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  • 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.

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • Our friend Steve Young is keepin' busy.

    (Click to enlarge.)

  • 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, has reported that all of Dave's videos have disappeared from 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 after the May 20 final episode, took to 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

  • 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. ( (@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 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 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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