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A Few Words from DDY – Past Years
May 23, 2020: I'm sorry I haven't posted in two days, but you deserve a vacation now and then. TV's Don Giller has posted a Letterman classic. The date was August 26, 1987. Rena Smaha came on with an ill-mannered Rhesus monkey. (link) You'll also get a quick sample of a recurring segment, "What's Hal Wearing?". Also, the Thrill Cam® took a totally unplanned side trip.
May 21, 2020: I just noticed that Scott Ryan's awesome book, The Last Days of Letterman, is on sale today for $14.99. Scott interviewed about 20 Letterman staff as part of this look at the Late Show heading toward the finish line.
May 20, 2020: Late Show producer Wahoo Mike McIntee has just linked to his final edition of the Wahoo Gazette. It covers the final Late Show, on May 20, 2015. If you look on the upper right-hand corner of the browser window, you'll see a download icon. Don't miss it!
- May 17, 2020: It's the Final Week of Late Show with David Letterman... well, five years ago this week, that is. Don Giller has posted a blockbuster compilation, duration 2.5 hours, Countdown to the Final Late Show, May 17-21, 2015. (link) Wednesday, May 20, 2020 will mark five years since Dave said, "Alright. That's pretty much all I've got. The only thing I have left to do, for the last time on a television program... Thank you, and good night."
- May 12, 2020: Don Giller has really gone and done it this time! He's just passed 80 million views on his Letterman YouTube channel. Yes, that's 80 megaviews. It's 80 x 106 views, if you like scientific notation.
Let's get The Donz up to 100 million views by late May. Here are your links: (Playlists) (Videos) Look right here on this page, in the lefthand navigation column, for even more links. Congrats, Donz! We appreciate you!
- May 9, 2020: We're saddened that Little Richard passed this week. What a career he had, and he was copied by others. Don "The Donz" Giller has posted this video in his honor. His performance of "Joy, Joy, Joy" (and a visit with Dave) was on October 17, 1984. His sit-down with Dave was way too brief!
- May 4, 2020: I'm not sure who's behind tvdb.com. I've just discovered this site, which has pages for both Late Night and the Late Show. You'll find mini episode logs, and there are clips that you can get, somehow or other. I don't know how on earth they acquired them.
- April 29, 2020: The Hollywood Reporter: David Letterman Lambastes Mike Pence for "Taunting" Virus Patients by Not Wearing Mask at Mayo Clinic
- April 29, 2020: Rolling Stone: Colbert, Letterman Rail Against Mike Pence for Visiting Mayo Clinic With No Mask
- April 29, 2020: David Letterman tells the Washington Times the human spirit will persevere over the coronavirus. "This will pass, and we will survive."
- April 29, 2020: OK... we all knew about Dave and Merrill's German Shepherds, Stan and Bob. Now Dave has a new critter, named Dutch. How do we know this? Watch a clip from SiriusXM, David Letterman's Dog Crashes His Stern Show Interview. Unfortunately, it's only a minute long. Also, unfortunately, Dave seems to think Dutch is a poodle. he he
- April 24, 2020: So, I have 2,500 articles linked on this site, and can't announce each one here in "A Few Words." I do have this fun story about a couple of gents, Jay Putt and Karl "Skip" Wolf, who set out to get Dave's home office moved to Lebanon, Pennsylvania 30 years ago.
The quest was easier than what some towns went through. Dave was a guest on Tom Snyder's show, and Skip called in. The answer was yes, and the home office moved for over two years! Here's How Lebanon became the home office of Late Night with David Letterman. Naturally, TV's Don Giller provided video of the Top Ten that was first produced in the new hometown.
- April 23, 2020: Just released... Rob Burnett joined Mark Malkoff this month on The Carson Podcast. You can download it as an .mp3, if you like.
- April 22, 2020: This isn't new, but Letterman Bumpers on Facebook deserves a shout out. Marc Karzen was the brilliant photographer behind the bumpers leading into commercials, back in the Late Night days. I guarantee you'll enjoy these.
- April 22, 2020: This is new to me. Lisa Gilliam has a Pinterest page entitled Late Show with David Letterman
Collection. At present, she has 333 photos that will bring back all kinds of fun memories. Included are guest visits, photos of Dave out and about with his family, remotes, magazine covers, Dorothy, Harry, etc. I highly recommend it!
- April 21, 2020: Don Giller, now with 78 million views on his Letterman YouTube channel, has really done it this time. On May 20, five years will have passed since the final Late Show with David Letterman. Dave announced his retirement intentions on April 3, 2014. In the 13 months that followed, many favorite guests and staff paid tribute to him. Don has videos of those moments. The format will generally be first and last appearances, with tribute comments obviously coming in the last appearances. This is just the latest example of the ability Don has, thanks to his one-of-a-kind database of Letterman happenings, and his colossal efforts in digitizing every show, that allow for a compilation like this. Here are your links, starting with the great Bill Murray!!
- April 10, 2020: Don Giller added to his 75 megaviews yesterday, with a wonderful performance, that I remember well. No... Don didn't perform. Nanci Griffith did, singing From a Distance. (YouTube) This is from August 30, 1988, on Late Night with David Letterman. Don't miss this one!
- April 8, 2020: Ding ding ding! YouTube star Don Giller hit 75 million views of his Letterman videos within the past couple of hours. We're all quarantined. Let's get him up to 100 million by the end of April. Here are your links: (Playlists) (Videos) Look right here on this page, in the lefthand navigation column, for even more links. Congrats, Donz! We appreciate you!
- April 5, 2020: You must wait no longer. The Donz has bestowed upon us Dr. Demento on Letterman, May 17, 1983. The good doctor brought samples from his offbeat record collection for our enlightenment. I never paid any attention to him, so I visited Wikipedia to find out what I've been missing.
- April 2, 2020: Don Giller made me aware of the latest The Carson Podcast, with Mark Malkoff. The guest for this 28-minute interview is Bill Carter. This has lots of mentions of Dave, as Bill is the author of the 1994 book, The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, & the Network Battle for the Night. The interview's more about Johnny Carson, who's always an interesting subject. Lots of celebrities, including Don Giller, come up in the course of this visit. You can listen, or download it as an MP3. It runs 97 minutes.
- March 28, 2020: I guess this is sort of an anniversary. Stagehand Gene Szymanski played exotic food expert Arnold Sinclair. By request, Mr. YouTube himself, Don Giller, has posted Gene Szymanski, "Exotic Food Expert," on Late Show, March 28, 2007. Dave and Gene got tickled about something early. I'm not sure what got to them, but I especially enjoyed the panda nuggets. I won't reveal exactly why, but ultimately, Gene requests to be Heimliched.
- March 24, 2020: The Donz has just posted Custom-Made Show #1 on Letterman, November 15, 1983. Via the NBC applause meter, audience members voted on the episode's theme song (Gilligan's Island), the backdrop, sound effects, segments, etc. The result was lots of fun, and the show's first Emmy Award, for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program. Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Teri Garr were guests, and Larry "Bud" Melman appeared in a bear suit. Watch closely, won't you?
- March 21, 2020: The world is sorry to have lost Kenny Rogers yesterday. We still have Mr. 71,000,000 views, Don Giller, and he has just posted Kenny Rogers Collection on Letterman, 1985-1998. Please allocate 39.75 minutes for this retrospective.
- March 21, 2020: Our friend Steve Young has another recognition for Bathtubs Over Broadway. Playbill has added the documentary to 17 Must-Watch Documentaries for Broadway Musical Fans.
- March 18, 2020: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have Coronavirus, I'm sorry to report. Mr. 70,269,647 Views, Don Giller, has just posted, Tom Hanks' First & Last on Letterman, 1984 & 2015. Please allocate 32 minutes during your quarantine.
- March 16, 2020: Ultimate Letterman fan Don Giller, who needs no introduction, reports that his Letterman YouTube channel hit 70,000,000 views today. (Playlists) (Videos)
- March 13, 2020: Broadway plays and talk shows are shut down because of germs. This brings to mind Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012, when a similar situation applied for a couple of days. Don Giller has taken us back to yesteryear, with No-Audience Hurricane Sandy Shows on Letterman, Oct. 29 & 30, 2012. You get 85 minutes without audience interruptions!
- March 7, 2020: This is exciting! Don Giller's latest offering honors a favorite guest. It's the Julia Child Collection on Letterman, 1982-1994. It runs just over 1½ hours. Save the liver!
- March 5, 2020: Dave was famous for biting the hands that fed him. You may remember references to "pinhead executives" at NBC, mentions of Robert C. Wright, Grant Tinker, Les Moonves, etc. Don Giller has fixed us up with 46 minutes' worth of The Letterman Remote to G.E. Headquarters Collection, 1985-93. My favorite was Dave's visit to GE headquarters on April 8, 1986, on a mission to deliver a fruit basket. He quickly encountered a security supervisor who had no sense of humor whatsoever, and the result was an instant classic! Thanks as always, Donz.
- February 26, 2020: Oh, the memories with this one: The Late Show Online Cards, February to May 2015. Don Giller, who compiled this video, wrote, "On February 28, 2015, The Late Show online site inaugurated a series of art cards commemorating the last 50 shows before it closed shop on May 20. All but five were uploaded. Here's a compilation of all that were shared online." Nice work, Donz! Thanks!
- February 24, 2020: The soundtrack for Bathtubs Over Broadway is going on sale on Wednesday, Feb. 26! Here's the trailer, and a link to mondoshop.com, for full details.
- February 22, 2020: I had forgotten this one. From LSDL #262, it's Cast Reunion Night on Late Show, November 2, 1994. You'll see the cast of Happy Days, Cagney & Lacey and Late Night with David Letterman, all thanks to your host, Don Giller. It's great fun, because of how bad it is!
- February 20, 2020: This from TMZ... an on-the-street interview with David Letterman on having presidential candidates on the show. Trump pigs out. Bloomberg eats like a bird. (link)
- February 16, 2020: You know him. You love him. You can't live without him. Don Giller has just bestowed his latest upon us: New Catch Phrases Collection on Letterman, 1984-91. Please allocate 1 hr. and 9 minutes for this extravaganza.
- February 13, 2020: I had no idea that Darlene Love had a heart attack in 2012. Thankfully, she's fine now! (link)
- February 12, 2020: Last night, Don Giller rolled out his latest, Chris Elliott Films Collection on Late Show, 1993-94. Don't miss Chris's impression of Liza!
- February 7, 2020: Dave's relationship with Paul Newman grew through the years. On the occasion of Late Show with David Letterman #0001, the ghost of Ed Sullivan introduced Paul, who delivered the historic line, "Where the hell are the singing cats?" Don Giller has produced his Paul Newman and David Letterman Collection, 1982-2008. As a bonus, you'll see a brief clip of Pete Fatovich playing his accordion! Hey! While you're lurking around YouTube, have a look at Kirk Douglas Collection on Letterman, 1986-1992.
- February 3, 2020: Here's Laraine Newman introducing Merrill Markoe, and Merril's acceptance of the 2020 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award Television Writing Achievement from the Writers Guild of America. (YouTube) As you might expect, it's funny.
- February 1, 2020: HEY! LOOK HERE!! Something I've been hoping for has landed on the Internet. The great Don Giller has posted an index of videos! Now that he has the Letterman episodes in digital format, he's able to more efficiently put together collections of every appearance by a guest, or a recurring segment, for example: Dwight, the Troubled Teen or Paul Shaffer's annual Cher imitation, etc. (link) I highly recommend having a look. By the way, Here's his YouTube channel.
- February 1, 2020: On February 1, 1982, America witnessed the first episode of Late Night with David Letterman. I signed on as a fan in the first week of the program, but didn't see episode one until it was rebroadcast sometime later. The always-productive Don Giller posted episode one three years ago. You may be excused from this site to watch it now on Don's YouTube channel, with 64,000,000 views.
- January 29, 2020: Happy Kansas Day! With that said, I'm linking to David Letterman talks Hoosier hospitality and flings Long's doughnuts while accepting award. The award is the Bill McGowan Leadership Award, which goes to an individual who promotes Indianapolis. Dave can put it with his 11 Emmys, and his George Foster Peabody and American Comedy Awards.
- January 28, 2020: From BBC Archive, here's a Facebook video from the 1/28/80 Des O'Connor Tonight. Dave looked younger 40 years ago. It's an interesting look back!
- January 28, 2020: Well... this was unexpected. Jason Bailey of The New York Times has just rolled out an interview/opinion piece about Dave's Oscars hosting gig on March 27, 1995. The title is "Was Letterman Really Such a Bad Oscar Host? He Still Thinks So." After reviewing the video linked here, and having watched Dave for 8,000 hours, one thing I'll say for sure is Dave seemed very uncomfortable in that role. Oprah and Uma didn't seem to mind being introduced. I remember enjoying when Dave hosted the Emmys, and thought he was more in his element with that. (New York Times link) (video)
- January 26, 2020: The world's #1 Letterman fan, Don Giller, whose video compilations are constantly being recommended here, was surprised with a subpoena in the Harvey Weinstein case. The subpoena was issued by the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Why? Weinstein's defense team had been digging around, and assumed Don would have video of Annabella Sciorra appearing on the Late Show in 1997. Get this: Annabella described herself, basically, as a recreational liar. She told Dave that she often made up stories; therefore, Weinstein's team wanted video of her statement, to attack her credibility as a witness for the prosecution. Don had the video, of course, and delivered it via the Internet, avoiding a court appearance (and contempt of court). Here's a recap of this situation by Don himself, entitled My Brush with the Law.
- January 24, 2020: Don Giller has just released David Letterman's Eulogies Collection, 1984-2017. It's over two hours of Dave commenting on the passing of staff members, favorite guests and sometimes relatives, who had recently passed on. (And then there was the time when Dave delivered a eulogy for Calvert DeForest, who hadn't really kicked the bucket, and Calvert strolled onstage and called him a bastard.) Don's YouTube Letterman channel now has 62,000 subscribers and 62,000,000 views, so march yourself over there and partake of them!
- January 23, 2020: It's been a long time since I've posted anything on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. Here's a YouTube clip from the latest episode, with Zach Galifianakis. One of the topics is Zach pranking his brother.
- January 13, 2020: Related to my previous post: I learned that The Donz cranked out The Guy Under the Seats Collection, back in 2016. It's 1:07 of creepiness with the legendary Chris Elliott. Go there now. You'll feel better about yourself after viewing this compilation.
- January 12, 2020: This is so great! Don Giller has just posted More Chris Elliott Goodies on Letterman, 1985-1988. Over the years, Chris played The Conspiracy Guy, The Guy Under the Seats, The Laid-Back Guy, The Fugitive Guy, Marv Albert, The Regulator Guy, Gerard Mulligan's hideous baby, Stevie Nicks, Chris Elliott from the Columbus Zoo, Mummenschanz, Jack Hanna, Jay Leno, the host of Night Life with Chris Elliott, a leprechaun, Paul Shaffer, Skylark, Oliver North, Marlon Brando, Chris as Marlon Branco as Santa Claus, host of The Chris Elliott, Jr. Show, The Goddess of Love, a barking desk maggot, an actor on TV's Dangerous Liaisons, an actor on NBC Security, an actor on The Abyss, a dog food tester, as Johnny Graham, art teacher, an actor on Housewives, an actor on The Traveling Poet, an actor on Poolside Ecstasy, The Cable Pulling Guy, an Olestra® tester, plugging his actual role in Scary Movie 2, putting the cape on Dave, baby Harry Letterman, author of The Shroud of the Thwacker, plugging Scary Movie 4, promoting Skink the Bounty Hunter with Gerard Mulligan, the Mac guy (with Gerard) in an Apple ad, an actor on Bionic Guy, striking with the Writers Guild of America, plugging Chris and Gerry's Kitchen Nightmares, President John Adams, plugging Chris Elliott's Wacky World of Hockey, plugging Chris and Gerry's Tips for Green Living, plugging Knight Car, plugging The Curious Case of Bennington Butterworth, Money-Saving Tips with Chris and Gerry, plugging Eagleheart, and plugging The Guy Under the Sheets: An Unauthorized Autobiography. ANYWAY... here's the link to Mr. Giller's aforementioned, 39-minute compilation (which doesn't include all of the above).
- January 3, 2020: The Donz just released a Teri Garr on Letterman Compilation, in five parts. A quick check of my episode logs showed Teri with 25 appearances on LNDL, and 6 on LSDL. (Update: I didn't start reliably logging LNDL until late 1985. Don Giller sent word that Teri actually appeared on the NBC show 31 times. I appreciate the word from the expert!) Here are your video links:
- January 2, 2020: Our friend Steve Young, a Letterman writer since the Late Night days, and also for The Simpsons, has released today his briefly-awaited, three-minute ballad, My New Year's Resolutions. If you scroll below (or visit the navigation column), you'll quickly see a number of my promotions for Steve's projects, including Bathtubs Over Broadway, and his book Everything's Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals.
- January 2, 2020: Here's a look back at Dave having fun with KOIN-TV, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Oregon. Traffic reporter Carly Kennelly accidentally admitted on-air that she never watched the Late Show. Dave got tape of the scandalous confession, and aired it on episode 1/20/10 . Coincidentally, a lady in the audience was selling Girl Scout cookies. Dave had Eddie Brill give her $2,000 for the cookies, and shipped all of 'em to Portland. He also had some fun on-air, naming KOIN the CBS Affiliate of the Night.
- January 1, 2020: Dave, Regina and Harry vacationed at their place in St. Barts to start the new year. The Daily Mail has details, photos and a complete vacation wardrobe report!
A Few Words from DDY – Past Years
DDY's Headlines and News, 2000 - 2014
|Kathleen Ankers' amazing Late Show set, by DDY, May 22, 2010|
|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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