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- Paul Shaffer's lovely daughter, Victoria Lily Shaffer, whose birth was announced by Paul on Late Night with David Letterman on April 8, 1993 (the day after she was born), hosts this edition of The Scoop on The Pet Collective. It's Corgi Beach Day. It's a real fun video, largely because of Victoria. Here's a direct video link. We learned about Victoria's video via Paul's Instagram post.
Here's an awesome video of Paul and Victoria promoting The Shelter Pet Project in 2013.
- August 14, 2019: This is a big deal! My friend, Don Giller, has posted part 1 of The Dave and Johnny Collection: 1978-79. I'll keep this collection pinned at the top, as it's going to span 1978-92, then he'll post Johnny appearing on Dave's shows, 1985-93. (Part 1)
- August 9, 2019: Today I ran across a YouTube video of Dave's retirement interview of Gerard Mulligan. Gerard was with Dave back to the 1980 morning show, and this interview on August 5, 2004 marked about 25 years with TV Boy. I especially enjoyed Gerard's segments with Chris Elliott, and how about his portrayal of Janet Reno, Ricky, the Space Alien, Miss France, a giant cicada, astrophysicist Dr. Saul Perlmütter, Osama bin Laden's mother, Martha Stewart, Saddam Hussein, Julia Roberts, Liza Minnelli, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, El Niño, Hillary Clinton and Paris Hilton? Talk about versatility!
- August 8, 2019: I was just reminded of a panel discussion, David Letterman: Behind the Scenes of Late Night's Longest Running Broadcaster. Regis Philbin was the host, and panelists were Barbara Gaines, Jerry Foley, Steve O'Donnell, Steve Young and James J. "Biff" Henderson. This was produced in July, 2015. The link has a download button, offering four different file sizes.
- August 6, 2019: Letterman superfan Don Giller has done it again! Cracked.com has posted a story that includes him, 6 Superfans Whose Fandom Crosses the Line into Madness. Nonsense! His videos and compilations have over 49,000,000 views!
- July 30, 2019: From 10/10/14 : In Act 5, there's 53-second close-up of Bill Scheft removing chocolate chips (or raisins) from a cookie. This is instead of the usual Act 5 Audience Pan. The CBSO's playing throughout, so Bill isn't aware he's the subject of attention. (YouTube)
- July 25, 2019: We lost Hiram Bullock 11 years ago today. Don Giller has posted a set of clips of Hiram on LNDL from 1982-86. (YouTube) It was good to have a look back at the early days of LNDL, and be reminded of Hiram's contributions!
- July 24, 2019: Fred Graver, a writer for Late Night with David Letterman from 1984 to 1990, posted a piece for Linked In today: Dave's Attitude Problem: How His Creative Mission Defined Late Night TV as We Know It. It's a very thoughtful and interesting look back, as well as being sound advice for a current writer or producer. "Dave's Attitude Problem" is a phrase that came from his girlfriend, Merrill Markoe. (link)
- July 24, 2019: This is exciting! The great Don Giller has posted The Siskel & Ebert Collection to his YouTube channel. It's in six parts. I watched their weekly show religiously, and yes... I took notes! These gents appeared on Dave's shows dozens of times for interviews, and in numerous funny remotes. They're the reason that Dave had two chairs by his desk. Here are your links:
(Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6) The parts average an hour in length.
- July 20, 2019: Our friend Don Giller (who hasn't posted a compilation video in two days), has now treated us to his "David Letterman and Cats" collection. (YouTube) It runs 01:13, so go get some snacks. The first installment came on September 17, 1985, and these ran through 2013.
What are we talkin' about here? Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats is the fourth-longest-running musical in Broadway history. (Wikipedia) On that fateful day in 1985, Dave spontaneously began singing a few bars from Memory, with his own goofy lyrics. Here's Elaine Page with the actual lyrics, which don't match a single word Dave sang all those times, but who cares? Dave entertained North America with his fun version, spanning 18 years!
- July 20, 2019: From his home town of Thunder Bay, Ontario, the Border Cats honored Paul Shaffer with a bobblehead. (Twitter)
- July 18, 2019: The great Don Giller has done it again! This time it's his new Sandra Bernhard Collection on YouTube. (Part 1: '83 - '85) (Part 2: '86 - '88) (Part 3: '89 - '98) Don's YouTube Letterman channel's up to 48,000,000 views.
- July 15, 2019: Jason Zinoman, author of Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night, joined Mike Pesca of Slate's The Gist for a 31-minute interview. The title is Bring Back Late-Night Cruelty.
- July 7, 2019: Drew Barrymore, on The Howard Stern Show, 7/07/19, recalls her flash dance on Dave's desk, on his 48th birthday. (YouTube)
- July 2, 2019: The great Don Giller has just posted the Elite Models Remote Collection. (link) These ran on Late Night from 1990-92.
- June 17, 2019: Tomorrow, June 18, Paul Shaffer will be on The Big Interview on AXS TV. Dan Rather will be the interviewer. (link)
- June 11, 2019: David Letterman, star of stage, screen and television, visited with Scott Feinberg on The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter Podcast. The interview runs 01:12. There's a link to it in the article. You'll hear some new stories, and Dave is very engaged with this host. Here's a direct link to an .mp3.
- May 31, 2019: In an article for The New York Times, David Letterman 2.0, the Non-Ironic Version, Jason Zinoman takes a lengthy look at My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.
- May 30, 2019: Dave has just spent most of 01:33 on WTF with Marc Maron. The host appeared five times on Late Show with David Letterman between 1996 and 2013.
- May 29, 2019: Here's a good one in The Washington Post: David Letterman breaks down the key moments on
the new season of his Netflix show. Also, here's a YouTube clip: Tiffany Haddish Talks Childhood.
- May 28, 2019: Released today is 7 Things We Learned from Kanye West's Interview with David Letterman, a compilation of clips from complex.com.
- May 27, 2019: It's Lewis Hamilton in a station wagon, a clip from an upcoming My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. Lewis is a former Formula One champion.
- May 27, 2019: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman is back on Netflix! Kanye West was a recent guest. (YouTube clip)
- May 26, 2019: As we'd expect, Dave found his way to the Indianapolis 500 today. United Rentals on Twitter has some coverage.
- May 22, 2019: Marc Maron has tweeted that Dave will be on his WTF with Marc Maron podcast on Thursday, May 30.
- May 21, 2019: Look what showed up at 50th and Broadway today!
- May 19, 2019: From TV's Don Giller, here's 02:38:35 worth of Countdown to the Final Late Show... a collection of clips celebrating the last week of Dave on CBS.
- May 17, 2019: Who knew? David Letterman: "I don't like President Donald Trump as president." (YouTube) This is a clip from his May 18 Today interview.
- May 17, 2019: David Letterman can't stand Trump, but wants everyone to "stop yacking about what a goon he is." (FoxNews)
- May 14, 2019: The Downchild Blues Band has announced a free concert on June 22, including Dan Aykroyd and Paul Shaffer.
- May 12, 2019: The Today Show has announced on Twitter that TV's David Letterman will join their Willie Geist on May 17. They'll be discussing the state of comedy in the current political climate and Letterman's life after late night.
- May 6, 2019: Here's another source for Bathtubs Over Broadway!
- May 5, 2019: The lovely and talented Howard Stern has a book coming out on May 14! It's Howard Stern Comes Again. Here's a preview from Simon & Schuster. (Amazon)
- May 3, 2019: How did I never know about this? (no Internet yet, I guess) It's Larry "Bud" Melman hosting The New Hollywood Squares! This is from Nov. 3, 1986. Talk about a ratings stunt! (YouTube)
- April 25, 2019: A tremendous contributor to the Letterman shows and The Tonight Show, Hal Gurnee, has given a four-hour-plus, four-part interview to the Television Academy. Hal, now 94, has all kinds of memories on his (and others') work. Here's the main link.
• Part 1 covers biographical info and the Jack Paar Tonight days.
• Part 2 has more on Jack Paar, then other shows he directed.
• Part 3 gets into the early years with Letterman.
• Part 4 is the conclusion of his Letterman memories.
- April 13, 2019: Two frequent and exceptional Letterman guests, Steve Martin and Martin Short, visited with the PBS NewsHour today. One of the questions was, "How much preparation goes into a David Letterman appearance?" The answer from Martin was "a lot." See video from Facebook.
- April 9, 2019: We're pleased to announce that Bathtubs Over Broadway is now available to buy ($14.99) or rent ($5.99), as shown below. Here's the Amazon link. I can't wait to see it! (trailer) See the left-side navigation column, right here, for more information and reviews!
- April 9, 2019: You of course will remember Lyle the Intern, a.k.a. Jimmi Simpson. He announced on Instagram today that he just got hitched! For a look at some of his Lyle the Intern segments on LSDL in 2008, march yourself over to my Video Archives. For best results, scroll down to the Jimmi section.
- April 3, 2019: I wish I hadn't been 1,200 miles away from the big event at 92Y on March 28. A panel of Dave's staff, Barbara Gaines, Jerry Foley, Bill Scheft and Brian Teta, came together at 92Y to reflect on the last six weeks of Letterman. Also, Mike McIntee, Nancy Agostini and Walter Kim were there. This great event was a result of the work of Scott Ryan, author of The Last Days of Letterman. The moderator was Bill Carter, author of The Late Shift. The outcome of this is a fascinating 65-minute podcast, linked below. Don't miss it.
LINKS: The Red Room Podcast The Last Days of Letterman (autographed) The Last Days of Letterman (Kindle) Scott Ryan's Twitter scottryanproductions.com lastdaysofletterman.com
- March 30, 2019: Yesterday, Don Giller, the world's greatest Letterman fan, posted a compilation video on the Super Bowl ad with Dave, Jay Leno and Oprah, that ran on Feb. 7, 2010, along with comments from Dave, Oprah and Jay on sneaking around to keep it a surprise to Super Bowl viewers. Today, NBC Universal blocked it, because the comments by Jay ran on NBC. So... Don edited it, minus Jay's funny comments, and posted the edited video. You'll get the ad, followed by on-air comments from Dave and Oprah on how it came together. The ad was recorded under Top Secret conditions. This is one of my favorite Letterman stunts ever. By the way, the 2010 ad was a sequel to a similar ad with Oprah, run during Super Bowl XLI on 2/04/07.
- March 27, 2019: The Omaha World-Herald has a feature by Kevin Coffey: The 10 Best Late-Night TV Hosts of the Last 25 Years. You may be familiar with the gent who came in at No. 1.
- March 24, 2019: Hollywood Pipeline has posted a travelogue of Dave on vacation in Saint Barthélemy this month. He has a vacation place there, and we see Dave and Harry (now 15) out and about.
- March 21, 2019: In a clip of his appearance on Ellen, Dave recalls a baseball mishap with Mary Connelly during the Late Night years. Then it's Burning Questions, a Q&A game. Dave tells how he went unnoticed by Hollywood tourists, then why he should have left the Late Show 10 years earlier. Finally, Dave announces that Ellen will be a guest on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman this season.
- March 11, 2019: Here's Dave on The Howard Stern Show on August 16, 2017. Dave informed Howard that he wishes could have started over. Dave's self-loathing is near an all-time high in this interview! Of course, you know he's going to be as open with Howard as with anyone. Dave looks back at the Madonna incident on March 31, 1994, when she dropped 13 F-bombs, and Harvey Pekar's disagreeable visits (video). He says he would have just gone with the flow if he had these to do over. Unfortunately, this video is just an excerpt. There's more available via the SiriusXM app.
- March 3, 2019: The great Will Lee sits down for an interview with Dom Famularo for The Sessions Panel. Will tells about finding his way into music, and the instrument that would bring him to fame, the bass guitar. He's a tremendous communicator. I highly recommend this!
- February 27, 2019: Here's one from a while back, an essay by Late Night with David Letterman segment producer Daniel Kellison, posted on 5/18/15. (IMDB) He was in a position to interact with A-List celebrities, and he has great stories, including an epic one about Paul McCartney. (link)
- February 18, 2019: Paul Shaffer will host a new celebrity interview show on Sirius XM and AXS TV. Episodes are scheduled to start in summer. Paul will be interviewing musicians... and who better to do that?! (link)
- February 17, 2019: Bathtubs Over Broadway has won Best Documentary Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America. Here's the news from The Hollywood Reporter.
- February 14, 2019: Fans of Late Night with David Letterman will no doubt remember the outstanding bumpers by Marc Karzen we saw as the WMDB played into commercials. Have a look at Facebook. Or... you can go to LettermanBumpers.com to purchase originals of them.
If you're not familiar with The Paul Leslie Hour, have a look at the links to his interviews on the left-side navigation column on this page. I also have the links in my Audio and Video page on this site. Finally, follow the link to Paul's web site. He's done lots more interviews. (My links here are to his Letterman guests.) (posted 12-17-18)
- February 9, 2019: TV's Paul Shaffer has once again been accompanied by his lovely daughter, Victoria Lily Shaffer, at the Grammy Awards. Paul proudly posted red carpet photos to his Facebook page. Hey... how about if I plug Paul Leslie's interviews with Paul and Victoria right here! They're both great.
- February 9, 2019: The Nite Show tweeted photos of the great Tom "Bones" Malone as an interview guest (outfitted, of course, in one of his awesome colorful jackets). Tom also sat in with the band. (link)
- January 30, 2019: Here's a video that's a bit off-topic, but fun and interesting: Creating Saturday Night Live: Cue Cards. SNL's cue card supervisor, Wally Feresten, is the presenter. I have it here for you because Todd Seda, a Late Show cue card assistant to Tony Mendez (and who later replaced Tony), is at SNL now. He's in the background in several scenes in this video. He's named in a group photo at the end. TV's David Letterman referred to Todd as Intern Todd. He was in a number of awesome segments and remotes on LSDL from 2010 to 2015. Actually, they're too numerous to list here, but you can go over to my Video Archives to watch a bunch of them. Click the T at the top of the page, or scroll down to Todd Seda. Two of my favorites are Lighting of the Late Show Intern, and Todd's Cue Card Fort.
- January 27, 2019: Letterman superfan and historian, the great Don Giller, has just posted a story that our friend, Aaron Barnhart, published on August 29, 1995: The Dave Cave. I highly recommend it, as someone who has known Don since about that time, and has had the privilege of visiting The Dave Cave. Here's a different source of the same article, in the Internet Archive / Wayback Machine.
- January 23, 2019: On YouTube: Scott Ryan and former Late Show writer, Jill Goodwin, are interviewed by Barry Mitchell for Arts in the City.
- January 22, 2019: Jay Leno Clears the Air About David Letterman turned up today on YouTube. It ran on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Bravo. The question was, "Would you go on Letterman's Netflix show?" The answer was yes.
- January 19, 2019: Daniel Poitras has a YouTube channel with Letterman videos... now with over 3 million views. He has both full episodes and compilations. (Have a look!)
- January 18, 2019: The #1 Letterman fan in all the world, Don Giller, has just posted My Late Night with David Letterman History. It's the saga of keeping of database of each episode, and now just completing digitizing videotapes of each and every episode... a total of 1810! And... accessible to you, the home viewer, are about 1,000 Letterman episodes, via Don's YouTube channel (which has tens of millions of views). What The Donz has accomplished here is nothing short of a superhuman feat. March yourself over to YouTube and enjoy it!
- January 17, 2019: TV's Paul Shaffer, who needs no introduction, has interviewed the great Darlene Love for SiriusXM's show 60s on 6. It's scheduled for these dates (all times ET):
- Monday, 1/28 at 7:00 P
- Wednesday, 1/30 at 11:00 A
- Friday, 2/01 at 11:00 P
- Saturday, 2/02 at 10:00 A
- Sunday, 2/03 at 3:00 P
- January 16, 2019: Brad Straubinger of Here's the Pitch interviews Scott Ryan about The Last Days of Letterman. It's 00:40 on YouTube.
- January 12, 2019: I hadn't seen this lately, so I'm posting it here. It's the Ed Sullivan Theater interior, by way of Google Street View. I've been in the theater nine times, spanning nine years. When David Letterman was hosting, I don't remember all that yellow. I think that appeared in the transition to Colbert. In my visits, I was impressed by how the technology of a television studio was placed so as to preserve as much as possible the beauty of the original theater, which opened in 1927.
- January 10, 2019: David Letterman's Late Show Created a Fake Boy Band, and You Probably Didn't Know is the title of an awesome story in The Huffington Post about Fresh Step, a fake boy band the Late Show writers assembled (with music by Paul Shaffer), for the 2/04/99  episode of LSDL. I don't think I was in on the joke immediately, as my episode log simply says, "Fresh Step perform."
They re-emerged for the 3/03/99  episode. My log (which was several years from going public), documents another appearance, with "Fresh Step (sucked)." Here's a YouTube video.
On the 2/25/11  episode, Matthew Morrison was on to plug Glee, and he thanked Dave for his "big break" into show business, as he was part of Fresh Step.
- January 8, 2019: Fox 5, KVVU-TV in Las Vegas has posted a video interview with Paul Shaffer on his residency at Caesar's Palace.
- January 7, 2019: Bathtubs Over Broadway has been nominated for Best Documentary Screenplay 2019 by the Writers Guild of America, reports Deadline Hollywood.
- January 4, 2019: Do you visit the Daniel Poitras YouTube channel? I don't know him, or much about him, but his aforementioned channel has over 3,000,000 views, and over 3,500 subscribers. I don't know how many Letterman videos he has, but there are a lot! He has full Late Show episodes... most of which come in at 43 minutes.
- January 3, 2019: Bill Scheft and Scott Ryan join Mark Malkoff on The Carson Podcast for 02:20! They discuss topics covered in Scott's amazing book, The Last Days of Letterman: The Final 6 Weeks.
- January 2, 2019: Not good. We learned that Super Dave Osborn, a.k.a. Bob Einstein, died today. (IMDB link for Super Dave) According to my logs, Super Dave appeared on the Late Show five times, from 1993 - 1995, after appearing on Late Night with David Letterman at least 11 times, from 1988 - 1992. I didn't know until today that Super Dave was an older brother of comedy actor Albert Brooks... a.k.a. Albert Einstein. (IMDB link) Don Giller quickly produced a two-part compilation video of Super Dave's appearances with Dave. (Super Dave Osborne Collection, Part 1: Late Night, 1988-92) (Super Dave Osborne Collection, Part 2: Late Show, 1993-95)
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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