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- PAUL SHAFFER & THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS BAND'S NEW ALBUM! [pinned story]
It's Paul Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band with Sorrow (feat. Jenny Lewis)! (link) You'll need Spotify. Here are links with more on this exciting development: (album cover) (consequenceofsound.net story) (A.V. Club story) (rhino.com story) (iTunes preview) (stereogum.com) (bestclassicbands.com) (iheartradio.ca) (screamingguitars.com) (passtheaux.co)
Paul and the WMDB, with Valerie Simpson, will be at the Ridgefield Playhouse on May 6. (details & tickets)
Get your copy of Paul Shaffer & the World's Most Dangerous Band on iTunes!!
Paul Leslie posted a great 19-minute audio interview with Paul Shaffer on 4/26/17. See the links to 16 Letterman-related interviews that Paul Leslie has done... especially with members of Paul Shaffer's band. They're in the left-hand navigation column on this page.
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- Hockey? What on earth was TV's David Letterman doing there? Apparently there's a team called the Washington Capitals. Does Marv Albert know Dave's yelling for them instead of the New York Rangers? (link 1) (link 2)
- Amanda Peet is on the 4/20/17 episode of WTF with Marc Maron. She's plugging her new show, Brockmire, and no more than two minutes into the interview, Amanda's legendary hypochondriasis comes up! (I love her so much, by the way!) (link)
- Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that Emmy® winner and Oscar® nominee Alec Baldwin will host The Essentials, TCM's popular franchise showcasing "must see" classic films. - link) TV's David Letterman will co-host several times.
- Jumblethink, c/o Michael Woodward, has just released a great one-hour interview with Bill Scheft. (web page) (audio download link) We often link to Bill's additions to Bill Scheft: ABlog the Author. I didn't know he was a sports writer in an earlier day.
- I'm sad to report that David Letterman's mother, Dorothy Mengering, died on 4/11/17, on the eve of Dave's 70th birthday, at the age of 95.
Over 33 years of late night TV, Dave told stories involving his very undemonstrative mother many times. He called her on-air 26 times by my count, with the best call possibly being step-by-step instructions on making a fried baloney sandwich (11/06/90). Dorothy was first seen on camera on 2/25/86 for Parents' Night.
A beloved "Late Show" tradition was the Thanksgiving visits via satellite to Dorothy's kitchen in suburban Indianapolis, as Dave guessed what pies she had made. This was a huge hit with fans, who set up their own elaborate pie-guessing contests. (I won an Honorable Mention in 2008 for correctly guessing how many times Dave would utter the word "pie" during the segment: 44.)
In 1996, Dorothy's book, Home Cookin' with Dave's Mom, was released, including family history and photos.
According to my logs, Dorothy was seen on camera on Dave's shows 82 times. She was sent on remotes to Olympics games, and she interviewed celebrities.
In later years, Dorothy would appear in Mother's Day Top Ten Lists, and her birthdays in July were celebrated with a Top Ten consisting of advice from Dorothy. Dave's writers took great joy and amusement in writing insults to Dave for Dorothy to deliver.
Dave's dad died young, and Dorothy later married Hans Mengering. To protect her privacy, she was known on the show as "Dave's Mom."
Dorothy was as sweet, modest and charming a woman as anyone would ever know, and fans of David Letterman had a special affection for her. For an understanding of Dave's relationship with his mother, have a look at my Video Archives. For a look at the many complimentary stories reporting Dorothy's passing, visit my articles page.
- April 7, 2017: This Instagram post, a photo of Dave with Eddie Vedder at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, is the first on this account since May 28, 2015.
- The #1 Letterman fan in the world, Don Giller, landed in The New York Times today. Jason Zinoman wrote a wonderful profile on my friend Don, a.k.a. The Donz, who I've known for 20 years. His apartment in upper Manhattan, the Dave Cave, is maxed out with videotapes of almost every Letterman show ever aired. Don's in the process of converting the 6,000+ episodes to DVD. Most impressive is his database, a.k.a. the SSIDB, which contains everything one could possibly ever ask about a Letterman show, going back to 1980. I have had the honor of sitting at his computer to behold the SSIDB, and have toured the Dave Cave. Producers at the Late Show would turn to Don when they had a historical question about a show, someone who appeared on the show or cumulative data. Be sure to have a look at this great story. Oh... I also want to mention that Don served as editor and fact-checker for Jason Zinoman's book, Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night, being released just before Dave's 70th birthday next week. Here's a YouTube video of Don getting a shout out from Dave in a Top Ten list!
TV's Don Giller
- Letterman Memories has an awesome interview with Paul Shaffer, posted in April 2017. Jeff Zuk caught up with Paul on a number of topics, including the end of LSDL in May 2015, reuniting with the World's Most Dangerous Band and very interesting biographical topics. Be sure to visit the tumblr site for more great interviews... even one with me!
- WTF with Marc Maron interviewed Paul Shaffer today. Here's Episode 979. It runs 01:28:28, and Marc begins Paul at 00:13:53. Paul's interview goes for an hour and 15 minutes. Paul is so engaged and forthcoming. Topics span most of his life. This is fascinating!
- American Bystander issue #4 is ready. Visit this Kickstarter page to learn more, make a pledge and get your copy! Oh... wait a minute. Be sure to click on the Calvin Coolidge video, 'cause Steve Young did the voice-over!
- There's a great review of Paul Shaffer & the World's Most Dangerous Band in the March 20 Washington Post!
- Paul Shaffer was live with John Fugelsang on Facebook and @SiriusXM Insight on March 20. (link)
- Paul Shaffer on Life After Letterman (and Dave's Mighty Beard) was released by Vanity Fair on March 6. Paul tells how the album came to be, his long-time relationship with Bill Murray and keeping up with Dave.
- Paul Shaffer was a guest on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me on Saturday, March 18 for 09:30.
- Paul Shaffer Reveals the Origins of Bill Murray's Lounge Singer. See this article from Vulture, with numerous video links. Paul tells how Brian Doyle-Murray and Bill Murray were among the first people Paul met in New York. For Bill's Nick the Lounge Singer on SNL, Bill would come up with the songs he wanted to do, and Paul would put them together.
- THIS IS AMAZING! March 14: @funnyordie has released a promo for the World's Most Dangerous Band's new record. (See above.) Paul Shaffer is reunited with legendary record producer Artie Fufkin! Here's the video on @funnordie. Victoria Lily Shaffer plays confused Moby fan Debbie!
- The hits just keep coming! It's a new animated music video from Paul Shaffer and Bill Murray, Happy Street.
- Don't miss Paul Shaffer Shakes Off His Post-Letterman Blues, in the March 8, 2017 New York Times.
- I don't know how vulture.com did it, but they lured David Letterman into an in-depth interview. Topics, as you might predict, include Donald Trump, Donald Trump's staff, being blackmailed, Ted Cruz, Paris Hilton, Joaquin Phoenix, Harvey Pekar, not being in touch with Leno, Harry J. Letterman and Worldwide Pants.
- Here's an announcement for Senator Al Franken sits down with late night legend David Letterman for a rare and exclusive conversation. It's a program in New York City on May 30, 2017, on Senator Franken's book tour for Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.
- Steve Young helped present the 2017 Writers Guild of America Herb Sargent Award to Steve O'Donnell on Feb. 19. Oh... and David Letterman reported that it was "a pleasure to be there" by video. (YouTube) (Variety)
- Letterman & Iqbal Country Drive is a web extra recently released from National Geographic, part of The Years of Living Dangerously. (YouTube)
- Jason Zinoman has his book Letterman, the Last Giant of Late Night being released on April 11, the eve of Dave's 70th birthday. You can order it now from Amazon. (Notice that this isn't one of those kickback links.) Here's a Kirkus Review.
- Longtime Letterman writer Bill Scheft has posted a lovely and detailed recap of the memorial service on January 4 of his wife of 26 years, Adrianne Tolsch. She is widely considered a pioneer in stand-up comedy among females. Jay Johnson and Walter Kim have posted a YouTube video (1 hr. 31 min.) of the service. This was an beautiful, funny, delightful event. Have a look!
- David Letterman's legacy at Ball State isn't over quite yet. The Ball State Daily reports that discussions are ongoing for Dave to do more on-campus interviews. Dave has donated all of his memorabilia to the university for display.
Bridey Elliott has a Kickstarter campaign underway in support of Clara's Ghost, a film she has written and is going to direct. She has met her stated goal, but pledges are still being accepted. If this comes together, all of Chris Elliott's family will appear. The Kickstarter link has lots of information on this project. This from late evening on Jan. 9: Bridey was so excited about meeting her goal, she has a celebratory dance on Instagram @bridey_elliott. She's dancing to the greatest song ever, Another Night by Real McCoy. Awesome.
- Dave's great friend, Norm Macdonald, was on Howard Stern for 1:45 on Dec. 7, 2016. (YouTube)
- Dec. 30, 2016: The New Yorker Radio Hour has released Episode 63, a 25-minute interview of David Letterman by Susan Morrison. Look for the link David Letterman on Life After Late Night. I listened to this on New Year's Day. It was so good to both catch up with Dave, and hear him reflect on milestones along his journey in comedy and late night TV. Susan Morrison did a great job.
- Here's a newly-discovered Pinterest board with photos of Dave, including a number I haven't seen before.
- You have to see this. Tom "Bones" Malone appeared on TheNiteShowMaine in November 2016. Here are links to YouTube videos of an interview about the forming of The Blues Brothers, and Tom playing "Sweet Home Chicago."
- All bundled up for winter, David Letterman volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans on Dec. 10, as reported by WWL-TV.
- Dec. 7, 2016: Paul Shaffer was interviewed by Rita Ryan on 91.3 WVKR. The program starts with music, followed by the 25-minute interview with Paul. The interview was conducted before Paul played at The Falcon in Malboro, New York, later that day.
- Dec. 7, 2016: This caught me by surprise. David Letterman has interviewed Tina Fey for the December 2016 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.
- Dave's episode of Years of Living Dangerously, A Race Against Time, is available for download on iTunes! Dave's episode is free! (I have an old version of iTunes, and it wouldn't play the 1.72 GB video after downloading, claiming my system doesn't work with the latest digital rights management technology.)
- Here's the latest video from Dave's trip to India with National Geographic. It's David Letterman Explores the Countryside.
- The Late Show's great friend, Bill Murray, was honored on October 23, 2016 at the Kennedy Center with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Dave was there to help honor him. (video.) Here are Dave and Paul at Bill Murray's Mark Twain Prize event on October 23, 2016. (YouTube)
Re-entry: Thanks to Don Giller, I found this complete video of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize program. It's 1:24:08, so bring a snack. You'll see all kinds of celebrity tributes, including Brian Doyle-Murray, Jane Curtin, Paul Shaffer and Dave.
- Expert Star Trek and Letterman fan Helen Read was the featured guest on the October 20 episode of the The Geek Questioner podcast. She's on for 01:05:51, and her episode is entitled The Vulcan Philharmonic. Helen's there the whole time, but her interview begins at 43 minutes in.
- Optimistic in India is another preview of Dave's National Geographic documentary, Into the Light, on Years of Living Dangerously, to air on October 30 at 8 ET.
- Jason Zinoman will release Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night on 4-11-17, the eve of Dave's 70th birthday. I don't know if the biography is endorsed by Dave. Having watched Dave for 8,000 hours (counting repeats), I don't know what aspect of his life isn't already well-documented. We shall see.
- Dave Itzkoff has an in-depth piece in The New York Times for Oct. 13, David Letterman (and His Beard) Shop at Target These Days. Topics are Dave's beard, adjustment to retirement and his documentary on India for Years of Living Dangerously.
- David Letterman Goes to India is the latest preview of Dave's National Geographic documentary, Into the Light, on Years of Living Dangerously, to air on October 30 at 8 ET.
- Here's a recap of David Letterman at The New Yorker Festival on 10/07/16. This event last 01:39, and was both an interview by Susan Morrison of The New Yorker, and audience questions. My friend Don Giller has a video on YouTube.
- Here's more from Dave's trip to India with National Geographic. It's David Letterman Gets a Trim on Vimeo. As I often say here, don't miss this!
- It's time to visit Kickstarter and pledge for issue 3 of The American Bystander! A $5 pledge will get you a PDF of #3. A pledge of $20 will get you #3 in paper, and more support gets you additional combinations of print and PDF versions. Some of the writers in #3 include Merrill Markoe (Late Night with David Letterman), Gahan Wilson (Playboy, National Lampoon) and Steve Young (Letterman). Here's a review in Newsweek.
- Obviously I'm late on the draw here, but from August 2015 is If These Walls Could Talk..., a well-done history of the Ed Sullivan Theater, which opened in 1927. In addition to Ed and Dave, it was home to Candid Camera, To Tell the Truth and What's My Line?. (link) While you're in the neighborhood, see Jerry Foley's memories of the Ed, in House Party. (link)
- Paul Shaffer and the NYC Orchestra... now there's a new name for the CBSO! Paul's bringing his band home to Thunder Bay, for a one-night performance on October 7. I wish I had a passport! (story) I can't wait for the new record!
- David Letterman has interviewed the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, and it will air on the National Geographic Channel on October 30, in their series Years of Living Dangerously. Here's a brief video (02:16) of Dave and the crew, prior to the arrival of the prime minister. In another segment, Dave looks at solar power in India. (Maybe this is why Gaines e-mailed me earlier this year about Dave's recurring "getting electrocuted" stunt.)
- Over 3,000 of David Letterman's TV props and costumes, spanning 31 years, will be sold online, Sept. 19-23, 2016 story photo 1 photo 2
- Released on May 19, Leaving Letterman, Part 1 is a compilation of memories from Dave's longtime staff. They look back at learning of Dave's announcement, through the 13 months until the end. (link) Thanks and congratulations to Walter Kim @Wakeem for his excellent work on this!
- Released on July 20, Leaving Letterman, Part 2 continues visits with longtime staff, focusing on their job search after many years of security. It's more excellent work by Walter Kim, @Wakeem, Senior Video Writer/Producer at LinkedIn (link)
- On July 5, Letterman Memories @ByeLetterman have released another exceptional interview, this time with Rob Burnett. It's both a look at his years with Dave, from an internship to executive producer, to producing The Fundamentals of Caring, with Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez, released on June 24.
- Here's your chance to see David Letterman being presented with his Peabody Award. On Pivot via YouTube, it's the 75th Anniversary Peabody Awards on 5/21/16.
- On NBC on June 12 at 6:00 CDT, On Assignment, a six-episode newsmagazine, will launch. The first episode includes a visit with David Letterman and Tom Brokaw.
David Letterman, in this 43-minute Start Your Engines Podcast, recalls his lifelong love of the Indianapolis 500, and his current role with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
- Here's a transcript of some of David Letterman's acceptance speech at the Peabody Awards on 5/21/16.
- Bill Scheft tweeted a photo of Late Show staff at the 2016 Peabody Awards, including Jay Johnson, Jerry Foley, Brian Teta, Steve Young, Matt Roberts, Barbara Gaines and Scheft. David Letterman won a Peabody Award on 5/21/16.
- Wahoo Gazette: The Final Five
Mike McIntee is posting his final Wahoo Gazette editions on his Wordpress site. I never missed reading the Gazette. It always added to my enjoyment of the show.
- Thursday, May 14, 2015 
- Friday, May 15, 2015 
- Monday, May 18, 2015 
- Tuesday, May 19, 2015 
- Wednesday, May 20, 2015  (including shout outs to me and Don Giller!)
- Walter Kim wrote this one-year-later reflection, I Lost My Dream Job in Front of 14 Million People on 5/20/16.
- Released on May 19, Leaving Letterman, Part 1 is a compilation of memories from Dave's longtime staff. They look back at learning of Dave's announcement, through the 13 months until the end. (link) Thanks and congratulations to Walter Kim @Wakeem for his excellent work on this!
- David Letterman: Behind the Scenes of Late Night's Longest Running Broadcaster was hosted on July 30, 2015 by Regis Philbin. A panel including Jerry Foley, Biff Henderson, Barbara Gaines, Steve Young and Steve O'Donnell reflected on Dave's Legacy, fun with Biff, the history of the Top Ten, writing the monologues, Rupert Jee, first impressions of Dave and more. Get some snacks. It lasts 01:13. (complete) (topic areas)
- "A Part of History - The Final Late Show" is a reflection by Dave Fan Matthew Biesiada, based on his audience experience at the May 20, 2015 taping. Be sure to have a look! (link)
- Be sure to have a look at this excellent interview with longtime Letterman writer Bill Scheft. Bill reflects on his 23+ years writing for Dave, the last days of the Late Show and the year since its end. Visit Letterman Memories @ByeLetterman for a wealth of coverage on Dave's shows.
- Judd Apatow to Seth Meyers: David Letterman is like Bigfoot to comedians. (YouTube) May 12, 2016
- Keep up with and support Steve Young's Industrial Musicals Movie project here. David Letterman has signed on as executive producer.
- Our TV pal David Letterman appeared at an observance of the 5th anniversary of Joining Forces and the 75th anniversary of the USO on May 5, 2016. (Stars and Stripes story) Jon Stewart was the emcee. Some politicians were there, too. (1:37:00 YouTube video) (Dave's appearance only, 49 MB)
Here's a second YouTube video, entitled "That Stayed with Me," in which Dave recalls the visit he, Paul Shaffer and Biff Henderson had to a makeshift military hospital, witnessing the courage of gravely wounded soldiers.
- According to Variety, David Letterman and The Daily Show will be receiving Peabody Awards on May 21 in New York. Dave also won the award in 1992, representing his work in 1991. (Wikipedia) Look! Mr. Peabody (no, not that Mr. Peabody) has quite a beard, too!
George Foster Peabody, 1907
- Paul Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band was involved with a fundraiser in NYC for Bernie Worrell on April 4.
- On April 24, Conan O'Brien delivered a wonderful eulogy for Garry Shandling, who unexpectedly died on April 23. He has it posted on YouTube. It brings to mind the moving eulogies Dave gave for Robin Williams, Joan Rivers, George Miller and others.
- March 2016: It's time to visit Kickstarter to help fund the second issue of American Bystander. Our friend Steve Young is a contributing writer. You can pledge from $5 to truckloads of dough. $25 gets you a print copy of the second issue, plus PDFs of #1 and #2. / April 2016: It's a go! Here's an update.
- You have to see this! Gary Ireland has put together an unequaled compilation of tributes, from back in May, from Jon Stewart, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Norm Macdonald on the occasion of his retirement. It's beautifully edited, and the video quality is excellent. These are sincere expressions of admiration and appreciation of Dave. I am in awe of what Gary has created for us! (link)
- Chris Dimino's Keyboard Waffle Iron has taken off to the extent that additional batches have been manufactured! Keep up with this success story (and new recipes) at thekeyboardwaffleiron.com. To order one, click on BUY at the top.
- Do you have your copy of the first The American Bystander yet? It's America's newest humor magazine, which just hit the mail this week. Our friend Steve Young is a contributor. Take a break from these here parts to visit http://www.americanbystander.org.
- Our friend Todd Seda is doing cue cards for other shows now, and he's in this "Elf Driving" commercial by Mercedes-Benz USA.
- Thanks to Don Giller for posting this great interview: Bill Wendell with Tom Snyder on The Late Late Show, which aired August 16, 1995. (link)
- Lordy, mercy... was this necessary? Dave's Beard @davidmlbeard. As Dave would say, "This is why the rest of the world hates us."
- November 30, 2015 was Dave's annual visit to Ball State. The Ball State Daily has a timeline. Follow the action on Twitter at #DaveatBallState. Also, have a look at David Letterman talks experience at Ball State visit.
- Hello again. I've distilled some content from my Video Archives to create a Thanksgiving Edition. You'll find 16 videos, including Thanksgiving pie guessing with Dave's mom, and staff Thanksgiving dinners. Free admission!
- Steve Young's on the road with the "The Flim Show," the latest from Industrial Musicals. As the WWF used to say, "Be a part of it when it comes to your area!" Have a look at this trailer.
- The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel was the site on Nov. 14 of a fundraiser for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research. David Letterman, IndyCar enthusiast, was present, along with a bunch of other celebrities. I have the highest admiration for Michael J. Fox. Denis Leary's Twitter account has lots of coverage. For example, here's Denis with Dr. Emmett Brown!
- David Letterman, famous CBS retiree, will return to Ball State for the latest in his programs... this time with Spike Jonze and Bennett Miller. The event is scheduled for Nov. 30. Here's information from Ball State. (full details)
- Our friend Steve Young is keeping busy. He's involved with a new comedy magazine, American Bystander. It's not available at the moment. There's a Kickstarter campaign underway. The only way to get the first issue is to donate to the campaign, from $5 to thousands. Steve has something in the first issue. Watch this video from Mike Gerber, publisher.
- You of course remember TV's David Letterman. Here's a little clip of him (with Harry) signing autographs somewhere or other. (YouTube). Harry's 12th birthday was on Nov. 3.
- "Saying Goodbye to the Late Show with David Letterman" is a feature on the CBS Orchestra by the Associated Musicians of Greater New York. It has a quote from each of our eight heroes. (link)
- We all know the video of a Monkey Washing a Cat. Here's Pete the Monkey washing pans. (story) (YouTube) Pete was promoted from babysitting to the dishroom.
- Biff Henderson shows up in a fun Back to the Future surprise on Jimmy Kimmel Live on October 21, 2015. This bit scored 5,000,000+ views in its first 24 hours! (YouTube)
- Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit organization that assists kids in pursuing their interest in music, by supporting music education. They had a benefit on 10/20/15, and our friends Paul Shaffer, Darlene Love and Will Lee were there. IndyCar's David Letterman showed up by surprise. (YouTube) (Daily Mail) @littlekidsrock
- Well, it looks like I'll be getting Netflix, the only source for A Very Murray Christmas, Bill's upcoming movie.
- Brand new: Barbara Gaines has set up a blog on Tumblr, entitled "I Once Had a Big Job." Her first entry is a transcript of her interview with the @ByeLetterman gents. Stay tuned for more good stuff.
- It's your latest Keyboard Waffle Iron reviews and links!
- Do you enjoy worlds? You'll find none better than Steve Young World, a new offering from longtime Letterman writer Steve Young. You'll see a link to his Everything's Coming Up Profits, his book about industrial musicals, in my left-side navigation column. You'll see a link to CelebriGum gallery, if you raise your eyes an inch or two. Do not miss Steve's songs, with the awesomely disturbing "Turkey Processing Song" and "Unsanitary Manger."
- Allow Her to Reintroduce Herself is an interview (Sept. 2015) with Darlene Love on NPR. (download link) (article)
- Paul Leslie has scored another interview with one of our Late Show heroes, Felicia Collins, his guest for 32 minutes. Drop what you're doing and listen to this! Felicia has an album, Felicia Collins Discovers the Blues, on the way, but I'm having trouble finding it. Finally, Paul's interview with Felicia (along with music) is on soundcloud.com
- Our friend Steve Young is keepin' busy.
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- Fear the beard! It's David Letterman at the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma. (IndyCar video)
- Look closely and you'll see TV's David Letterman with Paul Shaffer in Forbidden Nights, a brand new music video from the legendary Darlene Love. (video)
- Parade has a nice feature, posted on August 21, on Chris and Abby Elliott, and how their mutual love of comedy brought them together. (link)
- Aug. 17: Congratulations and best wishes to supervising producer Brian Teta. Today The View announced that Brian has joined the daytime talk show as co-executive producer. We know his skills in booking guests and producing segments make him a valuable addition! (link)
- From March 1993, it's David Letterman's visit to WRAL-TV, taped three months before the end of Late Night.
- Regis Philbin will host a panel of Letterman producers, writers and crew at the groundbreaking of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York. (link)
- On May 26, Billboard posted a brief look back with Paul Shaffer. (YouTube)
- Speaking of Paul Shaffer, here's a fascinating 26-minute rig rundown with Paul at his organ, from 2009. (YouTube)
- A big comedy night for Marty and me in San Antonio. Surprise guest, David Letterman.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) July 11, 2015
- Catch up with Eddie Brill in his 48-minute visit on The Carson Podcast, with host Mark Malkoff on June 20.
- I was sad to learn of the passing on June 18 of Jack Rollins, Dave's first executive producer. (story) We saw Jack often on Late Night, during Dave's frequent visits to Hal Gurnee's control room. Jack, who lived to be 100, managed Woody Allen, Billy Crystal, Martin Short, Robin Williams, Joan Rivers and others.
- An event that is both easy to understand and puzzling, buzzfeed.com has reported that all of Dave's videos have disappeared from cbs.com and YouTube. We've known all along that Worldwide Pants Incorporated owns the copyright to Dave's CBS shows. It's not especially surprising that CBS would stop serving out Dave's material, but many fans and I can't comprehend why all the videos on YouTube have evaporated. This is a huge loss. It leads one to think that Worldwide Pants intends to offer episodes or clips for sale, and therefore doesn't want to compete with itself. That's the only reasoning I can come up with.
- Barbara Gaines has written a fascinating feature for the Huffington Post. It includes her insider's view of the early days with Dave, on through to a play-by-play of producing the epic final montage and final episode of the Late Show.
- Here's an item I was afraid was lost to the ages. Mike McIntee, without the ability to post on cbs.com after the May 20 final episode, took to wordpress.com to post the last-ever edition of the Wahoo Gazette. On May 11 I got to thank Wahoo Mike for how much he added to our Letterman experience over the years, with really funny takes on the show's events, historical tidbits, behind-the-scenes happenings and his own real-life stories. The Wahoo gave us a VIP insider's look at how each episode came together, staffers scrambling to pull together background information on a topic Dave pulled out of thin air, etc. I don't know of any other show that has ever done something like this. I think it was an awesome way to draw viewers in to the show. I'll miss the Wahoo so much! Be sure to check out Mike's new blog on wordpress.com.
- This is amazing. It's a Google Maps 360° look at the Late Show set.
- Here's a fun interview with Graham Rahal and David Letterman at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on 5/24/15. (YouTube)
- Letterman Fan Details Every Frame in Final Show Montage is offered by Rolling Stone. It's the work of Adam Nedeff, and you're sure to enjoy it. Here's the direct link to Facebook.
- My sadness about the end of it all is equaled by a great sense of pride to have been a fan of David Letterman's shows. The final montage of 579 clips is no surprise, coming from the talented creative and technical staff who surrounded Dave. The montage was a massive undertaking by a number of people, in the final days of their jobs. It demonstrates both the loyalty and skill of the people who produced it.
Our sadness comes not just from no longer getting to see Dave front and center five days a week, but how much we will miss the tremendous talents of Paul and the CBS Orchestra, and many, many other staff we've come to know and admire.
To those who ask over the days to come how I'm feeling: I will say that I'm proud to be a fan of the show, and to have been associated with the exceptional group of staff and fans I've come to know over the past three decades.
- What will you be doing after May 20, when there's no more Dave, and your television viewing days come to an end forever? Don't spend your days sulking and whining. Well-adjusted, law-abiding former television viewers will be making nutritious rectangular waffles, and watching vintage Dave clips on YouTube. Don't risk electrocution with an electric waffle iron! Be the first on your block to have your own Keyboard Waffle Iron, created by Late Show Graphic Art Director Chris Dimino! Just say no to boring, 20th-Century round waffles. I pre-ordered mine in December!
This just in! Here's a feature on Chris and the Keyboard Waffle Iron on Ann Nyberg's Network Connecticut, including YouTube. We'll try to excuse her for saying Late Night.
Introducing The Keyboard Waffle Iron
- Jon Stewart, in a desk chat on May 14, had a sincere and funny tribute to Dave on his The Daily Show.
- Here as a web-exclusive item is an awesome compilation of staff participation in comedy pieces over the years. (video)
- Joe DeLillo in The Orange County Register has a fine column, "David Letterman's retirement will leave an emotional void for fans." Gerard Mulligan and Steve Young offered interesting insight.
- Look! Conan O'Brien has written a highly complimentary feature for Entertainment Weekly, posted on 5/01/15. I think it's great writing, as well as being a nice tribute to Dave.
- Don Giller and I were interviewed last week by one of the proprietors of @ByeLetterman. It's a print interview, so don't get overly excited about seeing us. We talk about our fan careers, and our favorite things about Dave's shows.
- Did you see the extensive interview of Dave in The New York Times on 4/29/15? David Letterman Reflects on 33 Years in Late-Night Television
- It's Sue Hum's #Dave520 trading card. (Click to enlarge.)
- A long list of Dave's final guests has been announced by CBS, including Alec Baldwin, George Clooney, Billy Crystal, Robert Downey, Jr., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Michael J. Fox, Tom Hanks, Jack Hanna, Kevin James, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Keaton, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Sarah Jessica Parker, Don Rickles, Julia Roberts, Ray Romano, Paul Rudd, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Short, Howard Stern, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Oprah Winfrey and Elvis Costello.
It's quite a fine line-up. Conspicuously missing are Tom Brokaw, Jennifer Lawrence, Amanda Peet and Barbara Walters. From the list above, I'm most excited about Bill Murray, Martin Short, Tina Fey and Bruce Willis. I hope like everything that no politicians are invited on these final shows.
The ultimate coup would be to get Bruce Springsteen to sing "Glory Days," the last performance on Late Night with David Letterman, on June 25, 1993.
- In Jake Johannsen ♥s Letterman, a podcast, he reflects on his final (42nd) appearance yesterday.
- Here's a real classic. From 5/13/94: Dave and Zsa Zsa Gabor motor around Los Angeles in a convertible, hitting fast food establishments. (YouTube)
- (March 23): @ByeLetterman has posted A Chat with Barbara Gaines, the latest in their series of interviews on Letterman topics, including Tom Shales, Randy Cohen and Gerard Mulligan.
- Bill Scheft's ABlog the Author for March 22 has his thoughts on why Norm Macdonald is funny.
- "David Letterman and Norm Macdonald Demonstrate How a Talk Show Should Work" is the title of an opinion by critic Ken Tucker for Yahoo. Dave let Norm take the lead, which of course wouldn't work with every guest, but after 25 appearances with Dave, Norm's well capable of doing so. My favorite was Norm's commentary about "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" vs. gossipy small-town whores.
- Adolph Hitler, infamous deceased Nazi, is informed of Brian Williams' tall tale about rocket-propelled grenades on Late Show with David Letterman a few years back. (YouTube)
- Cycle for Survival helps fund research at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The Late Show is promoting this to honor Dave's make-up artist for 19 years and 3,800 episodes, Michele O'Callaghan, who lost her battle on 12/16/11. Learn more via this message from Tommy Togneri, Michele's husband, or go straight to the donation page.
Watch a compilation of these tributes to Michele from Bob Costas, Keith Olbermann and David Letterman. (YouTube) If you visit the Late Show, you'll see Michele's picture to this day, not far behind Dave's desk.
- This just in: Trumpeter extraordinaire Al Chez and his band, Al Chez & The Brothers of Funk, have just released a new CD, Chapter One: Reinvented. Check it out, along with caps, shirts and other merchandise. We miss you on the Late Show, Al.
- Here's a wonderful feature on Felicia Collins, and her introduction to the guitar as a girl. She taught herself how to play!
- Rob Burnett is producing a movie, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. It's in pre-production at this point. Selena Gomez has joined the cast.
- On Dec. 19, the setup for Darlene Love's performance took about 20 minutes. Here's a web-exclusive treat: Paul Shaffer and the CBSO play The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. (video) It's awesome!
- Do not miss this interview with Jay Thomas about the stars coming together to create his two awesome traditions: The Late Show Quarterback Challenge and Jay's Lone Ranger story!!
- The Late Show edited pieces of Darlene Love with "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" from four decades, to preview her performance on Dec. 19... the last time she will perform this song on a talk show, and the 21st time she performed it on Dave's late night shows. To see complete performances from past years, look under the Ds in my Video Archives.
- Late Show Graphic Art Director Chris Dimino has cooked up a keyboard waffle iron, and has gotten enough backing to get it into production. (kickstarter.com) (@KeyboardWaffles)
- Here's a compilation of the 10 Best Country Performances on the Late Show. I don't like much country at all, but Taylor Swift's "Love Story" (done on a Live on Letterman) and Billy Currington's "People Are Crazy" are two great choices.
- Here's a very impressive compilation from your pals at slate.com: Top 10 Things to Love About Letterman's Top Ten Lists. The Slate staff looked for patterns and themes in over 41,000 Top Ten entries. On November 6, I was contacted by them, in hopes of videos of Top Tens which made fun of Regis. I didn't have all of them on the spreadsheet they sent, but I was able to make 12, to add to ones they'd already found in my Video Archives. If you'd like to see the complete set of Top Ten videos I made for them, look here. They were nice enough to credit me at the end of their compilation video, "Regis in the Top Ten." It's really well done. Be sure to have a look.
- The Letterman Memories, a.k.a. @ByeLetterman people scored an interview with Gerard Mulligan. You may be excused from this site to go read it. I recommend it.
- TMZ December 6: Dave tells TMZ Colbert's first guest should be Vladimir Putin! (video) Also, there was this related story in Variety.
- Letterman Memories, a.k.a. @ByeLetterman, has a nice (and increasing) collection of links to videos from Dave's 32 years in late night television. This is becoming better every day.
- The great friend of the Late Show, Martin Short, has released a memoir, I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend. It's hilarious. (As with everything I plug on this site, it's because I want to, and I'm not getting a piece of the action!) Here's video of his Nov. 3 appearance and musical number.
- TV's Alan Kalter has a 17-minute interview with WGN Radio on 10/22/14. Its title is "Behind the scenes of Late Show with David Letterman." Alan makes the Late Show better every day, and his segments are always comedy gold.
- Have you read the enthusiastic reviews of Bill Scheft's book? What are you waiting for?
- Late Show writer and strike captain Bill Scheft has a new book out: Shrink Thyself: A Novel. Bill had a great interview with Dave on June 9 on the subject of psychotherapy. He plugged the book on Olbermann on June 17. (YouTube 1, YouTube 2, YouTube 3)
- Late Show Rough Cuts is the title the show has given to YouTube videos of Dave's preshow Q & A with the audience. Until I set up a page for them, here you go:
• Dave's Dog
• Dave's Mom
• Dave's NASA Story
• Horizontal-Striped Shirts
• Inappropriate Audience Touching
- Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Discussion with Jerry Seinfeld
This discussion with Jerry and Dave took place on June 9 in the Paley Center for Media in NYC. It's related to Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: "I Like Kettlecorn." 18:45
- Alan Kalter is doing the audience warm-up now. The unananimous opinion among my DaveCon friends was he blew the roof off the dump! We absolutely loved his warm-up performance. It's worth a trip to the Late Show, in and of itself. I can't overstate how awesome it was.
- Not good. David Letterman says he's retiring.
— Letterman (@Letterman) April 3, 2014
Here's my video of the entire desk chat.
This is a sad day, that I thought wouldn't come for three or four years. I can't imagine what it will be like without the show, as I've spent over 7,000 hours watching (NBC + CBS). That's 42 weeks of Letterman. Now what? I'll be a wreck when it's all over.
- "This man has influenced every host who came after him, and even a few who came before him. He's that good! And I've gotta tell you, I do not envy whoever they try to put in that chair."
— Stephen Colbert, April 10, 2014
- Here's an official comment on Dave's retirement from Les Moonves, President and CEO of CBS.
- Good stuff here!
- Alan Kalter has a fun and interesting lecture on Demodex mites.
- As if there were ever any doubt what amazing professionals there are in the CBS Orchestra... watch this 27-minute video with Sid McGinnis, Will Lee and Felicia Collins describing their guitar gear. Even for those of us who don't know guitars, we can get to know CBSO members better. Sid McGinnis does his own electronic work on amps, etc. (video)
- Do you have "Love, Gratitude and Other Distractions" from Will Lee? It's available from CD Baby. Check out the video for "Fooled Him."
- Late Show writer and CEO of CelebriGum Steve Young is the author of a new book about musicals commissioned by businesses from c. 1950 - 1980. Learn more at industrialmusicals.com. Steve continues to add musicals to the web site. Keep up on Twitter. Order from Amazon.
- Steve Young was interviewed on NPR on Nov. 5 about his book, Everything's Coming Up Profits. Here's the link to right-click and download the .mp3. Read NPR's background story here.
- Steve Young's Everything's Coming Up Profits was reviewed by The New York Times on Jan. 29.
- Dave has written a book! It's This Land Was Made for You and Me (But Mostly Me): Billionaires in the Wild, with Bruce McCall. Its release date is November 5. See reviews in The New Yorker and The New York Times, then buy it from Amazon. Be sure to watch Bruce's Nov. 5 interview with Dave.
- Cue card guy Todd Seda, as Todd the Intern, did a great job with "Biff duty" at the Super Bowl media day (video) and game (video). Here are links to Todd's pics, tweeted from @LateShow: Winston Justice, Seahawks & Broncos fans, Broadway Joe Namath, Seahawks mascot and on the field.
|Kathleen Ankers' amazing Late Show set, by DDY, May 22, 2010|
|DaveCon 2010: My friends and I hung around onstage after the taping, visiting with band members and staff.
||DaveCon 2009: with Rupert Jee in Hello Deli
|with Calvert DeForest in the Little Apple
Manhattan, Kansas – October 1992
||Dr. Rod Fernandez, Bill Lehecka and Micah White
scored Dave's ties on-air on May 16, 2009.
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