Seth Rogen
Amy Sedaris

Sam Hunt


Emily Blunt
Adam Resnick

Wu-Tang Clan


Jake Gyllenhaal
John P. Holdren

Nico & Vinz


Stupid Human Tricks
Ted Danson
Andrew Norelli

R 9/26/14

Michael Keaton
Andrew Cuomo TTL

Foo Fighters
Ann and Nancy Wilson

R 10/14/14

Jim Carrey
David Tennant

R 10/29/14

Jennifer Lawrence
Mayor Boris Johnson

R 11/12/14

Taylor Swift
Tom Mison

Taylor Swift

R 10/28/14

Bill Murray

Foo Fighters
& Tony Joe White

R 10/15/14

Tom Selleck
Jenny Slate

Foo Fighters
& Rick Nielsen

R 10/16/14
Nielsen Sweeps is October 30 - November 26, 2014.
UPDATED 11/22 @ 0616 CT

Jennifer Lawrence in an all-time great interview, Nov. 12, 2014


  • The great friend of the Late Show, Martin Short, has just released a memoir, I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend. It's sure to be hilarious. I consider Martin a Top Five guest, and will order it soon. (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.

  • Darlene Love will retire "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" from TV when the Late Show ends, we learned from a story in Billboard on Oct. 28. I'm trying not to even think about the end of this tradition... my favorite on the Late Show.

  • TV's Bill Scheft is a guest on Marc Maron's WTF Podcast #545, dated 10/27/14. Bill doesn't show up until 14:13, but will be on through the duration of this 01:30 podcast.

  • Don't miss TV's Alan Kalter in his 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.

  • An Evening with the Late Show with David Letterman Writers is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. It's part of the New York Comedy Festival. Tickets are $35. (link)

  • Foo Fighters every day for a week, Oct. 13 - 17: See the announcement from CBS here.

  • Don't miss this feature: "Mark Hamill Comes Clean About His 20-Year David Letterman Obsession." (link) This is part of An Oral History of Late Night with David Letterman by Brian Abrams, released for Kindle on 9/22/14.

  • Here's Dave's instant classic desk chat on getting broadcast rights for music of The Eagles. Dave's producers keep him out of the slammer, or at least avoid a pesky lawsuit.

  • It may be time for a check-up. Catch Dave's message for Derek Jeter Day, in honor of his retirement.

  • An Evening with David Letterman is an interview with Charlie Rose on February 19, 1996. Dave reflects on earlier broadcasters who inspired him. (YouTube)

  • On August 18, Dave gave us a wonderful 10½-minute eulogy of Robin Williams. No one does this sort of thing better. It was respectful, funny and sincere. (YouTube)

  • Call in four minutes late to work, and watch "How the Media Covered Dave's Bypasses" now. (YouTube) It's from Jan. 23, 2000, with a cast of dozens.

  • Eric and Justin Stangel visited with Keith Olbermann on August 12. (video)

  • Darlene Love posted to her Facebook page on August 5: "My final performance on the Late Show with David Letterman will air on Friday December 19th. I get emotional just typing this. It's gonna be a very rough day for me, Paul and everyone else involved in producing my segment for the past 28 years." It's my favorite Late Show tradition. I can't bear to think of it ending.

  • Bill Scheft has just posted an engaging blog about Robin Williams, who died today, August 11.

  • Late Show with Stephen Colbert to air from New York City (New York Daily News) (CBS Press Release)

  • 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)

  • I love Late Show writer R.J. Fried's monologue interruptions, when he somehow finds his way to Dave's monologue mark. Be the first on your block to collect the whole set!
       • June 23
       • June 24
       • June 25 (with Joe Grossman)

  • Joe Toplyn visits with the Huffington Post on how to build a Top Ten list. His book, Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV, was released in May.

  • 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.

  • Allow me to present Mr. Sully Letterman, who we've come to know, love and fear in Act 2 desk chats since August 2010... part yellow Labrador retriever, part Satan. Sully was a special guest of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend, 2014.

  • Eric and Justin Stangel have favored us with a brand new web site, Please cast aside this worthless site and visit theirs, paying special attention to the heartfelt testimonials that have rolled in since it was unleashed on the public on April 29.

  • The Late Show now is on tumblr. Check it out.

  • Dave went to go pick on Don Rickles on May 6, taping a tribute to run on May 28 on Spike TV. (story)

  • "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


  • CBS has made the best possible choice, with Stephen Colbert as Dave's replacement. (CBS Press Release) For the record, this is DDY's Late Show with David Letterman Fan Page. I'll not be covering the inevitable 500 articles about Stephen Colbert. I wish him well, but this page is about Dave (and Amanda Peet, of course).

  • I have about 100 links to articles about Dave's retirement in my Articles page, of all places.

  • Not good. David Letterman says he's retiring.
    Here's YouTube video of his announcement on April 3, and 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.

  • Here's an official comment on Dave's retirement from Les Moonves, President and CEO of CBS.

  • Dave, to Paul, March 26: "You know, the genius behind King of Thrones – uh, Game of Thrones – is married to Amanda Peet." Paul: "What's his name?" Dave: "I don't care, but she's delightful."

  • "Monica Darby" rose to instant fame on the Late Show on March 12. I guessed that her Skype visits with Dave were actually from YouTube videos. (Correct!) I've unfortunately dug up 27 videos of hers, so she may keep turning up for a while. Gina Coghlan, who calls herself Monica, has now reached out to Dave, hoping to be on the show in person. (video)

  • 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 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.

  • Here are Paul Shaffer and his daughter, Victoria at a pre-Grammys event on Jan. 25. (YouTube)

  • 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.

  • Here's a fun picture of Late Show staff and Dave before taping the March 5 episode. It's Barbara Gaines, Nancy Agostini, Jude Brennan, Matt Roberts, Bill Scheft, Kerry Belair and David M. Letterman.

Dave's next door neighbors, Steak 'n Shake, opened in January 2012 at 1695 Broadway. (video)

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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