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- 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 great 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 host of people in the final days of their jobs. It demonstrates both the loyalty and skill of the people who produced it.
Our sadness over this circumstance 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.
Introducing The Keyboard Waffle Iron
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!
- 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)
- Rolling Stone has a nice interview with Rupert Jee, which coincides with Dave's May 21 cover story.
- 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. Conspicuosly 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'. (YouTube) 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.
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.
- "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.
|Scenic Dave Letterman Park, Broadway at 53rd St. - June 19, 2012|
|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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