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A Few Words from DDY – Past Years
- August 2, 2020: 8th Anniversary Special on Letterman, February 1, 1990 begins with an interview with Dave and Gaines, with appearances by Al Roker, Gene Shalit and Biff. This is the one with the cold open of the Cheers gang taking a powder when they see Dave coming on. I thought they went over to Radio City. Nope. It was taped at the Los Angeles Universal Amphitheatre. As always, this extravaganza is brought to you by Don Giller, who now has 90,000,000 views on his Letterman YouTube channel. Thanks, Donz!
- July 30, 2020: Dave Chappelle and David Letterman have been spotted together in Chappelle's hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio. TMZ suggests that this encounter was for an episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. It's been many moons since we've seen a new episode, right?
- July 29, 2020: Watch what happens when Dave calls TV's Regis Philbin on 7/28/04 . (YouTube)
- July 29, 2020: Here's a video I posted back in 2007: Kids' Letters to Regis. I don't know. This seems like material Dave's writers would come up with. Supposedly the drawings (with big-time slams) came from Mrs. Patrick's third grade class, but I'm not buying it.
- July 28, 2020: Howard Stern has some real nice memories of Regis Philbin. (YouTube link)
- July 27, 2020: Entertainment Tonight has paid tribute to Regis Philbin with a perfect idea: memories from Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa. (YouTube link)
- July 25, 2020: Here's a nice look back at the relationship Regis Philbin had with the Late Show, via a story posted today by Variety. Included with this article is video from Regis's appearance on the first new Late Show (9/17/01) after the attack on the World Trade Center. (YouTube) This video will look better if watched within the Variety article.
- July 25, 2020: I'm very sad to report the passing of Regis Philbin on July 24, at 88. He was a great sport in terms of whatever nonsense Dave and his writers came up with. According to Guinness, Regis accumulated more hours on television than any other human. (Variety) (People) (USA Today)
David Letterman, via @LETTERMAN on Twitter, posted, "Regis is in the same category as Carson. Superlative. He was on our show a million times, always the best guest we ever had, charming, lovable and could take a punch. When he retired, I lost interest in television. I love him."
I looked at my episode logs, and for just the Late Show, there are 150+ references to Regis Philbin. Beyond guest interviews, there were numerous cameo mentions or appearances, for example:
- 10/06/94: Top Ten Signs Regis Philbin Is Nuts
- 7/23/97: Pointless Celebrity Cameo Theater (with Calvert, Tony Randall and Regis Philbin)
- 1/30/01: The Regis Philbin Hacking Cough of the Night
- 8/01/02: Audience Pan: Unflattering Shots of Regis Philbin
- 2/28/03: Regis is guest host while Dave recovers from shingles.
- 7/28/05: Regis Philbin puts away the Late Show bear.
- 10/30/09: Soupy Sales passed away on October 22. Dave and Regis hit each other with cream pies.
- 12/15/09: Top Ten Ways Regis Is Passing the Time While Recuperating from Hip Surgery
- 3/23/10: da Vinci's The Last Supper shows Regis ducking out just as soon as the check arrives.
- 10/13/10: monologue: "Don't you love fall, ladies and gentleman? In the fall, parts of Regis Philbin change color and drop off."
- 8/25/11: monologue: "Regis celebrated his 80th birthday quietly, with his money. Firefighters have the cake under control."
- 1/03/13: Alan Kalter's Trivia Question: What was the first show hosted by Regis Philbin? Live! with Regis and Mary Todd Lincoln
The always-reliable Don Giller has videos of Regis on his YouTube channel, including:
- Letterman Bumps Regis Philbin Off the Show, October 10, 1989
- Letterman's First Visit to Regis and Kathie Lee, October 5, 1992
- Regis Philbin Ambushes Letterman, December 27, 1983
- Regis Philbin and David Letterman Atop the Ed Sullivan Marquee, August 26, 2009
- Regis Philbin Signs Books on Letterman, November 7, 1990
- Regis Philbin's First Appearance on Letterman, May 26, 1983
- July 25, 2020: We all knew it was coming. Don Giller has hit 89,000,000 views on his Letterman YouTube account. He's posted 7th Anniversary Special on Letterman, February 2, 1989. The video starts with interviews and promos, and you'll see Dave kissing Al Roker's hand.
- July 25, 2020: Will Lee gave a shoutout today on Instagram to the great Hiram Bullock, who died on July 25, 2008. Hiram was a guitarist on LNDL in the 1980s. Sid McGinnis replaced him when he left. Hiram came back and sat in now and then. On the July 28, 2008 LSDL, Paul Shaffer described Hiram as, "the greatest guitarist since Jimi Hendrix, who could play any kind of music."
- July 23, 2020: Here's something from americansongwriter.com, Behind David Letterman's Favorite Song, "Everlong," by Dave Grohl & Foo Fighters. It includes video.
- July 19, 2020: I originally posted on June 25 that Don Giller revealed in The Donz Blog that he had been interviewed for a production by CNN, The Story of Late Night, which will air on Sundays at 9:00 P CT. This series been indefinitely postponed. Don's interview ultimately wasn't included, but he supplied video clips. (Facebook link) Here's a July 13 update, posted by Variety.
- July 17, 2020: TV's David Letterman, when interviewed about the 6th anniversary of Late Night, claimed to be very surprised about that landmark. Ironically, Johnny Carson's 25 years came up. No one knew Dave was destined to go 27 more years in late night TV. Now, having logged 88,000,000 YouTube views, Don Giller has posted 6th Anniversary Special on Letterman, February 4, 1988. There's also an earlier edit E! aired on July 4, 1995, plus a couple of interviews.
- July 16, 2020: Merrill Markoe has a memoir, We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe, coming out in October 2020. It's a look at her preteen and teenage years, serving time in the Girl Scouts, etc., and we can be sure it's nonstop funny. (Amazon) We're not certain why there's a hippopotamus on the cover.
- July 9, 2020: Not live from New York, it's not Saturday Night Live! My pal, The Donz, has amassed another megaview in six days, with a total of 87,000,000. As explained on July 3, you're now entitled to the 5th Anniversary Special on Letterman, February 7, 1987. If you didn't get my off-the-wall reference in sentence #1, I should explain that this special was recorded in Studio 8-H at 30 Rock. The festivities begin with a bonus feature from Entertainment Tonight. Thanks, Donz!
- July 3, 2020: Are you aware of what happens when Don "The Donz" Giller hits another million views? Well, for example, having hit 86 megaviews today, Mr. Donz has posted the 1986 anniversary special. You know it best as 4th Anniversary/Airplane Special on Letterman, February 1, 1986. It runs 01:59, and is set on a Boeing 747, bound for Miami (the one in Florida). From my episode logs: It won an Emmy for writing. / tour of the plane, Fun with a Bullhorn, Viewer Mail, Stupid Pet Tricks, past guests (including Mr. T, Tom Selleck, Teri Garr and Johnny Carson), gag airline accessories, remotes, visiting the cockpit and Captain Billy, stewardesses and the galley, Tossing Stuff Off a Five-Story Tower in New Rochelle, New York, Things You Have to Edit, theme shows and stunts (rocket sled, etc.)
- July 1, 2020: We lost Carl Reiner at 98, on June 29. (IMDB) (Wikipedia) Many of us knew him first via The Dick Van Dyke Show, as Alan Brady. In his honor, Don Giller, star of stage, screen and television... well, at least the Internet... has slapped together these fine videos: Carl Reiner on Letterman, July 22 & 23, 1987, Carl Reiner on Letterman, June 14, 1994 and Carl Reiner Collection on Letterman, 1983.
- June 29, 2020: Our pal Don Giller hit 85 million (views... not dollars) on YouTube today! His latest production is Third Anniversary Special on Letterman, January 26, 1985. See updates on The Late Night Baby, highlights from the past year, delightful moments with guests, Eddie Murphy with the remote-controlled blimp, and the always-adorable Chris Elliott as Leylock, King of the Mole People. Watch closely, won't you?
- June 25, 2020: You may remember Don Giller from everywhere else on this page. He's done it again! (Oh, by the way, he hit 84,000,000 on YouTube today.) You can Click Right Here for Late Night with David Letterman 2nd Anniversary Special, February 4, 1984. This is provided free to all regulars on this fan page. Well... what are you waiting for?
- June 25, 2020: Here's something I didn't know about. (I catch on eventually.) 74,727 Late Show with David Letterman Images. In the navigation bar, it has options for Locations, Photographers, Collections, Events, etc. They're from Getty Images.
- June 23, 2020: David Letterman Discusses His 1980 Morning Show, 1980-1995 is the latest offering from TV's Don Giller. On this date, 40 years ago, Dave hosted his first network TV show.
- June 20, 2020: Ray Romano visits with Sam Jones about getting a development deal with Worldwide Pants Incorporated, in Ray Romano Almost Gave Up Hope of a TV Career Before Everybody Loves Raymond. Actually, this is a teaser for a longer version. Go to http://offcamera.com.
- June 16, 2020: Brian Veys has put together 21 minutes of bumpers from the 1980 David Letterman Show. (link) Bob Pook, who created the LNDL title graphics, contributed some of the bumpers.
- June 16, 2020: In observance of 83,000,000 YouTube views, The Donz has posted First Anniversary Special on Letterman, February 4, 1983. It's 65 minutes of awesomeness. You'll see the Jack LaLanne Q-Tip® Dispenser, The Giant Doorknob, remotes, James Brown, Stupid Pet Tricks, odd moments with guests, Mr. T and Larry "Bud" Melman. (link)
- June 16, 2020: Wear a Mask is a brand new song by Hank Beebe and Steve Young. (video) It's performed by Paige Siegwardt and Joe McGinty.
- June 11, 2020: Jungle Jack Hanna, who's already director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, is totally retiring. I know we all wish him the best! (link) (another link) Here, from Don Giller, are some visits from Jack, including his first and last visits. (video)
- June 9, 2020: Yes, I know. You've waited 32 years for this. The Donz has come through. Rick Scheckman was with Dave since 1982, briefly as a Researcher, and for decades as Film Coordinator. Here's the Shecky as Elvis Collection on Letterman, 1986-88. A delightful bonus is having TV's Chris Elliott along for the ride for some of this, along with Biff, Calvert and Jeff Martin.
Here's Shecky in Top Ten Things I Have Learned Working for the Late Show (8-29-03).
- June 7, 2020: WatchMojo.com, back in 2015, produced the Top 10 Most Memorable David Letterman Moments. They have some good segments, including Dave's 911 remarks, Paris Hilton, Farrah Fawcett, Madonna saying naughty words (well, one of them, anyway... 14 times), Johnny Carson, Andy Kaufman getting sucker-punched, Joaquin Phoenix's bizarre segment, Crispin Glover's spaced-out martial arts demo, Dave's first show after his octuple heart bypass, Warren Zevon's final appearance and Drew Barrymore's flash dance on Dave's birthday. This compilation has 5 million-plus views.
- June 7, 2020: You always knew there would be lots of fun when Bill Murray was on with TV Boy. Here's Bill plugging Ghostbusters on LNDL on 5/31/84. Bill was kind enough to bring Dave a souvenir Ghostbusters flyswatter. (Thanks for the video, Donz!)
- June 4, 2020: Brad Loligar is a guest on the Why Bother? with John Szablewski podcast. These gents have a very engaging 67 minutes, comparing notes on becoming Letterman fans, favorite memories of his shows, and getting to be in the audience in June 2013. Brad is a great guest, because of his enthusiasm, and his very specific memories from those days. Here's your link!
DDY's Late Show Fan Page got a shout out from Brad that begis at 11:55 into the podcast, and of course Don Giller got a big-time mention at 33:47, for his nonstop work providing Letterman compilations, and answering fan questions. Looking back in my records, Brad and I exchanged e-mails in 2015 and 2017, as he was looking for video clips.
Brad and I share Martin Short as a favorite guest. Guess what! He cited Martin's ode to Osama bin Laden, Bastard in the Sand, as a classic example of his contributions.
- June 4, 2020: Paul Shaffer is awesome on piano for this Rubin Museum benefit for the David Lynch Foundation for Transcendental Meditation. (link) Al Jardine's there for this Beach Boys number, and Blondie Chaplin is the lead singer. I've not been able to find the date. I've met Paul, Blondie and Al, and got to thank Al for Sloop John B.
- June 1, 2020: They fought foo, because it was the right thing to do. Don Giller has just treated us to Foo Fighters "Everlong" Collection on Letterman, 1997-2015. They played Everlong on LSDL several times, plus once on Live on Letterman. That one couldn't be included here. For context, please note that they played it on 2/28/00, the first show Dave hosted after recovering from his quintuple bypass. And, of course, it was the last music ever heard on LSDL. Speaking of that, here's the montage coordinated by Barbara Gaines for the last LSDL ever, on 5/20/15. It's the full show, including credits during the Everlong performance. Thanks, Donz!
- May 26, 2020: Just days after the final Late Show, Randy Cohen, former Late Night writer, interviewed long-time writers Gerard Mulligan and Steve Young, focused on Top Ten lists, for his Person Place Thing Podcast. It's both memories of writing them, and sample TTLs. Yup, Don Giller produced this video. (link)
- May 26, 2020: Here's a tremendous package deal for you, and it's free! The Donz ran across an essay by Kay Gardiner, Knit to This: Julia Child and David
Letterman. It's from an online newsletter about knitting. I don't know if it's a regular feature or not, but the idea is to encourage members to watch Julia and Dave while knitting. Watch what? It's 93 minutes of Julia Child's cooking segments, the Julia Child Collection on Letterman, 1982-1994. These are from the days when Paul Shaffer had hair!
- 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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