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A FEW WORDS FROM DDY – 2022
    DAVE ON THE 40th ANNIVERSARY OF "LATE NIGHT"

  • January 25, 2022: TV's David Letterman will appear on Late Night on February 1, the 40th anniversary of episode #0001, reports Entertainment Weekly and, no doubt, hundreds of other sources over the next few days. Here's a quick video from Seth Meyers, with the exciting news.

    Here, thanks to Don Giller, is a YouTube video of LNDL #0001.

  • "AL MAHER'S BOX O' THRILLS"

  • January 22, 2022: Compliments of The Donz, here's "Al Maher's Box o' Thrills Collection, 1989." This segment ran Jan. - Feb. 1989, and along with random objects being dropped on Dave's desk, we get Paul's peppy them song. Watch closely, won't you?

    LOUIE ANDERSON, 1988-1997

  • January 21, 2022: Everyone was saddened by the passing of Louie Anderson this week. Don Giller is on it, with 55 minutes of Louie to remember him by. He had a bunch of ironic takes on ordinary life that left me thinking I should look for. RIP, Louie.
  • COUNTDOWN TO AN ANNIVERSARY

  • January 17, 2022: Here's the latest project from our pal, Don Giller. Late Night with David Letterman premiered on NBC on February 1, 1982; therefore, a 40th anniversary is imminent. Today, Don posted 93 minutes of video that documents the pieces coming together. (YouTube link) We'll see Dave making the announcement on the Tonight show. There are interviews: Hal Gurnee, Paul Shaffer, Will Lee (who was with Dave 33 years), Dave plugging the show with Johnny Carson, Dave with Jane Pauley on Today and Calvert DeForest with Paula Zahn (?). Hal gives the back story on Calvert delivering the eerie warning message as the first episode began. I didn't know that it was inspired by the beginning of Frankenstein (1931)!

    Then we get into LNDL #1. Bill Murray was the first guest (and the last guest 33 years later). Don Herbert, Mr. Wizard, a childhood hero of mine, was the second guest. (There was an upload glitch in the video near the end.) Steve Fessler wraps the episode with a dialog from Bowery at Midnight. Thanks so much to Don Giller for his tireless work, as usual!!

    Here's my log from LNDL No. 0001: opening announcement and warning by Larry Bud, NBC Peacock Girls, Bill Wendell's intro, Dave appears, "What Would You Like to See on Late Night TV?", [all night long: welding], a tour of the set, Bill Murray / Bill dances to Olivia Newton-John's "Physical", a message from the Undersecretary of Education, the first remote: "The Shame of the City," Mr. Wizard (Don Herbert), show ends with Steve Fessler reciting lines from the movie Bowery at Midnight
  • LETTERMAN CAMEO ON "SEINFELD"

  • January 16, 2022: I don't know the story behind this, but in 1996, TV Boy was seen during the closing credits of a Seinfeld episode. It's just silly stuff, as you might imagine, similar to the "Would you like to buy a monkey?" scene. Please note that this 43-second clip is ©1996 Castle Rock Entertainment, so you'll probably end up in the slammer if you watch it. (YouTube link) / OK... since you begged me... here's a similar one, from 11-06-95.
  • VIEWER MAIL: THE GREATEST RECURRING SEGMENT

  • January 12, 2022: The Donz Blog by Don Giller has a real interesting look back at the origin and success of Viewer Mail. (link) Head writer Merrill Markoe cooked up the segment. I didn't know that it began on Dave's NBC morning show. It reappeared in the second week of Late Night. As a fan with about 600 hours of Dave's shows recorded, I almost always recorded Viewer Mail. Don, by the way, is compiling yet another massive database, that will cover the history of the segment.

    Note: You can download Don's Viewer Mail database info as PDFs. It will be useful to first read his blog, to learn what he's done. The links are clearly marked, at the end of his blog.

    RONNIE SPECTOR ON LETTERMAN, 1983-2010

  • January 12, 2022: RIP Ronnie Spector, who we lost today. She formed the Ronettes in 1963. I certainly remember them. Don Giller released this collection today. (YouTube)

    BOB SAGET ON LETTERMAN

  • January 10, 2022: RIP Bob Saget, who we lost way too soon this week. Don Giller has added his latest compilation to YouTube. It runs almost two hours. Don't miss Bob's pretzel dispenser!

    WILL LEE: "SHOULDER WORTH CRYING ON"

  • January 3, 2022: Will Lee, who needs no introduction here, posted a YouTube video today. It's a very catchy song. I don't know why he went with animation.

    DAVE IN "THE PEEPING TIMES" (1978)

  • January 3, 2022: I've never heard of this one! It's an off-the-wall spoof of investigative reporting, from January 25, 1978. TV's David Letterman is one of the intrepid reporters. Don Giller posted it to YouTube four years ago. It's 55 minutes of nonsense.

    ALLEN LUDDEN AND BETTY WHITE WITH LETTERMAN

  • January 1, 2022: This extravaganza, compliments of Don Giller, of course, spans 1978 - 2012. The occasion, as you probably all know, is that Betty White died yesterday, just 16 days before her 100th birthday. Personally, I considered Betty a Top Ten guest on Letterman. She wasn't on a huge number of times, but she was always fun and hilarious. Don's compilation runs 1:18. (YouTube)
A Few Words from DDY – Past Years
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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 14, 2009.





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