9%), adults 18-49 (0.9/04 vs. 0.8/03, +13%) and tied in adults 18-34 (0.5/02, each). LATE SHOW beat The Tonight Show for the first time in a November sweep since 1994 and finished in its best competitive position in a November sweep in adults 18-34 since 1995.

    13th Annual Dave's Mom's Thanksgiving Pie
    Thanksgiving-Pie-Guessing-Contest now open

    Nov. 16, 2011

    Helen Read, Traci Gilland and James Langdell announce:

    One of our favorite Late Show with David Letterman traditions occurs each Thanksgiving, when Dave fires up the satellite and chats with his Mom, Dorothy, and attempts to guess what kind of pies she has made for Thanksgiving. Since 1999, the Alt.Fan.Letterman (AFL) Pie Committee (Helen, Traci, and James) has been conducting an annual pie contest so that you, the home viewer, can play along at home. In 2007 there was no Thanksgiving episode of the show because of the writers' strike, so we dreamed up a little something called the Pie Machine 314159, which is now part of the Pie Contest tradition.

    On the entry form you may type in your own picks manually, or let the Pie Machine guess for you. The Pie Machine has rather quirky taste in pies, so we highly recommend using machine picks for your Virtual Pie guesses.

    The Grand Prize winner will win a delicious home-baked pie made by AFL's resident Pie Goddess, Traci. The Virtual Prize winner will receive a package of Moon Pies.

    Visit the official Dave's Mom's Thanksgiving Pie site for full details of this year's contest, including rules, charts & graphs, results and reports from past years, Traci's Pie Prize Wonderland, and the official contest entry form.

    Here's a link to the rules. The deadline for entry is 12 noon EST on Monday, November 21, 2011. Please note that this is earlier than in past years, due to the early harvest.

    Vote Dave for the People's Choice Award
    November 16, 2011

    This is our chance to vote for David Letterman for a People's Choice Award for Favorite Late Night TV Host at this link. Click on Dave's picture to vote.

    Media Vanguard Awards: Best Live Webcast Series
    November 14, 2011

    Advertising Age announced: An original multiplatform concert series from CBS Interactive Music Group, "Live on Letterman" features artists appearing on upcoming episodes of the Late Show with David Letterman. The shows are staged at Manhattan's historic Ed Sullivan Theater, webcast live and on-demand, on CBS Radio and through mobile apps. Bands including Coldplay, Wilco, Rascal Flatts, Gorillaz and Incubus have offered essentially free full-fledged concerts, and this spring's nearly two-hour AT&T-sponsored Foo Fighters show featured the group in skinny suits and ties, rocking out in a black-and-white webcast that paid homage to the Beatles' legendary performances on the Ed Sullivan Show.

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers
    November 11, 2011

    "Cheers to David Letterman for again proving he's a player in the presidential campaign.

    From George W. Bush's disastrous Top 10 list in 2000 to Dave's feud with John McCain after he blew off a 2008 interview, the Late Show host has repeatedly found himself in the thick of the race for the White House. And it looks like 2012 will be no exception.

    After Texas Gov. Rick Perry suffered a potentially fatal brain freeze during Wednesday night's debate, he sought instant damage control by reading a self-deprecating Top 10 list of Rick Perry Excuses on Late Show. (My favorite lines: 'You try concentrating when Mitt Romney is smiling at you. That is one handsome dude,' 'I had a five-hour energy drink six hours before the debate' and 'I just learned Justin Bieber is my father.')

    Letterman didn't let Perry off too easily, taking a few well-placed shots at him in the monologue ('It's 61 and foggy — kind of like Rick Perry.') Next Friday, Herman Cain will make the obligatory pilgrimage to the Ed Sullivan Theater for a sit-down with Dave. All hail Letterman: The king of late night is a kingmaker as well."

    David Letterman schedules conversation with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow
    November 7, 2011

    From a Ball State University release: Distinguished Ball State alumnus David Letterman, host of CBS's Late Show, will return to his alma mater on Friday, Dec. 2, to host a conversation with Rachel Maddow at 4 p.m. in Emens Auditorium. The conversation is part of the David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series, established by the university in 2008.

    Maddow's MSNBC prime-time hit, The Rachel Maddow Show, will be broadcast live from the Ball State campus that evening.

    Jets legend Joe Namath to visit on August 30
    August 25, 2011

    FROM CBS (EDITED): New York Jets legend Joe Namath will visit the Late Show, Tuesday, Aug. 30 on the CBS Television Network, the same day the Late Show marks its 18th anniversary on CBS.

    "Broadway Joe" is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and an icon among the Jets' faithful. He is perhaps best known for his bold guarantee of a Jets Super Bowl win over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in 1969, and then making good on that promise with the Jets' 16-7 victory. Namath is promoting the the recently launched 2011 Topps football cards, which include a special insert called "Super Bowl Legends." Also on the broadcast are actor Alec Baldwin and a performance by musical guest Lenny Kravitz.

    Drum Solo Week II
    August 2011

    FROM CBS: Stewart Copeland, Tony Royster Jr., Gavin Harrison and Dennis Chambers to Showcase Unique Drum Solos on the Broadcast

    The beat goes on as the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN gives drummers their due during "Drum Solo Week II," featuring some of the best drummers in music, Monday, Aug. 22-Thursday, Aug. 25 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. On Monday, Aug. 22, 26-year-old drumming prodigy Tony Royster Jr., who began playing at the age of 3, performed on the GRAMMY® Awards at the age of 15 and has worked with artists such as the LATE SHOW's Paul Shaffer and Jay-Z, will kick things off with his performance. On Tuesday, Aug. 23, progressive drummer Gavin Harrison, who has worked with artists Iggy Pop, Lisa Stansfield and King Crimson, rocks the drum kit. On Wednesday, Aug. 24, Stewart Copeland, best known as drummer for the legendary GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band, the Police, and also an acclaimed composer and solo artist in his own right, takes to the Ed Sullivan Theater stage. And, putting the coda on the week, Thursday, Aug. 25 is a performance by renowned drummer Dennis Chambers, who has worked with artists John Scofield, Maceo Parker, Santana and Parliament/Funkadelic.

    The LATE SHOW debuted its popular first "Drum Solo Week" June 6-9, 2011, with renowned drummers such as the LATE SHOW's own Anton Fig, Sheila E., Roy Haynes and Neil Peart performing each night on the broadcast.

    Watch out, Dave!!!
    August, 2011

    Thank you, Mr. Letterman
    June 2011

    Thank You, Mr. Letterman is a YouTube video from kids who have written and produced plays via the Writopia Lab, sponsored by Worldwide Pants Incorporated.

    Tom "Bones" Malone to the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame
    March 29, 2011

    Dave announced on tonight's Late Show that on March 26, CBSO member Tom "Bones" Malone was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Tom joins such legends as B. B. King, Muddy Waters, Tammy Wynette, Sam Cooke, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Buffett, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. The University of Southern Mississippi has a news release with much more information. Every member of the CBS Orchestra is an extremely accomplished musician, and Tom is a tremendous talent. Also, he contributes as an arranger for music the CBSO plays. Finally, "Bones" has the best suits, ever!

    The Comedy Awards
    March 27, 2011

    The BBC reports that David Letterman was presented with the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence, the organization's highest honor, by Bill Murray for his contributions to US comedy over the course of his career.

    The event took place on March 26, and a broadcast of The Comedy Awards is scheduled to air at 9:00 ET on April 10 on Comedy Central, Nick at Nite, VH1 and TV Land.

    Dave's NCAA Bracket 2011
    March 16, 2011

    Dave completed his NCAA bracket with Brent Stover today on the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater. He warned us up front that he'd be biased for teams from Indiana and the Big Ten. Brent, a 1999 Kansas State alum, tried to nudge Dave toward a second win for the Cats, but when he heard that Belmont was gritty, Dave penciled them in.

    Here's video from CBS, or you can grab a QuickTime version from my Video Archives. Also, I have a JPEG of the completed bracket.

    Doctors Without Borders
    March 14, 2011

    The Late Show is supporting this organization's tsunami relief in Japan. Donate here.

    Late Show delivers largest audience and highest adult 25-54 rating of the season
    February 10, 2011

    "Late Show" Also Matches Season Highs in Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34

    CBS's Late Show delivered its largest audience and highest adult 25-54 rating of the season, while matching season highs in adults 18-49 and adults 18-34, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Feb. 4.

    Late Show posted a 2.7/07 in households with an average of 3.91m viewers. Late Show posted season high deliveries in both viewers and adults 25-54 (1.4/06) while matching season highs in households, adults 18-49 (1.0/04) and adults 18-34 (0.6/02). Late Show also tied The Tonight Show in adults 25-54 (1.4/06, each).

    Barbara Walters' A Matter of Life and Death
    January 21, 2011 is reporting an upcoming special featuring President Clinton, David Letterman, Robin Williams, Regis Philbin and Charlie Rose, who all have had heart trouble. It's scheduled for Friday, Feb. 4 on ABC.

    United Nations World Food Programme
    January 1, 2011

    Dave would like for us to contribute to this program. Learn more here.

    "Twas My Night at the Late Show 2010"
    December 20, 2010

    Marilyn Sargent has done it again! Her annual version of " 'Twas The Night Before Christmas" is on the dubya dubya dubya. It's awesome, as usual. I have 12 versions in my collection now.

    I'm linking to her post of it to AFL, by way of Google Groups. Click in this approximate area.

    12th Annual Dave's Mom's Thanksgiving Pie
    Thanksgiving-Pie-Guessing-Contest now open

    Nov. 13, 2010

    Helen Read, Traci Gilland and James Langdell announce:

    The 12th Annual Dave's Mom's Thanksgiving Pie Thanksgiving-Pie-Guessing-Contest is now open.

    The Late Show will not be taping a new episode on Thanksgiving this year. We anticipate that there will be a remote with Dave's Mom and her pies airing on November 24, on a show taped earlier that week.

    The entry form is in two sections: 1. Guess what pies Dorothy will bake this year for a chance to win the Grand Prize. 2. Guess what virtual pies the Pie Machine will "bake" this year for a chance to win the Virtual Prize.

    On the entry form you may type in your own picks manually, or let the Pie Machine guess for you. The Pie Machine has rather quirky taste in pies, so we highly recommend using machine picks for your Virtual Pie guesses.

    The Grand Prize winner will win a delicious home-baked pie made by AFL's resident Pie Goddess, Traci. The Virtual Prize winner will receive a package of Moon Pies.

    Visit the official Dave's Mom's Thanksgiving Pie site for full details of this year's contest, including rules, charts & graphs, results and reports from past years, Traci's Pie Prize Wonderland, and the official contest entry form.

    The deadline for entries noon EST on Monday, November 22, 2010. Please note that this is earlier than in past years, due to the early harvest.

    Best wishes for a safe and happy pie eating season. Now good luck and get going!
    — The Pie Committee

    Bill Carter's The War for Late Night
    November 2, 2010

    Bill Carter's latest look at late night television, The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy, will be available on November 4. I've seen lengthy excerpts, compliments of the December Vanity Fair, and it's pretty amazing to see the access Carter got to people in the know. He's a very good writer.

    The book, which examines the wild and crazy goings on at NBC as Conan and Big Jaw juggled programs, is available from Amazon. I'm not getting a piece of the action from this link.

    Carter is booked for the November 8 episode of The View.

    Will Lee interview in International Musician
    October 22, 2010

    Will Lee is interviewed in the October International Musician, from the American Federation of Musicians. Will signed on with Late Night on day one. We all appreciate his tremendous talent, and his loyalty to Paul and Dave for 28 years. You'll find various links for Will and the Fab Faux on this page. Here's a photo of Will and Kate Crenshaw on 53rd St. during DaveCon 2009.

    Dave to return to Ball State to discuss social media
    August 30, 2010

    From the Ball State University news site: "Distinguished Ball State alumnus David Letterman, host of CBS's Late Show, will return to his alma mater on Friday, Sept. 17, to host a conversation with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone about social media. The exchange between the late night broadcaster and Internet pioneer is part of the David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series, established by the university in 2008. It will take place beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Emens Auditorium on campus."  (link)

    Dave's booked for The View!?
    August 25, 2010

    In a somewhat amazing development, the American Broadcasting Company announced today that TV's David Letterman will appear on The View on Tuesday, September 7.

    I don't know what time it's on, as I've never watched it, in spite of having a bit of a crush on Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

    2010 Prime Time Emmy Award Nominations
    July 8, 2010

    • Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series

      Late Show with David Letterman • Episode #3289 • CBS • Worldwide Pants Inc.
      Jerry Foley, Director

      (This episode had an address from Akio Toyoda, a visit with American Idol bootee Didi Benami, and the cast of Broadway's The Addams Family performed.)

    • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series

      Late Show with David Letterman • Episode #3150 • CBS • Worldwide Pants Inc.
      Timothy W. Kennedy, Technical Director; William White, Senior Video Control; and on camera: David Dorsett, Jack Young, Karin Lucie Grzella, Al Cialino, John Curtin, George Rothweiler, Dan Flaherty, Fred Shimizu, Claus Stuhlweissenburg, Joseph Debonis, John Hannel, Steven Kaufman and Daniel Campbell

      (In this episode, Sir Paul McCartney presented a mini-concert from the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater. I recall being impressed with the camera work at the time.)

    The Emmys broadcast will be on Sunday, August 29 at 8 P.M. EDT, on NBC.

    For more information, go to

    Aaron Barnhart's Tasteland
    April 29, 2010

    In Tasteland, Aaron Barnhart, television sage of the Kansas City Star and longtime TV Barn blogger, dips into his first-hand reporting and commentary for a fast and fearless journey through 15 years of turbulence and excellence: from the Leno-Letterman "war" to 9/11 and actual wars ... from reality TV to quality dramas like 24 and Mad Men ... from the rise of DVRs to the fall of Conan O'Brien. After that, stay tuned as Aaron brings you the 100 best TV shows to buy, rent, or download ... more than 1000 hours of viewing.

    The book's on sale on Amazon.

    Ultimate Stupidity: Pets vs. Humans
    March 15, 2010

    This is no longer an exhibition, this is a competition! Pets and humans battle for supreme stupidity in the Late Show's Ultimate Stupid Trick Tournament.

    Starting on March 18th, fans will be able to vote online for their favorite Pet or Human Trick in a series of alternating daily matchups: Pets vs. Pets one day, Humans vs. Humans the next day, etc. Fans will be able to watch videos of the two competing Tricks in the daily matchups and then vote on their favorite.

    The Trick to garner the most votes each day wins, and the victor in each daily Pet or Human Tricks matchup will then proceed to the next level of competition -- with the top Pet going against the top Human for the title of best all-time Trick. The ultimate champion will be announced on the LATE SHOW Web site Monday, April 5.

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers
    Feb. 7, 2010

    CHEERS to David Letterman for his clever spot promoting Late Show, an homage to his 2007 ad with Oprah Winfrey, but adding once and future time-slot rival Jay Leno on the couch as well. It was filmed on Tuesday with all three together at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at that shoot. It was also excellent exposure and good PR for Leno, who could use it. Conan O'Brien reportedly passed on joining the fun, but he doesn't have a show to promote right now. Meanwhile, Dave continues to score big, booking Drew Brees for a guest spot on tongiht's Late Show.

    The Late Night War
    January 22, 2010

    On January 21, Jimmy Kimmel's show took a stab at the NBC fiasco by way of a brilliantly clever, four-minute spoof of a Ken Burns documentary, entitled The Late Night War. I've never watched Kimmel's show, but I'm extremely impressed by this effort. There's a high-quality version of it on YouTube.

    Rubbernecking NBC's latest car crash
    January 18, 2010

    That's how our pals at the Late Show are billing the Leno/Conan soap opera. Here are links to videos of all the fun in January:
    • Dave's desk chat: Advice to NBC   1/11/10   YouTube
    • Dave's desk chat : NBC, Conan and Leno   1/12/10   CBS   YouTube
    • Dave's desk chat: Will Jay Leno Do the Right Thing?   1/15/10   You Tube
    • Dave's desk chat: NBC's Dick Ebersol   1/18/10   You Tube
    • Law & Order: Leno Victims Unit   1/12/10   CBS   YouTube
    • Tales of the NBC Pinheads   1/13/10   CBS
    • Top Ten Messages on Jeff Zucker's Voicemail   1/13/10   CBS
    • What Does Jay Leno Stand For?   1/14/10   CBS
    • The Jay Leno File   1/21/10   YouTube

    Late Show cooperating with WFP for Haiti disaster relief
    January 18, 2010

    A massive earthquake hit Haiti on Jan. 12, killing thousands and wounding many more. The quake has caused widespread damage in and around the capital Port-au-Prince, leaving a large number of people homeless and hungry. The people of Haiti need food assistance as quickly as possible to prevent hunger worsening the misery already caused by the disaster. This is said to be Haiti's worst quake in two centuries. World Food Programme, the world's largest humanitarian agency, has staff on the ground and needs your help. Every hour we wait means more lives are at risk. Click here to donate.

    Big Drama at NBC
    January 12, 2010

    If you have five minutes, march yourself over to the CBS site and watch Dave's desk chat about the high drama playing out over the Leno-Conan shuffle.

    Conan announced today to the people of earth that he was leaving NBC in response to this decision. Read all about that on Aaron Barnhart's TV Barn.

    Dave is enjoying this a great deal, and he has a lot of fun telling this late night story.

    Not Ready for Prime Time
    January 11, 2010

    NBC affiliate owners have been squawking about Jay Leno's low ratings causing reduced viewership for local news, and the peacock network has given in. Leno's show will return to its old start time at 11:35 / 10:35 P, and will run for a half hour, to be followed by Conan.

    Here's a report from Yahoo! Also, I'm back in to add this link to Deadline | Hollywood with a more extensive report.

    Top Ten Late Show Moments of 2009
    December 31, 2009

    Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear (oh, wait, that was the Lone Ranger). Our pals at the Late Show are offering ten (naturally) instant classic videos from 2009, including Joaquin Phoenix, Rod Blagojevich, Sir Paul McCartney, Bruno, Madonna, Britney, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, a U2 TTL and a handful of Yankees. Click here, but don't forget to come back here when you're done.

    "Twas My Night at the Late Show 2009"
    December 22, 2009

    Legendary Late Show fan Marilyn Sargent has delivered her annual version of " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas." Her day care customers, as Tony Mendez would call them, joined in the fun and excitement.

    Seriously, Marilyn should be writing for the show. Thanks to the Dead Guy (Nick) for producing the video. Don't miss it!

    Guess who forgot the link to YouTube at first.

    The pie contest is on.
    November 20, 2009

    The AFL Pie Committee, Helen Read, Traci Gilland and James Langdell have announced the 2009 contest. Make your way to Helen's Dave-o-rama for full details. Look for Pie Guessing Rules and Submit Your Guesses to get started.

    Paul Shaffer to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live
    October 11, 2009

    Paul will appear on Tuesday, Oct. 20 to plug his book, We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives: A Swingin' Show-biz Saga. Here's the New York Times' review of the book.

    Robert J. Halderman was arrested in New York today.
    October 1, 2009

    Robert J. Halderman was arrested today for felony grand larceny over $1,000,000. Here's a link to the New York City Department of Corrections arrest report. This arrest report does not link Halderman to the Letterman case, but numerous Internet articles are naming him. Look in my links section under Articles for related stories, including one from CBS. I wish Dave and his family the best as this situation plays out. I wouldn't be covering it here if Dave hadn't spent 10 minutes addressing it himself on the show.

    Paul Shaffer to appear on The View
    September 24, 2009

    Paul has written a book, We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives: A Swingin' Show-biz Saga, which will be released on October 6. It'll be available on Amazon.

    On October 8, Paul will appear on The View, no doubt to promote the book.

    Harry's former nanny writes a book.
    August 24, 2009

    Katie Van Camp, a former nanny for Harry J. Letterman, has published a children's book about Harry's stuffed horse. You can buy the book on Amazon.

    Late Show outdraws Tonight for first time since '05
    June 25, 2009

    James Hibberd's "The Live Feed" reports Dave's win in total viewers over the Tonight Show last week.

    Letterman protest draws more media than activists
    June 16, 2009

    CNN Politics reports that a whopping 15 protestors gathered today to complain about Dave's joke selection.

    Behind the protest is John Ziegler. According to IMDB, he is a documentary filmmaker and director of Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted. Hmm. He couldn't possibly have any commercial interest in this situation, could he?

    Paul designs a tote bag for charity
    April 9, 2009

    Purex® is taking bids until April 29 on tote bags designed and autographed by celebrities. Proceeds will go to charity. Paul Shaffer's bag is shown here.

    Dave and Regina Lasko get married in Choteau. See Dave's announcement.
    March 19, 2009

    Dave and Regina Lasko married

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers
    March 1, 2009

    CHEERS to David Letterman for airing a segment with stand-up Bill Hicks that the Late Show host banned in 1993. Letterman screened the entire set—in which Hicks (who died of pancreatic cancer soon afterward) mocked everyone from pro-lifers to nonsmokers—and publicly apologized to the comic's charmingly plain-spoken mother, Mary. Better Late than never, Dave.

    Marilyn Sargent does it again!
    Dec. 18, 2008

    For the 12th year, Late Show fan Marilyn Sargent has written her wonderful 'Twas My Night at the Late Show. This year's version is on YouTube. Don't miss it. I'm not giving away any spoilers. You'll love being surprised. Marilyn's the master of inside Late Show jokes, so if you've not been watching lately, some of this will go over your head. Enjoy!

    Paul Shaffer awarded the Order of Canada
    Dec. 12, 2008

    Paul Shaffer was one of 46 people honored on Friday in Ottawa with the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian award, reports the Vancouver Sun. He was awarded the rank of Member in the Order of Canada at Rideau Hall by Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean.

    Paul is a very orderly Canadian. This is a much-deserved honor. Seriously, Paul has often generously given of his time to help others in need.

    10th Annual Dave's Mom's Thanksgiving Pie
    Thanksgiving-Pie-Guessing-Contest now open

    Nov. 14, 2008

    Helen Read, Traci Gilland and James Langdell announce:

    By popular request, we will have a dual contest this year. It's two, two, two pie contests in one! Two separate prizes will be awarded.

    Guess what pies Dorothy will bake this year, for a chance to win a home-baked pie from AFL's Resident Pie Goddess, Traci.

    Guess what virtual pies the Pie Machine will "bake" this year, for a chance to win a (store bought) Jumbo Whoopie Pie shipped directly to your door.

    Also new this year: on the entry form you may type in your own picks manually as in past years, or let the Pie Machine guess for you, similar to letting the machine pick your lotto numbers. The Pie Machine has rather strange taste in virtual pies, so we highly recommend using the machine picks for your Virtual Pie guesses.

    The deadline for entries is 11:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 (that's 0430 UTC on Thursday, November 27, 2008 for our international friends).

    Visit the official Dave's Mom's Thanksgiving Pie site for full details, including rules, charts & graphs, results and reports from past years, and the official contest entry form.

    Best wishes for a safe and happy pie eating season. Now good luck and get going!
    — The Pie Committee

    CBS puts Late Show episodes on their site!
    Oct. 22, 2008

    The day has finally arrived! The CBS HD Gallery has full Late Show episodes. Click on the arrows at the bottom to look for Late Show episodes among other programming. The episodes are in the 16:9 HD aspect ratio. Thanks, CBS, from all your pals in TV land.

    Dave to tape a rare Friday Late Show episode
    Sep. 28, 2008

    Mr. TV Barn, Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas City Star, reports that Dave will wait until Friday, October 3 to tape this week's Friday episode. This will allow him to crack jokes about the Vice-Presidential debate scheduled for Thursday night. Here's the link.

    Late Show Fun Facts book
    Sept. 12, 2008

    Amazon is taking orders for Late Show Fun Facts, a 240-page book to be released by Hyperion on September 23, 2008. The book is a compilation of the weekly "Fun Facts" from the Federal Bureau of Miscellaneous Information. Not sold yet? Well, here's Dave promoting the book on September 24.

    Dave's in the Rolling Stone again.
    Sept. 2, 2008

    Dave obviously has the cover of this week's Rolling Stone, as well as an interview in the issue. He responds to some questions about the upcoming departure of Jay Leno from Tonight in 2009, and his thoughts on his future on Late Night.

    Rest in peace, Hiram Bullock.
    July 25, 2008

    Our old friend, Hiram Bullock, 52, died on July 25, 2008. Hiram was a guitarist for Late Night with David Letterman from day one until 1984, when he moved on and Sid McGinnis joined the band. Although he's been away from the show for 24 years, we have always maintained a link to his personal Web site, where he announced his illness in March. Messages are pouring in on his Myspace site. The Jazz Network has a nice memorial for him. Will Lee has remarks on his site, as well. Legendary AFLer Boston Bill pointed out a number of YouTube videos of Hiram's performances. Read his obituary in the New York Times. We're very sorry to learn of his passing.

    Five Emmy Award Nominations for the Late Show
    July 17, 2008

    • Individual Performance In A Variety Or Music Program (David Letterman)
    • Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
    • Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series (#2827)
    • Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program
    • Lighting Direction (Electronic, Multi-Camera) For VMC Programming

    You can download a PDF of all Emmy nominations.

    Paul Shaffer and the CBSO in High Definition
    July 16, 2008

    CBS has just unveiled an HD Video Gallery. Included in the offerings is the Late Show theme song video, now in HD.

    Early Dave: The Letterman Tapes
    July 4, 2008

    Watch interviews with Dave over the years, with Tom Snyder, Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley. Pack a lunch. The run time is 51:58. Click in this approximate area.

    Dave talks about stand-up comedy, subbing for Johnny Carson, The David Letterman Show and getting ready for Late Night. Ironically, Jane Pauley told Dave 26 years ago, "You might not get another chance, so don't blow it this time!"

    Paul Shaffer featured in the June 2008 Sound&Vision magazine
    June 5, 2008

    There's an interview with Paul in this month's issue which any fan of Paul and the Late Show will enjoy. I was fortunate enough to get a print copy. Now it's on the Web: "Paul Shaffer's Greatest Hits."

    Paul Shaffer receives SESAC Legacy Award
    May 30, 2008

    SESAC is one of three performance rights organizations in the United States. On May 8, the organization presented its Legacy Award to Paul Shaffer, songwriter and Late Show bandleader, for his outstanding contributions to the entertainment world. The lengthy and highly complimentary remarks made at the New York awards gathering are available on YouTube in two parts: 1 and 2. It was good to see Paul receiving this well-deserved recognition.

    Magicians Week, May 5 - 9
    April 28, 2008

    From a CBS press release: LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN will dazzle viewers when it showcases some of the best magicians in entertainment during "Magicians Week," Monday, May 5 to Friday, May 9 (11:35 PM - 12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Starting things off will be world-renowned magician Lance Burton on Monday, May 5. Comic magician Mac King performs on Tuesday, May 6, while illusionist Dirk Arthur takes the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater on Wednesday, May 7. Steve Wyrick will wow the audience with his larger-than-life illusions on Thursday, May 8. Rounding out the week will be a performance from magic superstars Penn & Teller, who appear on the LATE SHOW Friday, May 9.

    Paul Shaffer and His British Invasion DVD
    March 28, 2008

    Amazon is taking pre-orders for a DVD of the benefit Paul Shaffer put together for the late Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five. Mike was paralyzed in an accident in 2003. The benefit and tribute came in two shows on August 2, 2005 at B. B. King's in New York. Groups appearing included the Fab Faux, The Zombies, Billy J. Kramer, Denny Laine and a reunion of Peter and Gordon. Cost of the DVD is currently $12.99, plus shipping.

    Paul asked Mike to sit in on keyboards when he guest hosted the Late Show on March 24, 2003. Smith died 11 days before he was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Dave Clark Five. You can read more about his career on Wikipedia.

    David Letterman and guest Jack Hanna in animated Legos!
    March 24, 2008

    This is amazing! An unbelievably clever individual has recreated one of Jack Hanna's
    many Late Show appearances using Lego® animation. Watch it here on YouTube.

    Chris Elliott to help salute Bob Elliott's career at the Paley Center on March 31
    March 14, 2008

    TV Boy will return on Wednesday, January 2 with writers!
    December 28, 2007

    The Late Shift author, Bill Carter, has broken a story in the New York Times, announcing that Worldwide Pants has struck a deal with the striking writers. The result is writers for the Late Show and the Late Late Show will be back at work on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

    Writers Guild Reaches Agreement With Worldwide Pants
    December 28, 2007

    LOS ANGELES -- The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have issued the following statement regarding Contract 2007 negotiations:

    "The Writers Guild has reached a binding independent agreement today with Worldwide Pants that will allow Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to return to the air with their full writing staffs. This is a comprehensive agreement that addresses the issues important to writers, particularly New Media. Worldwide Pants has accepted the very same proposals that the Guild was prepared to present to the media conglomerates when they walked out of negotiations on December 7."

    "Today's agreement dramatically illustrates that the Writers Guild wants to put people back to work, and that when a company comes to the table prepared to negotiate seriously a fair and reasonable deal can be reached quickly."

    "It's time for NBC-Universal to step up to the plate and negotiate a company-wide deal that will put Jay Leno, who has supported our cause from the beginning, back on the air with his writers."

    For more information about the Writers Guild of America, West, please visit For more information about the Writers Guild of America, East, please visit:

    The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) represent writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable, and new media industries in both entertainment and news. The unions conduct numerous programs, seminars, and events throughout the world on issues of interest to, and on behalf of, writers.

    Writer Richard Wright, musician Paul Shaffer earn honors
    December 28, 2007

    Novelist Richard Wright, author of Clara Callan, and Paul Shaffer, music director for David Letterman's late night talk show, are to be awarded the Order of Canada. They were among 40 Canadians named by Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean on Friday as members of the Order of Canada.

    2007 Great Performances
    December 28, 2007

    From the year-end Entertainment Weekly: "When Paris Hilton guested on the Sept. 28 Late Show with David Letterman, she may have expeced the usual fawning and enabling inquiry into her latest vanity projects (in this case, a fragrance and clothing line). Instead, Letterman — a host gloriously incapable of feigning interest — peppered her with subtly mocking questions about her recent stint in jail, deftly brushing aside her banal sloganeering ("It's made me a stronger person") and asking for a dissection of her prison menu. When she finally gave a pout, mewing that she didn't want to talk about jail anymore, Letterman — after a perfectly timed pause — fired back, "This is where you and I are different, because this is all I want to talk about." With that brilliantly blunt assessment, the host spoke for every American who's spent years wondering why Hilton is considered a celebrity in the first place. Given that she's largely famous for appearing in a sex tape, it's ironic that it took Letterman to prove that the heiress has no clothes."

    — Josh Wolk

    Ball State to add Letterman name
    September 1, 2007

    Ball State University's new communication and media building will be named in honor of one of its best-known alums, Mr. David Letterman. Look for related information under Articles in the links section. Learn more and watch streaming video of the dedication on Ball State's Web site.

    TV Boy to appear on Oprah on Sept. 10
    August 29, 2007

    Numerous media sources are reporting that David Letterman will appear on Oprah for the first time in September. The wonders never cease. For a look back at the heartwarming story of the highs and lows of Dave's adventures with Oprah, the most important person ever, visit my Fun with Oprah page.

    Three Emmy Nominations for the Late Show
    July 19, 2007

    Late Show with David Letterman received Emmy nominations today for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program (Dave), Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. The Emmys will be broadcast on Sunday, September 16 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Download a complete list of nominations from the Emmys site.

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers
    May 14, 2007

    CHEERS to David Letterman for ding a solid for his old pal Regis Philbin. The elusive Late Show emcee made a rare guest appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly on the day the host returned after heart surgery—just as Reege had done for Dave seven years ago. Letterman shared this sage advice: "Stay away from The View, 'cause they're dropping like flies over there." Welcome back, Regis!

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers
    February 19, 2007

    CHEERS to David Letterman for celebrating 25 years of late-night lunacy. Dave commemorated the occasion with a visit from Bill Murray, his inaugural guest on both NBC's Late Night and CBS' Late Show. A side-splitting bit with Letterman and Murray calling CBS honcho Leslie Moonves to hit him up for Super Bowl tickets proved what we've been saying for a long time: Dave's still got it.

    CBS signs TV Boy through fall 2010
    December 4, 2006

    PRESS RELEASE — CBS announced today that David Letterman has signed a new contract to host the Late Show with David Letterman through the fall 2010.

    "I'm thrilled to be continuing on at CBS," said Letterman. "At my age you really don't want to have to learn a new commute."

    Letterman, who marked his 13th anniversary as host of the Late Show on August 30, will celebrate 25 years in late-night comedy this coming February. Since its debut on CBS, the Late Show has been honored with nine Emmy Awards (including six for "Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program") and 54 Emmy nominations. Previously, Letterman won five Emmys and received 35 Emmy nominations for "Late Night with David Letterman" during its 11½ years on the air.

    "Thirteen years ago, David Letterman put CBS late night on the map and in the process became one of the defining icons of our network," said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation. "His presence on our air is an ongoing source of pride, and the creativity and imagination that the Late Show puts forth every night is an ongoing display of the highest quality entertainment. We are truly honored that one of the most revered and talented entertainers of our time will continue to call CBS 'home.' "

    From the start, Letterman has been credited with redefining the talk-show genre. In 1992, he received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for taking "one of TV's most conventional and least inventive forms — the talk show — and infusing it with freshness and imagination." Letterman has won two American Comedy Awards for "Funniest Male Performer in a Television Series," and a People's Choice Award for "Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host." In 1995 and 2001, the Television Critics Association nominated Letterman for a Career Achievement Award.

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers
    December 4, 2006

    CHEERS to Late Show with David Letterman for its recent "Impressionist Week." Hot on the heels of "Ventriloquist Week," the impersonation-palooza brought old-school mimics like Rich Little and Fred Travalena (who've both aged gracefully) as well as younger talents like Gordie Brown and the amazing Frank Caliendo to the Ed Sullivan Theater. Best of all was Kevin Pollak's imitation of Christopher Walken scaring off trick-or-treaters. With inspired stunts like this one, Dave remains, in a word, inimitable.

    CBS says YouTube is helping ratings
    November 21, 2006

    PRESS RELEASE -- One month after launching the CBS Brand Channel on YouTube, CBS's daily feed of news, sports and entertainment clips have become some of the most widely viewed content on the site.

    CBS has uploaded more than 300 clips that have a total of 29.2 million views on YouTube, averaging 857,000 views per day, since the service launched on October 18. CBS has three of the top 25 most viewed videos this month (Nov.1—17), including clips from CBS's Tuesday night hit drama NCIS, Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and The Early Show. The CBS Brand Channel is also one of the most subscribed channels of all time with more than 20,000 users subscribing to CBS programming on YouTube since the channel launch last month.

    "Above all the other good news, what's most exciting here is the extent to which CBS is learning about its audience as never before," said Quincy Smith, President, CBS Interactive. "YouTube users are clearly being entertained by the CBS programming they're watching as evidenced by the sheer number of video views. Professional content seeds YouTube and allows an open dialogue between established media players and a new set of viewers. We believe this inflection point is the precursor to many exciting developments as we continue to build bridges rather than construct walls."

    "CBS has done a phenomenal job at engaging and interacting with the YouTube community and we're pleased that this has brought new viewers to their broadcasts. It's been great watching our community respond so strongly and positively to their entertaining content," said Kevin Donahue, Vice President of Content for YouTube. "We look forward to working with CBS to help them promote their quality programming while bringing timely video content to our user community."

    Ratings for the network's late night programs, in particular, have shown notable increases. CBS's Late Show with David Letterman has added 200,000 (+5%) new viewers while The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is up 100,000 viewers (+7%) since the YouTube postings started.

    Here's the link.

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers
    October 9, 2006

    CHEERS to Late Show with David Letterman for keeping the spirit of The Ed Sullivan Show alive with "Ventriloquist Week." In the same theater that once showcased Señor Wences and Edgar Bergen, Letterman welcomed such current practitioners of the talking-dummy act as Jay Johnson, Willie Tyler and Todd Oliver. And we didn't see Dave's lips moves once.

    Four more years!
    September 7, 2006

    By Cynthia Littleton

    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - From the home office at the Ed Sullivan Theater: David Letterman is staying at CBS for another four years.

    Letterman, 59, is close to finalizing a contract extension with CBS that will keep him at the helm of "The Late Show With David Letterman" through the 2009-10 season, sources said. Negotiations on the pact have been underway on and off for months, but sources close to the network and the Letterman camp say the talks went smoothly and there was never any doubt that the Emmy-winning late-night host would extend his tenure at "Late Show," which originates from the famed Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.

    Indeed, sources say that relations between CBS, Letterman and his Worldwide Pants production company have never been better, particularly between Letterman and CBS Corp. chief Leslie Moonves. Moonves has become a semi-regular presence on "Late Show" through the "More With Les" segments, featuring Letterman conversing with Moonves by telephone.

    2006 Emmy® award nominations
    July 6, 2006
    • Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing For A Series
          Show #2519 ("The Kaltershank Redemption")

    • Outstanding Individual Performance In A Variety Or Music Program
          Late Show with David Letterman, David Letterman, Host

    • Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
          Late Show with David Letterman • CBS • Worldwide Pants Incorporated

    • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video For A Series
          Late Show with David Letterman • Show #2472 (Oprah)

    • Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program
          Late Show with David Letterman
    Go to the Emmy® Awards site for more information. The Primetime Emmy® Awards will be broadcast on August 27.

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers
    May 29, 2006

    CHEERS to David Letterman's mom, Dorothy, for coming back to Late Show with David Letterman to read a Mother's Day-themed Top 10 list. Among our favorite items on the Top 10 Reasons I Love Being Dave's Mom: "When I see him on his show, I know he's not in jail," "I don't have to wait for a table at Red Lobster" and "It's nice that he looks older than I do." We love Dave's mom!

    TV Guide Cheer of the Week
    May 21, 2006

    "Cheer of the Week to Julia Roberts for making a welcome return visit to Late Show with David Letterman after a three-year absence. Always one of Dave's favorite guests, Julia charmed her fellow relatively new parent with stories about raising her twins, Phinnaeus and Hazel, and making her Broadway debut in "Three Days of Rain." Dave waas right about one thing he said: 'Julia's never looked better.' "

    Danica Patrick qualifies 10th at Indy
    May 20, 2006

    SPEEDWAY, Ind. — Pole Day at Indianapolis saw 32 cars qualify, and in the end it was hard to find a driver happier than Danica Patrick, who qualified tenth. After a soggy month of difficulties, Rahal Letterman Racing safely qualified all three entries for the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500.

    Danica Patrick qualified on the inside of Row 4 with a four-lap average of 224.674 mph in the No. 16 Argent Mortgage Honda/Panoz.

    "That was a pretty solid run," said Patrick, the 2005 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year. "The car was very consistent, and that was the fastest we have gone all month. To post those speeds in qualifying is the right time to do it so, I am pretty happy right now. We have had a hard month. It hasn't been easy like it was last year. I feel relieved to have the Argent Mortgage/Honda in the show. I saw first hand what can happen in a 500-mile race. A lot of things can go right and wrong, so the key is to be patient. The best thing, and my goal for today, was to be ahead of the rift raft that tends to happen in the middle of the pack. Since I am just ahead of that problem area, I have a real shot at running this race well. If we have a consistent car, I think that will be the best. Consistency has been a big issue for everyone, but especially for us in the Panoz chassis. At the end of the day it is about having a good race car. Look at Dan Wheldon last year. He qualified further back than what we have this year and yet he won the race. In the long run it will be good pit stops and good strategy, fast car, overtaking and that is what gets you to the front more than just sheer speed."

    Buddy Rice qualified 14th in the No. 15 Argent Mortgage Honda/Panoz with a four-lap average of 224.393 mph.

    "I'm pretty happy with our speed. That is the fastest we have run all month, and it was extremely consistent. So we are happy about that. I think the whole team would have liked to have run more this month but the weather held us back. But I feel pretty confident with the No. 15 Argent Honda for the race. We have worked a lot with full tanks and in race trim. I am really happy with that setup right now. Qualifying is its own thing. You have to be really good for four laps. I think we will be solid in the race because we have run with other cars in race trim. We are hearing that race day temps might be in the mid 80s, and that could really change the complexion of the race. We haven't had a very warm day all month here. I know that my car is good in traffic, and that is going to be a key for the race. We just want to be very consistent for the race and work on the car all day long. We did that in 2004, and I think we can do again."

    Sam Hornish, Jr. captured the pole position for the 2006 Indianapolis 500 with a four lap average of 228.985 mph, edging his Penske Racing teammate Helio Castroneves' qualifying average of 228.008 mph. Dan Wheldon the 2005 Indy 500 champion will start third with a four-lap average of 227.338 mph.

    Read the entire story here.

    Tragedy for Rahal Letterman Racing
    March 26, 2006

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Driver Paul Dana died after a two-car crash Sunday during the warmup for the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, ESPN reports. Rahal Letterman Racing co-owner Bobby Rahal announced that drivers Danica Patrick and Buddy Rice, teammates of Dana, will not compete in the race.

    "Paul Dana's passing is a terrible tragedy, and I want to express my condolences and sympathies to his family and friends," Letterman said in a statement. "I did not know Paul personally, but we were all proud to have him on our team and are deeply saddened by his tragic passing at such a young age."

    Donz's CD commercially available at last!
    March 22, 2006

    Red Horizons is now available from CD Baby for a mere $10.98. A collaboration of Ted Lathrop and the world's #1 Letterman fan, Don Giller (Donz5), Red Horizons was many years in the making. I was fortunate enough to receive a preview copy of the CD a few months ago, and it's outstanding. Those of us who know Donz are aware of the tremendous amount of work he's put into editing, and getting everything just right. Now it's ready for prime time. You can preview some of the tracks on CD Baby. You may be excused from this site temporarily while you order the CD.

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers
    March 13, 2006

    "JEERS to Late Show with David Letterman for sending Dave's comedically challenged assistant, Stephanie Birkitt, to cover the Olympics in Torino. Her repertoire of shtick seemed limited to rolling her eyes and shrugging, and the writers didn't do Stephanie any favors by giving her lame bits like reading a newspaper over a stranger's shoulder and showing off her rolling backpack to baffled locals. We know Dave's aging mom probably can't report on the Winter Games anymore like she did in 1994, but why not send stage manager Biff Henderson to do his usual gold medal-worthy job?"

    Howard Stern blasts CBS and Les Moonves on the Late Show
    March 13, 2006

    Dave lives on the edge tonight as he gives shock jock Howard Stern 22 minutes to address the $500,000,000 lawsuit that CBS has filed against him. CBS alleges that Howard used CBS resources to build a base of listeners for his show, and increase stock value for Sirius satellite radio. CBS opted to not run the usual evening promos for the Late Show tonight.

    It'll be interesting to see if Dave gets in the doghouse for giving Howard a platform for his position. Generally the profit motive wins out in situations like this. No doubt Dave is bringing in enough dough for the network that he'll manage to survive Howard's visit.

    Paul Shaffer on keyboards for LaLa Brooks of The Crystals
    March 8, 2006

    The Villager reports: On Saturday, March 11 at the Cutting Room, for one show only, Brooks will return to her roots. On the song list, of course, will be her famous signature Crystals hit singles, "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me" from 1963, as well as material that she personally loves. She will be accompanied by the LeBlanc Brothers, a five-piece band, that "plays their butts off," she says, and on piano, special guest Paul Schaeffer [sic], musical director of the Late Show with David Letterman.

    Canada to honor Paul Shaffer
    March 8, 2006

    TORONTO - Quintessential sidekick Paul Shaffer has stepped into the spotlight on Canada's Walk Of Fame.

    Canoe reports: Walk Of Fame broadcast partner CTV announced on the program eTalk Daily last night that Shaffer is one of eight new additions to the Walk Of Fame. In addition to Shaffer, the names of seven other individuals who will be added to the Walk in 2006 will be announced at an early-morning media conference today in Toronto. The official Walk Of Fame gala ceremony on June 3 at the Hummingbird Centre in Toronto will be hosted by Canadian pro-wrestling superstar Trish Stratus.

    Shaffer, a 56-year-old native of Thunder Bay, has been David Letterman's musical director and sidekick on late-night TV for almost a quarter-century. Shaffer's musical versatility has allowed him to host and take part in countless concerts, ceremonies and awards shows through the past three decades. In 2002, Shaffer won a Grammy Award for best country instrumental performance for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown."

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers
    Feb. 27, 2006

    "CHEERS to David Letterman for being a good neighbor. To thank Rupert Jee for his 12 years of comic service, Dave replaced an out-of-date billboard near Times Square for a Rod Stewart concert with a giant ad for his pal's Hello Deli (located around the corner from Late Show's Ed Sullivan Theater). Jee, what a swell guy!"

    Starbucks pours excitement into its annual meeting of shareholders
    February 8, 2006

    Starbucks® Coffee Piped from atop the Space Needle through 3,100 Feet of Tubing Directly to the McCaw Hall Stage at the Company's Annual Meeting

    SEATTLE -- If David Letterman can have his own cup of Starbucks® coffee piped directly to his "Late Show" desk from a neighborhood Starbucks store, so can Howard Schultz -- with a Seattle twist.

    On stage at Starbucks Corporation's Annual Meeting of Shareholders at Seattle's Marion Oliver McCaw Hall today, Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, poured himself a cup of Starbucks® Sumatra coffee. Not just an ordinary cup of Starbucks® Sumatra coffee, but a cup of Starbucks® Sumatra coffee that originated at the top of the Space Needle and passed through more than 3,100 feet of specially designed tubing. The tubing containing the bold, full-bodied Indonesian coffee ran over the side of the Seattle landmark, through the Seattle Center grounds and culminated in an urn on the McCaw Hall stage.

    "David Letterman was gracious enough to feature Starbucks in a very funny 'Late Show' skit, which aired this past fall," said Schultz. "We couldn't think of a more appropriate way to show how much our partners enjoyed and appreciated the good-natured humor of that skit, than to develop an honorary re-creation of it and showcase it at our shareholders' meeting."

    Here's the complete story.

    Roethlisberger gets shave from Letterman
    February 6, 2006

    The Pittsburgh quarterback got a shave Monday night from David Letterman while appearing on the Late Show, finally ridding himself of the scraggly light brown facial hair he's been growing since the Steelers lost to Cincinnati in October. Here's the story on Yahoo! News.

    Bill O'Reilly interview
    January 4, 2006

    I haven't put out the video of the O'Reilly interview. I know Bill's a tough guy who can take anything somebody throws his way, but I don't know why Dave felt the need to be so edgy with him, especially near the end. I believe at one time a while back, Mr. Factor was quoted with some sort of slam on Dave, and I expect that's part of the background story. Anyway, on the Jan. 4 Factor, Bill said, "I'll go on Letterman's program anytime he wants me. I enjoy the joust."

    Someone else has put together a QuickTime video of the interview. I'd give better credit, but it's on one of those Mac sites, and I don't know who belongs to it.

    New Mexico woman's restraining order made public
    December 23, 2005

    Investigative Web site The Smoking Gun has obtained copies of the multi-page restraining order filed this month by Sante Fe resident Colleen Nestler. The woman is, unfortunately, delusional, and needs psychiatric help in the worst way. It remains unclear why any judge would sign an order restraining Dave from thinking of her, among other things. You can read page after page of her troubled fantasies on their site.

    "Late Show" tops "The Tonight Show" for the first time in nearly six years
    December 8, 2005

    In a milestone week, LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN topped "The Tonight Show" in key measures for the first time in nearly six years while THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON delivered its most watched week of broadcasts with any host, according to national Nielsen ratings for the week ending Dec. 2.

    LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN posted a 4.6/12 in households with an average of 6.50m viewers, up +24% in households (from 3.7/10) and +30% in viewers (from 4.98m) from the same week last year. LATE SHOW was up +30% in adults 25-54 (2.6/10 from 2.0/08), +24% in adults 18-49 (2.1/09 from 1.7/07) and +14% in adults 18-34 (1.6/07 from 1.4/06) compared to the same week last year.

    This is LATE SHOW's best weekly households and viewers delivery since the week ending 2/25/00 (when David Letterman returned from heart surgery), in adults 18-34 since 11/19/04, in adults 18-49 since 9/21/01.

    LATE SHOW topped "The Tonight Show" for the week in households (vs. 4.2/11), viewers (vs. 5.99m), adults 25-54 (vs. 2.4/09) and adults 18-49 (vs. 2.0/08). This is the first time LATE SHOW topped "The Tonight Show" with first run episodes starting on time for both programs since the week ending 2/25/00 in those measures.

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers

    November 28, 2005

    "CHEERS to David Letterman for welcoming back one of his best guests. The Late Show host reunited with Teri Garr, whose flirtatious banter highlighted his stint on NBC's Late Night. Promoting her book Speedbumps: Flooring It Through Hollywood (about her battle with multiple sclerosis), Garr proved she's still got a quick wit—and potent chemistry with Dave."

    Oprah episode most watched Late Show since February 1994
    December 2, 2005

    CBS Press Release: Last night's LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, featuring guests Oprah Winfrey and Bonnie Raitt, attracted an audience of 13.45 million viewers, the largest audience for the LATE SHOW in over a decade, according to Nielsen fast national ratings for Thursday, Dec. 1.

    This marks the LATE SHOW's largest audience since Feb. 25, 1994, the night of the Olympics Women Skating finals between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. LATE SHOW attracted more viewers than any prime program on the competition last night except for "ER." Overall, this ranks as the fourth most watched broadcast ever of LATE SHOW, behind 2/25/94, 8/30/93 (the CBS premiere) and 2/23/94 (Olympics Women Skating semi-finals).

    In key demographics, LATE SHOW delivered a 5.4 in adults 25-54, also the highest since Feb. 25, 1994, 4.4 in adults 18-49, best since Feb. 21, 2000 (the night of David Letterman's return from heart surgery).

    LATE SHOW enjoyed a +114% advantage over "The Tonight Show" in households (vs. 4.3/11), +117% in viewers (vs. 6.21m), +74% in adults 18-34 (vs. 1.9), +100% in adults 18-49 (vs. 2.2) and +108% in adults 25-54 (vs. 2.6).

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers
    October 9, 2005

    "CHEERS to David Letterman for his heartfelt tribute to Johnny Carson at the Emmys. The Late Show host made a rare trip to L.A.-and a rare appearance in prime time-to honor the man who inspired him. Cheer-within-a-Cheer to The Daily Show's Jon Stewart for accurately observing that Dave is the new generation's Johnny."

    Paul returns to Lakehead University
    September 29, 2005

    Paul Shaffer performed at Lakehead University's 40th anniversary bash in his home town of Thunder Bay, Ont. Canada on September 29, 2005. He's wearing the hockey jersey of the Lakehead University Thunderwolves. The picture is compliments of Leith Dunick, Editor, Thunder Bay's Source.

    Late Show wins a technical Emmy®
    September 2005

    The Late Show technical crew has won an Emmy® for Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for a Series. Crew members bringing home hardware were: camera operators Al Cialino, David Dorsett, Karin-Lucie Grzella, Jack Young, John Hannel, John Curtin, George Rothweiler, Dan Flaherty, Fred Shimizu, Steve Kaufman, Joe Debonis, Claus Stuhlweissenburg and John Pry, Senior Video Controller William White and Video Controller Dan Campbell.

    The episode that won was LSDL #2269, which featured Project Bandaloop, the acrobats who were hanging outside the theater.

    Dave's the No. 2 TV personality
    September 2005

    Oprah Winfrey was crowned the most popular TV personality by an annual Harris Interactive poll of 1,036 adults nationwide. She was followed by a second-place tie between her sometime-nemesis David Letterman and "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart. Here's the story.

    2005 Emmy nominations announced
    July 14, 2005

    The Late Show received nominations in the categories "Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program," "Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series," "Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for a Series" and "Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program."

    Here's a complete rundown on the nominations. The 2005 Emmy awards program will be on Sunday, September 18 on CBS.

    Paul Shaffer plans benefit show for injured singer
    June 25, 2005

    NEW YORK (Reuters / Billboard) - Paul Shaffer, band leader on the Late Show With David Letterman, is organizing a benefit concert for Mike Smith, lead singer of the Dave Clark Five. Smith was permanently crippled in an accident in 2003 in his home in Spain.

    Two shows are planned for Aug. 2 at the B. B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York. Popular Beatles tribute band the Fab Faux and the Zombies are confirmed for the British Invasion-themed concert, along with Peter & Gordon, who have not publicly played together in 35 years.

    Other iconic British rockers from the '60s are being considered for the shows.

    Rahal Letterman Racing comes in 2nd and 4th at the Indianapolis 500
    May 29, 2005

    See the video archives for more. The May 30 Indianapolis Star has a couple of excellent articles: This lady's almost a champ and Danica mania to refocus fans on sport.

    If it's pictures you want, here you go.

    Late Show on track to finish in closest competitive position
    in viewers to "The Tonight Show" since 1995

    May 26, 2005

    With three nights remaining in the May sweep, CBS's LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is on track to finish the month in its closest competitive position to "The Tonight Show" in viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 since 1995, according to Nielsen ratings for the week ending May 20.

    Through Friday, May 20, LATE SHOW improved its competitive position against "The Tonight Show" in viewers and key demos. In May 2005, LATE SHOW trails "The Tonight Show" by -0.5 in both adults 18-34 and adults 25-54 and -0.4 in adults 18-49. This is the closest competitive position in a May sweep for LATE SHOW in both adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 since May 1995 and in adults 18-34 since May 2001. This is also the closest competitive position among viewers in a May sweep since 1995.

    Season-to-date, LATE SHOW is up +4% in viewers (4.53m from 4.37m) and even in households (3.3/09), adults 25-54 (1.9/08), adults 18-49 (1.6/07) and adults 18-34 (1.2/05) compared to last season.

    Season-to-date, LATE SHOW is closing the gap with "The Tonight Show." In key demos, LATE SHOW trails "The Tonight Show" by -0.5 each in adults 18-34, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. Last year season-to-date, LATE SHOW trailed "The Tonight Show" by -0.7 in all three measures. LATE SHOW cut "The Tonight Show"'s lead in viewers from 1.78m in the first 35 weeks of last season to just 1.30m this season.

    Final late night May sweep ratings will be available next week.

    Ratings gap with the Tonight Show continues to narrow.
    May 5, 2005

    Late Show with David Letterman posted a 3.3/09 in households with an average of 4.45m viewers, up +3% in households (from 3.2/09) and +7% in viewers (from 4.18m) compared to the same week last year. Late Show was up +10% in adults 18-34 (1.1/05 from 1.0/05), +7% in adults18-49 (1.6/07 from 1.5/07) and +6% in adults 25-54 (1.9/08 from 1.8/08) compared to the same week last year.

    Season-to-date, Late Show continues to close the gap with The Tonight Show. In key demos, Late Show trails The Tonight Show by -0.5 each in adults 18-34, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. Last year season-to-date, Late Show trailed The Tonight Show by -0.7 each in adults 18-34, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. Late Show cut The Tonight Show's lead in viewers from 1.78m in the first 32 weeks of last season to just 1.29m this season.

    Dave thankful the alleged plot is unraveled
    March 21, 2005

    NEW YORK (AP) - On his show Monday, David Letterman thanked the Montana authorities who helped unravel an alleged plot to kidnap his young son and nanny and hold them for $5 million ransom. A painter who worked at the talk show host's ranch near Choteau was arrested last week and charged with solicitation. Authorities say Kelly A. Frank was planning the kidnap for when Letterman and his family next visited the ranch.

    "Last week, my family and I were involved in a little legal activity, and fortunately everything turned out fine, but I want to just take a second here to thank some people," Letterman said on Monday's show, his first one since the arrest.

    He thanked two FBI agents, Teton County Sheriff George Anderson, county attorney Joe Coble "and the great people of Choteau, Montana.

    "They have always made me and my family feel entirely welcome as though it were our home and that's how we think of it," he said.

    TV Boy wins People's Choice Award for Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host
    January 9, 2005

    Our host says he won because they took Oprah out of his category. We know better. Anyway, he produced the hardware on the Jan. 10 show. It's a flame-shaped clear thing with applauding hands inside. Congratulations, Regis!

    Dave and Paul in Iraq on Christmas Eve
    December 24, 2004

    CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq -- Although they couldn't be home for the holidays, Marines in Iraq received a timely Christmas gift when David Letterman performed a Christmas Eve edition of "The Late Show with David Letterman" here.

    Letterman, along with his musical director Paul Shaffer and stage manager Biff Henderson, brought the popular late night television show to the Marines, sailors and soldiers currently stationed at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, Dec. 24, 2004. They were followed with a performance from "Off the Wall," a southern California band, which added to the holiday festivities.

    "How about a nice hand for Jay Leno, ladies and gentlemen," joked Letterman as he started his show.

    With the help of cue cards held by an Army soldier, Letterman delivered his opening monologue written specifically for the troops:

    • "Anybody here from out of town?"

    • "I see many of you brought your own truck."

    • Regarding being in a combat zone: "I haven't seen anything like this since the last Pistons-Pacers game."

    • "If I wanted to face insurgents I would've spent Christmas with my relatives."

    • "Iraqi elections are in January. Hurry up and pick somebody so we can get the hell out of here."

    • "Iran is developing a nuclear bomb; good news is that they're dropping it from a camel."
    Letterman's guest, comedian Tom Dreesen, performed his stand-up routine, joking on everything from race relations to his time in the Marine Corps.

    Following a tradition he's established on "The Late Show," Letterman allowed several members of the audience to showcase their talents onstage.

    The biggest highlights for many of the male service members - Ilana, the Late Show Grinder Girl, and Anna, the Hula Hoop Girl - received a warm welcome of cheers and applause as they performed their unique acts.

    The show closed with Paul Shaffer's rendition of "Dreaming of a White Christmas," tailored for the audience. "I'm dreaming of our armed forces...You guys are heroes built to last, You guard our freedom with honor unsurpassed, Pardon my French, but I gotta mention, you kick some serious ass!"

    "It was great, all of the Marines getting together having a good time," said Gunnery Sgt. Ronald Trignano, 32, a tech-controller with Communication Squadron 48. "It almost makes you forget where you are for a little while."

    CBS Primetime pumps Late Show
    December, 2004

    (Variety) - NEW YORK -- David Letterman is closing the gap with late night rival Jay Leno, helped by a CBS primetime that dominated the November sweeps in key demos. Late Show With David Letterman saw its best November sweep against NBC's The Tonight Show in total viewers since 1994 and since 2001 in the prized 18-49 demo.

    With three days to go in the month of November, "Letterman" was up 9% in average total viewers (5 million), while "Leno" dropped off 6% (5.9 million). "Letterman" was up 6% in adults 18-49 over the same frame last year and up an impressive 17% in 18-34. "Leno" was down 13% in adults 18-49 and 11% in 18-34.

    The "Letterman" show has improved its ratings for every night of the week and now occasionally beats "Leno" in total viewers on Monday nights, CBS said.

    Late Show in best competitive position to
    The Tonight Show during premiere week since 1994

    September 27, 2004

    The Late Show The LATE SHOW averaged a 3.6/10 in households with 4.96m viewers, 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.1 in adults 25-54. Compared to premiere week last year, Late Show is up +16% in households (from 3.1/09), +29% in adults 18-49 (from 1.4/07), +17% in adults 25-54 (from 1.8/07) and up +24% in viewers (from 4.00m)

    Late Show is in its best competitive position against The Tonight Show in viewers since 1994 (when CBS won the week), adults 18-49 since 1996, and in households and adults 25-54 since 1995.

    Late Show posts highest premiere Monday ratings since 1993
    September 21, 2004

    CBS's Late Show with David Letterman got the new fall season off to a winning start, posting its highest ratings in the Nielsen metered markets on premiere Monday since September 1993.

    The Late Show, with guests Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry and musical guest Green Day, delivered a 5.4/13 in the Nielsen metered markets, the highest rating for a Late Show on premiere Monday since Sept. 20, 1993, the first year of Late Show on CBS.

    The Late Show topped The Tonight Show (4.3/10) by a over a full rating point, a +26% advantage. This marks the second consecutive year that Late Show has beaten The Tonight Show on premiere Monday, topping last year's victory which was by just by +0.1 of a rating point (5.1/12 vs. 5.0/12).

    Monday's 5.4/13 was the highest overall rating on any night of the week since a 5.5/14 on Monday, March 29, 2004, with guests Janet Jackson and John Mayer.

    Summer sizzles for CBS's Late Show with David Letterman
    August 12, 2004

    For the week, Late Show posted a 3.6/10 in households with an average of 4.88m viewers, up +38% in both households (from 2.6/07) and viewers (from 3.53m) from last year. Late Show was up +25% in adults 25-54 (2.0/09 from 1.6/07), +21% in adults 18-49 (1.7/08 from 1.4/06) and +20% in adults 18-34 (1.2/06 from 1.0/05) compared to the same week last year.

    For the week, Late Show tied The Tonight Show in adults 25-54 and trailed The Tonight Show by just -0.1 in adults 18-49 and -0.2 in adults 18-34.

    Summer-to-date (5/31/04-8/6/04), Late Show is up +11% in households (3.1/08 from 2.8/08), +12% in viewers (4.10m from 3.65m), +10% in adults 18-34 (1.1/05 from 1.0/05), +7% in adults 18-49 (1.5/06 from 1.4/06) and +6% in adults 18-34 (1.7/07 from 1.6/07) compared to last summer.

    The Late Show is in its best competitive position in the summer against The Tonight Show since the summer of 1995 in households, since the summer of 1996 in both viewers and adults 25-54, the summer of 2002 in adults 18-34 and the summer of 2001 in adults 18-49.

    Happy 3/4 birthday, Harry Joe Letterman
    August 3, 2004

    2004 Emmy Award Nominations
    July 15, 2004
    • Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program
          Jerry Foley -- #2170   (the 4 A.M. show)

    • Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic, Multi-Camera) for a VMC Program
          Steven Brill and Tim Stephenson -- #2117

    • Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
          Pope, Gaines, Burnett, Brennan, Stangels and Roberts

    • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for a Series
          #2048   (New York Philharmonic on the roof)

    • Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program
          all the writers

    TV Boy in Fourth of July parade
    July 4, 2004

    The Fourth of July dawned cloudy and cool in Choteau with rain lightly falling by 6:30 A.M. This year's parade entries tallied eight tractors, six political campaign floats, two bands, eight fire trucks, 17 motorcycles and four-wheelers, 35 cars, 30 horseback riders and 19 floats for a total of 136 entries. The big surprise, of course, was that Late Show host and New York City celebrity David Letterman, who owns a ranch west of Choteau, rode his own Deep Creek Ranch float in the parade. Wearing a bright yellow rain jacket and olive green shorts, Letterman braved the rain just like the rest of the Choteau folk and threw candy to delighted kids who fished it out of puddles and off Main Avenue as the rain fell in sheets.

    Rahal Letterman Racing wins the Indy 500
    May 30, 2004

    Congratulations to driver Buddy Rice, owners Bobby Rahal and David Letterman and the entire team for a great win. We have the post-race press conference transcript here. It shouldn't be overlooked that the two other Rahal Letterman cars placed in the top ten: (6) Vitor Meira and (10) Roger Yasukawa.

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers
    May 30, 2004

    "CHEERS to Late Show with David Letterman for getting back to its absurdist roots. Stunts like taping an episode at 4 am, pestering CBS prez Leslie Moonves with phone calls and using Nobel prize-winning economist Robert Mundell to tell "You might be a redneck" jokes remind us of Dave's early days as a merry prankster. Now all he needs to do is bring back Larry "Bud" Melman."

    Rahal Racing group takes Letterman's name

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Team Rahal is now Rahal Letterman Racing, in recognition of a certain late-night TV host's longtime business partnership with car owner Bobby Rahal.

    "It's a great day in my life, something I've dreamed of since I was a kid," David Letterman said Thursday in a statement distributed by the team. "I'll try not to embarrass the team."

    Letterman, an Indianapolis native, has had a minority interest in the Hilliard, Ohio, operation since 1996, although the official name remained Team Rahal. Bobby Rahal, a former Indy winner as a driver, announced the name change for his Indy Car program before the start of Indianapolis 500 practice Thursday.

    another picture of Harry
    Feb. 19, 2004

    Christmas Eve in Baghdad for Dave, Paul and Biff
    Dec. 24, 2003

    MSNBC Photos

    Dave announces the Superbowl of Love
    Dec. 10, 2003

    It's no secret that the relationship between David Letterman and afternoon talk show goddess Oprah Winfrey has cooled over the past few decades. Oprah claimed to be "totally out of town" when the Late Show came to Chicago. Mr. Letterman had a bit of fun with her name while hosting the Oscars in March of 1995 by introducing Oprah to Uma, and vice versa. Subsequent to that scandalous behavior, Uma Thurman has appeared on the Late Show six times, while Oprah hasn't come close to appearing. Even the Oprah Log ultimately failed to draw Ms. Winfrey to the Ed Sullivan Theater. Now, however, psychologist and statesman Dr. Phil McGraw will intervene as the entertainers mend their differences. Our long national nightmare will come to an end sometime in January, 2004. Tell your friends.

    Dave and Harry on "Weekend Update"
    Nov. 8, 2003

    Jimmy Fallon: "Congratulations to David Letterman, who became a father on Monday when his girlfriend gave birth to their son, Harry Joseph Letterman. And yes... it floats!"

    Dave gets a taste of his own medicine!

    Members of an Internet group called FARK are amusing themselves by posting pics of Dave and baby (see below) doctored with Adobe Photoshop®. Some are way out there, but others have to be amusing to any Letterman fan.

    Planet earth welcomes Harry Joe Letterman!

    Daddy shows a picture of his brand new son, Harry Joseph Letterman, during the Nov. 4 Late Show. Regina Lasko delivered baby Harry late on Nov. 3. He's 9 lbs., 11 oz. and is 21 in. long. He's named for Dave's late father. Here's a transcript of Dave's on-air announcement.

    "I've got no business having goldfish at my age."         -- David Letterman  Feb. 9, 2004

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers
    Oct. 18, 2003

    "CHEERS to the goofiest crop circle in history: a cornfield with the visage of a grinning David Letterman mowed into it. The not-so-mysterious image is actually a maze, and Dougherty Orchards in Cambridge City, Indiana, charges admission, with proceeds going to charity."

    Daddy and Regina to have a baby
    September 12, 2003

    TV Boy announced on tonight's Late Show that he and Regina Lasko are expecting a baby Letterman. He says he's so old he'll be both baby's father and grandfather. "I don't know anything about babies, and I've got to find a place for it to stay," Dave says, "and my, it's my girlfriend is having the child... Regina, bless her heart, and, and, and, uh, but I just don't want one of those kids that's always takin' a dump in its pants."

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers
    Nov. 23, 2002

    "CHEERS to an encore performance. Singer-songwriter Warren Zevon has been a guest on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman many times, even subbing for bandleader Paul Shaffer on occasion. But his most recent visit was something special. Several months ago, Zevon--best known for his quirky 1978 hit "Werewolves of London" and loved by fans (Letterman included) for his soulfully honest songwriting--disclosed his terminal lung cancer. With no advance fanfare or hype, Late Show devoted its entire October 30 episode to Zevon. No other guests, just a long, touching and, yes, funny conversation between Zevon and Letterman, on everything from music to mortality. Truly a show to remember."

    Late Show (almost) voted best show ever by TV Guide!
    May 4, 2002

    In observance of its 50th anniversary, the venerable magazine compiled a ranking of the 50 best television programs of all time. Dave and friends landed at #7. Long-time fans will be surprised that Late Night is not on the list, but the excellence of those eleven years must have factored into the ranking for the Late Show on CBS. Here's an excerpt:

    1. Seinfeld
    2. I Love Lucy
    3. The Honeymooners
    4. All in the Family
    5. The Sopranos
    6. 60 Minutes
    7. Late Show with David Letterman

    TV Guide: A nation rallies
    Dec. 22, 2001

    "David Letterman returned the week after the attacks to host his New York City-based CBS late-night show. Trembling in palpable anger and sorrow but also bursting with pride in his city and country, he echoed our own struggles to grope toward normality. "We're going to try to feel our way through this," he said brefore welcoming his first guests, Dan Rather (who cried) and Regis Philbin (who laughed). Letterman succeeded magnificently, setting an example for all who sought the necessary release of humor in dark times."

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers
    Oct. 6, 2001

    "CHEERS to a comic's relief. If there was a more heartfelt, plainspoken tribute to a city's heroism than the one delivered September 17 by David Letterman, we didn't see it. After a week off the air, Letterman's Late Show on CBS resumed its schedule, if not business as usual. Without the familiar theme song or introduction, Letterman, nervous and self-deprecating, admitted that he questioned the appropriateness of returning to the air, but his warm praise for New York City's firefighters, police officers and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani made it clear that Letterman was right where he needed to be. Both Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien returned to their shows the night after Letterman resumed his, and both spoke from the heart about the country's loss. But if any talk-show needs a blueprint for how to proceed in times of crisis, they need only study tapes of Letterman's performance. And a Cheer within a Cheer to Letterman's first guest that evening, Dan Rather, who twice broke into tears (once describing the bravery of fallen rescuers, and again while reciting a verse from "America the Beautiful"). We were moved beyond words."

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers
    March 17, 2001

    "CHEERS to saving his seat. CBS's David Letterman clearly is not fond of playing host to the weekly parade of castoffs from the network's Survivor: The Australian Outback. While the network's Early Show loudly trumpets the morning-after bookings, Letterman endures his chats with "the losers" (as he calls them) about as well as he would a trip to the dentist. In fact, he allows them only a brief few minutes of airtime as they stand on the far side of the Late Show set--never in the guest seat. Actually, we rather enjoy hearing what the non-survivors have to say (at least until the next one comes along), but Dave's refusal to play nice in the show-plugging game is even more fun to watch--not to mention a refreshing break from the typical media kowtowing. And the "losers" probably shouldn't take his disdain personally: We suspect Letterman's contempt has more to do with the network chain of command than with the castoffs themselves. Well, some of them, anyway."

    TV Guide Cheers and Jeers
    Nov. 11, 2000

    "CHEERS to winning his campaign. David Letterman spent months of airtime pleading, cajoling, teasing and occasionally whining to get George W. Bush on the Late Show as a guest. When the Republican presidential candidate finally sat down with Dave on October 19, the host made the most of it. All that waiting seems to have made Letterman more dogged than many journalists we can think of. He grilled the Texas governor on capital punishment, violence in the Middle East and air pollution in Texas ("We have a lot of cars" was about all an apparently surprised Bush could muster on that one). We're not saying Letterman is ready to moderate the 2004 debates, but we certainly wouldn't mind seeing his show become a Top 10 campaign tradition."